By Alan Hargreaves-Oracle on Mar 06, 2006
Continuing on writing up our holiday.
We went to start off on Monday morning for the Gold Coast. Turned ignition key, absolute silence. Someone must not have shut a door properly. Fortunately, we have roadside assistance with NRMA who have an agreement with RACQ.
We got RACQ out and battery was totally flat and alternator was all but dead too. He put enough of a charge on to get us to an auto-electrician to replace the alternator.
As we got onto Anzac Avenue (highway type road), I start getting complete loss of power. Naturally I thought that we had used up what was in the battery. I managed to get the car off the road and call RACQ again. This time they manage to leave us stuck on the side of a highway with kids in the car on a hot day for FOUR HOURS.
When the tow truck finally got there, he wanted to only tow us to the next service station, not the auto-electrician 4-5km down the road in Kallangur (pronounced close to Clanger). We managed to get him to take us. The auto electrician explained that tow truck drivers don't like towing to him as he does not do the $50 back hander.
I was impressed with the guys looking at the car and the facilites that were offered to breakdowns. They had a room off to the side with a nice comfy couch, where Lyn slept for a few hours and a TV and playstation for the kids. Jake played on the playstation and Lucy got into Age of Empires II on the notebook.
Anyway. the alternator was fixed a 4:30. I went to drive out and still had loss of power, so we backed the car back into the garage. It looked like carburettor problem that would not be fixed that day, so we give up a night in a 5 star resort (prepaid, non-refundable) for an NRMA funded stay in a "cheap" motel. The room had one double bed and one single, both in the same room. The owner promised to bring around a fold up bed for the other child. About 9pm I went around to remind them of this and got the bed. The jug and microwave were in the "bathroom" and the fridge was empty but for ice. The cost of this room was borne by our roadservice, but was about half of what we would have paid for the five star resort room. I was less than impressed.
The next day, it looked like we must have got some bad fuel. They had cleaned out the carburettor, the injectors, drained the fuel from the tank and cleaned it too. We got on our way about 1pm and headed for Kirra Beach.
I'll write up the stay at Kirra later.