Mary is no longer available for RV traveling, but we remain good friends.
Because we have 4,000+ postings, I’ve invited her to continue posting entries on this blog.
I’m currently in my 21st year of full-time RVing and my lifestyle is changing, For more info click Here
The motorhome is parked at Thousand Trails Thunderbird RV Resort in Monroe, Washington. I’ve been here many times before. I’ll depart here September 20th.
I’ll be hanging out in this general area until about the beginning of October, taking maximum advantage of my Thousand Trails membership and very agreeable weather.
(Note: I’m currently a little discombobulated right now. My normal mode is to blog what I experienced yesterday. Right now, I’m a number of blogs behind my experiences. I expect to be back in my normal mode in about three weeks.)
A couple of weeks ago while getting ready to leave La Conner to move to my current location, I went to start the engine of the motorhome and…nothing…flat dead. I put the charger on it, finally got the engine to start and was on my way.
After arriving here, I monitored the batterry voltage daily and found it was slowly discharging every day. I took the motorhome to Les Schwab, where I bought the battery. They found the battery not up to their standards and replaced it at no charge. I was 12 days away from my free replacement date expiration. A nice piece of luck!
I’m doing less driving and more sitting lately. The real reason behind my problem is that I really enjoy listening to my XM Radio…leaving it on for hours as background music. When parked, I generally listen to Channel 69, Escape, relaxing music to match my stress-free lifestyle. Going down the road, I listen to Channel 58, Willie (Nelson) Roadhouse…Country Classics. So the XM Radio and the motorhome radio have to be powered-up to play music. In addition, I also power the charging of my Verizon JetPack (Internet source) off the same electrical circuit using the motorhome battery as the power source. Bottom line, while not driving down the road, I inadvertently ran my engine battery down listening to music.
So, how to fix the problem? My solar system keeps my coach batteries charged, but not my engine battery. I placed a telephone call to my solar guy, Solar Mike in Southern California and he told me how to rig a jumper cable to the engine battery.
I did that yesterday and it works like a champion! Now I can listen to my music for hours on end and charge my JetPack with no further worries!
The photos below illustrate the correction of the problem…
As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view…
The old battery that got replaced…
The new battery…
A heavy-duty fuse holder with a 30 amp fuse connected between the coach batteries and engine battery solenoids has fixed my problem…
Bonus photo: last night’s river view from my bedroom window…
I hope you enjoyed the photos!
Yesterday was cloudy/sunny and 71 degrees. Forecast for today is partly sunny and 67 degrees.
Enjoying nice weather is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!
The red dot on the below map shows my approximate location in the State of Washington. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…
Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures with low humidity most of the year is a primary joy in the RVing lifestyle!
“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”…Albert Einstein
My current travel rig is a 2006 Fleetwood 26′ Class A Motorhome and a towed 1986 Ford Bronco II, Eddie Bauer Model. This photo was taken in the desert at Slab City near Niland, California…
On October 27, 2012, I created a two-minute video titled America The Beautiful. The music America The Beautiful is by Christopher W. French. The photos, which I randomly selected, are from the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Washington and West Virginia (not shown in that order)…are mine. Yup, That’s me standing in front of the Post Office in Luckenbach, Texas…Y’all!
Click this link to start the video. Make sure you have your speakers turned on and go to full screen asap.
If you would like to see my YouTube videos, click this link… http://www.youtube.com/user/JimJ1579/videos
There are more than 700 photo albums in my Picasa Web Albums File. To gain access, you simply have to click this link… https://get.google.com/albumarchive/110455945462646142273?source=pwa
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