10/10/2011, Columbus, NM
Now Russ decided that it has to do with the wiring. He started checking the connections. Found one that was not making a good connection, so he took of the mickey mouse connector and hard wired it.
He says "I think I found it"
By this time I am at a wait and see. Everytime he has fixed it he has said "I think I found it".
So out we go again and again we get towed back. So he then decided to hard wire all connections by passing the connectors. This time he found a few melted connectors on the inside of the connector.
By hard wiring all of them we feel like he has fixed it. And sure enough we went on a couple of trips and came home under its own power. YEAH....
10/05/2011, Columbus, NM
It appears that it is overheating. Russ pulls both fans and one does not work quite as well as the other. Back on the phone with the dealer and a new fan is on the way.
Russ installs the new fan and we are running again. This next trip will not be so far that we need to tow it. We have built up a little mistrust in the reliability. Ya Think!!!
Russ takes it out and I stay home waiting for a call. He brings it back under its own power and picks up the dogs to take them to the ball park to run. He gets a quarter of the way and the Thing is not sounding right. He makes it back home.
10/03/2011, Columbus, NM
Today Russ is checking out the Thing to find out what was wrong. He thinks he has an idea. He calls the dealer and they give him the phone number for TJ Sports in El Paso. Russ talks to Chad and they discuss what is wrong. Now back to the dealer to have warranty parts sent.
In about 3-4 days the parts came. Russ installed them and we are back in business.
Ride number two was just out of town on dirt roads heading east towards El Paso. Found a little spot to check out the climbing abilities but the ground was too soft. Back on the dirt road and headed back home. Yes you guessed it. It just flat out died about four blocks from home. I called dad to bring rope so we can tow it. Yes Russ was in the thing and dad and I were in the car. We get it back home and push it under the awning.
10/02/2011, Columbus, NM
We took the "Thing" out of the bed of the truck for a ride. Tres Hermanas is the destination. We loaded up the fur buts and a 6 pack cooler with snacks and drinks for us and the dogs and off we go. Everything was going good up until it died. Yes, it died. Russ check it out and it would not start. Now it is about a four mile walk out with dogs in tow. Taco does great in the sun and loved the walk. Lucy on the other hand does not do well in the sun. You can tell how she is doing by watching her tail. Yes that's righ her tail. She starts out with the tail straight up and then it slowly lowers until it is completly down. When it gets to about half mast I pick her up. We are constantly giving her water. Give her water and her tail goes straight up and is good for another 10 minutes or less. This is how it went for four miles. It is a good thing I had my cell phone. When I had signal I called Mom and dad to come to pick us up. The four mile hike out was to where mom and dad was to pick us up. Then is was about another 10 minute ride back to the trailer to pick up the truck. It is also a good thing that we had a GPS to mark the location of the "thing".
We jump into the truck and drive to the "Thing" and hook up a bridle to tow the thing home. I drove the truck and Russ was in the thing. In order to stay off the main road and not get a ticket for towing without a hitch we went through hill and dale and even had to use the 4 wheel drive. It took a long time to get her home but we made it.
10/01/2011, Duchesne, Ut
It is now time to head south for the winter, just like the birds. Indian Canyon is beautiful this time of year with all it's fall colors. Our destinationis Columbus, NM.
We left right between weather fronts and had a clear trip down. From Utah we went through southern Colorado and made a few hour stop at Mesa Verde. Drove through the morefield campground and then the rest of the park. On our way out we stopped at the Village store just to see what was going on.
We spoke to Carolyn and asked how does one become a camp host here? Carolyn gave us all the information and the phone number to speak to the manager Susan. We called Susan and she was excited that we wanted to work there. Susan said to enjoy the holiday's and she would call us after the New Year.
So we left Mesa Verde and made our way to Columbus, NM. Arrival date was October 4th and we started volunteering the next day. Our days to work are Monday - Wednesday leaving the other four days to explore.
Today we left Liz & Bert's house to hit the trail. We started on a paved road that turned into a dirt road and then a dirt trail and up a steep rocky river wash. When we turned the corner and saw this Russ and I looked at each other and said "Oh S___ what a maden voyage this will be". Here we go. Russ is at the helm. We were in low gear and crawled our way up. There were a few times I thought we would have to get out and lift one end over a rock. Luckly we did not have to do that. This little gocart was amazing. When we got to the top there was Liz & Bert waiting and wondering if we would make it, (they have a Polaris RZR). The "Thing" did great.
We took a break to let things cool off before hitting the trail. Only Liz and Bert know what lies ahead.
On the trail we head through the trees that lead to magnificant views. We stop by the side of the road to have a snack and marvel in our trip so far. Liz and Bert are alot faster than we are so they get there first, good thing since they are the cruise directors on this trip.
The next thing we know is we are at the top of a 10,000 foot high mountain where you could the back side of a mountain hill with snow still on it. There were two places we could see this. That's pretty amazing since it is late summer.
So far we are pretty impressed with the "Thing (hammerhead". We then head back down the way we came. At one point we had to stop to let the breaks cool. Going down, lets you know how steep going up was and we did not even notice it.
The most interesting ride negotiation was the steep rocky wash. All in all the Thing did great and did not skip a beat. Now we think it is broken in.
Back to the house to have Margarita's and dinner and discuss the good times.