Was up by 9 o'clock this morning. It was sunny and almost 60 degrees as I sat outside drinking my coffee.As I sat there, I heard a familiar whirr and turned to look. And there was my little Hummingbird friend coming to join me for a drink.
I wanted to see if the White Lion would start, but I put it off till after 2 o'clock. I was just getting ready to turn the key, when Yuma ran out the door and over to a young lady walking towards my door.
She said that her van was stuck in the sand up the road towards the mountains and asked if I could help. We walked over to Deb's place and the three of us drove down in Deb's truck to take a look. Unfortunately, I didn't take my phone, so no pictures.
She was with another woman in a Class C Motorhome that was not stuck. She had tried to turn around and in doing so, backed off the road and into sand. She was stuck on one side all the way down to the floorboard.
They had asked another man to help and luckily, he had a big shovel and a three foot metal ramp. With a little shoveling, we got the ramp under the tire that was spinning, and the four of us pushed and out popped the van. This was her first experience at boondocking, so she's learning fast. Sand is not your friend!
Went back to the WL and the key was still in the on position waiting for me to start it. Turned the key and nothing. No sound at all. Went to the back bay where the secondary starting button is and gave it a push. Started right up!
As I was letting it warm up, I noticed my plastic radiator overflow tank repair job was not holding up and was leaking pretty badly. I took the tank off and tomorrow I will go into Yuma and see if I can get it repaired properly. Can't go anywhere till that is fixed. Need to figure out why the ignition up front doesn't work, but that's for another day.
It's a good thing you folks were close by to help that woman and her friend. Hopefully, they won't make that mistake again. Yuma must be glad the new year's celebrations are over. Sweet little hummer.ReplyDelete
Yuma is back to normal now. I'm glad they're over.. The woman called her insurance company and they told her no tow over 50 yards from road.Delete
Doug, That radiator overflow tank is a Ford part and may be available at a Ford dealership for less than $200. Or there are several mfgs. who make aluminum or stainless steel tanks for a bit more money. When I sold my Safari a few years ago, I had a new, in box, tank ready to install if mine sprung a leak. I purchased it on line for $168. Sorry I do not recall the dealership where I purchased it.ReplyDelete
Thank you. I stopped by Ford dealership and they had one in stock. A little more now but thank you. Great to not have to order and wait.Delete
Nice to be available to help out a fellow rver.
It was beautiful today. Glad we were around to help.Delete
Visiting together was a good way to end our day.ReplyDelete
Hopefully a repair is all the overflow tank needs. FlexSpray? Didn't you use that on your tank leak, last trip?ReplyDelete
Only failed once to lure a humming bird while boondocked in the Borrego Desert. They are some very social friends. Glad you help them out too.
Repairs wouldn't hold up too long. Got a new one today. Love the little Hummingbirds.Delete
Thats one of the reasons I was reluctant to boondock. Getting stuck is not fun. Nice of you guys to help her out!!ReplyDelete
Just turn on the charm when stuck and someone will help.Delete
Great the WL started up! You know all about backing off the edge of the road! Very nice you were all able to help her out. Take care out there and be safe!ReplyDelete
I almost forgot about that one, Steve. Thanks for reminding me. We all need help once in awhile.Delete
Nice that you were able to help out a fellow rv'er. I love hummingbirds!ReplyDelete
Felt good. She was so distressed but so happy when it zoomed out of the sand.Delete
It was a peaceful ending to a busy day, sitting with friends.ReplyDelete
Yes. I enjoy the wind down discussions.Delete