Day 25 The bumps along the way


Taking inventory of things damaged

by the

Dempster Highway

 

LESSON:  In northern Canada, when you see signs like this…IMG_2454

 

or flags like this…..

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Pay attention and slow down.  When they say the roads are bumpy they mean tall mountains and small valleys.

By the time I arrived in Dawson City the camper had been through a lot of shakes and jolts.   I decided to take an inventory of the damage to the camper.

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Bathroom door off the hinge

 

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Door hinge is so caked with dry mud it doesn’t want to close

 

 

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Kitchen cabinet won’t close because the catch has been so badly bent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

not to mention the screws holding the oven in place are stripped and the bathroom cabinet needs to be completely replaced and the two rear mud flaps had been partially ripped off by the weight of mud.

Then there was a flat tire….

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Had the tire patched and headed out of Dawson City toward White Horse.

 

I noticed that the outer rear wheel was looking low on air so I pulled into a gas station to fill it (and the others).  The inner tire was completely empty and the outer tire looked flat because it was supporting all the weight.  Who knows how long the tire’s been flat.  I found someone to patch the tire and headed south.

The next day, after bushwhacking in a nondescript spot, we arrived in Whitehorse. Our first stop was the hardware store to pick up some items for the repairs.  As I was parking a guy yelled to tell me that there was a wire dragging behind the truck.  IMG_3587

Apparently the mechanic who fixed the tire also loosened the wire that connected the camper to the truck battery.  I probably drove most of the last 200 miles with no back lights.  I guess it could have been worse.

What to do

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I found a public playing field to do the work. A sign of where I am: this is not a ball park. It’s a Mud Racing Track.

 

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Good Ole Duct Tape

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Poodles patiently waiting for me to finish my handy work

Next Stop

Change the oil and differential in truck.  Remember how I replaced my oil cap on my first trip through Whitehorse?  well, the mechanic found the lost oil cap under the hood.  It stayed there for the past 3000+ miles.  At least now I have a spare.

 

End of a long day and time to find a campground for the night

On the outskirts of town

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