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Borrego Springs, CA

Saturday, September 27, 2014

♫ ♪ Sometimes you feel like a nut… ♪ ♫

Well, we both felt like nuts today as we headed out in the pouring rain to try to find a lug nut for the back tire.  We had a list of several vehicle services places located in Ogden, Utah, that the RV park provided.  The first one couldn’t help us, so they suggested two other places.  We even went to a Winnebago dealer where that salesman was off today.  They took us to the parts department.  The lady there said she would need a VIN# from the rig before she could even think of helping us.  What?  She then said Winnebago in Iowa was closed on Saturday, and she thought they were crabby to work with anyway.  And by the way, they only worked on things inside the rigs.

She gave us two more local locations to try.  Can you see where this is going?  Nobody could help us.  The person that sounded the most like he knew what he was talking about said the only thing we could do was go to a hubcap place in Salt Lake City.  We surely weren’t going to find any big lug nut in town here.

Mind you, this not so scenic tour of many of the streets in Ogden was accomplished in the pouring rain, so every time we got out of the car, we got all wet.  We finally gave up.  Kurt had the idea that if we bought some strong lock-tight, and a big channel pliers, he could make the hubcap stay on with the one lug nut we had until I could order one sent to Arizona.  So we went to Lowes and bought the pliers.

Then we went back to Walgreens to pick up his prescriptions and go across the street to restock the rig with groceries.  I was not entirely comfortable with the lock-tight solution, but didn’t know of anything else we could do.

We returned to the rig, and that’s when Kurt decided to give it one last try.  He Googled truck repair places in Ogden.  A list appeared, and he called the one that appeared closest to our location.  They were closing in an hour, so I put the address into Jack-in-the-Box and off he went.  Can you believe that after driving around for forty miles today, the truck repair place was less than one mile from our location?

It turned out that they did have a lug nut that would work.  Yahoo!  But that’s not the best part.  Kurt told them the tale of how we had traveled to five different places looking for this nut today, to no avail.  You know what the lady said?  “It’s more work to write this sale up than it’s worth, so it’s yours for free!”  If you’re ever in Ogden, Utah, and need a truck part, I highly recommend Utah Truck Trailer.  That place made our day.  Now I’ll fell better about moving on down the road.

Thanks for stopping by… talk to you later,  Judy

21 comments:

  1. As I was reading along, I was thinking "a truck repair place is more likely to have that than an RV dealership"...

    Glad you got it sorted out.

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  2. Ah yes, the joys of multi manufacturer parts used to build our motorhomes. Nice of that guy to give the nut for free. Sometimes, there is hope for humanity... ;c)

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  3. Nice to see there are still some people who's kind and giving, and the dollar is not the first thing on their mind. May the Lord bless her! and you will travel not having to worry about the hub cap coming off. Have been through Ogden many times. I love the route through north Ogden, very scenic.

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  4. That is the ole PAY IT FORWARD !!!
    Glad it was your turn today, JUDY and KURT !!! Great that you will roll on not having to worry along the way !!!

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  5. Hey Judy. Don't know what your plans are after Ogden. We are in Brigham City tonight and will be moving to Provo tomorrow for a week. We are at the Lakeside RV. If'n you got an extra day . . . stop by. Otherwise, we know how it is this time of year. Time to get to winter headquarters. Glad you found your nut. Lots of people lose their nuts and never do find them. :) Hugs Ann

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  6. Isn't it a pain driving around in the rain, in any vehicle... especially if you have to drive in circles!

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  7. Glad you found that nut! And glad Kurt thought to call around to truck repair places. We're so lazy we never go look for anything without googling it and calling. Usually it pays off. Not what I'd call a fun day for you two but the pay off is great and what nice folks to make it a nice day for your wallet too. Now you'll have safer travels. Do those things just come loose on their own after time? Should we all be checking our lug nuts??

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  8. Cool beans as you say Judy! Glad you got the problem resolved, the cowboy is looking for a hubcab to replace the one we lost off the motorhome.

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  9. So glad you got that taken care of. I would have worried about it the entire time but that's me. There are still some really nice people in this old world of ours. Glad you finally found one.

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  10. Totally frustrating! But I guess all's well that ends well, so you can move on down the road with no worries. :)

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  11. What a great ending to what might have been a disaster!!!! Safe travels!

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  12. What a nerve and gut wrencher!

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  13. Did you buy two? I would have just in case:)

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  14. One of the best things about traveling is the nice folks you meet along the way. Glad she helped you out and your hub cap is on tight.

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  15. Everyone is commenting about what a nice person the lady was and I don't doubt that she is but that is not why she gave you the nut.

    She was actually THINKING and did the best thing for the company/store. I sure hope the "boss" at Utah Truck Trailer knows what a great employee she is and is paying her well.

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  16. To answer your question, it will be a month or more till we are at Dogpound South Judy. Brenda knee is still not in any shape to travel.

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  17. Nice Post.Thanks for Sharing this in your Blog

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