I thought I'd share some observations of our first boondock camp-out about two weeks ago.
Where: Sand Ridge S.F. in Havana, Illinois. 6 days 7 nights.
We had a great time, but there was lots of rain. The inside of the CCD trailer builds up condensation big time. Especially since we had our furnace running and were preparing 6 coarse meals. I went around with a towel to try and keep up with the moisture.
There was one day that it rained CONSTANTLY, so I did what any normal AS nut would do....I washed the AS using my extendo-handle brush and rain water. No petrolium product or amonia to harm my finish either! Gortex raincoats are sure nice. Did I mention I had accidently drank 29 bottles of beer (thinking it was Club Soda), so the 'ol crazylev was pretty well "winterized".
We had our Honda 2000 with us that I thought I would be using only every other day or so, but ended up using it everyday for about two hours.
I don't know if this was a coincidense or not, but my wife and I wanted to watch a movie on our laptop, so I plugged a Pro-Watt 300 inverter into the 12v
. socket in the AS to keep power to the laptop for few hours while watching the movie. Just using the Pro-Watt 300 inverter seemed to drain the coach batteries much quicker. Strange, since the only thing it was powering was a small draw laptop computer.
On the same evening, I noticed that the CO detector was flashing Green/Orange, indicating there might be a "fault" somewhere. Eventually, it started chirping it's terrible song. At the same time, for the first time since we have owned our CCD, our propane tank number one finally ran out and was drawing from tank number two. We got a refill at an Ace Hardware in town for $18.00 for a 30pnd tank.
After reading the owners manual, I found information about the CO detector that states if the main battery(s) are running down, you could get unpredictable indicators and behavior. This proved to be the case, because once I charged up the batteries with the Honda for a few hours, everything was normal again.
While all this was going on, I noticed that the furnace was putting out a smell reminiscent of burning plastic. This was around the time the propane tank change-overtook place. That to went away.
The water hydrants at the campground were missing the brass 3/4" hose connectors. This made the $2.00 Water-Theif adapter worth more than Saddam's gold. It took the two of us to fill our water tank: one to hold the water theif in place (me), and the other to yell at the spouse to stop admiring the Water-theif so we could get to our site, unhook, get dry.
Did I mention that I love my Water-theif so much, I take it to bed with me? I plan on getting the one I own a little sister, so he won't be all alone.
The dump station (and you all know my love for them) was vandelized. Someone had cut off the 3/4" male end of the rinse hose, rendering it useless.
Someone in that area does not seem to like anything that is 3/4". I'm sort of a 3/8" to 1/2" kinda a guy myself, but this is probably best left for the Viagra message boards.
Back at my friendly Ace Hardware in Havana, I picked up what should also be mandatory for your fix-it kit in the AS: http://www.acehardware.com/product/i...entPage=family
They ARE sold as single units for a couple of bucks. I got two differant sizes, and I'm glad I did because when I was doing a temporary repair at the dump station, I need the connector from one size, and the clamp part from the other size.
Bottom line, throw a couple of these babies in your repair bucket. If you want to get real fance, you can get the brass ones.
BTW: When I was done doing the do, I did not leave this set-up at the dump station. I mentioned the problem to the camp host, who appeared to have been more winterized than I was.
And finally, a question: If you run on battery power only with the AS, what would/could happen if the furnace is switched on, but there is not enough juice to run the exhaust fan at full throttle from the furnace? When I smelled the plastic-y smell, my first thought was that the fan was not putting out enough hot air causing something within the furnace to start melting or cooking.
My guess is that there has to be some sort of safety shut-off that addresses this. But curious nonetheless.
Toodles for now.