Tuesday, March 24, 2020
When we arrived at the Natchez Trace RV Park in Shannon, MS we had planned on staying a week on Sunday we decided to leave a day early. The internet signal at this park is poor at best and inconsistent. With everything going on in our country right now because of the Coronavirus we felt the need to be in a place were we could get the latest news and keep up to date. Fortunately, we did have cellphone service, along with the ability to text and messenger was working. Sunday we were able to secure a place in Hanna Indiana for two weeks so our goal was to take three days and arrive on Friday.
It was cloudy and wet when we took off early this morning. For about fifty-five miles things went really well. Then we saw the Mississippi Welcome Center and stopped to eat breakfast around 9:30.
|A nice perk for RVer's we noticed a place to get water|
and on the way out a Dump Station.
For the first ten miles we were on the Natchez Trace. The plan is to come back this way in the future and next time we plan on checking out the entire 444 miles. Between the weather and so many things being closed this was not the time to do it.
|Top Left: The Bridge we are about to go over.|
Top Right: Looking back at where we spent the last six days
as we drove over the bridge. The trees are starting to bud and
the fields are filled with golden wildflowers.
|Merging on to US-45 we noticed three things.|
First there is not as much traffic.
|Secondly, the semis are definitely still out there.|
The third thing was that several of the rivers have gone
over their banks.
Back to what happened after about sixty miles. We pulled out of the Mississippi Welcome center and as we merged into the traffic we could hear a distinct whistling sound coming from the engine. Tom pulled off at the weigh station, While he got out to check things out I did a search for a nearby diesel repair shop.
When I stepped out to see what he had found a Patrol person from the weigh station came over close and personal to see if we had an issue and could he help. So much for social distancing. Not being able to see any issues and there was no smoke Tom decided to start back up while the young man watched to see if he could see anything unusual. Still no smoke and while we were not moving no unusual noises so we slowly took off.
Merging into traffic he immediately knew there was definitely something wrong. I pulled up the directions to the diesel shop, we took the next exit, and headed back three miles to the repair place. The closer we got the more he noticed we were losing power.
We pulled in and the two gentleman immediately said it sounds like there is an issue with your turbo. We unhooked the Jeep and they got us pulled into their garage where they could take a better look. After checking things out they showed Tom with their Snake Camera just how bad it was. A hose had disconnected and something, probably gravel, had gotten inside and all the blades on our Turbo were "chewed up". It sounds like we were lucky to have gotten there and this is going to be one of our more expensive weeks.
The New Turbo is on its way and should be here Wednesday and they will be replacing our air filter. He showed Tom the air filter and his guess is the shop that has been doing out servicing has not changed the air filter ever. Tom will be addressing that issue with the diesel shop when we get home.
That was our morning. We are presently at a Quality Inn in Corinth, MS and the Stinger "B" is in a garage at Pro-Fleet Truck & Trailer Repair. The estimate is two to three days before we are back on the road.
If it is true things happen in threes we should be good. The refrigerator, then the fan belt and tightener, now the Turbo.
FYI: "a Whistling Stop" that was the sound, a loud whistling sound the Turbo was making.
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