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I killed a hunnert spiders

On that Amazon thing……..

MyOldRV has been an Amazon affiliate since Day 1 as far as I can be remembering.  When y’all click through to Amazon off this blog right here and buy something, ol’ Jeff Bezos gives me a couple percent of the sale.  Jeff is a smart fella and I am sure he is making more than the just about 10 cent I make when you buy something.  On the other hand, I bet I sleep more peaceful-like at night ’cause I ain’t got that weight on my shoulders that he bears.  I’ll take it my way hand’s down.

Anyhow, the best thing is when I get my little cut, Amazon doesn’t add that to your cost.  You pay the same-same regardless and ol’ Jeff comes off his hip to pay me the few dollars I make every month.  Sometimes it is enough to make beer money; most months not so much.  It does my heart good though when I see somebody saw fit to buy a woobie or one of those little Broan electric heaters I am so fond of just because I wrote about them here.  One thing for sure, I don’t recommend something unless it works for me.   Sometimes things don’t pan out just exactly as I anticipated and I try to tell you about that too.   Case in point — those fancy ass Dakota Alert driveway alarms;  be expecting an update on just how well they fare down here in the Puckerbrush.

Damn, I can go on can’t I?   Bottom line – thank you for your help.  I know it is a pain to come over here and click through my link when you get ready to buy somethin’ off  of Amazon.  I do appreciate it plenty!

There be spiders! The Power Center and the old WFCO converter front and center.

There be spiders! The Power Center and the old WFCO converter front and center.

Little Blondie had lots to say about most things and mayhap if I had of been a more attentive listener things woulda turned out different………..     Nah, not happening!!!   I didn’t have it in me then and it ain’t there now.  🙂   Every once in awhile she did say something I wholly agreed with and one of ’em oft repeated was  “You don’t “F” with Reddy Kilowatt.”  meanin’ o’ course you don’t mess with electricity.  I am full onboard with that one but the fact of the matter is you got no business messin’ with an RV if you run the other way every time an electrical problem pops up.   I pretty much got the DC side of things down but the AC side still gives me pause.  Some of that AC side stuff might as well be Chinese arithmetic as far as me understanding it.   Thank goodness I got that Fluke Multimeter to help me sort it all out more or less.

When I pulled into the Secret Hideout I knew my converter on the NO Princess Palace was going bad;  I also knew it had pretty much ruint my house battery with its’ no-charging  shenanigans.  I dug down pretty deep and replaced the house battery but I just didn’t have the jingle to replace the converter back then.  The good news is most converters go bad on the 12v side and that is easily temp fixed if you have a regular battery charger.   You just plug the battery charger in and hook it to your house battery and go on about your business until you can get stuff fixed.   Shortly after I pulled in here to the Porch House Gate,  the converter give up on the 12v side and I have been running with the  Schumacher Charger/Maintainer/Tester hooked up ever since which is OK and all but I know it is hard on the battery long term.

RV power converter transplant in progress

RV power converter transplant in progress

I ordered up a  Progressive Dynamics 60 Amp Power Converter with Charge Wizard  some weeks back.  I had the exact same converter on the Old Girl and it run flawless for years.  Getting it here was the problem.  I had it sent to my Escapees PMB at Livingston and then General Delivery down here to Asherton.   I have been back here on the Porch House Gate 4 weeks now and groceries were OK but gettin’ to the slim side.  Main thing was Tuco the Dog was out of food and that stuff just don’t fly with me or her!!  Friday was the day.  My relief fella showed up right on time and I spent the next 5 hours running errands, buying groceries and picking up my accumulated mail.

I had more than a little tribulation about doing the converter transplant.  I had done one on My Bro’s Heartland Fiver at the hideout and it was easy peasy.  Of course the Progressive Dynamics converter is OEM on his primo fifth wheel so it was unplug the old converter, connect two wires and fire that baby up!  I knew it was not going to be that simple on The Palace as it is the difference between a Ford Fiesta and a Turbo Porsche folks.

Just this morning I decided today was the day to get down and growl and just get it done.  Traffic was light on a Sunday, it wasn’t ungodly hot and I figured I could survive no electricity for a bit so I started taking panels off and didn’t look back.  The first surprise was when I slid the power center out of its’ hole.  There were spiders everywhere!  Now, I am not one to pee my pants over a bunch of spiders- ever.  I grabbed the vacuum cleaner and sucked every one of those rascals up I could catch along with 40 or so egg sacks.  They can just sort it out down there in that dust bag for all I care.  Being as how I was dealing with The Palace, there was no plug n’ play here.

Surgery complete! Notice the Charge Wizard glowing on the panel. Muy bueno!

Surgery complete! Notice the Charge Wizard glowing on the panel. Muy bueno!

