|Durango RV Resort - northern California - Wednesday last.|
|The power of the blast destroyed the wiring and undercarriage.|
|The tire is completely shredded|
We phoned AAA (through our BCAA RV Plus policy) to request road side assistance. I have a jack, a spare tire and the tools to do the job....but rather than get all dirty, and risk death from speedy drivers, I called for the assistance we pay for with our AAA premiums.
When AAA answered the call, I was transferred to a location closer to our spot. Sadly, I was connected to a bumbling idiot....and that term is used lightly in this regard. I was repeatedly asked if I was towing a horse trailer. This is fact? I explained our 5th wheel and the woman was completely clueless to what I was talking about. She asked how the trailer was hitched and I explained the hitch pin system. She immediately stated that I was towing a horse trailer. IDIOT! I was not in the right frame of mind to play nice. I stated I was towing a 40' travel trailer with a 5th wheel hitch pin. She could not make neither head nor tails of that!!!!!! I finally yelled at her to just send me a BIG truck with BIG tools to change out a BIG tire. She could not imagine that I was not towing a horse trailer. To think that people like this are allowed to breed! OK....I am ranting big time here!
UNBELIEVABLE? YES! It was impossible for me to remain pleasant and convivial. She then stated that from the exit 288 I was near, she would have to transfer me to northern California! NO!....don't do that yelled I! Do not do that! I am on the I-5 shoulder, directly west from Bakersfield, CA. Send me a support vehicle from either Lost Hills, Wasco, Kettlemen City or even Bakersfield. Finally, she said a truck would be dispatched and that it could arrive within the hour.
That telephone call took 27 minutes. Impossible for you readers to believe? STUPID does not come close to describing the idiot I had to deal with.
|The truck and operator arrived within 40 minutes.|
|He made good work of it though.|
He did say that he kept very busy repairing tires and that I-5 was a 'tire deadly place' for blowouts. Well......we knew that! We saw a few others who had incurred tire problems.
|This fender skirt was so damaged....and it flop in the wind and likely break right off so I removed it.|
|With the spare tire installed, I removed the fender skirt....and we proceeded to drive ten miles to a tire shop in Lost Hills, CA.|
I asked how it was that he could make such a mistake....and he sheepishly avoided giving me an answer. It was clear that the only care they had was to make a sale at any cost. My temper got the best of me! They paid attention to me, let me tell you! I had them re-mount my spare - which is a 14 ply tire - and because they had so totally tried to pull the wool over my eyes, they offered me the inferior tire - as a temporary spare tire - for a very good low cash price. I had their attention, let me tell you! SCUM BAGS!
|At the tire shop in Lost Hills, CA.|
We made short time getting to Orange Grove RV - just east of Bakersfield - and once set up, I called our insurance company to file a claim. That done, it was too late to contact any RV dealer/repair facility. We settled in for a nice evening - without a furnace nor a water heater. The electrical wires seen in earlier photograph were evidence to no heat or hot water.
|Setting up in Orange Grove, CA.|
Hector and Diane graciously hosted dinner and we then settled into our 5th wheel early. I was online to source out RV repair facilities to call first thing this (Saturday) morning.
I slept OK but was wide awake by 5:30 am. Following a long but brisk walk in the park - in the dark - I got back to our 5th wheel to enjoy coffee while catching up on the news. I was on the phone at 8:00am and, within 20 minutes, I got a booking for 9:15 am at the Bakersfield RV Repair shop. All other shops would only consider the repair on Monday morning.
We buttoned up the 5th wheel and, while Jeanette stayed back with Hector and Diane, I drove to the RV repair shop at 9:15am.
|Mike, the technician on duty, was quick with diagnostic tools and, after examination, he said a few hours would take care of the problem.|
|Shortly after my arrival at the RV repair shop.|
Tomorrow we will continue our journey east towards our Colorado River RV spot for the month of January. Moabi Regional Park will be a nice respite from the I-5 tire carnage and traffic, AAA fools and tire shop shysters.
Onwards and forward....but I sure don't like how 2013 has reared it unlucky head on us so far. Sure hoping for smoother roads ahead.....let me tell you!!!
OK.....the rant is over with.
Thanks for dropping by.