We were excited to head out for our first big trip in our new Pleasure-Way Pursuit last Friday. It has been an adventure for sure! Our destination was Gulf Shores, Alabama. After an overnight stop at a nice Walmart in Franklin, TN we looked forward to our final destination. As we traveled down I 65 through Southern TN and Northern Alabama, we kept hearing some strange noises in the rear of the coach. We stopped several times to rearrange and check for loose items. We couldn't find any reason for the sounds which would go away then come back. The noises became louder and more disconcerting, then a vague "hot" smell. We pulled over near MM315 on I65 and saw a poof of smoke coming from the right rear tires. This is where we would sit for the next 4 1/2 hours as we waited for Ford to send a tow truck/flat bed to take us to the nearest Ford dealer (actually only about 5 miles away!) We were towing our car on a tow dolly, so we would need some way to get the trailer off of the road too. Although it was scary to watch all the weekend traffic speed by, we had our orange road caution signs out and all the flashers on. Not once did we see a highway patrol or sheriff pass by. At least it was a beautiful day and we were in a fairly safe spot, with a great view out our back window as we watched for the tow truck.
Unfortunately, by the time we made it to the Ford dealer, the service department had closed so no one would be able to look at the truck until Monday. But the sales staff found us a "camping" spot for the weekend in their new car lot and we spent a day and a half exploring the town of Cullman, Alabama. We were quite comfortable in our Pursuit, but the view was certainly not what we had expected for the first two nights of our vacation. Monday morning came and they were able to check it out first thing. The worst news we could receive at this point, the whole rear axle assembly, bearings, gears etc. is shot. It looks as if someone forgot to put in the lubricant during assembly. The entire new axle will have to be manufactured, shipped and installed, before we can continue on our first vacation in our PW Pursuit.
So we took our clothing and necessities and cleaned out the refrigerator into our little car and headed back home to Southern Indiana. Our delay is undetermined and fortunately with only a little more than 600 miles on the truck it will be covered by warranty. Hopefully it won't be more than a week or two, but who knows.
My husband placed a call to Dave Arbogast RV where we purchased our Pursuit to let them know the situation. Within a few hours he received a supportive call back from Pleasure-Way, though it is a Ford warranty issue, I'm not sure what they can do. We will certainly remember our first trip in our Pursuit! And the story will be continued as we wait for repairs and the time when we can drive back down to Alabama to pick up our motorhome.