A few days earlier in Great Falls, Montana in -17 C (1 F) temperatures that felt several degrees colder than that, the trailer’s holding tank (at least the outlet) was frozen and could not be emptied. What a thing to talk (write) about!
A couple of days of bumpy roads and warmer temperature fixed that problem for us, as we found out at the sani dump in Omak’s stampede grounds.
While the Captain dealt with this task, I was looking mindlessly at our muddy, tired-looking trailer.
“Do you think that tire looks a bit low?” I asked.
I got the usual (expected) answer. “Naw, it’s just the way it’s sitting.”
Silence…. Then, “Get me that pressure gauge out of the console, will ya?”
Moments later, “Holy sh–!” (Apparently, he still had the holding tank problem [trouble #1] on his mind.) “It’s only 15 pounds!”
(I knew it should be somewhere around 30.)
Several times over the next hour or so, the Captain said, “Whoah, sure lucky you noticed that tire.” He said later, he thought we must have picked up a tack on the rodeo grounds.
At the first available gas station we put air in the tire. Then we hurried to nearby Home Depot lot next to Wal-Mart and found a quiet corner to change the tire, which was already hissing out air.
When the Captain got the spare tire off the back of the trailer (first time it had been touched since we bought the trailer), the pressure gauge told us this was something that we had overlooked. It had only 12 pounds of air pressure.
How lucky was it that we had brought this mini compressor along? It plugs into the cigarette lighter and can pump up a tire.
In minutes the spare was up to full pressure,
and the tire was changed.
So that was trouble #2 taken care of.
We had noticed more than six trailers and motorhomes in the Wal-Mart parking lot next to the Home Depot lot where we were, so we felt safe enough and thought we would have a quiet night’s sleep.
At about 11 p.m. a small car (trouble #3) came into the lot and parked right up against the back of our trailer. I peeked out through the blinds and the car backed up and pulled out.
My relief that he was leaving did not last long, as he pulled in right in front of us. NOW we were worried. He had the whole huge empty Home Depot lot to park in, yet he cozied up to us. The driver got out and crouched down by his left front tire, hiding behind his open car door.
I suggested that we take off and go park by the motorhome in the lot next to us. The Captain sneaked into the truck and drove, while the dogs and I stayed in the trailer until we were safely parked by the other campers and watched to see what the strange car would do. After a while he left and we could relax.
There is a lot to be said for parking in an RV park, but this time our flat tire had left us searching for a quick place to park and we ended up boondocking in a parking lot. I wonder if the lost sleep is worth it.
Just a day’s drive from home, we had one more calamity to deal with. Next time.