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Nov 29, 2010 -

Repairing Excalibur

The warming trend was just a tease. *sighs*

And even bigger *sighs*, my furnace has conked out. Seems like a motor issue and the best thing is to replace it. I contacted a nearby RV place that does service calls and am waiting for them to get back to me about the price of the part and their availability. I’m already standing at $45 for the service call, plus $90 an hour, plus 12% HST. This is not a job I will comfortable doing myself since it could involve touching the propane system. I have been told that lubing the bearings on the fan could work as a stopgap measure, but with a twelve year old unit I feel I’m better repairing than coaxing along. What happens is that after the furnace has been running for a while it starts to groan and then makes the rig shake.

Until I get this fixed, it’s going to be chilly in here! I moved the good heater into the study and that’s working miracles, but I’m not looking forward to the chill in here in the morning. That said, the furnace runs fine for a cycle or two before symptoms manifest, so I’m sure I can get the rig warm when I need it. Worst case scenario is I’ll blow the motor, and I’m already resigned to replacing it.

I set up the dehumidifier, but it has yet to do any heating. 🙁 One thing I was not aware of is that some dehumidifiers stop working if the ambient temperature is less than 17 Celsius! I discovered this while reading the manual on my unit when it said, in essence, that the base model will not dehumidify below 17C and the mid-range and luxury models are good to plus 3. I was irked until I realised that I have the mid-range model! How funny is it that the only decent quality dehumidifier I could find is perfect for my rig?

I have a tip for new RV owners: go through your manuals and highlight the sections that are relevant to your appliances. I felt pretty smart when I called the RV place with my manual in hand only to realise that it’s a manual that’s good for five models and I had no idea what mine was! Thankfully, I remembered that there’s an information sheet on the inside of the door of the undersink cabinet in the kitchen, and that gave me the necessary model number, which then enabled me to find the correct part numbers. FYI, I have an Atwood Excalibur 8500-III 8531 hydro flame furnace.

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Nov 28, 2010 -


Canadian humour (with all due credit to the author, whomever s/he may be)

Today’s weather was a real reprieve and we’re currently sitting at plus 2!!! I was able to thaw my water hose and restart my plumbing. Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaay. I just had such a long shower that I squeak!

It’s going to get cold again tonight, so I’ll have to shut off the water again, but we’re looking at a week of hitting 0 or warmer every day, so I don’t have to worry about my holding tanks.

I was surprised to learn this week that propane at the RV park is MUCH cheaper than town; $20 for 30lbs vs $27! And they are willing to add the cost to my monthly bill, so I can pay everything at once. Daytime propane usage is going down, thankfully, but I maintain the thermostat at 15 at night and it still gets cold enough for several cycles a night. I don’t think it makes any sense to let the temps go lower than that since it’d be more of an effort to get the rig warm in the morning.

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Nov 23, 2010 -

Propane Usage for Fall 2010

I ran out of propane this afternoon, pretty much on schedule. I used up my full tank in exactly 72 hours, which means I’ve been averaging 10lbs of propane per day, or $8.90. At this rate, propane would cost me $267 for a 30 day month. The forecast is worsening and we’re going to be below minus ten for the week. Until that magic number, I have no problem keeping a comfortable ambient temperature. Below that, my heating costs rise exponentially.

I’m seeing a lot of frustrated neighbours who have lost their water. I’m not suffering at all. I set up one of my flexible jugs on the counter, so it’s easy to heat a little water in the kettle for washing up. I’m especially grateful that the tap water here tastes good, so I can use that jug for drinking, too.

Last night, I added the sleeping bag to my bedding and slept well, even with the furnace cycling on and off. It tends to keep me up because I find myself waiting to see if it’ll turn off again. If it doesn’t, then it means I’m out of gas and need to go turn it off myself.

The RV park sells propane, but I haven’t checked the prices or availability. I like going to the Shell station at the north end of town. Prices are competitive, staff is always cheerful, and they are open late. Going there gives me a chance to get out for a bit.

On the way home this afternoon, I stopped at the McDonald’s for a coffee; they’re having their annual free coffee event. I won’t go there just to get a free coffee, but I stop in if I’m driving by. I love their coffee, it’s my second choice after Starbucks, so the free coffee event is a real treat.

I have a cold weather dressing tip for the gals: get a heavy, full, ankle-length skirt. This way, going out involves pulling on the skirt over your longjohns and/or flannel jammies for instant warmth and a touch of glamour that will have others exclaim “OMG, you’re wearing a skirt! Aren’t you frozen?!” to which you will smile coyly, knowing that you’re warmer in your skirt than they ever will be in their slacks. 😀

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