The sun June has riz, the sun June has set, and here we is in Texas yet!
Overview – Stuck, stuck in Amarillo, no joy, not moving on, stuck! Arriving in the campground – what is that smell? Burnt rubber?! Uh Oh very hot wheel – RV repair not Colorado. Yuck. Pilgrim limped, groaned, and rattled into the thankfully nearby RV repair center. Confirmation, it is a wheel bearing. Two days later, Pilgrim is finally freed from the shop, but with recognition of other possible problems looming, the wise decision was to return home, to find a new/newer 5th-wheel.
June 6 – We got off to a great start, jacks up and out of the campground early to beat the rain that was threatening. It wasn’t long before we passed Decatur then up 287 for that looonng stretch north and west to Amarillo. Traversing endless miles of red clay, peppered with the grey of twisted mesquite trees, and the grey green of sage. Flung around are rugged mesas and weathered buttes. Imagination had me travelling back in time as we pass through towns like Quanah, Chillicothe, and Goodnight. Images of cowboys ridding the open range, lonely cabins with pioneers eking out a living, Indian chasing buffalo, cattle drives and huge ranches flash into mind as the miles roll by. Most unusual, there has been lots of rain over the whole West Texas area. Water is standing in the fields and more is predicted. There was even water flowing in the Prairie Dog Branch of the Red River! But our great start came to a sizzling end when we arrived at our campground in Amarillo.
First Brady discovered a wheel was extremely hot, after several minutes of spraying water on the wheel, it finally stopped steaming and smoking. Praise the Lord that we arrived here without incident. If Brady hadn’t checked, Pilgrim could have become a crispy critter. After two days of wait and worry, Pilgrim was finally out of the repair garage, but with the recognition that our problems were greater than the wheel bearing. The water damage that we had considered slight and something that we could repair, was much more extensive. During our wait we did squeeze in a side trip to Palo Dura Canyon, but could not spend much time exploring, since we needed to stay in cell phone contact with the repair garage and the canyon does not have cell coverage.
June 9 – Back at home, we began the search for a new/new to us home for the road. So many, yet so few that we would consider. My requirements: big tinted windows, rear living area with comfortable seating including a recliner (hopefully two), sufficient cabinetry in the kitchen to hold the supplies we take on the road, a wardrobe with a dresser in the bedroom, hopefully two ACs for those hot Texas summers, and a freestanding table –not a booth. Brady’s: not longer than 31 feet, preferable under 30, good underneath storage, no water damage. After looking at a few pre-owned 5th Wheels, and discovering some potential water damage in at least one, we decided on a new RV. It seems that 5th wheel manufacturers think we all want really long ones, so the shorter length definitely put some challenges in our search. Jayco seemed to be coming out the leader. They have a few shorter versions with nice amenities and good price. Everyone we spoke with had good things to say about their quality. Our search was finally taking a direction. We found a couple of very nice Jayco dealers in our area. At first we were dealing with Gwen at Nichols RV. She is super nice, honest and helpful, unfortunately that deal did not work out for us. We then drove to Ft. Worth to Vogt RV. Here Anthony showed us a couple of Jaycos. I fell in love with the Eagle 315RLTS. It has all the features that I wanted and was close enough for Brady’s wants. So it is good bye to our good friend Pilgrim, we had lots of good memories traveling with you.
June 21 – TADA!! We will pick up our new Jayco Eagle later this week! Once we take delivery and get better acquainted with it, I’ll post pictures.