Sunday, May 21, 2017

Day 16 - Oregon Vintage Motorcycle show

Trobairitz sent me an email letting me know that there was a vintage motorcycle show at the fairgrounds where I am camped. It was a beautiful day with a very packed campground last night. Not only the RV spots but the tent camping area as well. The bikes were roughly grouped by continent of origin i.e. Asia, European, American and British. Lots of beautiful bikes, only a couple of sidecar rigs.










The only RV stuff I did today was install the compartment locks and install a different cable clamp in the AC breaker box. I may have identified a potentially serious problem with the RV, I think the black tank and the galley tank valves are stuck in the open position. This would seriously limit our ability to dry camp. This is unexpected.

Today it was in the mid-80s so the air conditioning works. At least at these temperatures. I ran the inverter starting at about 7pm last night. Watched TV, made coffee, charged up everything. The batteries were only down 9% and were fully charged by 11:00am. I think we are in good shape there. The EMS that I installed yesterday shows the AC current. I am surprised that the air conditioner varies between 9 - 18 amps and the microwave is draws even more at 19 amps. Pretty handy.

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  1. Gorgeous bikes, all of 'em, but I'm a big sucker for the Vespa and the Lambretta--what fun little scoots...

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    1. Especially the 2-stroke versions!

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  2. Good first workout on the batteries!

    Re the AC, you ran the generators or do you have shore power.

    As to stuck valves on the black and gray tanks, oh oh, perhaps just need some lubrication as they've sat so long in the open position?

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    1. I'm in an RV park at the fairgrounds. So 30 amp service. The real challenge is getting to the valves. The bottom of the trailer is enclosed and the valves are cable operated.

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    2. Some of the additives, I have an orange one, for black tanks state lubrication properties. In your case since the valve is open, what is added would just run past and maybe not do much. I've pulled part of the belly cover off, not fun. Wear goggles and mask (tyvek suit?) since dust, dirt and insulation particles will drop. We jacked the trailer up to give more room underneath. Our belly cover was screwed on with bead caulk along bottom of frames members.
      I have a Roman Purple Norton tank, that was an original color, but its not installed on my Norton's since it is fiberglass and unreliable.

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    3. I think that I'm going to have to remove the underbelly. But it's 93°F today. Too hot to do anything...

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  3. Vintage bikes... still loving them. Can I get the Norton, please?

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    1. Many of the bikes were ridden in. There were more Nortons than BMWs.

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  4. Looks like a pretty good turn out this year and actual good weather. A lot of years it is raining.

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  5. Purple Norton!! I have a friend that has that model, just not such an eye catching color. Looked like a good day to be in town.

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  6. Cool to have a motorcycle show right there! Sorry to hear about the RV issue, and I'm hoping since I'm so late reading that you've already got it sorted out. šŸ˜Š

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