Sunday, January 16, 2022

Day 53, 54, 55 - Eustis, FL - TT

Friday (53) - Originally, I had an appointment today to get the Jeep windshield replaced. There was a lot of gravel on the interstate in Montana and Wyoming and, since I was going under the speed limit, I would occasionally get a shower of small gravel every time a large truck went by. The small crack grew until it was the full height of the windshield. When I made the claim, the insurance company asked if the non-OEM glass was acceptable. I said fine, that it really didn't matter to me. It turns out that the shop was unable to get any of the non-OEM windshields. They made me a new appointment for next Wednesday at a different shop near the next RV park where we will be. And, they are installing OEM glass. Bridget was a little annoyed that I had agreed to a non-OEM replacement as it wouldn't have the little Jeep easter egg on the corner of the glass. (See picture)

Saturday (54) - A nice, quiet day. Now that the refrigerator works on propane, we seem to be able to run both A/C units when plugged into a 30amp connection. All other appliances are shut off. Refrigerator and water heater on propane and converter turned off. During the day the solar panels do a decent job keeping up with the 12VDC usage. I guess the SoftStart units helped. With both of them running, we are drawing about 25 amps from our 30 amp shore power. The refrigerator adds about 3-4 amps when running on AC so that was enough to shut down the rear A/C unit. This is the first time we've actually been able to test running both A/C units when on 30 amps since I installed the SoftStart units in both air conditioners in mid-October.

After numerous phone calls and emails, I finally got an Alaska temporary tag yesterday, and they emailed me a copy until I can get the physical copy sent down.

Sunday (55) - Windy day today with gusts of 35mph. I put most of our outdoor stuff away last night including the awning. Plus, we had rain and lightning this morning. Nothing like the snow, wind, and rain they are getting further north. 

Yesterday evening, I went outside to watch the ISS. It passed from the SW directly overhead. It was easily the brightest object in the sky as it was illuminated by the sun which was just below the horizon. It faded out just past the zenith. Nice to have a clear sky and good position relative to the sun.


Geoff James said...

Bad luck on the screen crack Richard. We have an identical replacement scheduled for Thursday. Do you have anti-collision electronics bonded to your screen? We do and have to travel 160 km to get the new screen and have the electronics recalibrated as there isn't anyone closer to home who can do both jobs. So that's the cost of a motel too as the replacement and calibration can take 4-5 hours.

redlegsrides said...

Glad to hear the Softstart devices are working as advertised. There's one in my future I think, but not sure when as I very rarely run the AC when boondocking.

RichardM said...

Fortunately, No electronics on the windshield. Not even the rear view mirror is attached to the glass.

RichardM said...

I was skeptical whether both would run on 30amp shore power but glad they do. Quite a few RV parks we’ve stayed at had only 30amp available.