Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Not One of Our Better Days and We Were Watched Over

Tillamook, Oregon    High 64 Low 57

Today was a drizzly day all day.

We left Lincoln City at about 9:00 this morning.

We had driven a whole 50 miles and decided to stop at a rest stop. The turn around was a little tight and I thought I had plenty of room (I actually did) but as we made the turn we heard a loud bang. Cindy thought I had hit one of the cars parked there, but we had actually broken both rear springs and blown a tire.

I pulled up to where we were safe and out of everyone's way. It damaged one of the fenders and my sewer hose compartment in addition to the broken springs.

We called the closest RV repair place and he told us he couldn't come out for a while with no idea of how long. 3 1/2 hours later, still no show. Someone from Tillamook that was in the rest stop suggested another company and I cancelled the first company and asked the second to come out.

I had the two tires off and had checked to see if the axle with the broken springs would allow us to drive into town but when I put weight on just one axle, I didn't think I would be able to move.

About that time the man I had cancelled showed up without and tools so I sent him on his way.

Shortly after the second man showed up with chains and a jack and wanted me to drive to his shop. When I told him I thought it would have to be worked on at the rest stop he also had no tools to tear the spring out and had to go back to his shop to get the necessary tools. Why didn't he believe me when we told him on the phone I didn't think I would be able to drive it anywhere? Maybe they thought I didn't know anything.

I went into town to buy a new tire and when I got back he had one side torn apart and he said he would have to see if any parts were available. He call back a while later and said he couldn't get parts until Friday.

So here we are parked by a sign that says No Over Night Parking until Friday. The man that takes care of the rest stop had already told us we could stay as long as necessary and not to worry about the sign.

The only good thing about all of this is that if it had to happen it was good that it didn't break on a blind curve where we couldn't get off the road instead of in a rest stop.

Thanks for visiting.



  1. Good for you. There's always something good in the bad if you look and it makes things better. Tough luck.

  2. Oh my gosh!!! I'm SO glad you weren't on the road somewhere. That's scary!! Broke both springs? Yikes! That's going to hurt!! Just so happy God was watching out for you. Just down the street is the Elks RV Park. If you need a place to stay, I'll call them and set you up. Hope it's a quick repair.

  3. You are definitely lucky that you weren't on the highway when that let go. Hope you are back on the road soon.
    Be Safe and Enjoy your down time.

    It's about time.

  4. The Lird was definitely watching over you guys. But I am so sorry this happened. I do not understand why repair guys go out without any tools. So frustrating. Glad you are safe.