We got an early start this morning, around 9:00, but ran into difficulties on I-10 westbound heading into Phoenix. We heard there were traffic problems on EASTBOUND, but we thought we'd be ok westbound. Nope! No, siree! The westbound lanes became clogged and totally stopped as we got on the other side of Phoenix. After an hour of stop and go traffic, a highway worker stopped his truck and got out to wave traffic off the highway completely. He said an officer had been shot and killed this morning on I-10....Nobody was moving on either side of the expressway for miles......We found out later that there had been a suicide jumper on the overpass, and another police officer motorcycle accident. Traffic was a mess and I-10 was shut down for much of the day in that area.
|California border inspection station-got any contraband, Eldo?|
Because the red light continued to flash, we pulled into the next rest stop which was just a few miles from the shoulder stop. We checked the tire pressure again...still 90 psi. Luckily, there was a truck repair service guy working on a semi right next to us. We asked him to check our tire pressure for us...he said the pressure reading was about 80 psi, which is below our baseline pressure for a cold tire on the motorhome. He was kind enough to add air for us. In the meantime, I got on the phone and called the Tire Traker people. Darryl Lawrence, the owner, was extremely patient with me and talked me through switching around some tire sensors to see if it could be a bad sensor or a problem with the valve stems...when you put on a sensor, it pushes in the valve stem briefly while making a connection. After about 15 min. of talking us through different solutions and placements of tire pressure sensors, we concluded that the inside tire valve stem pins on both sides of the motor home are not making good contacts with the pressure sensors. When the sensors lose connectivity while on rough roads, (which can happen) sometimes the monitor reads that as, "Uh-oh! You don't have any tire pressure in that tire!" And that's what is happening, that's why the monitor said we had 0.0 psi's. Once we switched the sensors around the inside back and outside rear tires, the light went off and we went on our way....we're still going to need a tire shop to check those valve stems if we want to use our tire pressure monitoring system for all our tires. The system is monitoring the car tires great, so no problems there. It's a cool system, really! Tells you the temperature of the tires as well as the psi's on them. Valve stems can be tricky with a tire pressure monitoring system.....the company is doing a wonderful job of supporting us as we work through some of these issues, and we're very happy with them......they'll do whatever it takes to make things right, we can see that....
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|One of the buildings at the fairgrounds|