Dan- I will try and look you guys up when I get back in town, thanks so much for the kind words.
I just found the AIR forums application for my phone, so this should make posting updates a lot easier.
The holiday weekend slowed me down and I got off to a late start at 8pm on Sunday, but I drove through the night and 300 miles of driving got me as far as Indianapolis. I pulled over at a rest stop around 1:30 and called it a night. My route being I-71 to I-70
Sunday night I found that my flush tube on my toilet mysteriously was leaking so the duct tape came in handy.
I woke up early and made a breakfast sandwich and turned on some lights and hopped in the shower when I realized the lights dimmed when the water pump kicked on
With all the solar panels, 350 watts and my change to LED lights I was surprised the batteries discharged that fast, I was waiting to change my generic deep cycle batteries till after the trip. None the less, they are 3 years old and with my limited use of the trailer I never added water to then so I popped the caps and found that they were both low. I pulled out the rest stop with two missions on Monday morning, find a new flush tube and figure out if the batteries would come back to life.
Lesson learned, always use or test everything on the camper prior to a long trip.
I hit Missouri early that morning and my gas log had me right around 11 mpg. The rain from Isaac seemed to follow me, but it was pretty easy to keep the trailer and truck right at 60 mph.
After a few calls to my father, my honorary dispatcher - he found me a Camping World store along my route on I-44 near Springfield, Missouri. The batteries did not recover, and although both my controllers, stock and solar had them fully charged, the batteries still discharged super fast when under loads. So I decided to just get the camping world deep cycles, and will look into lifelines when I complete the trip, the flush tube was a vendor only part, but after some calls I was able to route a part to the Vegas camping world store, so as long as the duct tape holds through the grand canyon, I should be good.
After installing the batteries, I found that my old battery cable to put the positive terminal studs in parallel had an eyelet that was too small to fit on the new batteries, and all that camping world offered was a 24 inch cable that seem like overkill for the mere 6 inches i needed. So off to the nearest auto parts store I went. All in all the detour slowed me about 3 hours with lunch.
I made Tulsa around dinner time and cruised on I-44 to Oklahoma City, where I arrived near midnight and did my best to make a run at the Texas border but came up about 90 miles short. Couldn't find any west bound rest areas that were open so I made camp at a small rv dealership right off an exit that had a large parking lot and seemed nice and quiet, minus the hwy noise, it was a warm night but my fantastic fan earned its keep and the new batteries performed great.
I got up early and hit the road and made the Texas line before 10am. New Mexico's border came a few hours later and I spent all day driving on 40 lol, that state is wider then you think. I hit Arizona right around 4:30 and did a detour to Petrified Forest National Park, just did a few miles of the main route but was glad I stopped.
I made Flagstaff around 8:30 and pulled over to get gas and subway on I-40 en route to hwy 180 when I found a small Army base.
After a quick search with the phone I saw they had full hookups, and knowing that I was already late to get to my spot on the Grand Canyon, I figured I would crash there for the night. So I flashed my military Id and they saw my dod decal on the hood and on I went in.
Hooked everything up and crashed around 10pm and am just getting up now. My refrigerator was flashing LP when I got in last night and I have bee. Leaving it run on the road, after some searching this morning, I guess it could be either air in the line or the flue and burner need cleaned. The hot water tank fired right up as well as my range so I know it's not a propane issue, on electric now the frig is again nice and cold hmmmm. May peak my head in at the service desk at the camping world 2 miles away and see what they think before I head to the park.
Cold night here but I was warm in bed, prolly got down to the high 40s I would guess. Gonna eat breakfast and find the campground host to settle my meager debt for the night b4 I use the water to wash off the road grime from my two day jaunt and 1900 miles. Will post more when I can