Monday, February 27, 2012

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BENNIE !

Well today is my little guys Birthday.

He’s 12 years old today.  That’s 84 in ‘human’ years isn’t it.

Here’s last year’s post on his Birthday….

 

http://sassysondaroad.blogspot.com/2011/02/birthdays-all-around-today.html

Friday, February 24, 2012

A DAY TRIP TO MEXICO

My neighbours this time are Holly and Daryl from Duncan, B.C.  AND they are fellow riders.

They were heading to Mexico today to get some dental work done – a very popular thing for Canadians to do as the cost is significantly cheaper.

I tagged along to my first ever trip to Mexico.  It is only 25 minutes from where I am staying right now.

Entering the Mexican border.

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Sure glad guns are illegal – bloody things should be illegal everywhere !

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I couldn’t believe how CHEAP everything is there.  A carton of cigs is only $30.00 !!  A 40 oz. bottle of Kahlua (that Holly and Daryl bought) was only $8.50 !!!

I certainly didn’t ‘need’ anything but wondered if they might have anything ‘HARLEY’ ??  They have EVERYTHING HARLEY there.

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No idea why they would have a Harley logo on this eye glass place ??

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There were at least a half dozen different stained glass vendors selling beautiful pieces.

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A quick stop for lunch….

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I bought a ‘Harley’ lantern.  The guy is making it special order for me here….

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He’s drying the paint now…

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Scenes of people sitting around enjoying the music – which was quite good.

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My lantern !

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Love the detail he put into it…

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A back view….

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I could have gotten one that takes oil or one that is electric.  I chose the electric…

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Of course I had to buy the obligatory T-Shirt !  The back…

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The front….

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And a light jacket.  The front….

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The back….

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It really was quite the experience being there.  The Vendors are relentless !!  But I had sooooo much fun !!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

MY ADORABLE BENNIE

Today was laundry day – at least one load anyways.

So I got the clothes sorted into my laundry bag and was inside puttering around at something else for about a half an hour.

When I came outside this is what I saw…………

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Yes, He actually crawled right into the laundry bag !!  Naturally I took a gazillion pictures and then he came out of the bag.

On I went about my puttering business and the next time I came outside here he was again…………

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MORE ABOUT THE SLABS

I spent 5 days at The Slabs and when I left there I stopped just for an overnight back at Quartzsite trying to determine my next stop.  A look at the weather forecast quickly made up my mind on that – back to Yuma I went.

The route to The Slabs took me by the IMPERIAL SAND DUNES.  Quite an awesome sight to see.

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But check out JERI'S BLOG as her pics really show how amazing these dunes are.

The Slabs is indeed a very unique and interesting place to spend some time. It’s a place that lots has been written about and many photos taken. It’s a place that I truly am glad I had the opportunity to ‘experience’.

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And of course someone there has T-Shirts for sale and I had to have one…

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And just because you may not have enough room on your roof for Solar or your roof is round – well yes, you can still install solar panels….

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The Slabs even has it’s own BARBER SHOP….

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It’s own HOT TUB where I was told the temperature is in excess of 100F….

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It’s own SHOE TREE….

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It’s own INTERNET CAFE….

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I parked in the area where the LOWS (Loners On Wheels) were as that is where Lee (my Solar Consultant) was.  Here is a  short video taken from the roof of my rig.

I couldn’t help but admire and respect the creativity and resourcefulness of the people that live there.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

TESTING–TESTING–TESTING

Once my solar was installed Lee wanted to do a bunch on ‘tests’ to ensure everything was operating as it should.  And believe me he has all the right gizmos to do this !!

Gawd, There’s just so much  to learn my poor little brain is about to explode !!  Good thing I have my EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT for the pesky little details like FANCY MAPS and the various and sundry other items I assign to her !!  LOL

Now I can’t guarantee any accuracy here because I was scribbling notes as fast as I could while he was talking.  The following is my notes transcribed.

TESTING PHANTOM DRAW

This mean testing how much draw is being used with nothing on.  Those secret little gremlins hiding behind the walls and under the rig that are using MY power without my knowledge !!!  Pfffftttt !!!

Panels must be turned off and anything else that is running.

When we first tested it ‘something’ had a drain of 3.2 – 3.5 AMPS. Lee said that was a LOT. We checked around for possible sources of this draw. The outside TV was plugged in but not turned on. We unplugged it anyway and then re-tested. Now showed 4/10ths of a draw. Even though we plugged the TV back in and re-tested again the draw still only showed 4/10ths ? Lee figured we disrupted something which stopped the 3.2 drain.

He was satisfied with the 4/10ths number.

TESTING OTHER SOURCES OF DRAW

With only Inverter on and nothing running = 2.5 AMPS

With Inverter on and Computer running = 8 AMPS. Four hours of computer use = 32 AMP Hours and I have 100 AH’s safely to play with.

Only D/R overhead (LED) light on = .4 AMPS

Only Fridge on = .5 AMPS – BUT Lee said this was because it was ‘not burning’. It would likely take 1 AMP BUT if the side of the rig is facing the sun then it will cut in more often and therefore take more AMPS

EQUALIZING THE BATTERIES

Lee set the dip switch on the Controller to automatic equalizing – should do it every 30 days now automatically.

When I see a rapid blink on the inside monitor that means the batteries are equalizing. While equalizing, the inside monitor will read more AMPS coming in than I’m used to seeing and a higher voltage reading. While the batteries were equalizing the monitor showed 15.2 volts and 12.8 AMPS.

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TESTING THE HEALTH OF BATTERIES BY CELL

Batteries must be fully charged in order to do this. Make special note if there is significant difference from cell to cell.

6 cells numbered left (passenger side) to right.

1. White Zone = 1.24 - Starting to weaken – likely due to overfilling. CRAP !!

2. Green Zone = 1.56

3. Green Zone = 1.56

4. Green Zone = 1.56

5. Green Zone = 1.55

6. Green Zone = 1.50

 

NOW if only I could understand all of this !!  I’ve come to accept the fact that I likely never will – BUT thanks to Lee, I do have a teenie weenie better understanding than I did before.