This is a strange horror story.
Yesterday, we were traveling on I-40 about 50 miles east of Albuquerque. The wind was howling at a sustained speed of 35 mph and there were gusts up to 50. Needless to say, the trailer was rocking and we were crawling along. I kept staring at my F-150 miles per gallon calculator and was shocked. I know wind makes you burn more gas, but we were getting less than 5 mpg!
Suddenly, an SUV pulled along side of us. I guy leaned out, pointed to our trailer and shouted something. The only word I could make out by reading his lips was “open.” When I looked in the side view mirror, I saw the curtain in our bedroom window flopping around. The bedroom window had popped open. Bad news! It had not, however, come completely off. Good news (I guess).
That explained, by the way, the low mpg. The drag on the trailer created by the open window must have been monstrous.
I was going to pull over to the side of the highway and my wife basically said, “Are you nuts?” She was right – it would have been very dangerous. Instead, we went to the next exit and got off. Amazingly, we wound up in front of an RV parts store. Good news.
When we got into the trailer, we found that the latch used to open the window in case of an emergency had snapped. Bad news.
However, I thought I might be able to buy one in the store. When I went in, however, the woman at the service desk said that they only sold “big” RV parts. Bad news.
Bad news. However, I thought I might be able to buy one in the store. When I went in, however, the woman at the service desk said that they only sold “big” RV parts. Bad news.
When we got into the trailer, we found that the latch used to open the window in case of an emergency had snapped. Bad news. However, I thought I might be able to buy one in the store. When I went in, however, the woman at the service desk said that they only sold “big” RV parts. Bad news.
However, she took the time to look up the address of Central RV parts, gave me the address and suggested that they may have the part. Thanks to Auto Concepts near Albuquerque! Before we left, however, we taped up the window. We were able to do so because my wife is totally prepared – she made sure we had duct tape with us. Good news.
So, we went to Central RV and, lo and behold, they had one part left! Good news. Unfortunately, we discovered that the part had been manufactured incorrectly. There are a lot of reviews of the part that say the same thing. Bad news. We were, however, able to get it installed well enough to keep the window closed so we could keep going. (Actually, my wife Donna installed it. I took a break to eat one of the wonderful sandwiches she made. Hey – I had done a lot of white-knuckle driving!)
However, when we were ready to leave the RV store, we were unable to use the electronic lock on our trailer. Bad news. Because we didn’t want the door to fly open, I used what I thought was the manual key to lock the door.
Anyway, we had to make a few right turns to get back to I-40. When I made the first right turn, I found that the road we were supposed to use was cordoned off with yellow crime scene tape and there were police cars all over the place! I made another right and discovered that there was another similar crime scene. Jeez. I have no idea what happened. Note to self – do not move to that part of Albuquerque.
When we got to the RV park we were going to stay, we tried to open the RV door with the key I used and it would not open. We were locked out! Bad news. However, we have a toy hauler and were able to lower the deck and get inside. Good news.
Fortunately, my wife found the right key and we were able to use the door. The electronic lock also worked again. I can only assume that the drag on the trailer had some effect on the lock. Also, we discovered a bit of road debris inside the trailer.
This was an absolutely bizarre trip! It would have been a real horror story if not for the incredible luck we had pulling off the highway in front of the RV shop.