On my way to Seattle from the San Francisco bay area. It got dark, and my running lights stopped working. So I stopped for the night at this truck stop in Weed, CA. Tried to turn on furnace. NOTHING! Again...nada. Went to sleep. Froze.
Couldn't sleep...thinking about the Donner party. Freezing! Curled up like my cat Silver, covered all up, put on all my clothing in layers and my down jacket....helped somewhat. Now that I'm warming up, had to get up in the cold to pee (even that was tepid).
Got up, still dark, ate a banana I left up front...frozen, crunchy, good. Darn, no coffee, oh well, generator not working anyway for the microwave. Must... get... to... MacDonald's...
I thought, "what the heck, I'm going" and I left in pitch black with my emergency blinkers on til it got light. (but I was warm again).
Fast forward on the way home I passed this place again and to my awe and astonishment, I had boondocked at the foot of Mt. Shasta! Snow down close to the base. No wonder I froze. It was so dark I didn't see it! Boy was that mountain pretty! I'll never forget it.
On edit: I forgot to say, the furnace didn't work because I didn't bleed the lines after refilling the tank. An RV place turned on the stove, then the furnace worked too. I think he felt sorry for me because he didn't charge me anything