Thursday, January 5, 2012

Alabama, But First...

...we will look quickly at our first day out. Drove to Bowling Green, Kentucky where we parked the RV on LaQuinta parking lot. Very nice people, no charge. But also, no amenities, other than use of the lobby. So, no problem. We will heat with the propane furnace.
We did.
Temperature overnight dropped to 29 degrees, tank ran out of propane, so at 2:30 in the morning, awakened to a serious chill. Additional covers, still too cold for BBBH who dressed and took her book into the lobby to read while I curled into a fetal position and went back to sleep. And though I did sleep, I was never completely unaware of the chill.

And the coach battery died. Picture this. The day before we left, I had the truck battery replaced and did not think to check the coach battery. No comments on that, please.

Then I tried to crank the generator. Oops. Needs battery power in order to crank. Can't start generator, can't charge battery. Vicious circle.

Time's up. Bought propane, cleaned and rewatered battery, made trip safely to Montgomery. Battery now charged, furnace now works, and we are parked where we have a land line for electricity. Life's good.

9 comments:

Jim said...

Glad you arrived safely, though not without incident!

Lin said...

Brrrr! That sounds like a cold night!

Glad you got it all fixed and are back on your way. :)

John Cowart said...

Did not think to check the coach battery?

No comment.

At least you're headed in the right direction.

Secondary Roads said...

At your request there will be no battery comment. I don't deal well with that kind of cold. Glad that things are right again for you both.

Vee said...

Not a good start! I'm glad things are okay now and that you are headed for warm weather. However, from what I've seen on the news, I'm not sure where you will find it.

vanilla said...

Jim, lying pool-side in the sunshine makes it all seem worthwhile.

Lin, things are much brighter today!

John, thanks for the "no comment," and yes,South is the right direction this time of year.

Chuck, thank you. Inability to deal well with that kind of cold is the whole reason for the trip.

Vee, well, at least it is sunny and warm today, and who knows what the morrow holds?

Sharkbytes (TM) said...

The trials of life on the road where you have to provide your own utilities (pretty much!)

icedgurl said...

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cheers!
..TREK..

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