Location: Pilot Knob RV Resort, Winterhaven, California
Slept reasonably well last night and ready for the day. Going to be a warm one today with the high near 80 degrees.
Around 9 o'clock I called the tire shop that Ken recommended and they said no appointment needed, just bring it in. So, I took Yuma for a walk and had a small breakfast and around 10:30 we headed the ten miles to Ed Whitehead's Tire Pros shop.
Pueblo had me bring the White Lion right into the bay. I explained my problem and he agreed it was probably leaky valve stems. Very common on the inside dual tire because of the extensions.
The workers immediately got to work and took all four tires off and put new valve stems on and checked for leaks. Fortunately, no leaks. It was an hour in and out and the only cost was a tip to the workers. Pueblo said $20 was enough but I gave $40 for their excellent service. I expected a much larger bill, so was happy to give a $40 tip.
While wandering the neighborhood waiting for my tires to be fixed, I stumbled on a nice toilet that could replace the broken one that Bill and Patsy have. Won't have to order this one. :))
Then Yuma and I drove on over to the Walmart and took care of getting groceries for the next week. Getting very warm outside , so we were ready to get back to the RV Resort and hook-up to electricity and turn on the air conditioner.
Got into the park at around 3:30. The motorhome ran much more smoothly with the proper tire pressure. Hooked everything back-up and plugged back in and nothing. I couldn't believe it, worked when I left but now no electricity.
Waited awhile and then a little after 5 o'clock I went up to the office and asked for someone to come down and check to see it was possibly at the electrical post. Joe, the resident fix it guy showed up soon and he did everything he could to help.
Unfortunately, it is not their problem, but something with the motorhome. He felt that the inverter has gone bad, so now I have a new problem to deal with already.😡 I guess tomorrow, I'll be looking for an electrician.😨
The only thing I really need electricity for is the refrigerator. You see, when I bought this thing I knew I had a delima. Being a boondocker is not conducive to having a residential refrigerator. It needs electricity to run. There is no switch to use propane when electricity is not available.
So, I have choices to make and all of them cost money. Here are my options as I see it. If you have a better option let me know.
- Remove the residential fridge and replace it with a dual propane or electric refrigerator. Cost about $2500.
- Keep the residential fridge and add solar panels to compensate for the needed electricity. Cost about $2500.
- Use the generator while boondocking for around four hours a day to keep the fridge cold. Very little cost but noisy for those around you that came out there for peace and quiet.
- Do nothing and always stay at RV parks hooked to an electric post. Cost about $30 a night and no boondocking for more than a day or two.
I'm leaning towards dumping the current refrigerator and buying a propane/electric model. Reason is the one in the motorhome is a huge black double door with a freezer at the bottom and the doors have big
handles that you run into as you walk through the narrow hallway.
If I lived in the MH full-time I could see having such a big doublewide fridge, but for part time, a fridge half that size would be fine.
|Biggg door handles.|
The refrigerator sticks out about three inches from the wall because it is so big and the handles add another two inches. It was placed in the MH in 2015 so it's about five years old.
I haven't decided what to do yet. Just mulling it over. Any thoughts would be appreciated.
|Very narrow area to the bathroom.|
See you later.