Tuesday, June 7, 2016

June 07, 2016 at 08:26AM by advodna_dave

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It seems like I rarely walk into a hardware looking for something to do what it's designed to do. I want metal strapping not to anchor buildings but to hang our magnet collection. I want weatherstripping to make our cup holders fit better in the car. I want binder clips to hang towels to dry on the awning. Just the other day, I picked up a couple ring clamps to replace the jar lids holding our change jars by the front door (one for the all important laundry quarters and one for everything else!), a much better solution I got from @c_morsey. And that's something I love about trailer life. You don't have much, but the stuff you have has a specific - if not the intended - purpose. Or two... or three. This morning, I finally got around to checking the water levels on our batteries and found them way low, likely after some heavy cycling in the Blueridge fog. I took a mental inventory of the trailer. What did I have that could squirt a fine stream of distilled water into those small filler holes? The kids' silicone smoothie pouches were perfect (a bike water bottle probably would have been good too). And one final admission/correction for you voracious readers/RV power geeks. I'd said before that I felt comfortable taking our Trojan T-145's down below 50% of their 260 ah capacity. Honestly, what I've been seeing lately is that when our IPN-ProRemote monitor shows them down close to 130 ah, voltage occasionally drops below 12.0. Never had any issues with anything working, but probably not something to do often. We still love our battery setup, but will use 130 as the usable amp hour number in the future. #rvpower #airstreamwithkids #airganization #airstreammaintenance