Let there be light
The wait was worth it. Genesis 1:3
Where the power cord plugs into the trailer, the wiring to that receptacle was bad. A tester, a wire stripper, a screwdriver and a few minutes then we heard the ‘beep’ of the microwave coming on. It’s so easy when you know what you’re doing. I’m sure I’m not alone in my fear of electricity. If it’s mechanical, I’ll give it a shot. But power? No way. I have a deathly fear of being electroplated.
Above, the plate that the power cord plugs into (with the three visible screws) had to be removed and rewired. A bad connection was what was causing the problem.
Above, it was the two household receptacles that had allowed me to survive using extension cords, running under the trailer. That, and the Camp’s microwave to heat my hot dogs!
The air conditioning had worked twice before though, then cut out. So as we waited twenty minutes or so to make sure the problem was indeed fixed, the mechanic gave me a ‘walk-through’ of the trailer. He had explained to me that he had first started working on trailers as a part time job while in school, at a dealership. He had stuck with it.
When I told him I was green as could be, he volunteered to show me how everything else worked; he said he had done it for years at the dealership. With the air conditioning happily blasting away, he showed me how to start the hot water heater, the stove, the oven and the furnace. He also gave me a much easier way – and cheaper than the way I was going to do it – to level the trailer side-to-side when the site wasn’t flat.
He had another call here in the Camp and then one a short distance away. He told me that if the power cut out to give him a call and he’d come back. I haven’t needed to call. It was worth every penny of the $100, cash or check, no receipt, no sales tax (nor HST) that he charged.
I have since found out how much propane I had, then filled the tank that was empty. I filled the hot water tank and turned on the heat. This morning, I had my first in-camper shower to see what it was like. I found that there is one advantage to being short, I wouldn’t like to be 6’3″ and try to shampoo my hair.
When I first checked in to the park and Heatherly, the manager, told me that I’d be right across from the office, I was a little dismayed. I thought this would be a busy site with all the traffic in and out. Additionally and perhaps more importantly, I was hoping to be out of sight as I made all my blunders. But this site has been a blessing as it is so close to the camp showers, restroom and their microwave.
Rather than being a nuisance, what little traffic has come by has been interesting. I tell you what, some of us have some serious money tied up in RV-ing. It goes without saying that the ‘some’ does not include me.
How do you test a propane tank to see how full it is? Pour very hot water on the top and let it run down one side. Carefully feel, from top to bottom, where the hot water has flowed. The water will be noticeably cooler where the level of propane is, and below that. The propane on the inside absorbs the heat. Smart, no?? A Canadian Tire employee explained that trick to my father when I was fourteen years old.
Above and below… to position the trailer properly in the site, the truck and trailer were on a severe angle, and I couldn’t get loose from the hitch. My friend, Roger, got it loose the next morning using a scientific method. He beat it with a hammer. The man is a genius.
Set up and living the life….
I wonder what the poor people are doing?