For months now, the RV has been acting up. When I went over bumps, the engine would hesitate or quit. Then I would be driving along on the interstate and the transmission would go into neutral or suddenly all the dash lights would come on and the vehicle turn off. If I turned on the headlights or heater, the whole rig would buck and sputter. When I took it to the mechanic, he could not find anything wrong like that. It was driving me NUTS!!!!!
I stopped in Casa Grande, AZ and bought a bottle of Lucas transmission fixer since the mechanic had found that the transmission fluid was a bit low. Nope. It was right on the perfect line. Then I figured it had to be electrical. I looked at all the wires. Then I pulled on the battery cables. AHA! The cables were on securely, but the grounding wire from battery to truck body was disconnected. It was still touching metal, but each time I went over a bump, it bounced and was not doing the job of grounding. I was trying to catch up to Heather in Quartzsite, so I squeezed it together with electrical tape and hoped I would make it.
But…being a Sunday, I realized there was nobody around to help me fix the rig. I took off for church and the RV immediately stalled out when I went uphill and I had to restart the engine. I made it to church and spent 3 hours in meetings. When it was over, I went out to the truck and opened the hood. Instantly a brother was by my side asking what was wrong. I showed him the loose battery and the disconnected wire. He yelled across the parking lot for another brother.
They both totally acted like they knew what they were doing. I soon found out why! I followed the men and their wives home. They lived in RV’s parked near a bunch of garages. They were on the property of an old guy who restored vintage cars. They both did work for him 🙂 Then they did work for me!
In no time they had cut a piece of board to use as a shim to hold the battery tight in the clamp and they put a new ground wire on. AMAZING! The rig has never worked better. All sorts of issues were purely because there was not a good ground. I am sooooooooooo thankful! 🙂
I then drove to Joshua Tree National Park. I got there 5 hours after Heather did…but I got there! 🙂 It was fun camping with Heather, Fletcher and the 2 dogs. Each day we would drive to the next campground on our own time, stopping here and there along the way, then meeting up at night. I would cook dinner and breakfast for us and they got to sleep on a real bed 🙂 It was fun and just soooo fantastic to be going to all the same places I had camped with Heather as a kid. Now the next generation has been broken in properly 😛
About three blogs ago, Ingrid was looking up info on root cellars. That’s how she found me. We have been good online friends since my underground house days. Since she lives near Los Angeles, it was a no-brainer to stop and visit. It’s fun to meet people I “know” but have never met 🙂 I parked the RV in front of her house and had a very peaceful night’s sleep. Now I am lingering out here and catching up on computer stuff. Southern California is chock full of trees and flowers. I look forward to making it over to the coast and seeing the ocean! 🙂
I will get online sporadically. Now that I’m not trying to catch up to Heather each night, I will try harder to find random wifi to keep track of my travels.
Yesterday the whole way from Joshua Tree to L.A., I played Michael Buble CD’s and sung at the top of my lungs with a HUGE grin on my face. Life is good! 🙂