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The two RV Gypsies had their RV towed to
Cummins Northwest RV Repair
in Fairbanks, Alaska
June 17, 2016 - August 9, 2016

Problems with their RV began on June 17, 2016 in Watson Lake when the RV overheated and spit oil out all over the tow car. But despite this and yet a second problem with the RV, the real trouble began when a warning light kept saying "Stop Engine" even though all signals said all fluids were okay. The RV ran very sluggish, but eventually made it to the Yukon Hotel and Campground in Teslin, Yukon. And as bad luck would have it, both tow companies Lee called that were capable of towing a 40-foot RV, had their own tow trucks broken down.

Two days later, on Thursday, June 23, Capital Towing sent a big tow truck to rescue the two RV Gypsies and towed the RV from Teslin to Whitehorse. Two different RV repair places in Whitehorse were unable to figure out the problem.

July 6, 2016

The two RV Gypsies finally got their RV towed over 600 miles from Whitehorse, Yukon to Fairbanks, Alaska. The two RV Gypsies drove their toad to Fairbanks, and the tow truck followed.

It took from July 7, 2016 to August 7, 2016 for the RV to finally be repaired at Cummins, 1921 Sanduri Ave in Fairbanks, Alaska - that's a full month, not to mention the problem really began on June 17th in Canada. Estimated cost $40,000. So the two RV Gypsies drove off and headed towards Tok, Alaska. However, 26 miles down the road (just past North Pole) the RV blew the front passenger side tire. They were right by Eielson Air Force base. Signs all said, "NO parking, NO stopping, NO photography." Yet it took about 1-1/2 hour before two military personnel with big rifles came by to ask why the two RV Gypsies parked their RV there. By then, the tire repair truck was already there putting a new tire on the RV at a cost around $800 (it was a Sunday).

About 95 miles further down the road, the two RV Gypsies took a break in Delta Junction and Lee checked to see if everything was okay with the RV and toad. And sad to say, the RV had an oil leak, so the Lee had to drive the RV back to Fairbanks. A part had to be ordered, so that meant another delay leaving town. But on August 9, 2016, the two RV Gypsies got to leave Fairbanks and head out of Alaska. Unfortunately all of this delay meant that they did not get to some of the places they wanted to get to while in Alaska.

August 10, 2016, the two RV Gypsies got 26 miles out of Tok, and the dreaded "Stop Engine" light came on. Again, work was not done properly because a hose was against something hot and melted which caused the coolant to leak. Lee had to get under the RV and drain out the rest of the leak, then take a part of the hose back into town (good thing they had a tow car). He bought a hose, coolant and clamps and drove back to the RV. He did get it fixed, but it was a rough job and a lot of work, plus a total of five-hours. So they drove their RV back to Tok and parked at Sourdough Campground for the night.

This is a short summary. If you really want more details of all the breakdowns, repairs, and trip from Watson Lake to Fairbanks, click here.

The very long dirt road to Cummins.

The very long dirt road to Cummins.
The very long dirt road to Cummins.
Cummins Northwest RV Repair
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