An Unexpected Turn in the Road
Every now and then life takes you along roads which you didn’t expect to travel. Experience has taught me that it’s best to go with the flow of these things. After all, if everything is telling you to go in a certain direction, then you might want to follow that lead. I’ve found this philosophy can apply to major life decisions as well as the small things that come up on a daily basis and as it so happens, one those little kicks came our way today.
We were all ready you see. We had been planning for about a week to boondock in the Apalachicola National Forest. In fact, I was rather excited about it both because it would be way “out there” and second because…well…it’s darn cheap! Things, however just seemed to keep getting in the way. All this week the weather had been on the fritz. Days of rain and hard chill followed by only faint peaks of sun kept postponing our drive. Finally, this morning things seemed to take a turn for the better. The sun burst forth, the air warmed up and everything seemed prepped for the move. We happily packed up the RV, tucked in her jacks and got a-rolling on the road.
But alas…it was not meant to be…
Almost at once an alarm went off, the dash panel went berserk and the beast told us we had an Alternator Failure. “A what?” was my first thought. My second was “DRAT….! Call up the bleeding roadside assistance”. As it turns out the alternator is a charging device that maintains the electrical system and having it fail means, amongst other things, that you might not be able to start the RV next time you try. Not really an ideal situation for a home on the move.
Thanks to Good Sam’s Platinum Roadside Assistance (which we’ve been quite happy with, by the way) we located a shop (Southern Specialized Truck and Trailer Service) a mere 25 miles away in Lake City, who turned out to be excellent people. They took us in immediately, spent over an hour and a half checking the alternator, the batteries and even the dash panel and charged us just one hour for the whole thing. In the end the alternator was fine and we decided condensation from the last 3 days of chill (and running the furnace) might have messed with the dash panel. With only a minor charge from the mechanics we flew off without the alarm going off, and thus much, much happier.