"Pull over NOW!"
That's all I heard from the back of the camper after one of the kids was fussing and crying. Becky went back to respond and shouted to the front, "Pull over NOW!"
There are a million things than run through my brain while the motorhome is rolling at 75MPH down the road.
Did we get hit?
Did the awning fall open again?
Did Josiah have a seizure?
Did one of the kids hurt themselves?
I mean any number of things could have gone wrong right?
So I start slowing down and getting onto the shoulder.
Not knowing what is going on I'm just doing my best to stop the home on wheels. When from the back I hear Becky, shouting this time:
"I DON'T CARE WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO, STOP NOW!!!"
What in the world could be so wrong that had to be so urgent?
At that moment Alia came to tell me that the toilet was overflowing.
"Oh S$#%" was the literal phrase that went through my head.
Slamming on the breaks on the shoulder I envisioned poop bubbling up from the toilet and sloshing forward to the carpet.
There's a scene in "RV" the movie which came to mind (thanks Dave Gilman!)
Once I got unbuckled I saw wet carpet and one should at that moment be relieved that the children and the motorhome was indeed alright, but poop on the carpet was not exactly a comforting thought ;)
Becky was still freaking out and said "SHUT THE WATER OFF!"
In my mind I'm wondering how will shutting off the water stop the toilet overflowing?
It's amazing how fast one's brain can move when you're in one of these situations.
Yet at the same time I'm standing there going... how DO we shut the water off?
Well if we were in a campground we'd shut it off at the hose...
But we're on the side of the interstate.
Oh yeah, there's a pump. and a pump switch.
It's right there,
And then a sigh of relief from Becky.
That all happened in a matter of seconds but it seemed like an eternity and I'm still not sure why shutting the pump off will help the toilet overflowing issue.
Until Becky explains that the hose on the back of the toilet came loose and was spraying water everywhere.
Well that's a relief.
Until I look in the toilet room and see 4 inches of standing water.
Water is the enemy of a motorhome.
Water damages things.
So while parked on the shoulder of an overpass we go to work grabbing dirty laundry, sheets and blankets to mop up the water. We're going to be back in Michigan tonight, and so we don't need to sleep on these sheets with these blankets anymore.
(or so we thought)
About 7 or 8 minutes of mopping up the water (oh yeah, we don't have any towels along, so any fabric works as a towel in a bind right?)
And then Becky asks "Is that normal?" pointing at the front of the motorhome.
I step up and say "yeah, the hazards are on, so that's why it's making the clicking/whining sound." Becky didn't accept that, and said I don't think you're hearing all of it.
So I stepped all the way into the cockpit and realized there was a pump whining, I saw smoke, and the temperature gauge was way off the charts.
What in the world?
How is this possible?
It can't be.
I mean yes, the engine is running, but we've only been on the road for 30 miles, less than an hour.
How in the world could we be overheating?
So I drive it off the overpass to the shoulder of an onramp. I just didn't feel comfortable where we were, walking around the the front of the motorhome.
I shut it off and a bunch of smoke billows up from the front.
Yup, the smell, the smoke, the gauge, they all say we've overheated.
Yet how could this be? We're only in the appalachian mountains in Kentucky, and we've driven it through the Rockies. How is this possible, plus it's 9am and we've only been driving for less than an hour.
How is this possible?
I get out, fire extinguisher in hand. What if it's a fire? That'd be hot.
The neon green fluid running out in front of the tire tells me, no fire. You've overheated,
So we called and a mechanic came, looked at it and said it'd be fine to drive the 4 miles to his RV Repair shop.
Once we arrived they dug in and discovered the fan clutch had given out. Driving down the road the air keeps it cool. Idling on the side of the road the engine/road heat overheated it because the cooling fan would not spin.
So we're waiting in Corbin Kentucky for the part to arrive (2 hours) and the mechanic to do his work.
Hopefully this is the only thing we need. Hopefully we'll be back on the road soon.
So we had a bit of liquid problem today.
Antifreeze boiling over.
And hopefully we'll get back to Michigan today.
As Becky just said:
"Not exactly our kind of slow travel... but ya know"