Water Pump’s Installed!

2016-04-07 16.38.07Well, although we got back to Freightliner of Oklahoma City (formerly known as Select Service) by about 4pm, they told us that Troy the mechanic was still working on it, having had considerable difficulty with rusted bolts and hardware.  He had to replace the belt tensioner as well as the water pump.  2016-04-07 20.52.05He’s now in the process of putting it all back together, will refill the coolant, pressure test, and then we can get on the road.

I have talked with Troy a few times over the last two days and I’m comfortable with his experience, knowledge, and professionalism.  In fact, all the folks at both the Tulsa and Oklahoma City Freightliner group (Premier Truck Group) owned by Roger Penske have been nothing but courteous and professional.  I’ve been impressed with all of them.

We sat in the waiting room, eyeing the vending machine wondering if some of the contents would end up being our dinner.  2016-04-07 17.16.22We watched the 5 o’clock news, the 6 o’clock news, the 7 o’clock news, The Big Bang Theory, and I don’t remember what else.

Troy finally finished up around 9pm, came in and gave us an update, and we settled up with them.  Normally Troy goes home at 4pm, and normally they close up and lock the gate a 7pm, allowing a few of the guys to get a little overtime occasionally while serving the needs of the over-the-road truckers.  This night they stayed even later in an effort to get us back on the road.

We headed about 45 miles south along I-35 back to where we had camped Tuesday night only to find a shiny “silver bullet” (Airstream) travel trailer parked in the only remaining spot that we had hoped to get.

So, as of this writing, we are sitting in our first WalMart parking lot “boondocking” as they call it.  We bunked for the night, I just got up (about 6am), turned on the coffee pot, the furnace, and the water heater.  Kathy will be up shortly, we’ll shower and then continue on down I-35 through Dallas and south to Livingston, TX where we plan on staying a day or two at the Escapees Rainbow’s End Park


Low Water Alarm!

So we’ve left Tulsa and headed toward Oklahoma City when an idiot light on the dash and a buzzer comes on telling us we have “LOW WATER”.  The engine temperature gauge and all the other gauges show all is well in the normal operating range.

We stopped at the next truck stop, added water into the reservoir on top of the radiator, and back on the road in no time.  We THOUGHT that took care of it, only to have the alarm come back on a couple hundred miles down the road.

Turns out we are leaking coolant out the back end (which is where the engine is located).  We called Coach-Net (our RV travel insurance provider) and they are hooking us with another local Freightliner dealer in the morning to get things fixed.

UPDATE – Coach-Net called us this am and we have an appt at Freightliner of Oklahoma City, about 45 miles back north, but that’s ok, at least we’ll get it fixed.

They pulled it right in to do an assessment and found that we have a bad (leaking) water pump.  The part is in stock and they will start work on it this afternoon after lunch and they figured should be ready about noon or so tomorrow (Thursday).

Thank goodness for the Coach-Net RV Road Hazard and Breakdown insurance, they are paying the lion’s share of the expense.  With just this one repair, the program has already paid for itself.

So we came to downtown OKC to get a room and see the sites.  Here’s a brief slide show of our afternoon meandering along the RiverWalk through Old Bricktown.  Bricktown is a few blocks of old multi-story brickfactory and warehouse buildings that have been re-purposed to offices, loft apartments, and tons of pubs, grills, bistros, patio piano bars and more along the riverwalk.  We even visited the American Banjo Museum – We had no idea there were so many makers/models/designs/variations of banjos!

We continue to learn something new every day …