Long and short, we need another battery for the battery bank. Last night was freezing. We’re talking about mid thirties. Naturally we kicked on the heat. The warmth only lasted until around 2AM. The propane/c02 detector began to beep. Now if you can imagine having to decipher blink codes at 2AM, I was not a happy camper. The code was politely telling us at 120Db that the voltage was low, and that the kind detector proceeded to remind us of this fact every 30 seconds until dawn.
Given the state parks rules on generating power at 2AM (something about blah blah trying to sleep blah blah) the genny was out. We thought for a second about hooking onto the truck, but idling a V8 under the bunk end didn’t seem like it would work out well. The only option left was to cut the heat and hunker down.
So here we are at the crack of dawn maneuvering camp chairs from sun patch to sun patch like desert lizards. All because one battery is not enough.
Finally we have come to the generator window. I caught myself counting the seconds.
Breakfast came and went, the family is warm and out for a walk with the grandparents. Their absence has given me a good time to get ideas for camper repair and upgrades.
Top of the list is of course the extra battery. Also right up there are some plumbing upgrades. I want to add a bypass that allows us to fill the reserve tank through the city water hook up. And another to relocate gray water to the black tank to use the extra tank space.
The big project of course is repairing the damaged floors. While it is not a difficult project it will be time consuming and require pulling the dinet out.