The Stories We Could Tell


It was bound to happen at some point during our journey – just a matter of time. Our first major mechanical problem with the trailer; the right rear brake drum failed during our drive from Durango to Ridgway. Fortunately this actually didn’t cause any problems during the drive – Bria descended down a challenging grade from an altitude of 10,000 feet at the top of the Lizard’s Pass to 7,000 feet without incident. But when we arrived at the campground an unfamiliar noise suggested something was broken. And it was. After several conversations with Lance (the trailer manufacturer) and some of my own amateur investigation I discovered some loose parts in the brake drum. Disassembling the entire brake assembly is a bit over my head so I called in professional help. Big thank you to Pryce at H and M Towing for finding the correct part and installing here at the campsite. We are off to Grand Junction (or just “Junction” as the locals say) to have the other trailer brakes inspected.

Update: Trailer brakes officially inspected! All is well and we are back on the road. But a funny thing happened on the way to the repair shop. During a brief stopover in Montrose where Pryce was going to tighten our lug nuts before the drive to “Junction,” James found a nail in one of the truck tires! When it rains, it pours. By chance, we were a short two blocks from a tire shop. The travel Gods are most definitely with us. Both the nail and the trailer brake issue could have caused some serious problems on the road. We most have good road karma!


June 10, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. James and Bria
    What lucky travelers you were to have made it down that steep grade and safely into your campground. Now you’re true RVer’s. You just had to be initiated. There are still a few steps you might have to pass, but you’re doing great and I’m really loving the stories and pictures. Keep it up and have fun!

    Comment by Jamey | June 11, 2010 | Reply

  2. Hi Guys,

    Glad to hear that you made it safely over Lizard Head Pass. I used to drive that road alot, between Rico (lived in Rico for about 6 months)and Telluride. Pretty spectacular views. Hope you are enjoying the majesty of the beautiful San Juan’s. Did you get a chance to spend any time in Telluride?

    Anyhow, we are loving following all of your travels. You both look wonderful. Can’t wait to hear and see the next segment.

    Take care.


    P.S. Calling Mama tonight to wish her a Happy Big-day!!

    Comment by Mardell Stucky | June 11, 2010 | Reply

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