It's about time.

Many of you that can relate to this. Working long hours at your career. Raising your families. Buying a home and paying all the bills related to being homeowners and parents. We're now retired and don't need all that work and expense. Now "It's about time" to follow our dreams.

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Sunday, November 15, 2015

Solar Panels Are Up But Not Running.

Our Location today is Tecumseh, Ontario, Canada.

This is something we are both starting to enjoy sleeping at night when we are supposed to. I still manage to need less sleep than Kathy does. She was in bed before the news came on last night and I was still up by 6:30 this morning. I’d opened the curtains in the other rooms, gotten things ready for breakfast and finished my morning reading before Kathy got up just before 8:00.

Once breakfast was finished it didn’t take me long to make the bed. Then while Kathy was still reading I began bringing things to the truck that I’d needed at the trailer. Since it was still cool outside we were in no hurry to leave too soon. We ended up having an early lunch so we could get a few other things accomplished.

It was 12:00 when we arrived at Guardian Storage and were surprised to see the automatic gate wide open. That meant that anybody and their brothers could just come in and drive around. We’d later find out that someone had tried outrunning the gate and managed to bend it. The service people would have it repaired and working properly before we’d leave.

After opening the slides on the trailer so we could do additional chores I temporarily disconnected the battery power so that I could connect the power cables that I’d ran to the roof while we were in Florida last year. Once the cables were all reconnected I had to set the solar panels on edge by the side of the trailer and lashed them so they could be safely hoisted to the roof without the chance of dropping them. After tossing the ropes across the roof I brought the rest of the supplies needed up the rear ladder. With Kathy’s help guiding the solar panels as I lifted them they made it safely to the roof without causing any damage to the side of the trailer. It didn’t take long to fasten the brackets to the roof and it was warm enough that the sealant flowed easily. Kathy changed the bicycle cover on the back of the trailer and even surprised me when she climbed the rear ladder to see the solar panels in their elevated position. I did make a boo-boo however by leaving the drill back at the apartment. Now I’ll have to finish connecting the wires in the junction box tomorrow.

It was nearly 5:00 when we left the storage yard and it had been nearly six hours since we’d eaten lunch so we decided on stopping at McDonalds for supper. Back at the apartment we received a call from Karen asking if we could print a homework assignment for Tyler because their stupid printer was on the fritz again. We enjoyed a short visit while we helped Tyler out. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.


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  1. Solar Panels installed, now just hook them up and you good to go.

  2. It's nice to have solar on the road. You never know when they might come handy even if it's just at a Walmart.

  3. You think you are excited now? Wait til when you see the panels cranking amps into the batteries.

  4. Sooo details! Steve wants to know..... the size and output of panels? Do you have a gauge to monitor their progress? do you have a solar controller to keep them from overcharging the batteries? do you have a big fusable link to pull if needing to disengage their charge while working on the system? How many batteries do you have and what size?

    I am merely his typer of his dicatation... hahahha

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