We arrived last night in the rain, the same way we left. Don't know what happened to the Sunshine State. Beautiful weather the whole tripafter we got out of Florida.
While traveling we took as many pictures as we could and we will be sharing them with you.
The trip was trouble free except for the one we left with. When we started the RV, the alternator was not working. During the hurricanes last year we were having trouble, so I brought a rebuilt one and did two hurricanes out of town without any trouble. It was nervy to leave on a 20 day trip without the alternator charging, but I had a plan. I did not want to change it on the road because I knew they would just put a new one on and I would not get the benefit of the warranty on the old one.
Here's what I did. I made up two #10 cables and tied the house batteries to the chassis batteries. With fully charged batteries I had 12.5 volts showing on the alternator, with no fluctuation. When we got on the road and turned on the radio,dash air, windshield wipers, we dropped to 12 volts. After about three hours we were at 11.5. Two more hours we were around 11.3. It was time to stop for the night, at a walmart. We started the generator and ran it for the rest of the night, until bedtime around 11:00. The next morning we ran the generator for TV, coffee, air, until we were ready to hit the road again. Left with 12.5 volts again and made it to Tennessee. When we hooked up at the campground the converter charged them back up again. It appeared I could run 5 hours with no problem. The largest draw was the air conditioner condenser fan under the motorhome. If I did not need air, I believe it would run 8 hours on 4 batteries. When we returned from Va Beach it was real hot so I decided to run the generator with the front house air on and the dash vent. We started off with 12.5 volts and ended the day 6 hours later with 11.9 volts. I found that with the generator charging the batteries you could probably run indefinite. Although the generator only charges at 6 amps. I did some reading to find that out. The only down side was more fuel ( gulp ). We made it home safe and sound and I called the alternator shop this AM and he said bring it down and he would take care of it.
So if you are on the road and have alternator problems, you might want to make up a couple of cables and put them in the tool box, so in emergencies you can get to where you want it fixed.
Time to go wash the Harley and Motorhome and get it ready for the hurricanes.
Here's what the set up looked like.
Big Bad John & Runaround Sue This message was edited by johnchurn on 7-1-05 @ 1:14 PM