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Nov 15, 2012 -

Uneventful Drive Down I-87 To Saratoga Springs

It was a perfect day for a drive, clear with few cars on the road. Except when she was stuck behind some impossibly slow rigs or was climbing a grade, Miranda effortlessly matched the speed limit. I could only feel the truck behind me when I slowed down or was climbing a hill. I need to measure my new rig, but, truly, it doesn’t feel any longer or more unwieldy than my old one! My gas consumpition was normal for a day going up and down grades!

Just ahead of the last area before Saratoga Springs, a long column of white cars appeared in my view screen. They roared past me and I saw that they were US Border Patrol vehicles. They merged in between myself and another rig plated in Quebec that was closely followed another Quebec-plated rig. The two Quebec vehicles pulled into the rest area and the border patrol vehicles followed suit. There were no lights or anything, but it was the darnedest thing to see as they appeared to be on a mission.

One exit before the raceway, I was running on a quarter tank of fuel when I noticed a sign saying ‘truck stop.’ I figured that I’d be able to find a gas station where I could get in easily with my toad, and I did.

At the raceway, I tucked myself into the far end of the parking lot, much like I did last time. There are a lot more cars here this time, however.

I called Verizon to reactivate my phone to get internet and then realised that I’d need wifi to get online, like I did in the spring. My GPS told me where was a McDonald’s fairly close by, but was useless at providing a neighbourhood map that would set me off in the right direction on foot. I set off in a couple of directions, easily covering the distance to the restaurant, and each time my GPS told me I was going the wrong way.

Even though I’d truly had enough toad excitement for one day, I unhooked the truck and drove around a bit until I found the McDonald’s, which was ludicrously close by. It almost wasn’t worth it to have unhooked except that I would have come home in the dark.

There, I downloaded the Lion version of the VZAccess Manager and then tried to connect. No dice. I called Verizon back and when I finally got to a live person, he informed me that the first guy I spoke to forgot to authorize use of my cell phone as a modem. I hung up with him, restarted my phone, and tried the internet again. It worked!

I drove home in the growing darkness and then spent a very frustrating 15 minutes or so trying to hook my truck up. It’ll go much more smoothly as I gain experience with the tow bar… and hook up while not completely exhausted.

The disappointing news of the day is that my battery bank is not working properly. I haven’t even tried my new inverter setup yet because my batteries are so low.

I unhooked from shore power on Monday and had a full charge on Tuesday morning, but haven’t had one since then. I really should have plugged back in. What happened is that I thought the propane was on, but it wasn’t, and the furnace kicked on for hours, completely draining the battery before I caught the mistake. It’s been pretty overcast since, I spent all of yesterday in a garage, and I didn’t drive enough today to get a full charge. At this point, I can’t tell if my problem is just that I need a charge or if I screwed up somewhere in my wiring and actually have a problem.

My battery monitor says that I’m at about 80% charge with a voltage in the high elevens, (which goes to show that voltage tells you nothing about the state of your batteries), and that I could run at my current amp draw for about 24 hours. Unfortunately, my current amp draw is just the fridge. As soon as I turn on the furnace, my fridge goes haywire. Forget running the water pump or even an LED light. It’s getting chilly, so I predict I’ll be going to bed early with the electric blanket. I’m not even going to bother to have my batteries load tested. As soon as I can get a deal on a good pair of Trojans with more amp hours, I’ll be switching. I should not be shivering my first night back on the road.

Tomorrow will be the hardest day of the drive south as I’ll be heading onto the New York Thruway. After that, it should be fairly smooth sailing. I do need to find a place to overnight between St Clair PA and Hampton Roads as I want to arrive at my destination in daylight. ETA at this point is Sunday afternoon.

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Dec 1, 2010 -

So THAT’S What An RV Furnace Sounds Like!

I awoke to plus one, so the rig was very comfortable. First order of business was a doggy with his legs crossed. Never mind that mine were crossed as well, we went out and frolicked in the snow for about ten minutes. Then he went right back to bed. Must be nice being a dog!

Life on Our Ark’s very own Midnight

I was just starting to get a hankering for breakfast when there came a knock at my door. Could it be the furnace man? It was! He spent about a half hour getting it hooked up and then we tested it. I can’t believe how quiet it is! Yes, there, is the sound of blowing air, but I don’t find it annoying in the least. It does help that I’m two rooms away from the blower; we’ll see what it’s like at night.  Now that I know what the furnace is supposed to sound like I can tell it’s been on its last legs for a very long time.

I can’t believe it’s December 1st and that very soon I will be full-timing RVing in a fourth year. 2008 feels so far away!

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Nov 29, 2010 -

No Furnace!

While I was waiting for the repair place to get back to me, I went to the office to check for mail and asked there if they had any other recommendations for service techs. They had one, so I gave the guy a call and he said he’d be over in half an hour to make a diagnosis!

He arrived as promised, I turned on the furnace, and the confirmed that I need a new motor. His rate was at least $100 less than what the other place ended up quoting me, so it was a no brainer to let him pull the motor right then and there. While he was doing that, Ken and Donna came by with offers of heaters. *hugs you guys!*

The repair will depend on the availability of the motor and could be tomorrow mid-afternoon or Wednesday. I’ll be okay for heat, even if I won’t be super comfortable. The worst will be getting up in the morning.

I should have seen this failure coming, but I’d read that RV furnaces are supposed to be noisy, so I needed the rattling to tell me that something was amiss. I’m definitely not kicking myself over this; I’m just grateful that I can get this fixed, and so easily to boot!

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