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Old 12-05-2011, 10:34 PM   #1
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Paranoia pays off!

So, my Argosy is only partially winterized, because I'm lazy and I'm going to Blanco this weekend. It's "cold" here (Texas cold that is.) My covered storage, however, has power so on Saturday I hooked up the little ceramic heater on low power, set on low power (so it pulls about 8 amps, WHEN it's on.)

I'm a little paranoid, and tonight is the first night it's scheduled to actually freeze so I drove over to the storage facility to double-check. The motorhome on the other side of the pole where the plug is was not plugged in on Saturday, but today it was. I went into the Argosy, and the red power light on the heater was off. I assumed the old breakers were to blame, so I reset them all just in case... no joy. So, I took the socket tester out and found that the plug on the pole is dead, as is the next one to the west.

Happily, the outlet on the other side of the ginormous 5th wheel to the east of the Argosy is still hot and I had enough cord to reach it! I'll go back tomorrow a) to check again and b) to make sure they're on the problem. I also noticed that several of the security lights are off, so they need to address that as well.
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Old 12-05-2011, 11:08 PM   #2
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When I was reading your post and made it to this part:

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The motorhome on the other side of the pole where the plug is was not plugged in on Saturday, but today it was. I went into the Argosy, and the red power light on the heater was off. I assumed the old breakers were to blame, so I reset them all just in case... no joy. So, I took the socket tester out and found that the plug on the pole is dead, as is the next one to the west

I thought to myself, "Surely the big 5ver didnt unplug his Argosy

Glad he didnt, we would have had to teach him some manners.
Hope you get it figured out tomorrow.
Have fun and the Blanco Rally, wish we could be there. Hopefully we will see you guys sometime soon in the future.
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Old 12-05-2011, 11:29 PM   #3
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I thought to myself, "Surely the big 5ver didnt unplug his Argosy

Glad he didnt, we would have had to teach him some manners.
Hope you get it figured out tomorrow.
Have fun and the Blanco Rally, wish we could be there. Hopefully we will see you guys sometime soon in the future.
We'll see you in Canton at the latest!

No one unplugged us... there are 4 sockets at the pole and only room for a max of 4 RVs around it... there's a Jayco behind the Argosy that's always plugged in, but it's filthy, hasn't moved since I first parked the Argosy there in April, and hasn't been registered since '07. I don't think that's drawing any more than usual. I'm guessing the moho guy plugged in a heater, maybe on high, and I'm guessing the 4-gang outlet on the next pole is probably on the same bloody breaker.
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Baby, It's COLD Outside...

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So, my Argosy is only partially winterized, because I'm lazy and I'm going to Blanco this weekend. It's "cold" here (Texas cold that is.) My covered storage, however, has power so on Saturday I hooked up the little ceramic heater on low power, set on low power (so it pulls about 8 amps, WHEN it's on.)

I'm a little paranoid, and tonight is the first night it's scheduled to actually freeze so I drove over to the storage facility to double-check. The motorhome on the other side of the pole where the plug is was not plugged in on Saturday, but today it was. I went into the Argosy, and the red power light on the heater was off. I assumed the old breakers were to blame, so I reset them all just in case... no joy. So, I took the socket tester out and found that the plug on the pole is dead, as is the next one to the west.

Happily, the outlet on the other side of the ginormous 5th wheel to the east of the Argosy is still hot and I had enough cord to reach it! I'll go back tomorrow a) to check again and b) to make sure they're on the problem. I also noticed that several of the security lights are off, so they need to address that as well.
This is no time to be ( bumbl'in - fumbl'in!!!! After all, the playoffs are just around the corner!
Best of luck to you! Be sure and let us know how you made out!

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Old 12-05-2011, 11:51 PM   #5
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Wow, the wind here in North Texas has a real bite today. Looks like we might see overnight 20's the rest of the week. Are those 20A circuits at the storage lot? Would not be surprised if they had several outlets sharing 1 breaker.
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Old 12-06-2011, 12:01 AM   #6
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Supposed to get to 28 degrees tonight in Tucson...it's almost 11 PM and already 34 out. We set the Bambi's furnace to 40 degrees and opened all the doors, cabinets and drawers...The Bambi is in the "Bambi Port" so it is somewhat protected...last night it got down to 31... I hate it when it gets this cold in the SW sun belt!

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Switch from cooling to heating on the HVAC the same day . . what happened to Fall?
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I thought to myself, "Surely the big 5ver didnt unplug his Argosy
They are usually able to tell they've annoyed their neighbors at the storage facility when they come back to their trailer and find the trailer unplugged with the end of the shore power cord cut off so they can't plug back in for a while. Yes, we've stored ours around some tough crowds...
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Old 12-06-2011, 09:48 AM   #9
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Uh, it was minus three here this morning when I left for work...if Coloradoans are not winterized yet, it's too late!

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Uh, it was minus three here this morning when I left for work...if Coloradoans are not winterized yet, it's too late!

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Ugh! And I thought we were cold at 27 degrees here last night! (Yes, we are wusses.) We don't winterize though, because we do a lot of winter camping... Nothing quite like standing around a campfire with your front side toasting and your back side freezing...you have to keep a rotation thing going! I hope it lightens up some before the 4CU New Year's Rally at Picacho...(about 40 miles north of Tucson).
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I am lucky enough to have covered storage at home. We are headed to Blanco too, and I set a small heater in the floor to put off winterizing a while.

I woke to hear the house furnance on (read it got colder than I thought it would be), and made a mad dash out to the trailer in the middle of the night to make sure the breaker hadn't tripped. The rain gets the GFI every now and then. But all was ok.

Your not paranoid if they really are out to get you.....
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