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Old 09-16-2018, 10:53 AM   #1
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The Vacation from HE!! Not Over Yet

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We were on our first long trip in the MH, Oklahoma to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. We were staying at Jacob Lake Campground (good place to stay).
We left Oklahoma Tuesday Sep. 4th, got there on the sixth. Second night there the heater quit working, clicked once fan runs 30 sec. and turned off, no burner coming on, no clicking, nothing. Not too cold so we are OK.
We went to Bryce Canyon, really nice but huge crowds. We went to Cedar Breaks on the way back to Jacob Lake, no crowds and just as nice. On the way to Cedar Breaks, a relay on the climate contol in the Jeep started to chatter intermitenly, annoying, but no real problem.
Sunday back at the Canyon, had a good day.
Sunday night, back at the RV, I was chilling real bad. After a bad night and not any better, we went to the ER. ER for there is at Kanab, Utah, it has 9 beds. The people there were great.
Three days of IV antibiotics and they discharged me on 2 antibiotics.
Problem is we needed to be on the road home by 10 am that day! We got started out at noon. We decided to not make any stops on the way to Flagstaff to make up time. We had reservations in Albuquerque. Those of you that have come in Flagstaff from the north know that long upgrade coming in that way. Just short of the top, at 40 mph, the engine temp spiked to max, I had been watching it, the check engine light came on and I pulled over. The coolant reservoir was boiling over. I called Ford Road Side assistance. After explaining what was going on, the lady I was talking to told me that the F53 was not designed to be driven for 5 hours without stops to let it cool down. She said the they always stop every 2 to 3 hours to let theirs cool off. She asked if I wanted to have her send help, or try letting it cool off and see what happened. We decided to let it cool off. We ate and killed time for 30 to 45 min. When we tried again, 3 miles at 30 mph is all we got, temp spiked, check engine light and this time, DIC showed “Reduced Engine Power”.
Ford sent out a tow truck to take us to Winslow Ford, the nearest that would work on it. Jett Emergency Response Team Towing. They were very good. They also found a broken tailpipe hanger and a broken rear sway bar bracket. We got to Winslow just after they closed and had to leave it on their service road.
The next morning, we talked with them and they can get to it Wednesday. DW had to be at work 5:30 am Saturday, so we left it there and came home.

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Old 09-16-2018, 11:04 AM   #2
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Hope you got better. At least you got a tow! Instead of "we dont have anything big enough to two you" which is what happened to us this year,luckily my repair I took care of and went on our way without further incidents. It will surely be a memory of "remeber the year we.....". Glad to see another okie with stories to tell of wonderful vacation times.
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Old 09-16-2018, 11:28 AM   #3
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They could have pulled you. It was a 3 axel Kenworth that showed up. The thing had 10R80 25.5 tires IIRC.

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Old 09-16-2018, 11:41 AM   #4
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The new F53 must be different then the one I had. I drove it straight thru from FL to CA stopping only for cat naps and never had a bit of problem with temps.
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Old 09-16-2018, 12:47 PM   #5
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Yea, it was wierd cause the hypo that pulled over finally and gave us some emergency lights said they haul 18 wheelers all the time. But when your stuck on the highway with 5 grandkids sitting up on the embankment you start to get a little freaked out and do whatever you have to. But it must have been divine intervention cause it made me find out what had happened and determined to figure out what to do. And saved me thousands of dollars in tow fees. Mine is a 40' motorhome. Only thing we could figure was that they didnt want the liabilty.
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Old 09-16-2018, 12:57 PM   #6
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The guys in Winslow must deal with this all the time, because they are great at roadside assistance. We blew a fan belt at moon crater exit and had a great experience with the folks in Winslow.
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The new F53 must be different then the one I had. I drove it straight thru from FL to CA stopping only for cat naps and never had a bit of problem with temps.
I think the Lady on the phone was full of it. These things are driven almost without stopping when brand new.

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The guys in Winslow must deal with this all the time, because they are great at roadside assistance. We blew a fan belt at moon crater exit and had a great experience with the folks in Winslow.
They had 2 ahead of us. A Mirada and a Class C.

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Old 09-24-2018, 07:05 PM   #9
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Just got off the phone with Winslow Ford. Ford wants them to pull the heads and have them checked for being warped. I told the Service Writer that I had read online this could be a problem with the V10. He agreed that they do see it.
The heads have to be sent to Flagstaff to be checked.


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