Red Bay At Last


It turned out that our breakdown was caused by the faulty water pump pictured in the above photo. You can see the two broken impellers and the shaft of the pump was totally out of alignment. Tiffin's, Gary Harris and Nathan Davidson, in Red Bay were on top of the repairs from the moment I called them from our location in Sparta, KY. Nathan found G&G Towing in Sparta and had them attend our location at the Marathon Gas Station at exit 22 off I-71. They tried to get a tech from Cummins Louisville to come out and do the repairs required but when Cummins couldn't send someone, they authorized Chad of G&G Towing to run into Lexington, KY to pick up the parts needed and perform the repairs. We were on the road again by 3:30 pm Thursday afternoon heading for Camping World in Bowling Green, KY. It was a long twenty four hours sitting in Sparta but our Bus seems to be performing well again.

We had supper at Cracker Barrel and then headed for groceries at Walmart. We were both exhausted by the time we got back to Camping World. Once the groceries were put away, we took Teddy for a nice walk before settling in for the night. Despite a very hectic day we both slept well and were ready for the last leg of our journey to Red Bay.

We were on the road by 7 am this morning under clear blue, sunny skies. We were soon out of Kentucky and once through Nashville we continued south on I-65 to the Pilot station in Pulaski. I used my Flying J card to successfully open the pump without having to pre-pay as we have had to do in the past. I also picked up a box of DEF (diesel exhaust fluid) at Pilot and will top up our on board DEF tank while at Red Bay. Interestingly, our DEF tank is located on the passenger side of our Bus, but all the large DEF tanks we have seen at Flying Js and Pilot stations are equipped to fill DEF tanks on the driver's side of trucks and RVs only.

We continued on to Red Bay and arrived just before noon. We are in a full hook up site at the Detail Shop across the street from the Allegro campground. We've been told we will have to wait 3-5 days for a FHU site at the campground but we will be fine where we are until then. I'll submit our list of required repairs in the morning and I expect we'll be here for at least a week, possibly more, waiting to get in the shop.

Such is life. We have a nice site for the time being and have already met friends from Ottawa and a made a few new ones as well. Our Verizon 4G mifi works very well here as does our Shaw Direct satellite dish.



  1. Tom Van de Bussche November 3, 2013 at 6:41 pm #

    Glad you made it to Red Bay. Hope the water pump failure doesn’t cause any engine problems down the road. I carry a 5 gallon container to fill with DEF at the pump because of the DEF tank location. Enjoy the Bus.

    • Mark Jones November 3, 2013 at 9:52 pm #

      Thanks for the tip for DEF, Tom. Tiffin is going to give the engine a thorough going over to make sure everything is in order.