Originally Posted by KatanaPilot
I taught both my son and daughter how to change a tire, jump start a car (properly) and change the oil. My son enjoys that kind of thing, my daughter does not. They both make enough money to have it done for them - so my daughter chooses to have it done (or frequently bring it to Dad's garage). They both soloed airplanes and drove race cars growing up.
I think your attitude is a bit behind the times...
My attitude is that we have too many men who have no mechanical inclination regardless of whether or not they choose to work on stuff...they are just clueless.
Can think of several instances where mechanical aptitude saved my butt and salvaged a vacation. I make enough money to hire others but there are been instances where hiring someone or doing to a mechanic would not have been practical.
Had a thermostat on my tow vehicle fail closed on a remote mountain pass while towing a 27' bumper pull. I carry a toolbox on every vehicle and used it to remove the thermostat. I gutted the housing and reinstalled it. Vacation saved!
Generator didn't put full power out. Removed generator cover and found bent linkage that caused choke to be partially on when it shouldn't have been.
Last tow vehicle lost power suddenly. Codes pulled show over and underboost. Found stuck turbo actuator. VNT in turbo was sticky and disconnected the actuator and manually got everything loose and moving as it should. Reconnected actuator and salvaged trip. The actuator eventually failed.
Several plumbing leaks fixed while camping. Nothing a hose clamp couldn't fix. Seems easy but neighbor has same occur and flooded his entire Class C motorhome. It was a loose twist fitting on the water pump. He didn't even know where the water pump was or how to get to it. He's so frustrated, he's done camping and put it up for sale.
Generator died while camping. Gutted spark arrestor which was clogged up. Very basic repair for me but a definite trip to generator repair shop for many who wouldn't know how to diagnose the cause.
Clogged oil filter from bad fuel in TV. I carried a spare and picked up another on the way. Required two filter replacements but we kept on trucking to our camp site.
Numerous flat ST tire incidents. Easily fixed...several instances occurred where there was no cell phone service.
Took Jeep on a 4x4 where I shouldn't have during a camping trip. Each tire got a penetration flat. Took me about 90 minutes to plug all tires in the field. We were in the middle of nowhere and will not get too close to abandoned mine buildings again...littered with nails.
Tow vehicle exhaust filter got clogged and wouldn't clean during first camping trip with it this year. 2 week wait for appointment at dealership to even look at it. Vehicle was 60 miles from home when it went into limp mode. Discovered that the vehicle was overserviced with oil which caused the oil to blow into the CCV system, get burned in the engine, and caused excessive soot generation. Drained excess oil, disconnected RV, reset CEL, drove 2 hours to get exhaust cleaned down to 20% full level. Reconnected trailer and continued trip. The oil service was performed at a dealership and it was a freebie that I got for purchasing the vehicle from them. I never used the remaining free oil change coupons I got from them again.
Prior to purchasing ATVs, I put a small motor on a mountain bike and road it for years in the backcountry. Throttle cable snapped about 14 miles from campsite. Removed front brake cable and rigged it to carb so I could limp back home.
Just several examples over the past 10+ years. Perhaps I just have bad luck.