After having a few emails with booster
, I promised to make my introduction. So here goes:
I am Jim, aka phantomjock. Yes I did, and a number of other "odd" things in the USAF. Being an engineer, they could find all sorts of interesting things for me to do. We both retired and went to sea, crossing oceans, exploring various countries, and naturally as the cliché says; "fixing our boat in a series of exotic places." Our sailing experienced may lend some similarity to "land yachting," and may not. Certainly the "anchor watch" is much easier!
My other avocation is road racing. We tired of crappy, overpriced hotels near the track, so my crew chief (wife) said; "Let's get an RV." More relevant than any HOA [we have none], her criteria required it fit in the driveway. Mine obviously, it had to be able to tow the race car.
[Note: the white one sold the weekend we got back. Now to finish the one "under wraps"]
Our "find;" a very good condition 2008 RT170P. Our first mission was to deliver
it from New England to the Panhandle of FL. On the second night out, the temps dropped considerably and the starting battery died. House was good - but no way to link the two - like we could on our sailboat and, no "real" battery monitoring capability [Note to self...
]. Fortunately, we got great assistance from the General Manager at the Cracker Barrel we were dry camping in. He got us jumped and pointed us to the local auto parts store for a replacement. No worries, we can do this.
I've been pouring over the forum for some time now, and am impressed with the wealth of knowledge, assistance available, and willingness to share from personal experiences. Thanks to all in advance!
We plan a few upgrades naturally. So far, I've removed the ONAN, pre-purchase it was noted to have been placed out of service due to a fuel leak. And, there was and some noticible rust on it and the battery tray. Although I've not personally heard it run, but can imagine the attendant noise sandwich
* will be less than desirable. We'll be considering all the options. I serviced the battery tray, and it is now "Bristol."
Our high priority is understanding the 12V consumption, the system capacity, charging options, and choice of batteries. I am also preparing to clean up the chassis and undercoat it, and then de-winterize the systems-this is Florida after all. Then, we'll spend several local days out to trial the systems, and some local park checking. Next, we'll get ready for the 2023 racing season, and exploring the USA between events.
Hope to meet some of you "out there!"
Cheers - Jim (and Nancy)
- thanks to Davydd