If an RVer drives a diesel pusher with a Cummins engine, they do not want to see the emblem above unless it’s for general service and upkeep. Otherwise, that emblem is a bad thing. We met Brian today, and he had the dreaded emblem on his shirt. Brian is a heck of a good guy, but he didn’t deliver good news.
This was supposed to be Day One of our fabulous journey, but we have experienced what every full-time RVer knows–there is always something that is going to go wrong.
Today, it was an engine warning light that was serious enough to send us to the Cummins shop. It’s also keeping us plugged into their parking lot overnight. While Mike is fully versed on the problem as explained by Brian, all I heard was “Blaaa, bla, blaaa, diagnostics, bla, blaa, blaa, in the bay all day, blaa, bla, blaaa, and probably won’t be able to get parts until Monday.” Of course, this was followed up with, “Maybe about $4,000 or $5,000, but the good thing is you can stay hooked up with us free all weekend.”
After I picked up my jaw and willed my heart to stop pounding, Brian assured us that it should still be under warranty once they figure out the exact problem.
As a result, the first day of our trip consisted of approximately 20 miles–and we haven’t even left the city limits of Jacksonville.
It’s all good. It’s all part of the process, but it could be so much worse. On a positive note, we share parking lot space with Mike and Wanda from Delaware. They are in much worse mechanical circumstances and so far away from home, but they had an infectious positive attitude. It was nice to share a delicious meal and visit with this lovely couple who had so many entertaining stories to tell. Our first “on the road” new friends.
Just another day in the life. Even if it is just the first day.
Seriously, it’s all good.