Being a ‘shake down’ for the new camper I expected that not everything would be turn key ready. It’s a 1998 that was well cared for but old plastic cracks, batteries need replaced, and who knows what else. It’s household maintenance. You may remember almost two weeks ago, my second night out at The Slabs I had to drain the water tank because it was all running out the back drain-spigot. I hate to waste water and filled every container possible. Been jugging it ever since.
Somebody recommended “Tito’s” for repairs in Borrego Springs only 15 minutes away. I stopped to talk to Tito Christmas Eve and he ordered the new spigot. He removed the broken kitchen faucet and I arranged for a new camper battery all to done the Friday after Christmas. Unfortunately the part didn’t arrive by then and another holiday shortened the work week. Finally the 5th all the stars/parts aligned and I added a needed oil change for the truck which came with free tire rotation. Tito doesn’t have a website and may not need it as he’s lined-up busy. If you’re in the area and need repairs I highly recommend his services and fair prices.
And now the water pump provides hot and cold running water through a new kitchen faucet with (knock on plastic gently) no leaks. The new battery appears to charge under the sunshine and solar panel. Well at least according to the meter reading 12.5 v/2amps which doesn’t seem like much to this non-electrical person. I experimented by plugging the laptop and cell phone into the inverter got about two hours. I really didn’t expect to get a mass amount of power from one solar panel and don’t know anymore about that. 12v lights and water pump work. Most of the rest of my power needs come from the truck’s auxiliary battery. If I boondocked in this unit all the time I’d invest in more solar efficiency. For Now, it all works, and I’m a Happy Camper.
So, what next? Maybe visitors, George & Nancy who I’ve worked with on the North Rim and live in San Diego. Almost time to stock up for another desert retreat. I’m thinking Northwest of Yuma on desert that boondockers talk about off Ogliby Rd. Of course, I could change my mind at any time.
Sometimes it’s the littlest things in life that make me smile. Thanks for the photo Lynda.
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