Did I forget to mention that on the way home from Provincetown a week and a half ago as we drove through the light on North Main Street in our town, the F-250 sputtered and groaned. Leon got it to go another two miles or so, but as we started to climb the rather steep hill which is our our road, about two miles from our driveway, the Ford died. We were at the very side of the road against a stone wall guard rail. Couldn't even open the camper door to get the dog's dinner or a Diet Coke.
Leon knew exactly what it was - the computer was fried - because it has happened before - this being the third time. An hour and a half and Good Sam Road Service couldn't find a tow for a Our Truck and Fifth Wheel, so the town cop on the scene called a local garage.
Meanwhile a friend picked up me and Benni - it was Benni's dinner time and he was hungry - and brought us home. I fed the dog, got in the car and picked up something for Leon and me from Micky D's. (We don't usually eat the stuff, but this was an emergency). Leon was too upset to be hungry, but I get hungry in a crisis (I get hungry no matter what) so I ate part of his.
When the tow arrived, the mechanic said it could't be the computer, no way. So he towed the camper attached to the truck, the two miles up the hill and back home. Was barely able to get the camper off the street - to his credit, having two vehicles in tow (a 30 foot fifth wheel and a 20 foot truck) was real tricky. and after we unloaded the camper, towed the truck to the garage. The last two miles took three hours and cost $150. Well, guess what? The computer was fried due to water seeping in - for the third time. OK, Ford, what's going on here. At $1000 to $1200 a pop, replacing the computer every 16,000 miles is not a viable option. Does anyone know how to prevent this? Three different Ford Dealership/Service Departments could not prevent the problem from recurring.
And, Russ, don't give me any Chevy lip, ya hear?
So we're all home safe and sound, as you know, and the summer is just about wrapped up.