Travel Trailer (RV) Mods!! Electric Water Heater Element

December 1, 2016 Trailer Mods / Repairs  No comments

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This is a four part video series on choosing, gathering parts and tools, preparing for and finally installing an electric water heater element.  The only reason it is four parts is to keep each individual video around or below the 10 minute range.

Part 1:  Choosing the electric water heater system and gathering the parts and tools to do the job.

Unpacking and unboxing the parts for modding an Atwood Propane Water Heater and fitting it with an Electric Heating Element.

Also description of tools one might need for the job.

Parts:

Diamond Group HR6 Water Heater Parts Kit
Website
Light Switch with or Without Pilot Light
Single Gang Old Work Box or Similar

Tools:

6 Way Screwdriver
Electrical Wire Cutter / Stripper
Razor Knife
Wrenches / Pliers
Drill
Drill Bits 1/4 and 1...

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Solar Charge Controller Woes ….. Disconnect Needed

November 29, 2016 Trailer Mods / Repairs  No comments

Funny thing happened the other day.  I was doing some electrical work and popped a GFCI plug.  Didn’t think too much about it, went on about my businness and finished the work.  A couple days later I went into the trailer and …. no lights.  Since I don’t plug in, ever …. this only meant one thing, dead battery.  As I looked into the reasons for a dead battery, I discovered that the Solar Charge controller was no longer functioning.  I have ordered a new one, and it is on its way.  I really need to design in a fail safe that disconnects the solar controller when we are plugged in to 110 at a campground.  It sort of makes sense that there could be a spike on the trailer chassis ground for a split second, if and when a GFCI pops, and if there were a spike …...

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Enchanted Rock – a Gem in the Hill Country of Texas

November 28, 2016 Trips  No comments

Enchanted Rock – Introduction

MOST IMPORTANT ADVICE!! ARRIVE VERY EARLY!! When parking fills up, they close the park. Us locals all know, so we arrive at the crack of the Enchanted Rock visitor center opening to no later than 2 hours into the day. If you want to see this park, arrive early!

We have been to Enchanted Rock three separate times, for multiple days, each time. There is still more to see and do, down there. That is, without question, one of the most photogenic places I have ever been to. All of that granite, pinks and reds …. just begs to be the backdrop for something special...

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Suspension Bridges In Texas – On a quest to find them

November 21, 2016 Uncategorized

Texas Suspension Bridges

Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, HAER, Reproduction number TX-98

Really?? Suspension Bridges??

Wow …. as a matter of fact, it never really crossed my mind to consider suspension bridges, here. I always thought the Golden Gate Bridge to be beautiful, just never really considered that this state, Texas, would have a collection of them. When I was researching a trip we are about to make, I ran across a suspension bridge over the Colorado River, near the town of San Saba called Regency Bridge. Regency Bridge is named for a town that was once in the vicinity. The town of Regency really is more a collection of farmhouses, but, the bridge remains.

We have, so far, seen to several of the known and usable suspension bridges and a couple of the sites where pieces or dilapidated br...

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The Road to Nowhere – Bryson City North Carolina

November 16, 2016 Trips

The Road to nowhere …. another unfulfilled promise between the federal government and ordinary people.

The Road to Nowhere - Bryson City North Carolina

The Road to Nowhere

In the 1930s and 40s people were displaced with the creation of Great Smoky Mountain National Park, and further with the building of Fontana Dam and Lake Fontana. People of many small communities lost their homes and the highway that once took them to their communities was buried under the new lake. The federal government promised to build a new road to connect these displaced people to their community cemeteries that remain, to this day along the north shore of lake fontana. Construction of the road stopped when an environmental issue was exposed. The issue was resolved, however, construction never resumed...

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Great Smoky Mountain Railroad

November 7, 2016 Trips

Great Smoky Mountain Railroad Steam Engine 1702

Great Smoky Mountain Railroad Steam Engine 1702 Preparing to Depart.

Smoky Mountain Railroad Introduction

Riding the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad was absolutely one of the major highlights of a recent trip we made to Bryson City North Carolina. It is pricey to do the first class ride in a dining car, but, without question well worth it. We moved all over the train from front to back. Closed cars/Open cars we went through a lot of rail cars. Every different kind of car had its good points and bad points.

Great Smoky Mountain Railroad Video

Open Cars

Open cars are great! Feeling the wind (it wasn’t hot) hearing the clickety-clack and the horns. And the smells of the passing scenery. If it was a hot day, I am sure it wouldn’t have been great in an open car...

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