The first day of my newest epic adventure started out great. Ended up getting towed to Walmart Service Center in Walterboro, SC. Had the fridge plugged into cigarette outlet and was working fine for most of the time. Then, after stopping to get gas ($2.65 forget the stupid .9) I was back on the road. Dash lights started to dim and a while later engine died. Was able to pull off the road. When the girl at AAA asked me where I was located I told her, “I’m on I-95 about 18 feet south of the Mile Marker 56 sign.”
Arrived at Wally World around 10 pm. Climbed into my bed. Woke up at 6:30. At 7:15. Found out they can’t replace alternators. When talking to my brother about he told me about AAA Service Center and they’d tow me free. Well, you only get one tow per breakdown. I’ll have to pay cash to get towed to the center which said could do the job. It’s 39 miles. There’s a closer place and I talked to them and they can do job, too. Got towed the 6 miles to Lugnutt’s garage (good online reviews, anyway) and forked over $91.Arrived there about 10 a..m.
Within a half hour the Montero was inside the garage. The mechanic said there wasn’t an alternator available locally. He said he might not be able to get me on the road before Monday. So I started checking on cheap motels. A bit later he stuck his head in the tiny waiting room and said he’d located an alternator in Charleston, SC, and they were sending it to him. Would be about an hour but he wasn’t positive it would be the right one. “But I’m going to go ahead and take everything apart, anyway.An hour later he stuck his head in the door and say, this is the part we need. A half hour later I heard the hood slam. He was done!
I’m not going to say how much it cost: other than more than I’d like it too, far less than I’d feared. Not having to rent a room over the weekend was a blessing. Just over three hours after arriving I was back out on the road!!! The man was a miracle worker as far as I’m concerned.A few hours later I pulled in to my nephew’s spread in Wilkesboro, NC.