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Arrrrrrrrg: the kill switch about killed me
Posted by CBS [Email] (#969) [Profile/Gallery] (more from CBS) on Fri, 5 Jan 2018 13:35:04

In Reply to: Re: Fog light kill switch, StoicBlue87 [Profile/Gallery] , Sat, 18 Nov 2017 14:24:15
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Probably no one monitoring this thread anymore and story not very Saaby...
We were camping in a group with our '85 VW Westy (Vanagon) just outside Yellowstone by Gardiner Montana. Fifteen miles up a bad single track dirt road switchbacking up a mountain to a paradise of a "secret" campsite next to a waterfall (told to us by a Ranger friend). Two days of bliss and then it was time to drive back. Went to start the Westy and it just cranked and cranked with no spark. Tried to jump the fuel pump with no luck. So had it towed all the way down where we sat in Gardiner trying to fix it. Lucky that a mechanic who had a day off agreed to look at other shop would touch it. He rigged up a Rube Goldberg system to get it going wherein which we had to disconnect the battery and the coil to get the motor to stop. We made it back to Minnesota where my mechanic said "why didn't you turn on the kill switch"? The previous owner had installed a toggle kill switch way in the back of the cabinets that we must have bumped when removing cooking pans. A thousand bucks+ later including a plane ticket for wife and white knuckle driving; and all we had to do is toggle a switch.
LESSON: make sure you tell the next owner that you have a kill switch installed!!!!!!!!
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