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PyrateSilly 05-22-2013 12:45 AM

Stressful day today
Wow the last few weeks have been stressful and today was no exception.

Short story with most of the last few weeks is Thom has a new job. Funny thing is it is at the same place and doing the same job but with a different company. That's the short of it but it was long in that it was a bidding war with several companies and whether we would stay in California or move to Texas. It was almost Texas but just a few days before vacation was supposed to start on Monday it ended up with us now staying in California.
Now onto the last 2 days of packing and getting ready to go. On I read about where a couple's TV fell out of the slot above crashed in between the driver and passenger's seats and just missed hitting their 3 dogs. Needless to say Thom had to make sure that ours was not going to do that. Well we did not get to pull out on Monday and finished up getting ready to pull out on Tuesday. We were going California to Florida to Alabama and then back to California all within 2 weeks.
Well as we started to pull out the brake controller started saying that first it was connected to the trailer and then it said it wasn't so checked several things and unconnected and reconnected several points and viola it worked. So down the road we go about 15 miles and all of a sudden the volts on the engine start to go down. The power going down is never a good thing. So off to the side we pull over and check the voltage regulator since the last time it did this it was coming half unplugged. It was not that. So we tried a few things including putting the inverter on standby/off. That seemed to help the power stay up. Then about 10 miles later we go to stop at a stop light and there are almost no brakes. We end up going thru the red light, luckily there was no opposite traffic coming and we did not hit anyone. Finally got stopped and after a few minutes they started to work. And then about 15 more miles down the road the volts again started going wonky. You would think something was saying to NOT to go on the trip. Well since the only real reason for us going all the way across the country to Alabama was to see the youngest where he was stationed but with everything we just decided to turn around and stay at the Antelope Fairgrounds for a few days.
Needless to say we are not going to Florida or Alabama. We may need a new alternator and/or voltage regulator. Then we need to replace all the brake lights and change them out to LED in the back since that seems to not help the voltage stay up when we put them on. Then trace a short back on the front passenger lights.

Wow again on what's happened over the last few days or even the last few hours.

Bruce C 05-22-2013 03:00 AM

Very smart, turn around and get everything working correctly. Safety first, you'll enjoy your next trip out and all will be fine. Glad to see no one was hurt in the stop sign incident. Enjoy the next trip out. Safe travels.

PyrateSilly 05-22-2013 08:14 AM

Yes Bruce as much as we wanted to do this trip it was not a need to one. I reminded Thom that we can fix the problems and then do a short shake down cruise of maybe Vegas, which we have wanted to go back to, and a few other little ones to make sure we have it all fixed but we really did not want to be on the road with electrical and brake problems.

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