Well we planned a Trip to Wolf Pen Gap in Mena Arkansas about 6 hour drive from our house and this is how it started out and ended up.
Loaded the 2014 3650TH Columbus Toy Hauler up with food/drinks and the side by side and was waiting for the temp to cool down outside before hooking it to the truck. Around 9PM I moved the truck around and was attempting to hook it to the truck but one of the front electric level jacks wouldn't come up or raise. What?
So after a while of messing with it, it still wouldn't raise so I ended up having to take the level landing gear assembly apart. I found the gear had sheared a keeper pin off one of the gears. What to do? Well I measured the space in the gear where the pin goes and found a drill bit the same diameter as the pin. Cut and ground the drill bit into a new pin and reassembled the gear assembly. OK great its working like it should now. It is 1:30AM so I finished hooking it to the 5ht wheel on the truck. We had planned on leaving at 6AM. Went to bed and woke up a 5AM took shower and got coffee and we were on our way and next stop was 6 hours in Mena Arkansas. We arrived there at 12:45 and set up camp and leveler worked great.
Unloaded the side by side and headed down the road to Wolf Pen Gap for a long ride thru the hills and streams. Well about 9 miles into the wilderness a loud pop came from the rear differential. What now? The rear differential on the side by side had sheared a gear in the rear diff. Well dang, so we limped back to the RV. 1st day of our 4 day trip. Made it back to camp and loaded the SXS back into the toy hauler and was determined this wasn't going to mess up the other 3 days of vacation. We searched on the computer for other things to do and decided to take the truck site seeing in the mountains.
Friday morning headed out to take Highway 1 thru the mountain and it was a very nice beautiful drive. We seen 2 brown bears but they wouldn't stand still long enough to get a picture of them. Drive from Mena to HWY 1 all the way to Talihina Okla. then down 259 to Beavers Bend State Park and back to Camp. Very pretty scenery and we had a lot of fun and took lots of pics.
Saturday thought we would head to Hot Springs and see the sites so we headed out and along the way stopped and seen the Little Missouri Fall then on to Hot Springs. There was so much dust on the truck we thought we'd find a car was and rinse it off. While rinsing the truck off we found a stick sticking out of the front tire about the size of a pencil thru the side wall of the tire. It was hanging out of the tire about 3's. What???
Located a dealer about 4 miles away so headed there. Got there and they were very nice but only had one brand of tire that would fit my truck and wasn't the same tire as ours. So had no choice and got 2 tires so they wouldn't be miss matched. $600 bucks. Our truck is new with 1500 miles on it so you would think Ram would carry the tires that come on their trucks. Ok so now its 4:30PM and we didn't get to see anything in Hot Springs so we headed back to camp 90 miles away.
Got back and put the dog in the RV and went out for a good steak dinner!!!
Headed back home the next morning with no other issues along the way which was a good thing after the way it all had went so far!!!!
So our 1st long trip was very eventful and all but we turned Lemons into Lemonade as much as we could and it was some sour Lemonade at times. LOL
I hope the next trip will be a lot better and uneventful.
Order a new Lippert Lead Landing Gear repair Kit #146059 to replace the scared up gears in the leveler. I know its warranty but how long you think it would sit at the dealer before they fixed it. Not worth the $41 dollar part to wait on them.
Sorry to have rambled on so long and hope all your trips aren't like the one we just had. Here's a few pics of our site seeing.
Happy Camping to everyone.