NOW for Tuesday, OUCH
An hour on the road on Tuesday, Sherry again smelled diesel fuel. WE were just passed "Twenty Mule Team Road" and even with the Borax company in the Mojave, I immediately pulled to the side of route 58. We could see the Boron mine across the road to our left, the largest one in the world.
Remember Death Valley Days? Brought to you by 20 Mule Team Borax.
I snapped his picture of the desert just before Sherry smelled fuel. So this is the area we first crashed in.
Outside and to the rear where again I saw much diesel fuel. Upon examination, the very part that we paid $$$$$$$ to have replaced in Indiana had failed.
Jack Jr. again came to the rescue. He located the part. This time in Irvine, California. We bought the part and he took off to get it. This time 150+ miles.
WE were on the side of the road being buffeted by trucks and methinks it was bothering my sweetheart. I immediately set to removing the part, this time I decided to fix it myself. Once the part was out. I fixed it so it did not spray diesel, reinstalled it. Sherry started the engine as I observed. NO LEAKS.
Jack Jr had texted Sherry that there was a rest area about 10 miles ahead of us. I determined to drive on 5 cylinders to get off the highway.
We are here. Temp reached 111 degrees, now down to 105 much cooler. LOL. Really it isn't so bad.
Again I removed the part to be ready for installation when JJ made it back.
Needless to say, I am not happy with this Cummins engine. Our last diesel was a GM Diesel. Not half the power of this Cummins, but it never left us stranded and NO major costs at all.
I hate to say it, but I have just vowed this is the last LONG trip in this coach. I hope it holds together for a few short 500 mile trips to Florida, before we have to get rid of it.
When the engine was fixed in Indiana, I asked that they put the missing brace on the fuel line, they did not do that, basically causing this failure. So I asked Sherry to call JJ and asked that he pick up the brace. He got back and we got it all put back together.
JJ was telling me that the Cummins parts place had a big sign, no cash or CC. They would not take his cash for the part although he had the exact amount down to the 16 cents. But they did allow him to put it on his CC. It was supposed to be paid online.
Anyway with everyone working and holding lights we got it all done and are spending the night in Boron, CAlifornia.
I am beat, I think JJ is but he doesn't act it, even after driving over 300 miles to get the part.