A couple of years before I retired, I bought a newer truck. Knowing we were upgrading to a 5th wheel, I bought a one year old Ram 2500 with about 20,000 miles. Dave Ramsey would have approved. In fact, to myself, I referred to the truck as Dave. I did not feel that I could justify the extra cost of a diesel engine so I settled for a Hemi. It ran great and did a good job pulling the 5th wheel. At 30ft and 9,000 lbs., the camper was within the specs of what the truck could tow.
Prior to heading to Utah to the mighty 5 National Parks, I had probably pulled the camper a couple of thousand miles during several outings. No problems. I got slightly less fuel mileage than Dan and his diesel. And I tended to go uphill slower.
The short version of the story is, the Hemi made it about 2800 miles of a 4,000 mile trip. Just west of Albuquerque, New Mexico is the ridge. From the west on I-40 eastbound it is 9 miles uphill. Climbing the hill, we just kept going slower and slower. Just as we were getting close to the top of the hill and our exit, the truck died. Luckily, I had realized something was wrong and gotten to the shoulder. And luckily we had opted for the Good Sam’s towing insurance. Dan went on the RV park, set up his camper and came back for Deb. In an hour or so a tow truck showed up.
And as you can see by the photo, we made quite an entrance into the Enchanted Trails RV park near Albuquerque, New Mexico just as a beautiful full moon was climbing into the desert sky. It was so nice of Dan to capture my moment defeat for all posterity. But that’s what friends are for, to chronicle our lives.
Seeing our plight, another couple in the campground explained that they had made a similar entrance the day before. And another couple the day before that. The tow truck driver said that stretch of road was a popular place to break down.
We had planned to spend 2 nights in Enchanted Trails. Sue and Dan stayed one extra day. Deb and I stayed a total of 3 extra days. In the 5 days we were there, we went sightseeing, horseback riding, bought a new truck and had a hitch installed. I call the new truck Dave 2.0. And yes, he does have a diesel.
Dave Ramsey challenges people to live like no one else so that someday you can live like no one else. We are far from rich. But we very blessed and comfortable. After a few unplanned days, we were back on the road with my bruised ego, a lighter bank account and a new truck. Life is good!!!!!!!!!!!!