Monday, May 25, 2015

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

Sunset, Thunder Valley Casino

A nice sunset last night, a boring night of local TV running off of a small inverter, along with our computers all running on 12v, no need for the generator even though our neighbors were a long way away from us.  Went to bed before 11 pm, which is early for us.  I actually fell asleep around 10:15 on the chair.  Only awoke once during the night, got up to turn on heater around 5:30, up at 6:15 and first thing I need is coffee…which for us, takes a generator.  Us RV’ers know the procedure…push down button until it lights up, push the other way to crank the starter.  If it does not start within eight seconds or so you stop, and then start the procedure again.  Ours typically starts during the second procedure.  It has taken three shots at it before, and it has started during the first if it had been going sometime early that day…but normally it takes two.  Today the first attempt went normal…but the second one results in no crank, and the light flashes and flashes during the attempt.  I have to wonder, “Did we use too much electricity?” I don’t think so, but what else could it be?   Oh, I need coffee…and in case you did not hear about it, last week a study gives men a good, let’s say a “real good reason” to enjoy not one, but two cups of coffee each day.  (Caution, that link is rated “R”….oh, what am I thinking, it isn’t anything more than what is on TV commercials each and every day, all day long.)

Parked at sister Sandy and Arny's house

So thinking it still might be, just a slight chance be, a low battery, I head north towards coffee…which we find in Wheatland about 12 miles north.  Coffee in hand, I take a few sips, and go back out and open the door to the battery compartment, and put my trusty little OHM meter on it, and NOTHING.  That cannot be.  So I open the engine hood, engine running, and put OHM meter to the battery and NOTHING!  Ok, perhaps I need new batteries for the OHM meter.  So next I open the door to the generator, and open the access panel exposing the on/off button connected to the generator…looks and acts just like the one inside.  I try it, and after the light comes on and move it the other way, I hear a CLICK.  Try that three times, same CLICK.  Ok, looks like we lost the starter or the solenoid to the starter.  I think it is time to take two steps back to my sister’s house and call this attempt a “False Start”…which is why there is a new picture of us sitting in the backyard at Arny and Sandy’s house.  Arny too thinks it is a starter or the solenoid…but his money is on the solenoid…my money is one just getting it fixed.  And that OHM meter, well, new batter did not do the trick, and it is now history…to-do-list: get new OHM meter.

NOTE:  To Karen and Tony who responded to last nights blog said that they might be able to hook up in Oregon, well, it does not look good…perhaps when we get into Washington, depends on how long this fix takes.  

To Cheryl who quoted Lao Tzu:  "The journey of a 1,000 miles begins with a single step." My personal quote is, “Sometimes a long journey requires one step forward, two steps back before one gets anywhere.”  Smile  

To Nancy:  I think I read your entire Alaska blog posts, and I did remember you talking about that, and it is on our “must be aware of” list as we travel.  As Floridians, our glass coverage, by law, is non-deductible…hoping we don’t have to use it, but if we do, we are covered. 

And to John:  I know this is not your first time in Alaska, as for now, we just hope we make it up there!!!!

P.S.:  Better to breakdown now, than in the middle of the Yukon!  

12 comments:

  1. I know that familiar click all too well. When we headed down the Oregon Coast last summer with the motorhome, it took many tries sometimes on our new battery to start. Solenoid is on my "to do" list this year for sure.

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    1. We just hope it is something simple. Our generator does not slide out for work to be done on it, so unless it is the solenoid, they will need to drop the generator from its bay and do the work, and put it back up again. That's bound to be an hour's work just for that process.

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  2. Again, I truly feel badly for you, but I really do think it's better to happen where you are, then while you are in the middle of 'nowhere'. Blessings... Lynn

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    1. You just have to put it in the Lord's hands, that does not take away all "bad things", but it sure seems that it makes life a bit easier to take, that's for sure. You take care Lynn. --Dave

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  3. Yes, much better to get all the problems out of the way now. Sure hope this is the last of them and you guys can be soon headed north. As for the two cups, "they" change their minds too often about what is good for us for me to be very trusting. I worked in medical research and know the results often depend on the funding.

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    1. I know what you mean about all these research studies, but I found this last one just a bit funny.

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  4. You got it right Dave ... better to break down and get it fixed HERE!! Neither Canada nor Alaska would be fun without it!! Hope you're back on the road soon!!

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    1. One just has to wonder what is next...we hope that this is it for awhile, for a long while.

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  5. Gee, I'm sure it's frustrating to have RV issues (I'm the poster child) but I'm sure you'll be on your way soon. As an old friend of mine used to say, "Onward and Upward!"

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    1. Quick fix, leaving on Wednesday now. Thanks Cheryl

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  6. So glad you were close to home:) Hope it is a quick fix and you are finally off to Alaska! Safe travels!

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    1. It was a quick and easy fix, learned a lot too, read next post...

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