Wednesday, August 29, 2007
We decided not to wait, and we went to collect Mo and bring her home. We figured that we had driven plenty without cruise control, and we can do it again. Unfortunately, though, when Debbie went to pick up Mo, we had another episode of the fuse blowing and the electrical system dying. This happened right in front of the repair shop, so two technicians were there to see what was going on. It was their opinion that there is a wire loose somewhere connected to the camera (the RV shut down when Debbie turned the lights and rear-view camera on to leave). Joe said he would "take a look", and when Deb drove home without the camera on (and with a new fuse), Mo ran fine. Today we moved her over to Joe's office again, so he could see if he can find the suspected loose wire. Of course, if he can't find it, then we have to ask, what IS causing this, and should we be delaying our trip until it can be diagnosed and fixed? At this point, a big box of replacement fuses seems to be a critical necessity!
So... with this uncertainty added to all the stuff we have to do to get out of here, our anxiety levels are going off the charts. We've started to put together the things that we need to get packed into Mo before we leave--the packing is greatly complicated by the fact that we have no front steps! The front porch is in mid-construction, and although the deck is complete, there is no way to get up and down without a ladder. Hence, we will have to haul everything out the back door and down the driveway to load the rig. And all the time we are worrying, will we really get out of here?
Stay tuned for the next installment. Only two more days to go!
Monday, August 20, 2007
At 8:15 a.m. today I called Joe to say, "Ready to take Mo to the repair shop?" He says, in a rather frantic voice, "Forget it!! The batteries are both dead. Everything is dead. There's no electric power at all!!!!" I replied with the Understatement Alert comment of the week: "THAT isn't good!" He told me he'd call me later, that he was going to see if he could figure out what was wrong.
For anyone who wonders, this was majorly strange and Not Good. An RV has two full-size batteries, one to start the engine, and one to power the "house", i.e. all the lights, electric appliances, and anything plugged into the outlets. If either battery dies, it can be jumped from the other one, or from our portable battery jumper. For both to die is bizarre. Plus, the RV was plugged into "shore power"-- getting electricity from Joe's office via a long extension cord. How could the entire electrical system stop working overnight?
I went out to walk the dog with two conflicting thoughts: 1) We are buying a new RV this week; 2) we'll have to cancel the trip and stay home-- and there aren't any seats left at the "late" Rosh Hashanah services anymore!! BUT, when I got home, I got a call from my True Love, who said, "It's all fixed-- it was a blown fuse! I replaced it and everything is working again." We're still not sure how-- we had rain last night, and maybe there was some kind of power surge or lightning nearby? But a large fuse which affected the entire system was "totally melted", Joe said. Lucky we make sure to have lots of replacements for that sort of thing, and luckily, he is thoroughly familiar with how electric systems work.
Well, that's my hero! He fixes electrical systems, water systems, generators, valances, running lights, and installs back-up cameras. There is NO WAY I would ever do this trip with anyone else. So..."On the twelfth day 'til vacation, my True Love gave to me... a new fuse in our RV." Mo is now at the repair shop, and we await the verdict on the cruise control.
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Meanwhile, Joe finished fixing the valance in the cab-over window. That is another thing off the list--that valance has been bugging me for a while now (it was falling off.) Neither of these things is big, and we could have managed our trip without them, but it's nice to know that they are handled.
Meanwhile, more items keep being added to our packing list, and I keep reading RV.net. More info on various routes: take the southern loop around Indianapolis; 10 hours drive from Rapid City SD to Cody, WY; the east entrance to Yellowstone is closed today due to fires. I'm constantly collecting factoids which I hope will come in handy on the trip. Other people ask questions I didn't think to ask, but I learn stuff all the time. 12 more days to go!! Gotta get that cruise control fixed. I'm giving them until the end of the week, then I want my RV back.
Monday, August 13, 2007
Saturday, August 11, 2007
So off we went on a glorious day, and it turns out we were smart to make this little day trip. Mo's cruise control, which we used with no problem during our last excursion, now doesn't seem to be working. So now we need to get that fixed before we leave-- I am NOT driving across the country on interstates without being able to set the cruise control and relax. It is all too easy to find ourselves going 65 mph, and although that sounds fine in general, we think we will get significantly better mileage if we can stay at 55. For that, we need the cruise control to guard against an overly heavy foot on the gas pedal!
We stopped on the way to the farm to pick up Joe's sister Betsy. Betsy lives down a very narrow lane--we wanted to see if Mo could make it through the trees. Success!
We hiked back up to Mo, and returned to Betsy's house via Route 46. Such a pretty road--right along the river, and so picturesque. Plus, we got to stop at a famous bit of Jerseyana-- Hot Dog Johnny's, in Buttzville, NJ (who could make this up?) All in all, a really delightful day, and useful. Looks like Mo will be in the shop again this week--our departure is only 20 days away! Mo parked at Hot Dog Johnny's.
Thursday, August 9, 2007
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
Just like a certain frog and bear, Debbie and Joe are taking a road trip to California. We know we'll have many adventures.... we know we'll have lots of fun. Click the arrow in the screen below to hear our theme song! It's only 23 days before our scheduled departure.....
"A Frog and a Bear, seeing America!!!!"