Monday, November 18, 2013

Budding Electrician ?*#@1!!!

We made the long haul of about 40 miles today, arriving at Lucky Star Casino in El Reno, OK at about 2 this afternoon.  I'd called earlier to ask if they allowed RV parking.  "Yes," said the telephone operator, "We have six RV sites with electricity, water and sewage.  It's first come, first serve."  I asked what the charge is and she told me the sites are free.

So I thought to myself that I'd better get a move on if I wanted to claim a free site.  I'd left Petunia hitched to Floribunda last night so getting ready to move was pretty simple; but right before leaving our camping spot at Sugar Creek Casino, I wanted to check all the lights out after the wonderful repair job by my 'neighbor,' John, yesterday.  He'd explained that I can check out all the various towing light requirements at one time by starting the engine, turning on the emergency flashers and running out to make sure everything's working okay.  I started the ignition and tried a turn signal.  Yup, the instrument panel indicated they're working.  So, then I turned on the emergency flashers.  Oh, oh, nothing shows on the instrument panel and when I went out to check, none of the lights were working on Floribunda or Petunia.  Oh, no.  Not again.

I turned the engine off and got into the contortionist's position to get to the fuses under the dash.  I doubt if it's possible to find a place for the chassis fuses that's harder to get to than this.  For a person only a tad bigger than me, it would literally be impossible.  Mechanics must hire dwarves or midgets when they have to work on them in the shop.  Unbelievably difficult.  Remember I said I couldn't find my needle-nose pliers and I'd found yesterday that I couldn't remove the fuses to check their condition without such pliers.  So, today, my solution was to use my eyebrow plucking tweezers.  Well, it worked and I got both the fuses we'd replaced yesterday.  They were both fine.  So what could it be?

I uncomfortably drove about a half mile to a Love station - with no rear lights of any kind - pulling into the Goodyear Tire center there at the station.  A nice (slender) young man asked if he could help me.  I explained my recent issues with the lights and told him I'd already determined that the fuses installed yesterday were not blown.  He agreed to come into the rig and 'take a look.'  He contorted his ~20-year old body over the driver's seat, around the steering column, under the dash and then thrust it far forward under the instrument panel and started removing 15-amp fuses to see if any was bad.  Yes, siree Bob, the fuse labeled "emergency flashers' was blown.  I've never had to use the emergency flashes and in fiddling with the button this morning I thought it felt a little loose.   I handed him my one remaining 15-amp fuse.  He installed it.  Voila!  Everything's working.  Well, I decided that the better part of valor for now would be NOT to try the emergency lights today.  So, that I'll save for the next time I'm getting stuff done on the rig.

He jumped out of the rig and said there'd be no charge; I thanked him profusely but insisted he take a few bucks for his trouble.  Then I walked over to the Love's store where they have automotive supplies and bought a package of five 15-amp fuses to be ready for the next time.

So, one more time, I live and learn!

When I arrived at Lucky Star Casino I easily found the location of the RV spots - all were vacant.  I pulled into  one, hooked up all the utilities and headed into the casino to report to Security, as I'd been advised to do by a security officer in a little jitney who drove over to my rig as I was hooking up.  When I got to Security in the casino, I filled out a simple registration and was welcomed to Lucky Star.  I asked the security man about length of stay.  He said there's no limit!

So, here I am - free full hook up - no time limit.  I'll just stay here and take Petunia into Oklahoma City for tourist activity.  I'm told it's about a 25-minute drive to downtown.  I'd stopped at the Oklahoma Visitors' Center when I came into the state and have lots of information about OK City - parking, free trollies, museums, etc.  So, I'm set.  Hopefully I'll have some nice photos to share soon.

Good Night!

15 comments:

  1. You're on a roll with these free sites. Good work!! Are you going to eventually turn south? It's going to start getting cold. Those tornados to the east make me nervous.

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    1. Hi Roger:
      Yes, I'm enjoying the money in my pocket - especially given my track record for having to pay for mechanical help! I'm planning to turn south here in Oklahoma City towards Dallas and Livingston, Tx (Escapees) to stay for a couple of weeks maybe. Then I'll head into the more southern portion of Louisiana .......

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  2. Check with an auto parts store for a fuse puller. They're made of plastic and they're
    cheap. Metal pliers can cause a short.

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    1. Thanks, Roger. I'll buy one ASAP. If I'd known I probably could have bought one where I bought the fuses yesterday!

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  3. Looks lime you're getting the hang of your coach. Good luck in the casino...

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    1. It's a cheap site for me because I'm not enthralled with gambling. I used to like playing Black-Jack but I'm too tight now. I did eat in their restaurant yesterday for $15.

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  4. Look forward to a time when I can read a weeks worth of your blogs without any problems. Hang in there girlfriend. Love to you and your critters.
    Brenda

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    1. Hi Brenda,
      I missed your comments - glad you're back. Unfortunately it's just Lacy and Eleanor. We lost Lincoln in Amarillo (last week's blogs).

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    2. I know. I look for updates on your blog everyday :). Keep 'em coming.
      Brenda

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  5. You need to not only replace the fuse but must determine why it blew.

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    1. Now I have two electrical outlets, not near each other, that are not working. I think it may have something to do with using an electrical heater. I do turn it off when I, for instance, make coffee; but this is the latest issue.

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  6. You do have some great luck ... also, if you are heading south to Livingston and such ... think about Port Aransas. There is a GTG for December and especially January. I love it there ... and I might go. I'm not sure. All depends on my kiddos.

    Are you a member of Facebook? if so, please friend me as well as join the Texas Gulf Coast Get Together Group ...https://www.facebook.com/groups/427781864006024/

    This is for solo travelers ... only. Any of your readers are welcome for sure! just no couples or kiddos...

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    1. Hi Carolyn:
      I joined the group; thanks for the invite.
      I'll check out Port Aransas; one of the bloggers I follow is there right now. I don't even know exactly where that is.

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  7. More rain headed your way...it's in Arizona now but moving east into NM. Read the manual for your RV, it might give a clue to why fuses are blowing. I'll check on web to see what I find. I'm not an electrician either. Fuses, I learned, are trickier than I thought i.e. if you don't do one thing in the process of changing fuses, it will blow again. I had to read manual to learn this on my truck.

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