I remember asking whether or not it had a solar panel when we were given our walk through of the unit when we bought it and was told no. But the first time I climbed on the roof, I saw a single solar panel which trickle charges the house batteries.
|Solar panel on the RV.|
The second time we took it camping the automatic leveling jacks would not work and so we had to sleep backwards in the bed so our heads were not down hill.
After putting it in the shop to have the jacks fixed, which is a story all of its own, we picked it up in the following winter and decided to stay the weekend at a local RV park before we took it home in order to make sure it was fully fixed. I joked with Misty and said, "Watch us freeze our butts off this time."
We parked the RV, hooked it up, turned on the heat, which smoked since it was the first time it was ever really used, and went to get something to eat. It was around 30 degrees Fahrenheit so pretty cold. When we got back from eating the heat was not running and no matter what I did, I could not get it to kick back on. I made sure the propane tank was full and that the thermostat had power.
Needless to say we froze our butts off the entire night and probably should have gone to a hotel, but stuck it out.
Long story short, the thermostat was never reprogrammed for the heat when it was replaced when we first bought the RV and the instructions we had was for a different model, so was not too much help to me for troubleshooting the problem.
Also the user manual that comes with your RV is so generic, it is of no real help at all. It will say something like, "If your RV came with a heat pump, then it will be mounted on top of the RV." Well it may not be that generic, but pretty close.
I called the shop and got them to send a service rep out to the RV park where we were staying, which took a little bit of demanding on my part, and he soon figured out the problem.
After the thermostat was programmed for heat I asked if we had any heat pumps on board since we have 3 air conditioners on top and was told no. I was told that our RV just came with three air conditioners and no heat pumps. I asked that question a number of times like when we bought the RV and times when we had the RV serviced and the answer was always no.
So last week I noticed a musty smell coming out of the AC vents and so bought some AC Safe evaporator coil cleaner to clean the coils and get the musty smell out.
|A/C Safe air conditioning coil cleaner.|
|Air conditioner compressor and no heat pump.|
|Air conditioner unit that is also a heat pump.|
I also figured out that since there must not be a heat strip on the unit for when it gets too cold outside, once the temperature drops more than 3 degrees of what you have the thermostat set for, the propane heater kicks on to supplement the heat pump. This means you can set it for electric heat and the propane heater will kick on if the heat pump can not do the job.
So for over two years we could have been enjoying the benefits of a heat pump which would have saved us a good bit in propane costs if we would have just known one was installed.
This is just another example of what you don't know may hurt you or at least your pocketbook. After living in the RV full time for almost two years, I'm sure there is still plenty for me to discover. So do not be afraid to investigate what's on your RV, because you may find out you have more than what you thought.
On another note, now that it is getting pretty out, we have been trying to do some walking in the great outdoors.
|Courtney, Chloe(behind Courtney), Tia, Misty, Angel, Ethan, Avery, and Ian sitting on a log.|
When I was researching which railroad company the tracks belonged to, I was surprised to find out that it was the New York Central Railroad (NYC). If you will remember, about a year ago, I did a post on the National New York Central Railroad Museum located in Elkhart, Indiana.
I guess it only makes sense because they were the second largest railroad in United States that they would cover parts of West Virginia. Actually I think the rail lines that ran through Charleston, West Virginia were actually owned by the Ohio Central Lines which was part of the NYC. The Coal & Coke Railway also had something to do with these tracks too.
Searching it on the internet I found conflicting stories about how the Coal & Coke Railway built the tracks back in the early 1900's from Charleston to Elkins, West Virginia for moving coal and later passengers. Maybe someone who knows the history better than me can post a comment about it.
|Railroad tracks heading towards Elkview from Bluecreek, West Virginia.|
There are also physical obstacles on the tracks such as fallen trees that the kids enjoyed getting into. One day we are going to walk from the RV park down to the Dairy Queen and get some ice cream. We figure the one mile walk back will work off any extra calories we take in.
|Fallen tree blocking the train tracks.|
If the tracks could talk, I bet you could hear all types of stories, some good and some bad. I wonder what this mile marker could tell us?
|Mile marker for mile 102.|
We need to remember to thank God for everyday and be happy that we are all together, healthy, and safe and that we have the ability to travel this great land of ours.
We also pray that all of our family and friends are watched over and kept safe in all that they do. We have met so many great people over the past two years and hope to meet many more as we travel to new places to explore.
God bless and safe travels to all!
Don, Misty, and Kids...