On the way back to Moab from California, we searched online for the closest Cummins Repair Shop in hopes that we could get our overheating engine problem remedied. We found just such a shop in Grand Junction Colorado and since that was in the direction that we wanted to go after leaving Moab, we made an appointment to have our cooling system checked the following week. Jim predicted that we would love this town as it has all the shopping that we were used to in NC without any of the traffic. He was so right about that and when you throw in the thriving downtown, many parks and numerous wineries we were thrilled that we added this town to our travels.
While our coach was in the shop for the first round of repairs (the bad and costly part), we were able to dry camp in their parking lot (they did have 50 amp service – no water or sewer though) so at least that was free if you don’t figure in the repair costs 🙂 After 2 days of working, they fixed a ride quality problem we had developed after Storm replaced the bushings on our sway bar (he did not have tools to adjust), but the engine continued to overheat on hills. So $1000 and 3 days of downtime later, we were stranded in Grand Junstion until Monday when they could work on it again.
We tried to make the best of things by visiting as many local attractions as possible including taking a couple of rides through the Colorado National Monument, hiking the Trail Through Time, driving up to Grand Mesa, picnicing at Vega Lake and visiting local wineries. Several of the wineries were located in the same facility so all we had to do was stagger from one tasting room to another – an added convenience.
We spent one evening researching our heat problem and learned that replacing the radiator cap and thermostat might help so we picked up parts to have ready Monday hoping we could hit the road headed north before Tuesday.
Photos from our weekend in Grand Junction – click on any one photo to open a slide show: