We look at doing it each weekend, and for one reason or another put it off. This last week dh decided that just in case we did get an opportunity he’d make sure the trailer would be ready to go. Boy am I glad he did.
We knew for winter camping we would need our second battery so he purchased a new one on sale and installed it. Then he went in the camper to check to see what the power looked like on it. Only that control panel wouldn’t work. Now this panel has the read out for everything on it, black water, grey water, water tank heaters (not hot water tank), battery life, holding tank levels everything.
Anyone who lives in the country will tell you rodents are the bane of their existence. It doesn’t matter how many mouse consuming critters you own, how many traps you set or how many poisons you put out sooner or later you WILL have something chewed up. Unfortunately one of their favorite “foods” are electrical wires. So dh went on the hunt for a chewed wire.
Anyone who owns a rv of any type will also tell you there is no set wiring diagram for campers. It depends on what was the most convenient route for the wires to go for the workman installing the wiring. So locating the wires that may or may not have been chewed is a real adventure. To date dh has not found the wire chewed for that control panel. He’s still looking.
However, I suggested that since we had a wiring problem he might better check the trailer outside lights, because we can travel without that control panel, but not without tail and running lights. So he backed up the truck and plugged that puppy in Friday night. Nada, zip, zero lights!
I won’t repeat what dh said, this is a family group after all, but let’s just say he was NOT amused. The last time—pre DR– this happened I followed him closely to the dealership with my hazard lights on and we left with a repaired wiring harness and $700 on the charge card. At that time the labor at the shop was $69 an hour, it is now $99 per hour. Since we don’t use credit any more and if we paid to have it done with our cash it would be our trip money so we looked at alternatives.