Wednesday, December 12, 2012

I Think I Can, I Think I Can......

We've now been on the road for a full week. Currently we are in Perry, FL, the town that "smells like money. Okay really it smells like wood pulp (a stinky smell). But the paper mills are how they make their living here. It's been dismal since we crossed into FL; dark and dreary and raining kittens and puppies. We are hoping to actually see some sun tomorrow. I seriously do not handle gloomy weather well. Might be why I spent the last six years in Tucson.

So believe it or not, we have had five days in a row of no driving mishaps! And tomorrow we finish our journey to Brooksville FL. In the beginning I don't think either of us thought we would actually make it. But I don't want to disappoint our readers either. We know you value entertainment!

On to the fun stuff. Driving time may be running smoothly but our down time has been anything but. Something is causing our propane to not fire. This means no heat and also the refrigerator must run off of AC instead of the propane. What complicates this is that the other morning when we got up, a couple of outlets and the refrigerator had quit working. The light inside the fridge works. The lights on the control panel of the fridge work. But the fridge itself not so much. So. It won't work with either propane OR electricity now. No fridge. So to keep from losing our food we've had to resort to throwing in bags of ice. Which then melt and make a drippy mess.

What else? Oh, it's been unseasonably cold on top of everything else. No propane, no heat. So we had to go out and buy a portable heater. We do have a heated mattress pad and an electric blanket so we haven't frozen to death overnight at least. And then there's the issue of every day when we pull into a camp spot and plug in. And nothing happens. We keep flipping switches. And for some reason it takes forever to get power to the RV. It's always come on eventually but it's like this stupid struggle every single time. Once it comes on it stays on and we're fine. Bizarre. And then today, the entry steps have decided they no longer want to stay down. So every single time we enter and exit the RV we have to wait for the steps to go down. Not a huge deal. Just an annoyance on top of everything else!

We have plenty to deal with once we settle into our spot in Brooksville. But at least we can stay put for a while and get things organized better. Really looking forward to that!



12 comments:

  1. Yay to living life as an adventure! You ladies ROCK!!!!

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    1. Yup! Did the settled down thing early on in life. Backwards we are. :)

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  2. Propane solenoid. We had the same problem. For a while we solved it by turning the propane detector off and on until it decided to fire. Ultimately we solved it by taking out the detector. Annie can say more. I've already said more than I know.

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  3. I forgot to ask if your LP detector screams when you lose LP flow.

    Well? Does it?

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  4. Hey, did we ever mention to you that we also live in a Bounder? 1996.

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    1. I think I thought yours was a 98. So they are like relatives, right? They share a lot of quirks while still being just enough different that you don't get them confused. :)

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  5. If you go out Highway 98 about a mile toward Aucilla, there is an oyster bar that is well-known for its seafood. They have to buzz you in at the door because it stays locked against who they deem undesirable customers.
    To give you an idea of what some people in Perry think are undesirables, Google "Perry, Florida and Maryland lawmaker".
    I spent a lot of time in Perry and it is the Old South in many ways, good and bad. You will stay in the south all the way to about Brooksville when you get to Orlando/Disney Florida. And if you were to get a chance to visit the Gulf anywhere around there, do. It is relatively unspoiled.

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    1. ⇧ Yuck. They can't fire me - I quit.

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    2. You know I had a really uneasy feeling while driving through that area. It felt VERY backwoods. Even as a white person it makes me wary to be in an area that is not welcoming to outsiders.

      We'll be in Brooksville for a couple of months at least, so will get to that Gulf to be sure! :)

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  6. You guys are going to be total RV experts in no time. Just keep telling yourself that every malfunction is an opportunity to learn. That's what I do and it has so far kept me sane. I think.

    Your propane problem absolutely sounds like a bad solenoid at the tank. Here's a link to an old post of mine that shows a picture of the solenoid I took out.

    It also sounds like your transfer switch is going out. That's what switches you over to using ac when you plug in. It should only take like 30 seconds to switch over.

    On your fridge, the inside light and the lights on the panel are always powered by 12v, so as long as you have battery power then those lights will burn whether you have ac or not. Hopefully your fridge's ac problem is something as simple as a fuse or a loose plug. If you haven't already, take off your outside fridge vent (I'm talking the one on the side of the coach, not on the roof) and make sure the fridge is plugged in securely, you should see the plug as soon as you open the vent. Do you know where your fuse panel and breaker box is? Ours is above the fridge. If you don't already have a fuse tester/puller, that's a super cheap investment that makes life a lot easier.

    As for your stairs, it could be a loose wire somewhere but I have to tell you I got so sick of our stairs not working properly that I just built some instead. Totally low tech but works for us. They ride in the kitchen when we're on the road.

    Feel free to email us if you think there's anything we could help with. We're all in this together, after all. :0)

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    1. Annie- Thanks for all the insight. We will let you know what we discover. And not to worry, if we have questions you will here from us! Really looking forward to getting comfortable with all the inner workings of our problem child. :)

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  7. Sorry, looks like my links didn't publish. Let's try this another way...

    http://www.thegoodluckduck.com/2011/03/what-has-annie-been-up-to-eh-nothing.html

    And the steps, http://www.thegoodluckduck.com/2010/11/ridiculously-pleased-with-myself-annie.html

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