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 9/12/2010 6:57 PM
 
 Modified By Karen  on 9/12/2010 5:57:31 PM

You know, something weird always happens to me on a trip. Yesterday, I was heading from IN to KY when I had an unusual feeling that I felt thru my left foot. I have a tire monitor, so I looked at that first and it was fine. Still, it seemed like with every bump, I had the same sensation. I decided to pull into the rest stop and give my rig a once over. Good thing I did. I walked around the whole rig and everything looked fine. I decided to look under the hood. The holder for one of my "house" batteries had rusted through, and the battery was dangling by its cables only. It is a good thing it did not come loose under the MH or the car I tow behind me. Well, the battery was too heavy and awkward for me to get out of there. Lucky for me some very nice truckers came to my assistance. They bungeed it up, but told me to go back one exit to the TA and get it fixed. They did not recommend me driving any distance. I went to service and one of the mechanics came out to look at it. He said, since it was the house battery and they did not have any platforms to replace the rusted one, we should just disconnect it and take it out. However, he couldn't do it just then, he had to finish the job he was working on, but he would be back. 3 hours later, he still hadn't come, when another trucker asked if he could help. He took the battery out, would not except the money I wanted to pay him, and I was at last on my way. You would think, that as many people who have worked on my rig, someone would have noticed the rust. Thank goodness for all the nice truckers who are in this world. I owe them a debt of gratitude. My son says I should write a book. I guess it could be a comedy! Grin


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 9/12/2010 10:08 PM
 

Aww, Karen.... Thank God for the truckers who helped you. It's good you can look at the troubles you've had traveling and regard it with laughter, considering it a "comedy".... It's wonderful that your cup is always half full! I think that is commendable!

Have a safe trip home to Florida.

Joella


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 9/12/2010 11:35 PM
 

I like the ending to your story! Stay safe.


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 9/13/2010 12:52 AM
 

How good of them to help you out Karen....what does the house battery do? and how long can you be with out it?

be safe

Sheila

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 9/13/2010 10:25 AM
 

Thank goodness you pulled over and checked it out!! I've been saved once or twice by truckers. Duct tape, bailing wire and bungees!!! God bless 'em everyone.

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 9/13/2010 3:25 PM
 

Sheila, the house batteries run the 12v circuit. If you don't have shore power, it runs your lights etc. I have 2 6 volt house batteries that run in tandem to make up a 12 volt. I can not run my slide in and out without the batteries. Apparently, it is independent of the shore power. I have a welder stopping by the afternoon to see if he can fabricate a box to hold the battery, or should I say 2 batteries. The owner of the park told me the other one is rusted also. Can't wait to see how much welding costs. Oh, the joys of RVs!


1999 34' Pace Arrow with CRV toad. My Co-pilot is Maggie Mae MY BLOG:

www.escapewithkaren.blogspot.com/

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 9/13/2010 3:25 PM
 

Sheila, the house batteries run the 12v circuit. If you don't have shore power, it runs your lights etc. I have 2 6 volt house batteries that run in tandem to make up a 12 volt. I can not run my slide in and out without the batteries. Apparently, it is independent of the shore power. I have a welder stopping by the afternoon to see if he can fabricate a box to hold the battery, or should I say 2 batteries. The owner of the park told me the other one is rusted also. Can't wait to see how much welding costs. Oh, the joys of RVs!


1999 34' Pace Arrow with CRV toad. My Co-pilot is Maggie Mae MY BLOG:

www.escapewithkaren.blogspot.com/

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 9/14/2010 1:09 PM
 

wow more important than I realized! Hopfully it is all done and didn't cost an arm and leg...take care. as bad as it sounds it could have been worse...so glad that you were able to get the help you needed

sheila

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 9/19/2010 8:57 PM
 
Gosh, Karen. Last year your windshield, this year batteries. Seems no matter what comes your way, you manage to come out ahead-if not $$ at least intact and with a great attitude. Will be in FL in October. Hope we can GTG. carold
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