I knew I was going to have to cut the plug off the new converter and straight wire it without letting the magic smoke out.   The secret installation tip is a black wire is a black wire and a green one is a green one.  Don’t matter if it is on the old WFCO or the new Progressive Dynamics converter.  The wires still end up in the same place.  I took my time  tracing each wire while I was stretched out in the kitchen floor.  Tuco the Dog don’t cotton to this aberrant behavior so she retreated to the farthest corner and stayed real still. Stretchin’ out in the floor has been the occasion of a cussin’ event in the past.  Her brain may be the size of a lemon but she is not a stupid dog.   Cussin’ messes her up because being A Dog and all sometimes it is indeterminate who or what is the object of the cussin’.    I will admit I was concerned to cut that first wire and pull that WFCO POS out.  Once I cut, there wasn’t no going back.   I wasn’t sittin’ in a plushy RV Park after all.  It was just me and a Dependent Dog in the middle of 62 square miles of Puckerbrush!  That’ll make you stop and think believe me!

I am happy to report there was no cussin’!  There was some sweatin’ because I took it extry slow to make sure everything was just right and the inside heated up pretty good but nary a cuss word.  That nifty Charge Wizard is still glowing solid green after 3 hours which means the converter is in boost mode.  That tells me the house battery was definitely not up to specs with the temp charger setup.  I hope I didn’t ruin that new battery!  All in all I am just real pleased with the whole deal and some of you old RV dogs might wonder why I went with a 60amp charger.  Well, I got plans to upgrade the 12v side of the Palace to live better while boondocking. I will keep all y’all advised.

That is enough for one day I reckon.  I think I will fix me a ham sammich, open a bag of chips, get that cold bottle of grape Kool-Aid outta the fridge and kick back to watch me some NASCAR.  They are singin’ the National Anthem at Chicagoland right this minute.  Perfect timing.

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Oh crap, one last thing before I hit the publish button and spin this post out into the interweb.   When I give up the Razr phone I didn’t remember I would be giving up the alarm clock as well.  It had a siren tone on there that never failed to wake me up.  So I tried the new LG phone and it sucked.  I tried the alarm clock on the iPad I use to check traffic in and it is no bueno.  I ordered a Casio Travel Alarm Clock with Thermometer strictly based on the reviews that said how loud it was. Well sir, it is a neat little clock and I like that thermometer but !hell’s bells!  Amazon folk’s definition of loud and my definition is two different boogers for sure!

So I need some help  here. If any of y’all be knowin’ of a sure nuff loud ass alarm clock, I sure wish you would share that with me in the comments!

 

End Note: The Beauty Way by Ray Wylie Hubbard from the Delirium Tremolos cd.   This ‘un hits the spot today.  Give it a listen.

 

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9 comments to I killed a hunnert spiders

  • agesilaus

    Search for Sonic Boom Alarm at Amazon and you’ll find LOUD alarm clocks. I got these for my kids.

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  • I don’t remember the brand name but check at a truck stop my brother had one that would wake the dead.

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  • Monte

    These are popular LOUD alarm clocks, with a claim of 120db alarms. Good luck finding one that works for ya
    http://www.amazon.com/Screaming-Meanie-Timer-Alarm-Clock/dp/B000JGDLLU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1442840072&sr=8-1&keywords=screaming+mimi+alarm

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  • Rob

    I looked for really loud alarms for my phone & found some, when it goes off now I notice it! All I had to do was download it.

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  • Tim

    A buddy of mine had one of those screamin’ meanie alarms and it was wake-the-dead loud.

    Say, do you still get credit for the amazon sale if we drop the item in a wish list and buy it later on? If not, I’ll start saving the links instead. I appreciate your recommendations. They come off all honest and stuff. I want to make sure you get your cut.

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    • Andy

      Thanks Tim

      I m glad you see it that way as I am dead honest when to comes to putting this stuff through its’ paces. Oddly enough, A post where I push my Amazon links always gets rated low. I guess some folks take offense to me trying to make an extra honest dollar. Oh well!

      As far as the wish list, I don’t think so. I know when you click through on a link, anything you buy on THAT visit gets credited. It doesn’t have to be the same item you clicked through on.

      Thanks again!

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      • Tim

        Hi Andy,

        I totally don’t understand why anyone would care about you making a buck entertaining us the way you do. I’ve quietly enjoyed your posts for quite a while now (not sure, at least a couple of years) and get good value out of your recommendations. I’m a full-time NE Texas RVer that had considered gate-guarding (until I read some of your exploits and decided it wasn’t for me ;).) I’m also a prepper (we were called crazy survivalists back in the 70s, as I recall – and normal people a century ago), so your research is valuable to me. No reason you shouldn’t get paid for it (I guess that makes me an anarcho-capitalist ;)).

        I’ll be sure to save the links to the stuff you recommend. And I’ll try to remember to use your referral when I buy at Amazon.

        Keep up the good work. And bump those folks that think you should do it for free. Especially when they can pay you without digging into their own pockets.

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        • Andy

          Well, they do. Go figure.

          I quit fretting about crap like that years ago. I just find it oddly interesting these days.

          I got quite a few things in the works as a result of my 5 month trial by fire at the Secret Hideout. It changed my thoughts on more than one path I was following.

          Best stay tuned my friend!

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          • Tim

            Looking forward to it. Next time you’re in the DFW area, let me know and I’ll buy you a steak.

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