Monday – We left Terry Bison RV Ranch and headed back south to Loveland, CO. We took the Hwy 34 exit toward Estes Park. Hwy 34 took us right through Loveland and up a beautiful drive up through Thompson Gorge and the Big Thompson River. It was a fantastic drive, but it had such twists and turns I really couldn’t enjoy it as I was driving the motorhome! We arrived around 12:30 PM and got checked it with no problems. The weather has been so nice up here it was a pleasure to come back up here to enjoy it. Alan and Rita joined us on the trip up here and are staying the week up here with us.
Tuesday – Sue joined Alan and Rita on a hike around Bear Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. I didn’t joined them as I can’t do any hiking up here at this altitude, since my portable concentrator can’t give me the oxygen flow that I would need. Oh well, they took some pictures of the hike as they saw quite a bit of wildlife.
Even some moose.
Hiking around Bear Lake
Folks enjoying Bear Lake
Such a clear blue sky!!
Waterfall at Bear Lake. Sue couldn’t remember the name of the waterfall.
They got back and were a little tired after the hike at 9000 ft above sea level.
About 8:30 PM the TV, my home oxygen concentrator, surround sound system, satellite system, etc. went out. Everything that runs through our inverter went down. The display on my inverter/AGS system had an error. Stuck Relay on H1. Our air conditioners, washer and dryer still worked because they don’t go through the inverter. So we had to get the extension cords out and plug one into the 15 amp receptacle at the power pedestal for my concentrator and we plug the other one in the basement where they ran electricity for the central vac system that we didn’t have installed. That cord ran the computer, router, charger for my portable oxygen concentrator. I had to get the computer going so I could look up that error and find out if I could get parts or needed to buy a new inverter. Well there wasn’t anything about a stuck relay and how to fix it on the web, so I got the number for Magnum Inverter so I could call them tomorrow.
Wednesday – I called Magnum bright and early to see if they had any ideas. They had me check a few things and do a hard reset where you disconnect the A/C power and D/C power and then wait about 15 minutes. Then I connected it back up, the stuck relay error disappeared but the remote unit inside still said “No communication with inverter” which is the same thing it said yesterday after we did the soft reset. The tech said it sounded like a couple different issues and didn’t know what parts to send me. He said I needed to take it an authorized Magnum inverter dealer or send it back to them. I opted to just order a new one and get this one repaired at a more opportune time. So I found one at RV Upgrades. They said that they could ship it to me overnight, but it would be $283! She then said wait a minute, I am going to see if I can do better than that. She came back and said that she could get the shipping down to $174 for overnight shipping! Great!! So I ordered it and spend the rest of the day with no TV. No big deal, so the rest of the day was pretty quiet.
Thursday – I went outside with some tools to remove the inverter. Alan assisted me with the removal of the inverter. I marked all the wires (I had marked them when I installed it about 4 years ago) again, since some of the old markers were falling off of the wires. It was around noon and Alan predicted that Fed-Ex would probably be there around noon as he had gotten some mail from them the day before and that’s when it was delivered up front. So Sue drove to the office and when she got there Fed-Ex was just showing up. He drove to our site and delivered the inverter. Great!! Another neighbor (Dave) showed up just in time to help Alan and I put the inverter on the bottle jack and get it bolted to the chassis rails inside the basement where the old one was installed. Thanks Dave! Thanks Alan!! I finished doing the wiring, and boy was I beat. I had to go in and rest a while! But the inverter tested good and everything was back to normal.
Friday – I didn’t do much today as I was still tired from yesterday. Sue did some more painting. In the evening we went down to the main lodge as they had open mike night. Some local talent came in to play some music and sing some songs. The musicians were great, not so much on the singers. But what the heck they were trying.
Saturday – The excitement for today was there was a black bear in a tree just outside the RV park on the road to RMNP which is just behind the RV’s across from us. So almost the whole RV park was over there watching the bear, plus all of the traffic coming out of RMNP. The rangers were trying to direct traffic, but they were having a tough time. Later in the evening, Alan, Rita and Sue and I went down to the lodge to listen to the live music. There were some of the same musicians from the night before, but they had a lady singer that was fantastic. She could belt out the songs and had a great voice. Just what those musicians needed. It was a welcome sound to hear this band play. We all really enjoyed the music and stayed there until the band quit for the night (which was about 9:30). We then headed back to the motorhome.
Sunday – When I got up this morning and went to the bathroom, I noticed that the foot pedal on the toilet wasn’t opening the valve very wide like it is supposed to do. It did that to us back in June when we had the grandkids with us. I did a patch job on the pedal back then, so it looked like I would have to do it again. In June the pedal had split and allowed the cable to pull through the pedal. I re-glued it and then re-enforced it with an aluminum patch. Well after I torn down the toilet this time, I saw that the pedal again split and the aluminum patch had split too! So I dug in my stock of junk and found a piece of stainless steel that I could cut a patch from to replace the aluminum one. I did that and replaced the toilet and it seems to be working fine now. The stainless steel should be lot stronger than the aluminum one that I had previously installed. I guess only time will tell and I probably need to order a new pedal and cable assembly from Thetford as a preemptive strike and be ready for it to happen again.
Tomorrow we will be moving down to Loveland to get our air conditioner replaced. The lady at DM RV repair in Loveland was supposed to call us this week and let us know that they had received the air conditioner and we were still on for installing it on Monday. Didn’t hear anything from her, not good! I guess we will see tomorrow!
Until next time!!