Thursday, July 14, 2011

Redneck vacation and other stuff

Daughter #2 and her family left the week before the NH wedding so that they could vacation en route north.

Well, they didn’t get far before having to call Dad for HELP!  So, Maytag Man made a road trip to VirginiaRedneck vacation at 9p to help the kids get the Freightliner truck running. 

Six hours into a two-week trip, the truck just stopped running as the kids turned off the interstate.  After trouble shooting over the phone, MM and Jason decided it needed a new fuel transfer pump (oh boy, we just happened to have one on the wrecked bus, featured on yesterday’s blog!).  By 6AM the next morning, the “new” pump was on the truck and it was running, so MM headed on back home…after fueling up on a good breakfast, complete with Nana Joyce’s homemade biscuits.

Rut roh.  Thirty minutes and one phone call later, it was turn around and go back time, as the truck did not even make it out of the parking lot.  An hour later after trying all possible solutions, a bright idea came on in MM’s head---he checked the driver's side fuel tank.  Yes, it was empty, as the vent on the other tank was plugged (danged dirt dauber!), and it would not let fuel out of the tank that had the fuel gauge on it. Twelve hours later, the truck was still running fine, and the kids were in NJ, finally vacationing.

Amy figured out this was the fifth time MM had come to their rescue with fuel (twice), a tow home, and even once flying four tires to them for the travel trailer when they were stranded with a flat.  Dad is great!!!…most of the time.

Now the ‘rest of the story’ on the church bus (it only had 37K miles on it) is that it was totaled by the insurance company, so MM was able to buy it at a very reasonable price to “part out” stuff on it to use for our own Freightliner.  He and the kids (plural) were very thankful for the ugly bus parts…Brian drove the rig/camper back home from NH.  And he and Faith and young Haley were still speaking after their own camping vacation. 

Speaking of Faith, happy birthday, honey!P1010849


ivana said...

Buon compleanno Faith!!!!

Carissimi Sandy and Wonder Man...
I think that all happens, because MM is there!
So he may not ask:
"What can I do? How is my day?"
Enjoy your Thursday at home...and I wish Dick a short rest!!!
And no snake at home...Missy, be clever!!!

Big hugs to you all!!!!

Elenka said...

Wow, what a story. I have to take my vehicles to VIP to change a light bulb. Pathetic.

Haley D. said...

Hopefully there won't be any more "excitement!" We had dinner with Brian, Faith, and little Haley last night, so all is still well. That's a great picture of them, BTW!

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday Faith!... See, the bus was needed! bwahahahahahahahahahaa!

barb @iPhoneographi said...

Y'all rednecks sure have some fancy toys! I have the AAA Plus plan... but now I'm wondering... how much is the redneck MM plan? hahahaha!

Big hugs xo

Empress Bee (of the high sea) said...

i'm with elenka, off to the service dept. for me!

smiles, bee

Sandee said...

I love my hubby to pieces as you well know, but he's not a handyman. He could start a small war and win, but don't let him fix anything. Bless his heart.

♪♪Happy Birthday to you,♪♪
♪♪Happy Birthday to you,♪♪
♪♪Happy Birthday Dear Faith,♪♪
♪♪Happy Birthday to you.♪♪

Have a terrific day and weekend ahead honey. We are off on a cruise to Driftwood Yacht Club this weekend. Going to meet a blogging buddy too. Stay tuned. Big hugs to you both. :)