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Old 07-02-2016, 05:51 AM   #267
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Evelyn I do not know Interstates but do know Airstreams and I'll bet you have a carbon monoxide warning device of some kind in the coach which cannot be turned off and has a 12v draw. Not much but it is there, and there also could be something else as well.

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Old 07-02-2016, 06:27 AM   #268
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Maybe Interstate had a run of bad batteries?
Any battery that I know of will go bad if it's allowed to sit in a discharged state for a long period of time. A dealer with multiple vehicles on their lot for sale usually does not have the resources to keep all those batteries charged. Something called sulfate forms on the lead plates in the battery (I forget the exact chemistry) and once that happens, the battery will not hold a charge.
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Old 07-02-2016, 07:21 AM   #269
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Evelyn I do not know Interstates but do know Airstreams and I'll bet you have a carbon monoxide warning device of some kind in the coach which cannot be turned off and has a 12v draw. Not much but it is there, and there also could be something else as well.

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You also may have an LP gas alarm that is hot wired to the battery. It's a constant drain.
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Old 07-03-2016, 07:50 PM   #270
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Hey, guys! Some good news! 6/29 readings with no load:Main 12.9 Aux 12.07.

We went to the RV storage lot to move from a Non electric site to an electric hookup site. I took readings before hooking up to electricity: No load: (Solar panel input):
Main 12.98 Aux 14.25!!! BEFORE ELECTRIC HOOKUP!

This being the case, I assume that the batteries had not been fully charged prior to installation, (as someone mentioned earlier)! I was shocked to see 14.25 on aux battery, and checked it 3-4 times! I will be interested to see what readings are when I go back to storage lot in a couple days, after electric connection.

I will continue to evaluate and if the batteries maintain a good charge , will probably cancel appt. for diagnostics at dealer. (They would be happy to charge me big $$$$ for nothing).
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Old 07-03-2016, 08:18 PM   #271
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At 6:am this morning, my 30 year old grand daughter called to tell me she was in hospital being prepared for emergency abdominal surgery. Her Mom, my daughter, Deb lives with me.

We dressed and went to hospital, where we learned from the nurses, Nicole was apparently born with a significantly rare condition. Her colon and portions of small intestine are located on opposite side of her abdomen from natural position!

CT scan revealed portions of the intestine were twisted around other parts, causing loss of blood supply. Fortunately, the attending surgeon is an excellent surgeon that I had worked with over several years while I was an operating room nurse some 25 years ago. He was a fledgling MD/surgeon at the time, and I have been aware of his progress over the years, to present day, as he is highly regarded in the surgical community. She is so lucky he is on call this holiday weekend.

Even more impressive, so compassionate and caring to this young lady and her family this morning. Before she was taken to surgery, he asked if we would allow a prayer for Nicole and for the surgical team to give the 'best of their talents' to Nicole during her surgery and recuperation. How unusual is that!? And so very appreciated!

Afterward, he came to waiting room and gave Deb, John, her Dad, Kevin her boyfriend, and I ...full details of resulting surgical intervention, expected recuperation, etc.

Nicole was planning on going on a local camping trip to Chatfield SP next Monday, (1 week from tomorrow), With me. Of course, this trip will need to be delayed for us both, as she will come to my home for nursing care upon discharge from hospital in a week or so. We will try for first week in August, if possible. She so wants, and I think, needs this little trip. We just never know what each day will bring! But, family is always ready to support each other ....no matter what the future brings. That is what family does!
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That's kind of scary, Evelyn.

Glad it all turned out okay.


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Old 07-04-2016, 06:16 PM   #273
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Thanks, Maggie. She was in intense pain and very frightened. She, as well as all of us, we're very relieved that her surgeon, being on call for his group this holiday weekend....is one that I know and trust completely.

She is doing as well as could be expected today. We had a little walk around the hall loop today, her 2nd today, and she did well. I've had her doing deep breathing and coughing exercises to care for her post op lungs. She appreciates having her own "nurse Nana" here. I will not have it any other way. I'll be here everyday she is here, then, take her home with me to recuperate. That's what Nanas do!
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I'm having a bit of an "introspective day" today....disappointed, to say the least. It seems, for some people...nothing is ever enough.... Anyway, sorry if I'm being a whiner, but, once I realize I'm being manipulated and taken advantage of....well, perhaps it is time to "step away".

