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When Things Don’t Go As Planned…

Planned. I had things Planned out. An RV Lifestyle exploring parts of the U.S. as I never had before, simple.

So, I bought a used RV with low mileage. Most have low mileage not because of anything wrong with them but because they are rather expensive to drive about. Like 7 miles to a gallon expensive. Ouch.

I thought I had gotten what I was looking for. It seems real nice. I bought it from an elderly couple in Pensacola, Florida and drove it to my daughter’s house in Brusly, Louisiana (a little south of Baton Rouge on the west side of the Mississippi River).

I pulled into her drive and as I was coming to a stop, the brake pedal went all the way to the floor. Dang! I hate it when that happens. The flexible brake hose was dry rotten and sprung a leak. My son helped replace both front brake hoses and life was good…..but that was over a period of about 3 weeks. So, no driving. Just spiffing up the inside to make it home for the next year or so.

I noticed that there was a ‘simple’ problem with the electricity in the RV. So, I began to tackle that but….I don’t know crap about an RV and even less about electricity. Tops for me is just plug in to a wall socket or flip a switch. That’s the extent of my knowledge on electricity.

This wasn’t Planned….

It seems that following a flow chart I found on line helped me to trace the culprit. A dual battery solenoid switch. The vehicle has 2 batteries; one for driving and the other for the lights, and small appliances. The solenoid needed to be replaced since that’s where the power hand off occurs. I did it! I replaced the solenoid and momentarily it seemed the problem was solved. Momentarily. It seems there’s this 5 amp fuse that is likely the culprit. Yeah, and I can’t find it. No, it’s not in the fuse box.

Fast forward….both of the batteries are dead. I pulled the batteries have them had them charged and tested. Everything is fine.

Now, I have a trip planned. June 6th. To Baytown, Texas. Everything is booked and the last minute packing is just about finished.

Oh, I forgot!!! I cleaned the roof. There was a lot of crud up there (I couldn’t get it all) and after the removal of said crud. I have a nasty leak!!! I have a trip in 4 days!!

The rain is so terrible, I can’t get on the roof for 2 days after discovering the leak!!! I’ve got the coating for the roof, just simply apply. Simple. But, that will have to be done at the park because it’s now the 5th of June.

On the morning of the 6th of June, it’s still raining and I just want to drive and get away from the rain, dry out and coat my roof.

I’m on my way!!! 10am and I’m feeling good about this.

By 11:15 am, that feeling sustained a ‘left hook’ to the jaw. By 11:20 am I was on the side of I-10 trying to figure out why I had ‘no power’. I did notice a little problem with my rear view camera, figured the road vibrations were a little tough on it. At 11:25 am I placed a call for my roadside emergency service.

This really not what I had in mind…. I had planned a much better time.

Long story short. My tow arrived at 8:30 pm!!! I even contacted the Louisiana State Police just before nightfall to have someone come out and baby sit for fear of a wrong person happening upon me.

Now, I sit and wait. Wait on the mechanic shop to provide me with an inexpensive happy ending. That part of the story started at 7:30 am on June 7th back in Brusly, Louisiana. My starting point for my month long excursion.

I had this planned!

To be continued…..

Peace, love, and beaches,


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