September 13, 2014

Power Converter

The new power converter arrived last week.  The old one was too hot to touch while handling the out-put f rom the generator on our last trip.  Two hours out from our destination and in 108 degree heat, the generator shut down.  The shore power / generator switch panel was abnormally hot and leg 1 was pulling over 20 amps with voltage dropping below 105.  After a few miles cooling down we were able to continue using only the rear AC.  Once we pulled in to the campground, I discovered the converter was so hot you couldn’t touch it.  It then shut down and took a couple more hours of cool down before we could get it to reset.

Anyway, the old converter is 25 years old and I’m replacing it with as 100 amp Power Max.  Always seems like one project leads to another and this one is no exception.  Today I’ll head to Lowes to get some PVC pipe to make a new air intake for the converter compartment located under the bed.  Currently, dusty air comes up from below the chassis via what looks like a flexible dryer hose.  I plan to route clean air from inside the back bedroom.  This will mostly eliminate the dust and provide cooler air to the unit.

I hope this will cure all the problems.

Pic’s to follow at a later date.

September 9, 2014

About the Coach “Beatrice”

We purchased a 1989 Beaver Marquis with the “Hi-Tech” package on April 23, 2014. Hi-tech in 1989 meant you got a vcr. So I have much to do with the electronics, but unfortunately have been occupied with other issues with the coach.

First off, the air system had multiple leaks and the brakes needed adjusting. This lead me to taking it into Massey’s Truck Repair in Phoenix, AZ. The air bags were replaced, check valves replaced, work on the exhaust brake, fluids and filters changed. It was expensive and I ended up leaving the facility with two HWH jacks no longer working (more on that in another post). At least the coach now holds air and doesn’t leak down over-nite. The coach sat on their lot for almost two months to get the job done. One thing I’m going to do is start a tab for critiquing repair facilities. Suffice it to say, Massey’s will get a mixed review.

Next, I had new tires installed at Blue Ribbon Tire in Phoenix, AZ. They did an excellent job and the owners are fellow Rv’ers. I recommend them and would call them if I needed roadside service anywhere in Arizona.

A few more stats: there are approximately 37,000 miles on the coach. Cat 3208 turbo with after cooler. Onan 3 cylinder (Kuboto) diesel generator. Allison 4 speed transmission. Gillig chassis. 2 roof AC units, Wabasto heat, solid oak cabinets.

The guy I bought the coach from said he was the original owner, but a little research showed he got it from his dad at some point. Anyway, the guy was a liar and I knew it when he tried to pass off 11 year old tires as being 3 or 4 years old. I was ready to walk, but the missus kept on until it was ours. At least it had been garaged for some time and didn’t show any weathering from the Arizona sun.

We’ll see how things go over the next few months. I have a list of items needing attention or repair and I plan to post the progress along with pictures.

September 9, 2014

Think I will keep this one

I’m taking the path of least resistance and will stick with this already established (but dormant) blog.

One thing that disappoints me as I scour other rv blogs, is they eventually dribble off into nothing. They stop rv’ing or something else happens. I’ve no been good at posting, but I’ve had so many things to document over the past few months since we got the new coach that I’m going to give it a try again.

I will clean up the old stuff on this site and get rid of the dead links and photos. Some other house keeping too.  

Here goes.

September 9, 2014

What to do?

I was thinking of starting a new blog and letting this one go. We have decided to work on going full-time in the new-to-to us coach we bought a few months ago.

February 11, 2013

5 year plan

We plan to RV full-time five years from now.  That’s spring of 2018. We’ll see.  I’m beginning to work on the roadmap to get there.  A fun part is capturing ideas I have on Pinterest. Just look up house truck and you’ll run across mine.

Money is the biggest issue and I’ll post some thoughts and links in the future.

February 11, 2013

The forgotten blog

Back after a couple of years to write something.  I think I’ll revamp a few things, delete some stuff and noodle about the future.

Since my last post, I’ve been busy with death-care.  Yes, morticioning (my word) away. It is a peculiar business that has managed to keep my interest.  No RV yet.  I look all the time on the web, but haven’t parted with any money.  I did pick up an old conversion van off C-list which seems to work ok for now.

I guess the past couple years have been mostly mundane work stuff.

April 3, 2011

Making it to church


Our church doesn’t look like this -

Last weekend I was determined to make it to church.  We leave at 10:30 for the 11:15 service.  At about 10 a.m. the phone rings and I’m called to go work at the local Funeral Home.  I’m convinced had we planned on going to an evening service or Saturday one, the phone or something would have prevented me from going.  This weekend is no different with more stuff to get done than time will allow.  Never-the-less I will start getting ready after this post and barring a call from work or a flat tire we should make it today. 


Our church doesn’t look like this either.  But we don’t go for the  architecture, stained glass, a rock show disguised as Christian music or for free coffee and donuts.  Feel free to click on my link to Reformed Living and consider attending sometime if you are in the Phoenix area.

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March 31, 2011

El Toro

I saw this parked at Quartzite over a year ago. 

Now when you see a rig outfitted with Long Horns you would think the owner would be a character.  Just the opposite in this case and quite unfriendly.  If you don’t want people talking to you, then what are you doing with horns on the front of your rig?

It’s available now for $7400 bucks by a dealer in Las Vegas.  I’ve been watching the price drop on “El Toro” and with gas near $4 a gallon I suspect it will sell around $4000 – maybe.

March 31, 2011

CT Scan, PET Scan, Lung Biopsy and the joy of having Valley Fever

Having found a nodule in the middle lobe of my right lung on a CT scan and then the PET scan confirming the size and activity of the  nodule (along with lymph nodes), I was quickly scheduled to have a biopsy done.  We were happy to receive the good news of having active Valley Fever in my lung instead of something more ominous.  As they say “the lesser of two evils”.  All the allied health professionals had their chance to practice starting an IV on me.  Not one got it done the first time.  Out of frustration I pointed out a nice plump vein near my wrist that even I could have done.  Nope.  Anyway, overall everyone has been very professional and helpful and in the end the only needle that mattered was the one used for the biopsy and Dr. “C” got it done right the first time.  Now a regimen of anti fungal medication for the next three months at which time another CT scan will be done to see if the nodule is shrinking. 

I thank God for everyone who said a prayer for me, I know it made a difference.

February 26, 2011


Testing positive for the anti-bodies confirmed I apparently picked up Valley Fever at some point.  The pneumonia lingers on and I now have more inhalers and pills to take than I can keep track of.  On the bright side, I’ve now lost 13 pounds in the past 2 weeks.  Now that I’m taking steroids, I suspect I’ll start gaining weight.  So, I’ll sum up the experience to date with this quote from Shakespeare’s Macbeth:

Is this a dagger which I see before me,
The handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch thee.
I have thee not, and yet I see thee still.
Art thou not, fatal vision, sensible
To feeling as to sight? Or art thou but
A dagger of the mind, a false creation,
Proceeding from the heat-oppressed brain?



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