It's about time.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Windy Clear Skies, Visiting The Liberry and Clarifying Some Issues.

Our Location today is Imperial Dam LTVA, California, U.S.A. 

As the night time temperatures are remaining on the mild side lately and we are now sleeping with our windows open it seems to be working fine for Kathy but my ears are too attuned to the Desert Life making their presence known. We don’t hear Coyotes howling back in McGregor even though there have been many sightings. Thankfully with my need for less sleep then Kathy requires we were both up shortly after 8:00 MST this morning. 

Looking at the Remote Battery Monitor I was happy to see that it showed our Batteries at 12.4 Volts which may seem low to some but our System takes a few days to totally recover when it is drained low and besides we are using our CPAP Machines throughout the night which drains the Batteries further. As we ate our breakfast we could tell it would be a pleasant day with clear Sunny Skies but the moment we sat at our computers to do our morning reading it was like someone flipped a switch and a moderate wind started buffeting the rear of the trailer yet there were no visible clouds. Checking The Weather Network they were only showing a slight breeze for later this afternoon but not what we were already getting. 
Once the morning reading and chores were finished it was time for me to start readying the Generator for traveling plus we planned to use the truck this afternoon. Wearing my Back-Brace I repositioned it to the front of the truck bed. 
Seeing Senators Wash Reservoir between the RVs
It seemed that the morning just flew by and soon Kathy was making our lunch. Today we had grilled Ham and Cheese Sandwiches along with a Clementine Oranges and a couple of Cookies. 
We had a destination inside the park in mind but I wanted to see more of it. After getting a chance to see the Map the other day I knew that by staying on Ferguson Road that we would eventually end up in the Florida Flats. Kathy wondered where we were but I just kept driving. There were a lot less RVs in that area today then there was on Monday. When Kathy suggested we were lost I had to point out the location of our trailer that I had managed to keep in my sight. 
We finally arrived at our intended destination on Mesa Road. Here at Imperial Dam LTVA we have a Liberry. I didn’t make a spelling mistake I simply copied the name from the sign. It is the name that was given to the park Book Exchange in a converted Airstream Trailer. There were shelves lining the entire interior and the books were classified by the subjects of Mystery, Non-Fiction, Romance, Sifi, War and Westerns. Kathy managed to find four books she might not have read. 
Before heading back to the trailer, we took a few moments to look down at Senator Wash Reservoir and noted how the water level has gone down compared to pictures we had seen in Other’s Blogs. There was about thirty feet of Muddy Shoreline around the water’s edge and if you looked closer you could see new tree growth in the lower flats near the Shoreline indicating the water level had filled the entire basin at one time. 
Once we were back Home after getting Kathy inside I had time to not only prep the truck for towing but to back into the hitch saving me even more time in the morning. 
Senator Wash Reservoir used to have much more Water.
We always mention how hot the sun is here compared to being in McGregor when I went inside for supper the Sun was hitting directly on our Inside/Outside Electronic Temperature Monitor and I was shocked to see 111 F (44 C) on the display. The outside temperature was only 79 F (26 C) but that is why we keep saying being in the direct Sunlight here in Arizona it will cook you. 
Top Line Upper Left 111 F, 20% Humidity.
We had Beans on Toast for supper in an effort to lose some of the extra weight we gained since we first arrived in the Southwest last fall. As soon as the Sun started to Set I was up on the roof getting our Solar Panels ready for tomorrow’s travels and even at that early hour of Twilight we could hear Coyotes in the distance.
Some comments we have been getting lately seem to think that our Solar System is not working properly while in fact it is. The recent issue was not with the Solar System but the Fridge Setting that was draining our Battery Power. It would be worse than leaving the Outside Security Lights on all night, which I have done. It was silently draining the Batteries but that was not the fault of the Solar System. Other RVers have had that same problem with their Fridge draining their Batteries
All the center id New Growth where water used to fill the
Senators Wash Reservoir.
If you leave a Thick Layer of Dust (Mud here in the Desert) and Bird Splashes build on you Solar Panels their efficiency is greatly reduced. A good comparison would be if you never cleaned your Windshield before long you are straining to see where you are going. The Cleaner you keep your Solar Panels the better they will work for you at Charging Your Batteries. 
End of another day.
The other issue seems to be with a Faulty Solenoid, which will be taken care of when it is Replaced. What the Solenoids are used for is to activate the Inverters which supply AC Power from the Batteries to the inside of the Trailer. 

As far as not being able to Test the Batteries properly at the Present Time is not the fault of our System but My Aging Eyes and my failure to update to more modern equipment. Reading numbers on a Digital Display is much easier than trying to see a Tiny Line on a multi use Analogue Meter. 

It may seem like I am constantly working on the Solar System but I'm not. With the Fulltiming Lifestyle we are presently Enjoying working on some things has added up to "What's the Rush"? type of Attitude. When the weather is not favourable (High Winds, Rain, Freezing or Extreme Temperatures) or other pressing issues that need to be dealt with, working on the trailer takes a backseat. 

We just wanted you all to know that this is just normal wear and tear that takes place when Assembling, Building, Maintaining, Modifying and Operating any kind of project whether it is on an RV or on a Sticks and Bricks type home. 

When I have time available I will better explain the Different Parts to our System along with Diagrams showing and explaining how it all ties together. Eventually that information will be placed on a Page at the top of our Blog for anyone to view at their leisure. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!  

It’s about time.

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Some of the bullet hole decals on your truck aren't decals.


  1. Rick I really enjoy your blog and it reflects the thought and time you put into it. Anyone considering rv life would do well by reading your archives. You could save them time and money.

  2. Glad to know your batteries are bouncing back - when you need them for something like the cpap machines, problems can be disconcerting.

    I like Imperial Dam LTVA! Usually spend some time there every winter. The community is well established - lots of folks coming year after year and there are organized activities, which I appreciate as a solo traveler.

  3. What a great post. I’m really like it! Very, very dgdeeac good!

    time and expense