The altenator stopped working last nite, but we drive quite a few hours on battery power and our lights really weren't even dim when we decided we were both too tired to drive. It didn't help that we were in the mountains and it was raining. Stopped on the pn md border and got a hotel room for the nite in a truck driving town. there were about a dozen truck stops, i figured i should be able to get an alternator here in the morning.
Phill decided he needed a bit more beauty sleep this morning, so i decided to head out and get a new alternator myself. It was about a mile from the motel to the truck parts store.
We had checked the tow bar/car setup at pretty much every stop along the way, except for this one.
As i pull into the truck stop/repair place i look in my rearview mirror to see how the car is doing. When the bus is turning is the only time you can see the car. Through the mirror, much to my dismay, i see the bumper of the bus going around the corner, and the car going straight. It's difficult to describe the feeling in my gut, but it wasn't good.
Thankfully those chains did their job. The car soon took the slack out of the chains which forced the car to follow the bus. An interesting thing about chains.....they keep the car from getting any further away from the bus, but the car is able to get a whole lot closer! *BANG* The car hit the back of the bus.
I got out to see what had caused this catostrophic failure. The pin that holds the reciever to the hitch had fallen out, including the little pin that is supposed to keep the big pin in place. How does that happen? can't be sure it wasn't vandalism, though that seems unlikely.
only the headlight was damaged, here is a photo of the smashed turnsignal/headlight
and the pin after we fixed it
wer're in richmond now, haven't met up with the guy yet.