Or maybe more accurately, too much in the way of brakes…
Dani and I headed away from Uncle David’s house and made for a quiet little campsite near Colletsville NC which bills itself as the “middle of no where in the center of the universe”. On one of the winding little roads I noticed the RV pulling hard to the passenger side and had that sinking feeling that the brakes had stuck and were dragging. Luckily we were able to pull off the road pretty quickly.
The rim was smoking hot and so we began a long process of repair. We had to have the RV towed to a nearby shop in Boone NC up a mountainside. It was beautiful but nerve wracking to watch your 16000lb vehicle being driven up the side of a mountain.
The shop in Boone NC (Bill’s garage) turned out to be great. They replaced both front brake lines and the caliper on the passenger side. Unfortunately we discovered an ominous harmonic noise after we confirmed the brakes worked again. This turned out to be a warped wheel bearing that probably went bad due to heat expansion when the wheel cooked.
Now its all well and good and the shop did a great job, but… We’d had to spend Easter weekend on the side of the road and the next couple of nights in a garage yard. Blah.
Finally though, we’re ready to get back to camping. So with new brake lines we pushed right back onto the Blue Ridge Parkway and headed on down the road in search of our next campsite, which turned out to be closed due to a Hemlock kill. The forestry guys told us of a nearby spot though. They were sort of shocked we’d driven a class A RV miles down gravel roads. I guess they gave us a lot of credit because the spot they suggested was down a road that really was scary in a big vehicle.
Victor’s Field Road is gravel, narrow, cut into the side of a mountain, has no rails, and is one and only one lane. Whew! The campsite is worth it though.
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