|Opening the refrigerator from outside the bus|
|Gas burner tube in Refrigerator|
|Google Map of our intended route today|
|Sharp Curve sign even has flashing LEDs around it|
|Warning on the Tehachapi- steep grades ahead|
|Remote panel for information and control of the Xantrex Freedom 15 inverter and charger|
This is doubly bad because the inverter steps the 12 volt battery power up to 110 volts to run our small appliances without having to start the generator all the time. The converter part of this same device, charges the batteries when the generator is running. You can see on the control panel above that the left side of the display shows the status of your battery charging. I read and re-read Xantrex's pathetic instruction book from our library of coach literature, searched on line for more and found more of what I already had. Could not find a trouble shooting guide. Searched the RV forums for answers. Many years ago, and in a different motorhome, we experienced the same problem. After days of inconvenience I found some guidance that said to turn it on and off 3 times in succession and it would reset itself. It did, and we never had another problem with it. I tried that on this model and it did not work, so I disconnected it from the batteries- waited, and re-connected it. Nothing worked.
We normally watch TV with inverter- clean and quiet- not tonight- Grrr..!
Also the ignition switch is acting up. When I went to start the engine this morning is stopped suddenly. Did the same two more times before it continued to run. This afternoon when I applied the air park brake next to the ignition switch- the engine died and dash lights went off.- Enough, I'm done. The curse is real.
|Bakersfield pre- WWII swap meet|
|Early model Oo-Gah klaxton horn|
The Swap meet was really fun! I have the loan of a Model T to drive and work on, and I'm anxious to learn as much as I can about them. My guru is Ralph, and I couldn't have a better mentor. Ralph has been involved with buying, building, restoring, selling parts for, and most importantly driving, the T for well over 30 years. My list was fairly short. I wanted an Ooo-Gah mechanical horn, a jack from the period, a new timer cover, a leather strap for the spare tire- and lots of knowledge.
I was able to find everything except for the horn. They are very scarce and expensive these days, and there were none at this meet. Much to my surprise, one of Ralph's best friends made me a gift of a working model horn for the car. Yeah!
The swap meet was a Friday- Saturday affair and Friday was very busy, and the best deals went early. Friday was cloudy but pleasantly warm, but Friday night it rained a little and Saturday morning it was cloudy and cool in the morning. Saturday's attendance was way down from previous years, and most vendors, including our friends, were packing up by noon and leaving. It was still a very successful meet, with most vendors selling quite a lot of inventory.
Joan and I had decided that we'd like to go north by a different route this year, and we chose to head back to US 395 and take it up to Carson City before heading West again. We have checked the road and weather reports and are expecting to make it without getting any late season snow.
Your Traveling Friends,
Jeff and Joan