Our recently replaced Pac Brake (to the tune of $750) hung up and we were smoking!!!! A Pac Brake is an engine exhaust brake system. Pulled over, Steve determined that it wasn't the Pac Brake itself, instead it was the solenoid in line before it. Easy to adapt by releasing the air pressure and the pac brake released. Ahhh we weren't smokin' anymore!
Now, as our good luck would have it, we broke down ONE exit away from the largest RV Salvage yard in the whole USA.... Colaws RV at Carthage MO on I-44.
They were already closing for the night when our mishap happened, so we boondocked it overnight at the Sam's Club lot in Joplin. We had stayed there before and knew it was safe and quiet. We were the only RV in the lot.
(side note here---- our little Binney FINALLY released the dam backup of potty in her stubborn little body and went while on leash in the green grass of the parking lot! YAY!!!! plus she woke me up at 5:30 a.m. to go out again! Good girl--- we will make an RVing Dogger out of you yet!)
Morning dawned and we looked on line for the part we needed, which is $125.00 plus shipping from a place out east. When you randomly travel on the road for 6 weeks, it's kinda hard to have a part shipped to you en route? So we drove over to Colaws, if not for the part, but just to look around.
Steve and I walked through the entire "bone yard" of these sad old broken rv's. Just think, at one time someone loved them, bought them new, eager with anticipation of the roads to travel. And now.... sad and broken, they are lined up to be stripped of usable parts, and later become scrap metal. It's sobering to see the burned up units from tragic situations.
While we walked through, we happened to find two intact sceen frames for our front driver and passenger side windows! One had a ripped screen portion, but the frame is good. The person who owned the motorhome before us removed them, and we wished he hadn't. Yes, they are in the way and an extra step to slide them forward when opening for a toll booth or whatever. But often when parked it's nice to open those two front windows for air circulation in the cab area and not have bugs come in! Frames were only $5 each. Sold!
We checked diesel rigs, one after another... most of them already had the engines and pac brakes removed. Then we found one rig that still had the part on that we needed... the solenoid for the Pac Brake assembly!!!!
Yup, that is Steveio's leg sticking out there .... and he did find a strange white skunk!!!! It was white with thin black stripes on it's back. A worker there later commented that they are strange sick skunks that come out in the daytime and they have to shoot them from time to time! We got outta there in a hurry!
The part we needed was only $25 and comes with a 6 mo guarantee. We gladly checked out and went back to the parking lot. Steve hoisted up the bed and went to work removing our old one. I handed tools and took pics.
Soon it was in place, and we were ready to roll!
We took a trial run up the road up to speed, hit the pac brake...
yes... it compressed. ...
then the letting go part... YES!
My Steveio is my hero!