Winter Is Here

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 122015

Brrr! It looks like winter has hit Arizona big time. We had temperatures in the mid to upper 70s early last week but it cooled down big time yesterday. The high here in Apache Junction was in the low 60s, and overnight lows were in the low 40s. And that’s about the best we’re going to have for the next week or so. Monday and Tuesday the high is supposed to be 52° and the overnight lows are predicted to be 26°. Can I go to Florida yet?

Besides the cold, it was gray and ugly all day yesterday, and it started raining in the evening. But the folks in northern Arizona have it even worse. Flagstaff, our old hometown of Show Low, and the rest of the high country got snow, with more on the way!

I didn’t get much at all accomplished yesterday. Let me correct that, I didn’t get a darned thing accomplished yesterday. I didn’t sleep well the night before, and when I sat down at my computer to write I couldn’t concentrate enough to string two sentences together that made any sense. After an hour or two I gave up. When it’s just not happening, it’s not happening.

About 3:30 in the afternoon we went to Terry’s parents house, and she helped her mom prepare a nice dinner. Her sisters Dani and Lisa, and Lisa’s husband Jim joined us and we had a good time visiting with everybody. We are looking forward to getting together again for another family dinner on Christmas Eve.

Some of you may remember that last week I reported that our electricity was going off and on several times. It wasn’t our Progressive Industries electrical management system (EMS) kicking us off-line because of high or low voltage, because its remote monitor continued to flash normally and didn’t show any error codes. After talking to a couple of people, including my buddy Phil Botnick, we thought it might be the inverter, which we normally leave on standby. So I turned it off to see if that made any difference. The problem seemed to go away until about 2 AM yesterday morning, when the same thing happened. The power would go off and back on instantly and did it for five times within just a few minutes. And again, the EMS system did not shut off or show any error codes.

So yesterday I called Progressive and talked to one of their techs. After I explained the problem in detail, he asked me several questions and then said he thinks the culprit might actually be our transfer switch, something that Greg White also suggested.

And his reasoning makes sense; the way our rig is wired, incoming shore power first goes to the EMS, and from there to the transfer switch, and then on into the coach. Since the EMS is not kicking off, the power coming in through it would seem to be okay, and the next step in line is the transfer switch. If it is going bad and not letting power flow through in a steady flow, that could cause our power to click on and off like it has been doing.

Fortunately, the transfer switch is easily accessible in our electric bay. I’m going to start out by taking the cover off and spraying the contacts with Strike Hold, which does an amazing job on all kinds of electrical connections. And if that doesn’t fix the problem, it may be time to replace it. I’ll let you know how things work out.

Strike Hold

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  10 Responses to “Winter Is Here”

  1. No, no Nick stay away from Florida its suppose to be 82* this weekend here in the Tampa area.

  2. Joe I’ll second that motion even though it will be 82 in Central Florida wonderful beach weather Great for going out on your pontoon boat
    that Mr. Nick seems to be like Linus in peanuts wherever he goes he has a black cloud flying over him notice he said it’s cold and rainy and cloudy
    I don’t know about you but I’ll be glad to chip in to his RV park fund for his extension in Grand Canyon State ofArizona

  3. By the way Joe I don’t understand where he gets winter is here it’s certainly ain’t here

  4. Aren’t you glad you are not on the Oregan coast right now. The news is reporting they could be hit by one of the strongest storms in years. Personally, I’m glad you are not there. Sounds like you are feeling better and that is good news.

  5. Nick,

    When you are at the transfer switch, look for a loose connection. Look at where the wires connect and look for discoloring or melted insulation. It sounds like you have a loose connection someplace.


  6. Nick you do realize that Christmas eve is in winter, right. Florida is where you belong despite the previous posts. Just take care of health and family and get to Florida before winter is over.

  7. With all due respect, Jim, winter is anytime it gets below 65 degrees where I am at. 🙂

  8. We had a similar problem and it turned out to be the power cord take up reel. Since it spins to wind the cord up, there are contacts that rotate around with the cord making constant contact with brass disks that transfer the connection to a short cord that runs from the back of the take up reel to the transfer switch. We disassembled the take up reel and cleaned the contacts. That worked for a season. But then it started acting up again, so we replaced the reel. No more problems with loosing power.

  9. Nick – Here in southern Lower Michigan the temp. was 58* at 5:00 P.m. I’m sure
    it hit at least 60 today. We are to be way above normal for a couple days yet
    and then the bottom will fall out. Merry Christmas!!

  10. “Nick seems to be like Linus in peanuts wherever he goes he has a black cloud flying… ”

    Nooo. The character with the black cloud was Joe Btfsplk from L’il Abner. Pigpen was the Peanuts character with the duststorm. Linus had the blankwt.

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