Monday, September 25, 2017

Broke Again

My Zip Dee awning broke again.  I left it up during a light rain and I forgot to drop one end so it would drain.


Time to call Stewart’s Mobile RV service.  Again. 

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Permanent Installation

I ran the cable out the front window and placed the charger on the table between the recliners.  Looks pretty clean.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Old Charger

My “old” charger, the Noco G3500, should have been returned.  But I threw away the box, plus I love gadgets anyway.  So I found a use for it.  To keep my tow vehicle battery charged.

New Charger

I connected the Noco G7200 to my Airstream.  It came with bigger eyelet connectors which fit like a charm.  Even in store mode, my batteries seemed to have discharged 25-50% in one week.  I have some serious draws on my batteries even when disconnected.  I’m going to have to look into that.  For now, the Noco has me covered.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Charger Too Small

It seems I may have purchased too small of a charger.  My first clue was when the eyelet connectors were too small for the batteries.  It then took FOREVER to charge.  Well, it seems the G3500 is designed for up to 120ah.  Well, two Group 27 batteries total are 210ah.  So I got a G7200.  It comes with the bigger eyelet connectors.  That's a good sign.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Generator Inaugurated

Ran my brand spanking new generator for 11 hours straight (after the 5 hour break in period) on a single 20# propane tank while running my 15K BTU AC.  Yes!

New Batteries Installed

I installed two new group 27 Exide deep cycle batteries and am charging them with my Noco G3500 smart charger.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Headed Over

Tomorrow we're headed over to the ranch.  Power has not been restored, but we are ready.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Big Cleanup

Hurricane Irma did not score a direct hit on our RV park, but there was some impact.  Lots of downed trees, a very high water level, and lots of debris.  This is going to be a big cleanup.


New Batteries

I had every intention of purchasing the $70 batteries from Rural King.  But they don't have any.  And since we are recovering from Hurricane Irma, I thought it best to grab the first ones I could find and not be too picky.  So I paid $99 each for Exide batteries from Tractor Supply.  I spent my money on a good generator so no need to go all AGM right now.

I did get Group 27 size batteries instead of the Group 24 sized that originally came with my trailer.  I measured and they should fit.  I ordered a new tray from Amazon as well.  We'll see how this all works out.

New Generator

My Honda eu2000 is 17 years old.  It has never failed me.  And it still works today.  Unfortunately, it won't run one of my ACs.  And I need AC.

Soooo, I ordered a Champion 3500 dual fuel inverter generator with electric start.  Let's see how this one works out.

Batteries are DEAD

Battery tester barely read any voltage.  Like 2-3v.  Who knows how long they've been dead.  And my RV park is without power.   Soooo, new batteries have a new urgency.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Friday, September 8, 2017

Ordered to Evacuate

Technically, the government doesn't have the authority to make you abandon your home.  But, when they ask for you to evacuate, it's best to heed their advice. Especially when you live in a tiny island at sea level and a Cat 5 storm headed your way.  So off we go to stay at Dad's house...

Not Looking Good

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Not Getting Interstate

So Interstate has this thing going where they are only sold at "authorized retailers".  Costco has them but not the deep cycle.  And the "authorized retailer" wanted $113 for each battery, plus a core charge.

I'm thinking.... no.

So I'm off to Rural King.  They have Marine/RV deep cycle batteries for $69 plus $12 core charge.  No reason to overpay for regular batteries.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Cancelling Trip

I think our trip to Hilton Head is getting cancelled tomorrow.  Tomorrow is the last day I can cancel without having to pay a penalty at the RV site, and by the looks of it next week will be an ugly one to be on the road.  Ratz.

Time for New Batteries

It's been three years, so its time to replace the Airstream batteries.  I have two options I can take.

Option 1:  Buy two Interstate G24 batteries and do a like-for-like swap, and call it a day.  Total cost - $160.

Option 2: Buy two AGM G24 or 27 batteries, and replace the OEM converter with a Progressive Dynamics PD9260 converter/charger, for a total cost of about $600.

I am liking option 1.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Getting Ready for Irma

Our Airstream might just be the best place to ride out Irma.  Keeping our options open and watching the storm track closely.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Guacamole Weekend

So I can certify the Airstream kitchen as capable of supporting the preparation of a party sized guacamole salad. Yum.

Disaster Preparedness

No disaster preparedness plan would be complete without a box of original Moon Pies.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Airstream in Da House

Airstreams are very rare in our RV park.  But this is Labor Day weekend and it's packed.  And there's another Airstream in da house!  Yay!