Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Where the Wind Comes Sweeping Down the Plain .....

Oklahoma where the wind comes sweeping down the plain,
Where the wav-in wheat can sure smell sweet
When the wind comes right behind the rain 





I didn't drive the 28-miles into Oklahoma City yesterday; the wind was horrendous, so I went to WalMart and bought some groceries and spent part of the afternoon cooking.  I love to prepare dishes, freeze them and have a variety of choices, especially on traveling days when I don't want to spend time in the kitchen.  I love to cook and bake, so this was no penance for me.

I also finished a very good first novel by Jennifer Laam, The Secret Daughter of the Tsar.  I highly recommend it if you're a historical fiction buff.  I really enjoyed it.  Also, while rumbling around in the Oklahoma wind - Floribunda rocking back and forth all day and all night - I watched a very good documentary on Netflix about a 20th Century icon of the  fashion world, "Diana Vreeland:  The Eye Has To Travel."  And, I started a new novel, Blindsighted, by Karin Slaughter.  The protagonist is a pediatrician and county coroner of a rural area in the South; the genre is crime fiction.

Another ongoing project is the continuous development and refinement of a "Full-Time RV Budget."  I tend to work a little on it, take a break to read, think of something to add or change, get back on my computer, do a little cooking, think of an idea, get back on my computer .... you get the gist.   Any suggestions will be appreciated.

About this electrical issue I'm having, I bought the little plastic fuse puller and several more fuses yesterday at WalMart.  There's definitely something going on with my electricity; you'll recall the fuse issues of the past few days.  Now I have two electrical outlets, one in the galley and one in the bathroom that are not functioning.  I'm suspecting it may have something to do with using the portable electric heater?  

Hey, just thought of this ......  Here's the coach fuse box.




I'm thinking the legend on the right is referring to the fuses from right to left, which indicates the furthest on the left is a 20-amp - power outlets.  Can I just use my handy dandy plastic fuse puller to remove that fuse to check and see if it's blown?  I'm so not knowledgeable about electricity issues; but in my nursing career I've seen a couple of results from not respecting electricity enough!  

Now, I'm having issues with both chassis and coach fuses and am questioning if there's a connection or if they're coincidental?  When visiting with John, electrician,  the other day, I told him I'd like to learn at least the the rudiments of electricity; I'm confused by Amps vs Volts vs Watts vs horse power vs ????  Those two 5-units university course in Physics are gone from my brain!
Anybody have any Internet learning sites they'd suggest?

According to weather.com the wind is going to lessen this afternoon.#*!  I'm hoping to head into the city to involve myself in a little tourist activity.


Lacy will stay here to guard (ha!) the house and Eleanor

I need new photo ops!

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  2. Check out this video about resetting GFI (Ground fault interrupter).
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHIvy_zSQf8

    GFIs are usually installed in the kitchen and the bathroom.
    Good luck.

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    1. I found it in the bathroom! It's fixed. Boy, I love all the wisdom of followers. Thanks, Roger.

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  3. I am a firm believer in utilizing resources like Camping World Service Centers for this type of thing. Maybe they can get it fixed, once and for all. You certainly don't want to be having this issue all the time!!

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  4. It was 30 degrees last night. Joe is going to plug in a small heater tonight in the RV. I hope it doesn't blow any of the fuses in there.... Hope you figure it out soon.

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  5. I'm guessing those fuses are 12 volt and the power outlet fuse might be for power to a 12 volt cigarette lighter type plug? Seems like there should be circuit breakers for the 110 volt outlets.

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    1. The 120 volt circuit breakers are usually in a separate panel box somewhere in the RV.

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  6. You might find help on this site. This guy includes help for just about everything including electricity and fuses etc.
    Check out his section called "Eureka". I think if you put "Travels with Andy Baird," you should find it. If not, let me know.
    Elaine McCullough May in Canada.

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  7. This link is worth the read to understand your coaches wiring.
    http://www.marxrv.com/12volt/12volt.htm

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    1. Thanks Any Mouse - I'm heading there right now!

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  8. These fuses are all 12 volt fuses, and read from right to left 1, 2 ....9 with number 9 being empty, or as it says, a spare...not in use. I agree that your outlets are probably a GFI located on one of your outlets. The GFI blowing could be due to your heater, but this would not affect your turn signals, that is a lose wire which that guy fixed. Before he fixed it you probably blew the emergency signal fuse too, which you have replaced...so give it time to see if your fuses running your vehicle operating lights still blow or not. If they do, it is another wiring problem which will need to be found. Good luck...and we did make it back from Utah. --Dave

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    1. Hi Dave:
      I'm heading out this morning to Gainesville, TX and will be able to check everything out. All seems to be working fine now.

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  9. As you head into Texas, checkout Grapevine, TX.
    http://www.grapevinetexasusa.com/things-to-do/arts-culture/

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    1. Thanks, Roger.
      I drove through the Dallas-Fort Worth area yesterday late morning and decided not to stay as the weather was terrible - cold, raining and a little icy. I also had to forego a visit with a very good friend who lives in North Dallas. I'm heading south to less troublesome climate, I hope. Grapevine has been added to my list.

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  10. Love Lacy's picture ... hope your fuse problems are over!

    Austin and the Hill Country ... hope you take a little tour of that area. The Whole Foods mothership is there and is huge .... can spend a day there alone and walking all around the City. lots of Rv parks in the area ~ love Austin

    and, yes, Grapevine is a Texas BIG place ... the mall is just unbelievable. It's grown from a little ol sleepy town to this showcase of Texas being big.... so much to do in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area and all the way down to Austin and Houston ~ San Antonio ... tons ~ goofy ol state. I still have my Texas Driver's License ... got to remedy that in a couple of months...

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  11. Here is a link to the owner's manual. On page 6-12 or p.102 viewing the manual in kindle, it says the 120 volt panel is under the refrigerator.

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