On The Road Again

Mon, Sep 15, 2008

Camping, RV Maintainence, The Rig

So we eventually we had to leave Glacier National Park. A reader of our blog had suggested that we travel to Bozeman hot spring and Butte. I was pretty psyched about taking the advice of a complete stranger, and I was surprised that CM seemed to be going for it as well. About 200 miles later our RV broke down.

Okay, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but it did break. We lost our turbo. So we’re on the highway, it’s just us and two other cars and we couldn’t go faster than 40 mph! The only way we could get some speed was to pull over to the shoulder and restart the car. I happened to be driving that day and it didn’t really bother me so much. I was more excited about Bozeman/Butte. I agreed to just drive through Bozeman thinking we could catch the hot springs at Yosemite instead, but I had Googled Butte and they had some awesome museums I wanted to go to. However, CM insisted that we should go get the turbo fixed ASAP. I was pretty furious at the time, but in hindsight he was definitely right.

Our RV is built on a Dodge Sprinter van chassis. As it happened, in the ENTIRE state of Montana, there was only one Dodge Sprinter dealer…ONE!! The good news was that we weren’t too far away from it. The bad news was that it was in the opposite direction of Butte. I was sooo disappointed. So naturally that day I didn’t feel like blogging that day either because I had planned to say, “Thanks for the suggestion, we had a great time! We did this, this, and this, etc.”

So we park at Wal-Mart and drive the last 20 miles or so to the dealer. The owner was a really nice guy. Unfortunately, he tells us that it’s going to 4 days to get the broken part in. There was no way we could camp in his parking lot in that small town for 4 days. We called the Winnebago factory (since that was our next big stop) and they suggested another Dodge dealer for us in Iowa. This guy told us that we might be able to make it Iowa if we didn’t have to go through any more hills, so CM and I decided to take our chances.

We made it to Yosemite the next day and we only had to restart the car a handful of times. There’s only one word to describe our time there: Crazy!

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3 Comments For This Post

  1. James Says:

    Hi, I found your blog on this new directory of WordPress Blogs at I dont know how your blog came up, must have been a typo, i duno. Anyways, I just clicked it and here I am. Your blog looks good. Have a nice day. James.

  2. Henry Cate Says:

    Are you guys doing OK? There haven’t been any posts for awhile.

  3. Hot Springs National Park Says:

    Hot Springs National Park is one of my favorite places to camp, and is a real gem of the state.

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