Samsung’s First Trip

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 122014

With our month at Pleasant Lake RV Resort in Bradenton finished, yesterday it was time to hit the road. We were up by 7:30 and puttered around the motorhome for a little bit before getting things ready to go. Whenever we’re going to be traveling, Terry puts the passenger and driver’s seats in the proper position, and stows as much as possible the night before.

We left Pleasant Lake at 10 a.m. and took Interstate 75 north to Interstate 4 in Tampa, and then followed I-4 northwest to U.S. Highway 27. From there it was just a few miles north to the Orlando Thousand Trails preserve, which is actually just south of Clermont.

This is a popular place in the winter, so I wasn’t surprised when the lady at the registration desk told us that all of the 50 amp RV sites were gone and that we would have to settle for a 30 amp site. Not a problem. But then a lady talking to the other woman in registration said she was leaving a day early, and that her just vacated site was empty. What great timing!

We have been in this RV park many times, and I think this is the nicest spot we’ve ever had here. It’s level and wide, with lots of wide open area on both sides and behind us.

Winnie at Orlando TT December 2014 small

With a stop for fuel and the time spent registering and then getting parked in our site, we had covered 102 miles and the Samsung never budged an inch or even squeaked going down the road. Terry noted the temperatures in the freezer (-2 degrees) and the refrigerator (38 degrees) when we cut power to it when we were leaving, and when we turned it back on three hours and fifteen minutes later the freezer was at 12 degrees and the refrigerator was at 50. Not quite as good as the Maytag refrigerator we had in our bus conversion, but still within acceptable limits. And the important thing was that the ice cream was still frozen rock solid.

About twenty minutes after it was turned back on, Terry checked and the temperatures were back down to the factory preset levels of -2 and 38 degrees. If we were going to be on the road longer, say six to eight hours, we could run the generator for an hour or so and I’m confident we’d be just fine. We’ll still address the issue of switching to a pure sine wave inverter before too long, but for now, life is good.

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  3 Responses to “Samsung’s First Trip”

  1. We have not bothered with the expense of an inverter or additional batteries since changing over to a residential Maytag about 4 years ago. On travel days will will run the generator for 15 minutes or so at lunch break and that takes care of it.

  2. We just put an Amish cooling unit in our “NoCold.” In retrospect I wish I had put a residential unit in. Nice job on your replacement. We’ll arrive at Lake Magic just before Christmas. Enjoy Orlando.

  3. Thanks for your real world performance data! But I was disappointed to see how much fridge temp you lost. I was hoping that if we ever went to residential we could not have to have it run for a whole night. It sure seems that would not be feasible.

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