The granddaughter is a bit too much drama for me right now. I have been at her side, giving nursing care and support, no matter how tired I am. I am exhausted, so, I'm taking a break. It should be someone else's turn now. Some people make it very hard to be devoted and caring. This one is milking it for all it's worth.....called me at daybreak yesterday, with a long list of "things she needs"....which I dutifully filled. This morning, calls me with unrealistic expectations, then, when I could not satisfy her immediately, she became belligerent! Whoa! Over the limit! Yesterday, her Nana nurse was her hero...today, her ??whipping post?? I don't think so!
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Old 07-06-2016, 01:35 PM   #275
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Even within family it would seem that no good deed goes unpunished. One learns i guess.
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For some people, however much you do it is never enough. Ingratitude is part of their nature.

Not your fault, her attitude, Evelyn, and not to be taken onto your shoulders.

When you are able, might tell her how you feel.

She might not like it, but she may need to hear it.

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Thanks, guys. I did not mean to whine or complain, but, as Gearheart says, "no good deed goes unpunished"!

And, yes, Maggie, I realize where the problem lies. That does not make it any easier to reconcile this type of behavior. This girl is and has been ...for a long time..., as some in her age group might say...A HOT MESS!

As you know, a Nana's love is unending and unconditional. In spite of her history, when one I love is hurt, I am ready and willing to help. She is very ill, the surgery is successful, she is on the mend. She does, however, have some problems this surgery cannot address. That is where the problem lies. I will still be there to help....if she is receptive. I love her, that will not change, but, the verbal abuse and manipulation are not to be tolerated. Not by me, anyway.

As I said, I'm stepping back...Taking care of me today. Others can handle this little drama princess. I think she may learn, fairly soon...Nana put up with much more than most will...then, again, she may not....her problem, not mine.
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Sometimes a little tough love is the best kind. Hang in there, Nana! Encourage her to understand that her wants are not always her needs.
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I can give you some feedback on that style of fridge. I have a danforth Dometic chest fridge/freezer, 2 6 volt batteries and 200w of solar on my trailer. For a 24 hour window I need 3-4 hours of full sun to keep up with my usage. No phantom loads at all, no 12 v to any appliance only a couple if LED lights and possibly a small fan.

Without the Dometic, I start the day off at 90/92% battery on my trimetric, mostly from a fantastic fan all night. Full recharge by mid morning. With the Dometic turned on it starts at 80% in the morning and takes most of the day to recharge to 100%.

I equate the Dometic to running a fantastic fan 24/7.

Less solar and more loads will quickly get me into a loosing pattern, I couldn't keep up with only 100w and a bunch of other small draws.

Edit. I usually start off each morning in the very low 12 volt range, 12.2?, and the solar pumps it up to 14.2 then holds it for 2 hours for a top off charge before dropping back to 13 for the rest of the day.
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Thanks, Mimi. This 30 year old girl has other history, prior to this surgical event. Unfortunately, those problems reared their ugly head in the midst of her stay on a surgical ward after life threatening situation. These issues, other than the surgical intervention, are not easily addressed in this environment.

Treatment is required, but, first she must face her problem.....and she is not at all willing to do so. I fear for her, I pray for her...not much else I can do beyond that. I became embroiled in her manipulation attempts early this morning, thinking her call to me was a genuine request for my help. Now I have serious doubts about that.

She's in a hospital....on a surgical ward.....not where this problem needs to be addressed. Her Mom went to see her today. Her Dad and brother make excuses for her. I attempt to make her face real facts. That doesn't go over too well. Others "don't want to upset her". I am afraid for the phone call that may come some day. I don't want to be her buddy, as do her parents and brother. I am her Nana...if I can't show her the truth, who can?!

Her abdominal surgery will mend.....with or without my intervention. Her historical issues that are glaring today...will require much more than a surgeon's talent. I wish it could be that simple! God help her!
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