Our New House

It was brought to my attention that we haven’t updated our Blog since 2013. Since we have become stagnant and haven’t really traveled for a while I didn’t have much of interest to post. Not that our life isn’t interesting, there just isn’t much RV Travel going on.

Well recently we have turned another page in our lives. We decided since we like our lifestyle so much that buying a house wasn’t in our plans. However we have pretty much outgrown the RV so…

We bought a Park Model home in the same resort where we have lived for the last 11 years in the motor home. If you are not familiar with a Park Model, it is a small 400 square foot manufactured home. Ours however is a bit more than a simple park model. First off ours is set in the ground so it is ground level, then a 200 square foot addition was added making it 600 square foot overall and the whole thing is stuccoed and the roof is tiled. There is also a 117 square foot building on the property, which serves as a laundry room and a shop. This building is attached to the house by a covered patio with outdoor kitchen. Along with the real residential appliances they topped it off with an air conditioner that can turn the house into a meat locker in the 120-degree Arizona summers. You can see more photos by clicking on the link in the left column.

I have added a link to the photos of our house HERE.

So, although we are keeping the motor home, it looks like we are not Fulltimers anymore.

Best wishes to all our readers and I hope your travels are as enjoyable as ours.

I will leave the Blog up because I know others enjoy reading about our travels.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Another fuse

I found another blown fuse today.  After getting on the road today and getting up to speed I hit the Cruise Control and… Nothing.  I tried several times during the trip with a no go.  After arriving in Atascadero, CA I checked out a few things with no luck so I figured I will have to do the rest of the trip with no cruise.  I went about cleaning the motorhome, what a mess it was, all the time thinking about the cruise problem.  After getting the motorhome sparkly clean again I decided to check the brake light switch.  I depressed the brake pedal and it would not budge.  I mean it wouldn’t move an inch.  This is not good at all, I thought.  I started the engine and at least had brakes with the engine running.  Well at least I can still drive it.  See, my motorhome has an electric assist that operates the power brakes even if the engine is shut off (for safety).  With the engine off I can depress the brake pedal and hear a motor run which electrically gives me power brakes.  So I though, another blown fuse.  Sure enough I found it and all was well again.  But Why?  After looking through the schematics and giving it some though I realized both the brake problem and hydraulic leveler/slides problem had something to do with lights.  The hydraulic levelers/slides shares the same circuit as the turn signals, in case you were wondering (don't understand why).  Must be the car I am towing.  Before tearing the car apart I decided to check out the electric cable between the motorhome and the car.  Well that was it.  I found all the wires loose in the connectors and some of the clamping screws even fell out and were rattling around inside the connector (shorting wires as they did).  I even found a burnt spot on one of the wires as evidence.  The problems could have been a lot worse.  Glad that’s over!
The trip here was otherwise a good one.  I got a good idea of what towing an additional 800 lbs can do.  I climbed a 7% grade and was down to 40 mph in 3rd gear.  I have never been reduced to less that 55 mph with my other car.  I still had acceleration but didn’t want to rev the engine too far.  The motorhome didn’t seem to mind the pull though.
We have full hookups at this Elks Lodge.  Tonight we are going to enjoy nice long showers since we have sewer hookups and don’t have to conserve.  We will have full hookups again in 2 days when we reach Petaluma, Ca.

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