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Old 06-28-2020, 09:58 AM   #6441
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A small bit of trouble-shooting...the panel doesn’t seem to like the extension cord...and we’re in business.

The directions are pretty thin, but I googled “Renogy solar suitcase setup“ and found a short video from a camper who demonstrated and ended with “once the panel is connected, it will start right up”.

I removed the extension cord and, voila!

It couldn’t be easier to use. The little screen said my battery was at 12.3, about 24 hours after last electricity, which doesn’t seem too bad.

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Old 06-28-2020, 03:14 PM   #6442
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Quite the mechanic mcgiver you're becoming! Quite a lot to be said for desire and determination.
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Old 06-28-2020, 05:11 PM   #6443
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Yes, I was feeling quite accomplished.

Until I could NOT get one of the connectors apart to put it away... struggling, pulling with all my strength, digging out the pliers.

A good 10 minutes, sweat pouring off me. Nothing.

So I did what any woman alone in this kind of predicament would do...I flagged down the first pickup truck that came by.

In it was a nice young man who works for the forest service, who also struggled mightily to get this connection apart and had to get his own pliers.

But, he was eventually successful, quickly determined what the problem was and, of course, as quickly fixed it.

He asked where we were headed, and we chatted a bit, and of course I told him about HistoriCorps and gave him a brochure and business card.

Sigh.

Sometimes you beat back the dragon, sometimes you give up and find a knight.

And, I’m okay with that.

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Old 06-30-2020, 08:03 AM   #6444
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We are in a NP campground til the 5th, where there is no CG signal but one at the end of the road out.

If I’m not posting, don’t worry, we are fine.

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Love that you post ahead of time to keep us from worrying. Now that we know we'll just patiently wait for the occasional walk to the end of the road. Enjoy your fourth.
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Old 07-02-2020, 02:09 PM   #6446
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I actually have to drive out, as it’s a couple of miles uphill.

I have hooked the solar up each day, topping the battery off, and but for the extension cord it doesn’t like it has been a great upgrade.

We are at a rather large NP campground, only half of which is open due to budget issues due to Covid, but closed loops are a great place to let Lily rip around a bit early in the mornings.

We are walking and crocheting and reading and cooking a bit.

Sleeping well at night, in the absolute silence.

Have seen several buffalo, and this morning a doe seemed to be looking for a handout...came very close to our site, just stood and looked expectant.

I did not feed her.

I forgot I had this little gizmo for checking coach battery capacity.
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