Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Finishing Up and Getting Ready for Yet Another Leaving

Seeing the end of my stay here coming on in a rushin' hurry I've been peckin' away at the chores I need to button up before I haul.

Finished up that more permanent generator mount...

Taking this pic I discovered I need to tighten up that muffler a touch. I'm thinking it shouldn't be moving over against the fuel tank that-a-way. ;)

Also added a small water tank to replace the jugs I've always carried. It holds some little bit more than the jugs did and should be a mite more convenient.

Along the same lines of that muffler (Things burning that shouldn't) when I was pulling that conduit out of the fiver I discovered maybe the way the water found it's way in... though... that part should have stayed dry too... so the mystery is still not resolved...

We ran the conduit for the power cable from the solar panels on the roof to the solar controller down through the Refrigerator cooling shaft.

It was the common and recommended way...

Welllll... I don't think so any more. The conduit had a hole burned clean through it, where it had got in contact with the exhaust of the propane burner side of the refrigerator.

The only part still connected was that little bit of white you can see by my second knuckle... not so good!

So... with the install on the "New" rig I chose to run the conduit over the side and avoid any such conflicts...

Running it down along the awning arm "sorta" hides it a little. Either way it's just not much of a thing. Another bit of flexible conduit to run it from where it goes through the wall and then into the compartment right under the awning arm.

That's where I put the controller. Hopefully it's all weather tight and burn protected!

I used #4 welding cable to take the power the ten feet of line needed to get to the batteries. Took a bit of gymnastics to crawl around under the frame of the rig... with one wing still being kinda iffy... but got it done without a spark... well... not any big ones.

Running the control wire was pretty simple... Just followed where I'd run the batter cables on top of the frame; zip tying it in place here and there to keep it where it's supposed to live.

When I plugged the Control monitor back in and bolted down the ground cable on the battery... all worked just like it always has.

 Only a few more small odds and ends to lock down before I leave.

The Coop is pretty much done.

 She still has some cosmetic "stuff" she's gonna do up on the gable ends and some flower gardens I guess she's gonna plant around the front, but the chicks that are now mini hens have their house and their big run. Hung a "game bird" net over that to keep the chickens in and the hawks out...

Another very few sunrises and it's back down that lonesome highway for me...


Monday, May 23, 2016

An UN-Expected Deluge 😨

Wellllll... A genuine, un-adulterated, WTF! sort of a moment.

Seems quite a while back I agreed to transfer the Solar panel part of the power system to Heidi's new-to-her-rig when she got it... 

Yeah, we split, but we get along pretty peacefully now... odd? wierd? IDK, but it's fine by me.

Soooo... She pulled in to the kids Missouri hideout the other day for a visit rolling her Winnebago Spirit rig... 

Today I started pulling the solar parts off of the old fiver. They've been there for what... seven or eight years?

Ever'thing seemed to be goin' along just fine... Thennnn... I pulled the conduit I'd just disconnected, through which run the power cables all the way from the panels to the charge controller, down through the floor of the compartment...

WOOSH! ARRRRRRGGGHHHHH!!! I Jumped, sputterd, spewed bad words and dirty names!

Must have been a pint or better of water sitting in that conduit through which something like 14 amps of Solar juice had been flowing!! 

Damned thing gushed out like I'd turned on a hose! NOT something that is supposed to happen... :-/

How it got into a "water tight" conduit, or how long it's been in there I'm not yet knowing... buuuut I expect I'll find out. 

Hopefully there'll be no more unexpected discoveries! I need to get this job done so I can hitch and haul... The Dakota Badlands are waiting so I can get back to workin' hard on a book!

Soggy but Not electrified


Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Changed My Address...

Just got back from a fast trip to South Dakota.

The plate on the Lakota is coming due next month. Colorado wants something over $900 bucks for that...

South Dakota? They'll register it for $184. Combine that with NO state income tax, along with the hundred or so saved on the truck registration  and my savings rises to well over a grand a year... probably nigh on to $1500...

So, I had to run up for the obligatory overnight stay to establish my "residency" __ Done and done.

On the way back stopped maybe 20 miles north of Council Bluffs along I-29 at one of those lil 50's diners for coffee and a sandwhich.

The feel of those spots suits me. The Excellent French dip and fries was a bonus. ;)

So, I'm now a duly licensed South Dakota "resident"... and the Socialist People's Republic of Colorado loses the ability to milk one more of its peons.

Keepin' on... just to see where it all winds up.
- Brian