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.
Well, this definitely a bummer. I think you'd better worry about getting electricity first. The folks at Ed's did a super job for you. Good thing it was the stems and not the tires that needed to be replaced. It'll be interesting to see the recommendations for your fridge dilemma.ReplyDelete
You're right Dolly. Better get what I got running first and worry about the fridge. However if I had a dual fridge, losing electricity wouldn't be a problem.Delete
Could you have somehow flipped the main breaker without realizing it and shut off all of the power to the rig? Seems kind of odd that it happened all at once that you have no power. Do you have power with the generator running? I can't see it being an INVERTER, maybe the converter.ReplyDelete
The fridge is an interesting issue. Personally I would go with a smaller one, that you can use while boon docking because you like to boon dock. I would also be particular about which kind you buy, and would get something with no handles due to the location. Good luck.
Glad the tire issue was easily resolved.
Good ideas Deb. I'll try the generator tomorrow and see what happens. You're right about the inverter. I'm taking 120 from the post and wanting it to go directly into the MH. I mistakenly said inverter and I really meant the surge protector. I'll take a real hard look at it tomorrow. Maybe it has a overload switch that was thrown. I'm glad the tire issue went so cheaply. :)) I had visions of $3000 for new tires. :((ReplyDelete
Glad to read things went well and you are now down to one motorhome for travelling. I am sure it is nice to be in full hookups while you find about your new home on wheels. Especially nice to have friends near by to bounce things off of. How great that the tire fix did not require new tires.ReplyDelete
Just an FYI we do live in our motorhome full time and we get by just fine with the smaller Propane/electric fridge. The big question would be how much would you miss boondocking and you are the only one who can answer that question. Good luck with your decision. Hope the rest of the electrical problem is solved tomorrow.
Thanks Deb. I am still leaning towards replacing the fridge. Will do a little research first. With everything going on right now, don't want to jump into another can of worms. So glad I came to Pilot Knob. Bill and Ken have been a major help and boost to my morale.Delete
Doug, do you not have a 30 day warranty? I'm thinking a switch got flipped or a fuse/breaker issue.... Yuma sure looks good in White Lion!!! I think I would look at a 3-way fridge... traveling with propane on is a bit scary in RV...just my two cents...ReplyDelete
Thanks Kay. I think I'm moving in that direction and I agree the propane being on while traveling can be hazardous. Don't travel long distances except for coming and going, so turning propane off while traveling is a good option.Delete
I'm wondering the same. I think you should have SOME kind of warranty that would cover this. I would call and ask. I have a residential fridge ... it only takes 1-1/2 hrs of generator to keep it going all day. But then I do have six AGM batteries. I keep the temp at a slightly higher level than I do my house fridge so it uses less electricity.ReplyDelete
Before making any decision, I'll get the fridge up to cold running order and then try to see how much generator I need to keep it cold. Don't need to rush this decision that's for sure.Delete
Sounds like you found an honest tire place - glad you gave them a generous tip. There must be a breaker switch for the electric somewhere.? 🍀ReplyDelete
Yes I did, Moonfly. Nice to be treated fairly. I like paying for services well done. Those guys deserve it. With Ken's help, the electrical problem has been resolved. :))Delete
Oh thank goodness for nice business people! I'm glad the tire issue was so easy and Pueblo helped you out honestly. The larger tip was certainly great of you.ReplyDelete
Sorry about the electricity. Unfortunately, Bill, Keith and I are heading out today at 8 for a day of sightseeing so Bill can't offer help. Because of your boondocking, a smaller 2-way fridge makes sense but definitely you need to figure out the electricity problem first. :(
Enjoy your day excursion. Looking forward to pictures in tonight's blog. Ken has done it twice. Sent me to an honest tire shop and then came over this morning and fixed my electrical issue. All I can say is a big THANK YOU! It's great to have such nice friends.Delete
Most Tire Shops in the area are there to help out at reasonable costs. Glad it worked out for you.ReplyDelete
When RV Lifestyle damaged the Power Cord they might not have repaired it properly or they damaged the connection. Could also be the Automatic Transfer Switch.
You could probably sell that Fridge before changing to an RV Fridge. A Double Wide RV Fridge is not that large for Two People but does use Propane.
If you Boondock with the "White Lion" you'll still need Solar. If you do the work yourself or have a friend help you it will keep your cost down.
Be Safe and Enjoy!
It's about time.
You hit the nail on the head Rick. It was a shoddy rewiring of the 50 amp plug that caused the problem. Three of the wires came loose leaving me with no power. Ken came over this morning and quickly resolved and fixed the issue. I like the idea of making do with what I have till I get home and then putting solar on the unit this summer when I have the time and place. I can always use a fridge at home in the garage rather than just giving it away. It is a very nice one.Delete
Glad you were able to get the tires done and that it only cost a tip.. hard to believe nowadays but nice. Hope you get all the issues figured out to what you want. Electrical issues suck! Good luck and hope it's easy and not too costly :)ReplyDelete
Thanks Shirley. It was a daunting issue to me, but when Ken offered to look at it, he quickly saw the problem. It was with the plug. RV Lifestyles had pulled it off and in their rush to fix, they didn't do the fix properly and the wires came loose. Back up again and another potential big expense averted. :))Delete
New follower here. Enjoy your blog but can't figure out how to subscribe.ReplyDelete
I'll throw in my two cents about your present electric issue. If you don't already own a multi-meter spend a few bucks and get one.It will save you time rather than running someone down and have them tell you that it's your problem "not there's" Go to the IRV2 website and find someone who has a rig like yours,there will be more than you think,and ask a few questions. Explain your problem. There's always someone to help.
As far as the frig issue--- I think you know the answer. Propane/elect.
Welcome Jasper. I think you mentioned this before and when I went into design on blogger I didn't find what I was looking for. This time I managed to find an email subscribe gadget. I added it at the top. Try that and see if you're alerted by email when a post comes out. I like your ideas about finding MHs similar to mine. They should be a great source of information.Delete
Good to hear the tire situation was an easy fix. Hang tough my friend.ReplyDelete
Thanks Elva. Things are slowly coming together. So glad I decided to come to Pilot Knob.Delete
Having no power, more than likely the Auto Transfer Switch is stuck or bad contact in the power cord fix.ReplyDelete
Yuma certainly does not like staying in an RV park being on a leash. Therefore you are going to have to eliminate choice 4. Having had a residential fridge before in an RV, I would certainly not do it again, as I enjoy boon docking way more than staying in RV parks. I would dump the fridge and go back to the gas/electric.
You think just like I do Peter. I know Yuma hates this leash thing and he is a priority to me. He lives to be free and with me. I think the decision is pretty much a no brainer. In fact, the two way and then later this summer adding my own solar will solve all my power problems. No need to go one way or the other. You were right on the no power. It was the plug on the power cord not being repaired properly.Delete
Instead of a two way, look into a 12V Engle (I think that is the brand name) super efficient fridge. You don't need near as much solar with one, or even 2 with one for a freezer. They aren't cheap but the savings in solar and batteries needed will offset some of the cost.ReplyDelete
Thank you Paula. I'll look that up and check it out. Nice hearing from you.Delete