The RV Road Trip Blog - March 2010
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The house is a mess as we are in the final stages of sorting out what goes to who. A pile to go on Craigslist, a pile for charity, a pile for the kids and a pile for the final yard sale. What's left after the yard sale will be donated to Hannah Home or the Jimmie Hale Mission. If it is something nobody would want besides us, it'll be in the trip to local landfill. Our son is ready for us to be gone. He turns 18 in a month and feels he is ready to be on his own. He'll be by himself from June 1st to Aug 12th... he'll move into the dorms at the University of Alabama then. He'll be fine because he is at that age where he still knows everything. :)
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We had wanted to trade our truck for a diesel but have since decided against it. It isn't really necessary for us since our camper is only 4700 pounds loaded down, plus the maintenance costs on diesels are higher and it is not quite as easy to find fuel. We're content to stick with our 5.4L F150 as there isn't a thing wrong with it and it has been a great truck. Plus we have gotten used to all the amenities it has - LOL. We know that as the miles accrue we'll eventually need to replace the motor but that's OK, we'll just get a crate engine and drop it in there if an when it is needed. Dang, is it May 31st yet?
Cynthia wiped down the inside of the camper to remove the light layer of dust that had accumulated. Next she'll be wiping down the thick layer of pollen that will accumulate - LOL. Anyway, now to figure out when we can go on our first camping trip of 2010! Maybe we can go around Spring Break...
They were a twisted, melted mess! It seems there was a short and everything melted together... the wires, the wire nuts and the electrical tape that was wrapped around it. We are the second owner so it could have been the first owner who did this, but it could also have come from the factory that way. Oh well, we're not interested in laying blame, we're just glad we found the problem.
I cut off the hardened melted gob and stripped the wires so fresh copper was showing. Before connecting it back, I decided to test it with the voltmeter. I reconnected the shore power then tested the wire that came from the converter - I had juice. I turned off the breaker labeled "water heater" and tested the wires again. I still had juice! A little checking and it turn outs someone wired the fridge to the water heater breaker and vice versa. I fixed that then tested the wires again and all was good.
Using wire nuts, I reconnected the water heater wires. I made sure the little switch on the water heater that is outside was on, then I flipped the breaker to see what would happen. I heard the water heater circuit click and nothing more. I waited several minutes then felt the wires to see if they were getting warm (thinking maybe the short could have been in more than one place). Nope, wires are still cool. I went outside and put the voltmeter across the element and I had juice. Ditto for the thermostat. After about 15 minutes I checked the water from the faucet and it came out hot. Yippee! Now the water heater works on gas and electric like it should.
I also replaced the main circuit board in our converter. We had the Elixir ELX-45 converter and it behaved erratically so I figured it would be best to change it before it stranded us. We ordered a WFCO 45 amp main board from Best Converters and it was essentially a plug-n-play swap. The new board gives us 3 stage charging whereas the old one was single stage. That's it for now, I reckon...
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