November 24, 2020
Temperature 78 Degrees
Possibilities Abound Today
Ah, a nice chilly morning. Chilly meaning 59 degrees. Perfect opportunity to check and verfiy if the propane furnace worked properly. Up until the other day it was a no-go because the dip switch on the circuit board had been off. It was now turned on. I set the thermostat for 68 degrees and held my breath. The furnace kicked on without an issue. Perfect.
Today was the day I was going to tackle the job of replacing the chassis batteries. I mean how hard could this be? How could anything go wrong. You beginning to get the picture?
I took pictures of the batteries
I drew a diagram of what wire went where
I color coded each wire according to the terminal it went on
I disconnected shore power and turned off the converter/inverter
I plugged our refrigerator into a separate 120 outlet to keep it working
Out came the old batteries. This is when I got my first surprise. Since we purchased this coach the beginning of the year I had assumed that they were maintenance free because I didn’t see any caps to take off to check the water level.
Guess what? The caps are covered with a sticker that said Maintenance Accessible Battery. That sticker was supposed to be removed when the batteries were installed so you could get to the caps to check the water level. Obviously. it had not been removed so that now when I did what I found was two batteries with absolutely no water in them. How in the world they lasted this long is beyond me.
The new batteries went in without an issue. Each has a cold cranking amp of 950 amps, combined 1900 canking amps so I have plenty of juice to start that big diesel.
Using my previously made diagram, pictures I had taken, and my color coding I connected the cables to their respective terminals. I was satisfied that everything was properly connected.
Here is the beginning of those wonderful possiblities.
Shore power back on and converter/inverter turned on
Front panel showed that the converter was charging the batteries
But here we go again the Victron Battery Monitor was again going wonky. No amount of resetting it could get it to settle down. For now it is disconnected.
Wait. . .as I said possiblities abounded today.
I pushed the switch to send the bedroom slide back out – nothing, not a thing. What?
I checked, rechecked connections, fuses, breakers, this, that and everything else. It would not move. What was especially puzzling was the slide motors work off the coach batteries. So how could replacing the chassis batteries cause an issue?
Time to bring in the big guns. I called Jay my go to mobile tech. He was here within the hour. He checked, rechecked, went a bit further than I did. Finally, he said Let’s go inside, I want to see what happens when we push the slide switch.
He pushed the switch and out went the slide! The two of us just started laughing. We tried it four or five more times and it worked flawlessly.
What happened? No idea so I’m chalking this one up to HARVEY our friendly ghost who has been with us since we started full timing.
Next up, replacing our coach batteries. I believe I’ll let Jay do those.
That was our day on The Road of Retirement. It was a most interesting day. I’m so grateful that we are getting all these issues sorted out now while we are stationary. I’m grateful too that we found a reliable and professional mobile tech who does great work at a really reasonable price. His charge today? A mere $50. Really, when have you ever heard of anyone charging that when it comes to an RV? All I can say is, thank you good Lord for looking out for fools and those of us who full time.
Thanks for stopping by today. We always appreciate your company, and your comments and suggestions. Keep safe, keep healthy, live to the fullest the days that God gives you.
These are the voyages of Elvira and her two intrepid travelers. Our continuing mission: to explore as many new states as possible, to seek out new acquaintances and make new friends, to boldly go where we have never been before.
See you on down the road!