April 8th ~ Just outside of Bakersfield, CA
Getting from Buena Vista Aquatic Recreation Area to Rivernook Campground was an adventure all by itself…
Tim and I were in the lead vehicle, with Tim driving and me in charge of navigation. I spotted a large piece of carpet in the road and warned Tim to avoid hitting it.
Dick and Karen were following us in their 32 foot rig. Evidently Dick decided to take a magic carpet ride and seconds later Karen was contacting me on the walkie talkies that they had run over the carpet and it had done some damage to the undercarriage.
We swung around and joined them on the side of the road. After a cursory inspection, it was decided to proceed a couple of blocks to a large dirt parking area where they could further assess the damages.
Well, it was not great. The tail pipe tip was broken off, the muffler was loose and wrapped around the drive shaft and the support bracket that holds the carrier bearing for the drive shaft was bent.
First task was to remove the rest of the tail pipe. They were in need of a good hack saw. Just about then, a guy drove up in a truck, who just happened to have one.
They then tried to jerry-rig things, holding the muffler in place with some wire coat hangers, but it was too heavy. Time to cut off the muffler. We knew it would be loud, but at least drivable for a short distance and the RV would not need to be towed.
Dick, after making several calls, was able to find a muffler shop about 15 miles away that not only had the parts that were needed, but had a lift large enough to raise the RV, and best of all, could get us in right-a-way.
Off we went…
The folks at Bob’s Muffler in Bakersfield could not have been any nicer. Not only did they install the new muffler, but were also able to weld a couple of other places that needed to be repaired.
While we waited, the four of us walked right across the street to a small “hole in the wall” authentic Mexican Restaurant, Super Taco, for a wonderful lunch. Warning – the salsa is VERY hot. I can vouch for the fish taco and horchata – yummy!
GRATITUDE MOMENT: Today I am grateful that we managed to arrive in Kernville in one piece and that the damage to Dick and Karen’s RV, although not minor, was able to be repaired both timely and professionally. Feeling super fortunate!