Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Day 25

This morning, we had Keller Mobile RV Service come by and take a look at the tank valves. And, as I had thought, the galley tank valve appears to be stuck open. This isn't really a problem. The grey tank valve is working properly. And the black tank valve is working but the tank needs a good cleaning. He picked up some other chemical called Happy Camper, filled up the tank with water and added a double dose of the chemical. He is coming by tomorrow to dump the tank and repeat. The chemical also helps to lubricate the valves. It's nice to have this problem resolved. 

While he was here we talked about a few more minor problems. A tack weld was broken where the steps were stabilized by the frame. Rather than re-weld, he just bolted the step frame to the trailer frame. The awning strap was broken making it very difficult to pull out the awning. When he picked up the black tank chemical, he picked up a replacement awning strap and we installed it and I learned how to put out the awning. He said that the awning is mechanically in great shape though there is a small tear in the material where the door may have rubbed against it. Also, it looks like it may be partially out of the awning rail at one end. I'll take a look at it later. Since there is wind in the forecast, I didn't leave the awning out but did let it dry out. 

If anyone needs work on your RV in the Redding, CA, area, I would recommend him anytime. Very personable and fair.

One activity that I neglected to mention yesterday was trying out the pool. It was pretty cool (temperature wise) and refreshing. Especially after walking to the store.

Last night around 9, I turned on the inverter, switched the refrigerator to propane and flipped off the breaker powering the outlets. All of the lights, Bridget's breathing machine and several cups of coffee had the bank down to 85% by this morning. Kind of a hazy, overcast day. I'm curious if we can get fully charged on this hazy day. If anyone is curious on how our solar setup is doing, here is a link where the files are updated only once per day at 1:02am. The local copy on the Raspberry Pi is updated every minute. (talk about overkill!)

This afternoon, we walked down to the shopping center again to pick up the AA batteries as well as a few other items. The overcast skies made the 83°F feel reasonable. Maybe I'm getting used to the warm weather. Right now I have the remote thermometer sensor in the refrigerator to see what it is set to.

According to this mornings call to the dealer, Crown Motors, they are actually working on the truck and I should hear back from them sometime today. They didn't call so I called Cody, the service writer, back at 5pm. He said the mechanic wants to pull the transmission to examine the clutch but couldn't tell me why. I told him that there was no evidence of the clutch slipping so I really needed to know the reason. He said that he will call me back at about 9:30 tomorrow morning. We'll see if he does…

By 6:30pm, the overcast skies charged the batteries back to 99%. It never made it to absorption. 

9 comments:

  1. I don't think we've used our awning yet on our Class C, deployed it a couple of times to ensure it worked but took me a while the first time as it'd been a while since it was demo'ed to me upon taking receipt of the rv.

    Hopefully the service manager calls back as promised, and with good news.

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    1. The previous owner had never used the awning. He had all of the manuals that came with the trailer when he bought it (used). I took a look at it last Saturday and noticed that the awning strap was only about a foot long.

      No good news... Gotta wait for the next post. (Cliffhanger?)

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  2. Are you tired of Redding yet? Hopefully they get the truck situation worked out and fixed for you. Having access to a pool there must help.

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    1. I'd be nice to be on the road again but not tired of Redding yet. When it gets over a 100°F, then I'll be sick of Redding.

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  3. Yep, I remember those awning pulls. The current trailer uses a button. hehe. Uh oh about the truck. I'm definitely on pins and needles.

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    1. Buttons?! I don't think they were invented yet when this trailer was made.

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  4. Those mobile RV services are great! Glad you got the valve issue sorted! I know, I am so far behind in my blog reading!!!

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    1. Not fixed but sorted out.

      I probably post way too often...

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  5. Oh no, I just read too seldom 😊

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