Friday, December 13
I hitch up the Best Little Trailer and the crew and I drive into Yuma on Interstate 8. Our destination is Starlight Solar. We have a two o’clock appointment.
The connector for the cable that runs between the Perfect Tow Vehicle’s two batteries and the Best Little Trailer’s one battery is damaged. I want Starlight Solar to replace the connector and to figure out how to prevent it from becoming damaged again.
I ask about having the connector’s location moved from below the bumper to above the bumper. As it turns out, the location is not what has caused the repeated loosening of the connector resulting in it dragging on the ground or pavement.
In talking with the Starlight guy I surmise the following . . . .
I must not have secured the connector firmly enough at some point which caused the connector to come loose. Then whoever fixed it, fixed it wrong. The connector came loose. Every replacement after that was put on wrong because the previous connector was used as a guide. Make sense?
The Starlight guy attaches it correctly.
Now it takes muscle (not just road vibration) to pull the connector from its plug-in. Thus I decide to forego moving the location to above the bumper which would require drilling through the steel behind the bumper, blah, blah, blah.
Next I ask him to change the fuse for the tv and 12 volt outlets.
(Me and fuses don’t get along.) He puts in a new fuse and, yay, that’s fixed! I also ask him to make an extension cable.
Oh, this is sweet!
The cable is ten feet long and made of the same heavy gauge as the original cable.
By the time the crew and I get back to Sidewinder Road, it’s dark. I can’t find our campsite! I mean, seen one ocotillo, seen them all, you know? I give up, park where it’s level, and call it a day.
Saturday, December 14
This morning I see that I’m too close to other RVs. My definition of too close is 1) I can hear RV generators and 2) RVs spoil my view. I drive around until I find our campsite.
Only this time I take advantage of my new, handy-dandy extension cord!
It being a blustery day, I park the PTV to block the wind (as shown in photo above). I’m sorry I don’t have more photos of our camp. The wind and dust aren’t good for my camera.
Les drives up in his pick-up and we chat a bit.
What an interesting guy! He’s very inventive and has come up with solutions to typical full-timer challenges. I’ll tell you more about our conversation in another post.
Les happens to mention his SiriusXM radio. I mention that I’m having trouble getting mine to work. He offers to do what he can to pick up satellite radio with the components I have. I hand him the box of stuff.
As I watch Les drive away, he looks at the box and then at me. He grins.
“Let’s see now . . . Where’s the nearest pawn shop?”
I grin back. Heh-heh. Just try it, pal. I know where you live.
I APPRECIATE YOU SHOPPING AMAZON FROM MY BLOG!
Here’s a sample of items purchased recently:
Solar Rope Tube White 50 LED String Garden Light Inside/Outside
MuckBoots Women’s Breezy Mid Prints Boot,Green/Green Star
Cuisinart 9-Cup Food Processor
Camco RV Adjustable Broom and Dustpan
Roller Derby Sparkle Girl’s Lighted Wheel Roller Skate
Wilson Ambulance and RV Cell Phone Booster Signal Amplifier Kit
“REAR VIEW MIRROR”
June 2013 the crew and I are in Utah and we arrive at one of our prettiest camps.