I worked till midnight Thursday night, and after working on a few little things, moved the RV over to their lot. It was almost 2am at that point. I decided to do it this way as I wanted to be there when they opened, as they get very busy as the day wears on. And traffic in downtown Leesburg can be miserable. I put up the stealth curtains, had a beer and played Mahjohng until I was finally sleepy, around 3am. It was a short night's sleep as I had the alarm set for 7am. I had grand plans of getting breakfast, but instead hit the snooze half a dozen times and finally got up & dressed a little before they opened.
Measuring the old batteries & figuring out what might fit
We had talked on the phone a bit about my setup. I had 2 group 27 batteries but I was *really* hoping 2 6v batteries would fit. They didn't. I wasn't up for rebuilding the battery compartment, and they don't do that sort of thing anyway, so another pair of group 27's was the best I could do. Steve gave me a few options and I settled on the midrange Deka DC27. They get good reviews and are made in PA near where I grew up. So that's a big plus.
The new batteries, all clean and new
They did a nice job on the install. There was a lot of corrosion and rust which they cleaned up. It will be nice not to have to be sooo careful with using any power. I still won't use much but it will be nice to have a little breathing room.
When they were done the house battery installation, I asked them to check the starting battery. It had always started just fine, but when I got a new voltage meter that plugged into the 12v outlet, I was unpleasantly surprised to see 12.4 volts. They hooked up the tester and came back with the report. I don't remember the exact numbers, but the bottom line was that the battery was a 2008 as well, and probably had about 6 months to live. I waffled a bit, but had them replace it as well. I figured I was already there, and the last thing I wanted was to be out in the boondocks on a cold day 6 months from now going, "Crap, I forgot the starting battery was fading." It was another 100 bucks, cheap peace of mind.
After that was all done, I took the rig back to the storage place and messed around with a few things. I put up a wineglass holder. I'm not sure real wineglasses will survive rv life but I'm determined to try. I played around with a few possible locations but finally went with over the sink.
(The little kitchen witch is made from a King Crab claw and was a gift from my friends from Kodiak.)
I added the felt pads to the end & then had the absolutely inspired idea to wrap the rods with a strip cut from shelf liner. It works great! I only had one glass onboard but will take another one next time I'm there. I have a few ideas for how I'll keep the glasses from banging together. We'll see how they work.
Another cool item I'm in love with is this $15 Walmart table. It is just about perfect for my space.
Cheap, sturdy, lightweight, adjustable & folds flat & thin. You can't really beat that.
After all of that I needed a nap :-) so I headed home. I left all the solar panels disconnected so when I go back in a few days I can make sure all the batteries are holding a charge. And I don't quite trust the battery disconnect, so we'll see if there's some draw even with it in the "Store" position. I had planned to go camping this weekend but thought I'd be having friends visit. They didn't make it though. Ah well.