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What’s in the Box?

Box Closed

As promised in my Happy Thanksgiving post, here’s what’s in the box:


Box Open


It’s a portable generator . . .


Boxed Portable Generator


After several campground power outages (one in summer = no AC), we decided to get a small backup generator. This gen is powerful enough to power our park model, except for our washer/dryer and outside AC. However, it will power a small wall AC we have. Also, the gen is “dual fuel” so it can run off either gasoline or propane. Very handy.


The box I built, which ended up costing about as much as the portable gen, was designed to reduce generator noise. Did it work? You be the judge . . .


Merry Christmas!

And what’s Christmas without a new season of Terrace House: Tokyo 2019-2010 (Part 2).

Of course we all remember the spectacular Girl Fight episode in Part 1 between Haruka and Risako . . .



Ho, Ho, Ho!

Batteries are heavy

Geez Louise, I was feeling my age (70 in January) today.

I replaced our RV’s two engine batteries (12V Interstate 31-MHD) and four house batteries (6V Lifeline GPL-4CT).

Heavy and lots of wires

I thought it would be a 1-hour job.  Two-and-one-half hours later I was done. Really done. All tolled I schlepped 768 pounds of lead (removing 384 pounds of old lead and then lifting in 384 pounds of new lead).

Out with the Old


I tried to start our Newmar last week, and it wouldn’t turn over. A 12V battery should actually be over 12 volts . . .

Good Batteries


However, my engine batteries weren’t even close. Then I remembered that they were probably over 10 years old . . .

Bad Batteries


Since I had to replace the engine batteries, I thought it was also time to replace the four, 7-year-old house batteries.

Heavy and expensive, but this should be the last time.