We had 13 reservations for Friday night. Six of them called to cancel, three didn't bother to call and simply didn't show up. Four die hard campers did show up, and one more came in for the night who was passing through.
I warned the one who was passing through that the hill leading down to our campground gets very muddy and some people have had problems actually leaving the park after days of heavy rain. This guy was in a class B campervan though, so he wasn't towing anything and I didn't think he would have a problem.
Yesterday morning, I was watching out our front window and I saw him leaving.
Half an hour later, I had a knock on the door. It was him!
Says he made it to the top of the hill, but he pulled over to the side so his wife could take a photo. Big mistake! He might have been able to stop on the center of the road and been able to start up again, but pulling over to the side on this mud is a big no-no.
He asked if I had a truck that would pull him out, and offered to pay. After all, he was stuck.
Well, I don't have a truck. But I have a tractor!
So he took off walking back up the hill and I got dressed up to go out in the wet and cold. I brought our new little waterproof camera, but it was so miserable out that I didn't take any pics of him being stuck. He was definitely stuck, but the tractor walked him out of there without a problem. No charge, and another happy camper on his way.
As I was driving back down, I did take one shot of my view from the tractor's seat...
If you would have told me five years ago that I would be sitting on a tractor in the rain in Saskatchewan, I would have bet against you!
Not much to do around here to keep busy in this kind of weather, so I went up to the shop and puttered around on Sherman. Got his inverter and the remote switch installed. Works great!
New inverter installed under the kitchen sink.
It's hardwired under the kitchen sink. I had installed #4 cable from the batteries which are only four feet away. The main electrical cable is also under the sink, so I simply plug it directly into the inverter outlets to enable all of Sherman's 120v outlets to work. Lots of room for a camera to slide in there to take the picture, but not much working space for your hands!
I bolted the inverter to an old cutting board to keep it off the carpet.
Remote inverter switch.
The original hot water heater switch and the holding tank heaters switch had a big gap between them that was perfectly filled by our new inverter switch. No more getting down on hands and knees and reaching inside the cupboard under the sink to check and see if the inverter is on or off!
Works great! I plugged a 350 watt halogen work lamp into it, and turned it on for two minutes. I was actually testing our batteries at the same time. Our four Trojan T-105's are over five years old now, and I do believe they're starting to get weak. Starting voltage was fully charged at 12.72 volts but after running that lamp for two minutes it had dropped to 12.1. It took 20 minutes to stabilize back at 12.68.
Inverter works perfectly.
I then left two of the ceiling lights (I think they're 15 or 21 watt? Can't remember...) on for an hour and a half. Voltage then read 12.4. Turned them off and after 20 minutes it stabilized back at 12.64.
So I think the batteries are okay for another year, but I thought I remembered the voltage recovering faster than that in the past. I've read that you can expect 4-6 years from deep cycle batteries with proper care, and as I said, these are just over five years now.
I poked around underneath and had a look at the shocks. Removed the lower bolt from each one and tested the pressure. The fronts were replaced in 2011, and they are still good. The rear ones are done though. I can buy some Monroe RV shocks up here delivered for $79.22 CAD ($61 USD) each tax included so I think I'll order them on Tuesday. Should have no problem installing them myself.
Boy, it is sure feeling like fall here today! A huge selection of fall jackets on sale at Amazon.com today only....
And a good deal on a motion detector security light at Amazon.ca here in Canada...