My Work Here Is Done

 Posted by at 12:20 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 272016

Well, not really, but at least my work laying out the new issue of the Gypsy Journal is done. I finished at about 11:30 last night and printed it out for Miss Terry to proof today.

We’ve got some great stories in this issue, including a feature on the Kern County Museum in Bakersfield, California; Battleship Memorial Park in Mobile Bay, a replica of Stonehenge on the Gulf Coast, and the Mobile Medical Museum, to name just a few. I think our subscribers are going to enjoy it. If you’re not a subscriber to our digital edition, now’s a good time. Just click this link and join the fun!

I’d have been done sooner, but an electrical problem that has been plaguing us off and on for several months now decided to come back Monday and Tuesday to make life difficult. Starting back in November when we were in Apache Junction, Arizona we would lose power for a second, just long enough to turn everything off in the coach, and then it was right back on. In fact, it was so quick that our Progressive Industries electrical management system (EMS) never blinked. It might do it once, other times it would do it a dozen times in quick succession. Then it wouldn’t happen again for a day or two, or a week or more. Then again, it might happen again the very next day.

Calls to the folks at Progressive Industries, to Daryl Lawrence at Lawrence RV, to my friend RV tech Phil Botnick, to Greg White, and several other people who know about such things brought a lot of suggestions, but nothing that really worked. The problem is not the EMS, and I don’t think it’s the transfer switch in our electrical bay, because once it starts happening, the only way to stop it is to turn the breakers off inside the motorhome and then back on. This suggests the problem is past the EMS and the transfer switch.

We thought the problem might be bad power at the RV park we were in, but then it happened again two weeks after we arrived at the Pima County Fairgrounds RV Park in Tucson. After that, it seemed to go away until this week. I had decided to replace the breakers inside the motorhome, but at dinner last night John Huggins suggested that first I turn off all outside power, including the inverter, and then try to tighten all of the wires inside the motorhome’s breaker panel. I guess it’s worth a try, what have I got to lose?

About 5:30 yesterday afternoon, Charles and Chris Yust picked us up and we went to dinner at the local Applebee’s, meeting John and Kathy Huggins there. It’s always good to get together with friends, and when you throw in food, too, it just doesn’t get much better than that.

Speaking of restaurants, I took this picture of something on the menu at a seafood restaurant where we had dinner last week. Apparently the folks who run this place have a good sense of humor.


And finally, my doctor from the VA hospital in Tucson called with the results of the CT scan I had at Bay Pines last week. This procedure was a follow-up to the MRI I had in Tucson a while back, looking for some suspected growths on my kidneys. Everything looks good, and I’ll have another CT scan in six months just to monitor things. One less thing to worry about.

Thought For The Day – A good marriage would be between a blind wife and a deaf husband.

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  3 Responses to “My Work Here Is Done”

  1. Of course your work is NOT done you have to hand Terry the screw driver to tighten the wires.

  2. So glad to hear the good Doctor news!!

  3. I would try John’s suggestion first well maybe Miss Terry could do it you’ll just make it worse
    It sounds like you’re getting a spike either A high spike or a low spike
    And it sounds like you’re describing a self resetting circuit breaker
    I would look at the heating air-conditioning AND your new refrigerator
    I doesn’t appear you had this problem prior to putting in your refrigeration unit
    If Arizona was hot or cold you would probably use your heat or air conditioning what happens if one is running and the refrigerator kicks on at the same time
    You progressively eliminated everything else but those two and Both are hi amp, items when in use
    We know your air conditioning heating unit are on a separate circuit however
    Is your refrigerator on a separate dedicated circuit
    If you’re not getting the proper amperage somewhere there’s a good possibility one wires will get hotter then the rest , if you have an infrared temperature laser probe use that to check the wires and see if you get a hi heat reading compared to a normal cable
    At least if you run normal temperatures when the 2 units are running you can at least eliminate that in the back your mind
    If it does it again keep track of what electrical components are on at the time
    It may help you self diagnose the problem
    When all else fails’s find the nearest beach remove kite from bag assemble and fly
    It works for me enjoy your day

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