Many of the systems in our new RV were not totally unfamiliar, as I had done an extensive bit of research on various systems, but even with that, some of the pieces of equipment needed some night time reading of the maintenance guides. At times, I felt like I was back at work, trying to troubleshoot and resolve IT systems problems. You have a undesirable result that is a symptom of a problem, and the task is to trace the problem back to a failed component.
The most interesting of the new systems was of the ‘high-tech’ variety, the Wifi Ranger intelligent router, a combination wired/wireless router with the ability to use multiple connection points, either the RV Park wifi, LAN or Air Card. With its WFRBoost roof mounted booster antenna, I can get RV Park wifi when others cannot. Some aspects of the Wifi Ranger could not be tested until we got to an actual RV Park with wifi. The Verizon Air Card was working fine when plugged in to the laptop, but would not work with the Wifi Ranger. Based on calls with support, I would have to wait until we were in an RV park with wifi, to download some new firmware to the ranger as well as some configuration software onto the PC virtual machine.
The RV has 3 water tanks, a fresh water, grey water (kitchen sink, shower) and black water (toilet) tanks. On our boat, one of the ongoing problems was determining how much each tank contained. Some tank monitor systems are available where you have to drill holes in the tank to insert probes that tell you the level in the tank. Tank monitors are a nice accessory, but you have to remember that they are estimates only. The See Level system sensors are actually mounted on the outside of the tank, so there are no holes and potential leaks in the tank. Even with this marvelous technology, you have to consider:
Another piece of technology new to me was the Tire Pressure Monitoring System that I had bought. Each tire, 6 on the truck and 6 on the RV, had a small pressure sensing device that replaces the cap on the valve stem. A monitor in the truck cab reads the signals from the sensors and alarms when a tire pressure is too low or too high.
The system was actually partially installed while we were still in Massachusetts, but this was the first time I had the chance to get everything working. I have to admit that I cheated. When the truck was in the shop at Utility Bodywerks getting taken apart, I had asked them to install valve extenders on the inner rear duallies, as I could not get my hands in between the wheels. That way, it was really easy to install the transmitters on the rear tires.
The hot water heater was only working sporadically.. I hate problems that are not consistent. Lots of troubleshooting of the water heater controls indicated that there was a water flow problem (it requires a minimum flow of .5 gallons per minute to activate). This problem was going to require a bit more troubleshooting.
One of the options we had chosen was a quick connect propane fitting at the front of the rig, connected to the tanks. The idea was that we could connect our Weber BBQ to the quick connect as opposed to carrying around an additional portable propane tank or the disposable 1lb tanks. As they say, ‘the best laid plans of mice and men….”. It seems that the issue was have 2 pressure regulators in the line, one regulator on the 40lb tanks and then a second regulator on the BBQ itself. It worked, but not as well as it should have. I ordered a new fitting from the local propane supply store, and it would be in next week.
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|It’s Off to Kansas We Go|
|New Horizons RV Factory, Junction City, Kansas|
|Un-Packing the U-haul and packing the RV|
|Learning about Our New Home|
|Testing all of the RV sub-systems|
|First Trip-10 Miles|
|South Dakota and Business|
|Camp New Horizons|
|Kansas to Florida|
|NHOG Rally 2011|
|Florida to Texas|
|New Orleans - The Big Easy|