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Above And Beyond The Call Of Duty…

Jim says:

In yesterday’s Blog entry I ranted and raved about the U.S. Postal Service. and it was well deserved.

When I went to the Pensacola Post Office on Friday in search of my package and it wasn’t there…Sandy (who would be the only employee working there on Saturday), volunteered to call me if it came in. She did call and it did come in. Hallelujah!

Sandy – A service orientated postal employee.

The Priority Mail package that took five days from St. Louis, Missouri to Pensacola, Florida, a distance of 734 miles. I think it must have traveled by Mule-Express!

Back to the motorhome…time to install this puppy dog. Its function is to take the 20 volts created by the solar panel and reduce it to 14.1 volts so the coach batteries do not boil. Once the batteries are fully charged it shuts off the current flow. When I use the batteries for a function like watching TV, the controller once again allows the current to flow into the batteries until they reach full charge.

Not a very complicated device…just have to be sure to get the wires in the right connection.

It took about one-half hour to install properly. The reason it malfunctioned was because the original installer did not properly secure the wires to something stable. While bouncing down the road the wires jiggled around and broke the connector off of the circuit board. I’ve got the wires secured now and hopefully I’ll not have to deal with this issue again.

Installation complete…functioning properly.

Sandy retires in one year, two months and two weeks and wants to go RVing! Happy Trails, Sandy!

Thanks, Sandy for going out of your way to assist me!

Thanks to American Legion Post #240 in Pensacola, Florida for allowing me to park in their lot for the last 13 days while I took care of this matter.

I’ll be back on the road again soon.

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2010
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A busy day…

Jim says: To start the day, the solar panel charge control unit which regulates the amount of electrical charge going from the solar panel to the coach batteries in the motorhome decided to stop working…looks like a defective solder joint on the circuit board. Fortunately right now I’m plugged into electricity and don’t need the solar panel. I contacted the manufacturer in St. Louis, Missouri who instructed me to return the unit to them for repair or replacement. Then to the Post Office to get it on it’s way.

The defective solar charge controller.

The heater core in the Bronco decided to start leaking a couple of weeks ago. I bypassed the heater core so that it would leak no further. Fortunately it’s not been cold and the heater was not needed and I’ve not been in a convenient place to work on it. So I set about removing it from the Bronco so I can replace it with a new unit. After a couple of hours of selected cussing (have I told you before the that Bronco is a real pain in the butt to work on?), I finally got the defective heater core out. I’ll pick up the new unit at NAPA tomorrow.

The leaking Bronco heater core.

On my way to Walmart to pick up a few items, I saw a Teen Challenge group doing hand-washing of vehicles. So, I got both the motorhome and Bronco washed…they both really need it.

That’s how I spent my day. How about you?

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2010
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