Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Status

Day 48
Where Are We At Now?

➜ Tránsito is our new tow vehicle.
➜ Tránsito has much more storage than Little Honda. Tránsito has built-in steel cabinets. In addition for storage, Tránsito is to have the wood cabinet drawers that were in Honda.
➜ Tránsito will have a class-3 hitch [vs class-1 hitch for Honda]. 
Tránsito's hitch is to be installed this morning. Honda's brake controller for Scampy will be transferred to Tránsito.
➜ Tránsito is a truck. His chassis contains heavy duty "C" shaped rails vs Honda whose chassis is a light duty sheet metal unibody. 
➜ There is no rush to complete the installation of the wood drawer cabinets into Tránsito. We may complete that installation 
while we are on-the-road.
➜ Little Honda must be sold. We are leaning toward selling to CarFax in Beaverton.
➜ We are thinking about continuing to travel until we become members of Jojoba Hills RV Park. This means not returning to Lone Wolf RV Park in Apple Valley, California.
➜ Jojoba Hills RV Park is located about 1/2 hour east of the City of Temecula, California. The weather in this desert climate may be 
hot, +100°. We likely shall leave Jojoba during the summer and search for adventure with MsScampy and Tránsito in cooler climes.


Little Honda and Tránsito
Out with the old in with the new
June 27 2017 U-Haul Salem Oregon



Readers pay a visit!

Jim & Jeanette Scott
RVers and Bird Watchers

12:45pm - Tránsito won't start! 
After U-Haul installed the hitch, Tránsito would not start! The starter would not turn over. John the U-Haul installer and myself made a stab at what could be wrong. We came up that the problem was Tránsito's security system. Somehow, the key code got messed up!

Here is what happened after that:
➜ We phoned service at Skyline Ford, a close-by dealer. We asked service to tell us what may be wrong with security system. Service informed that the best they could do is to make an appointment. And the earliest appointment was July 14th. Wow!
➜ We phoned Ford customer service. The lady we spoke with stated that it would be necessary first, to get information. However when she asked my date of birth, my address, the name of the dealer who sold me Tránsito, it seemed that we were NOT going get help from her.
➜ We phoned a locksmith who informed that the problem was likely a bad coded ignition key. They could provide one and go into Tránsito's computer and sync Tránsito's computer with the new coded key. But not before July 12th.
➜ Just about that time, John the U-Haul installer began pushing the car out of the service bay [remember - Tránsito's starter would not turn over]. John mentioned to me that he had checked Tránsito's battery and it had a voltage of only 10 volts!!!! John hooked up a battery charger. But that charger was sooooo tiny. I figured that it would take more than a day to bring the voltage up with that tiny charger.
➜ I went out and bought a 15 amp charger at an auto supply right down the street. I asked for that battery to be checked out. But the guy waiting on me did not pay attention to my request.
➜ I bought that charger, and hooked it up. But the LED read-out did not work! I could tell without that read-out whether this battery charger worked or not! I phoned the charger manufacturer for help. The answering device asked me to leave my name and number. Somebody would phone back!
➜ I returned that charger and went to an AutoZone to buy another battery charger. AutoZone was pretty much out of stock in the battery charger department.
➜ I went to O'Reilly Auto Parts. They had a bunch of chargers for sale. And, would you believe, O'Reilly had the same charger model that I had just returned!! I asked for that charger [Schumacher #SSC-1500A-CA] to be checked. It so happened that I was speaking with the store manager. He opened the box, got a battery from his stock, and checked the charger out. It worked!!!!
➜ I returned to U-Haul. Hooked up the charger. Only 1/2 hour later, Tránsito's starter turned over! 

5pm - The engine started!!!





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Nite Camp Location Map

Elevation: 170 feet




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44 comments:

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    1. Hi Point!

      No. Never! Should we consider that?

      George

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    2. I am on my way up in about a month to retire. I am reading that it is the MOST friendliest place on the planet for RV's. Walmart has shore power for them, and there are big flat turnouts (with views) everywhere.

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    3. As long as you leave by mid-October, the roads will be good. I am reading that RV parks will let you stay for FREE for all of September. Wow, that is very friendly indeed!

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    4. Point to zero, since you are heading up to Alaska in mid-October, the snow flurries up there start about that time. I know some people who spend winter up there, particularly for the sled/dog races, but they have a high R-rating for insulation in their camper walls and ceilings, duotherm windows, heated tanks for fresh water and sewage, insulation for hoses extending to the outside, and use up lots of propane gas in large tanks. It can be done if you are prepared for such a cold climate during the winter.

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    5. I'll be up there in Aug, buy land...get a tent-garage shelter to park the RV in. I have a wood stove to heat the entire structure. Propane and backup heat, genny...everything. It will be double "wow" as George would put it! Follow me at:
      http://pointtozero.blogspot.com/

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    6. Hi Point,

      A lot of comments seemed to believe that I am planning an Alaska trip with Tránsito and Scampy.

      I'm not.

      George

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  2. We loved Alaska. The roads are a lot rough, but if you drive slowly you shouldn't have any problems.

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  3. Sounds like you are making some great decisions now. No more wasting time in fix it shops. Enjoy the future.

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  4. George

    Sounds like you now have a setup that's suited to the RV'ing style you used to have. Between Transito and Scampy, I'll bet you have as much room as you had in Ms. Tioga, with a lot more flexibility in where you can go and what you can do.

    Have you considered putting the solar panels on Transito's roof like you had in the old days? You could probably put an extra battery in too, and maybe some emergency reserves for expendables.

    Consider that Alaska idea too. We'd love to follow you.

    Happy Roaming,
    Joe

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    1. Hi Joe,

      Yes, I have considered putting solar panels on Tránsito's roof.

      Are you aware that I have a portable Renogy solar panel? The Renogy works for me.

      Alaska is a long drive. I have NOT seriously considered driving to Alaska with Tránsito and Scampy. If I want to see Alaska, I'll probably do a cruise.

      George

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  5. Now that sounds like a pretty nice tow vehicle, you should have no issues with that setup. Enjoy your travels wherever you go.

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    1. Hi OAT,

      Tránsito thanks you!
      And I thank you!

      George


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  6. I love Alaska. I go there to visit my granddaughter who lives in Wasilla and got married last June in Wasilla. The wilderness is stunning.

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    1. Hi Rita,

      In a comment above, I replied to a reader:

      "No. Never! Should we consider that? [Alaska]

      Just to let you know Rita:
      I do not plan to drive Tránsito and Scampy to Alaska.

      George

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  7. Great to meet you in person today George.

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    1. Hi Jim,

      Good surprise meeting you and Jeanette!

      George

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      Did you like your pic?

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  8. You never have to look for adventure, George. It always seems to find you!

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  9. and thx for the Annie Lennox site. Enjoyed listening again. You certainly must follow RV Sue in her little Casita?

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    1. Hi Moto,

      Thank you for your comment about Annie Lennox and RV Sue!

      George

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  10. George, you need a picture on your banner of Transito, Scampy, and you silhouetted on the beach...

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    1. Hi Pete,

      Hmmmm? But, what about tradition? And all of those years?

      MsTioga is gone, but not forgotten.

      Bye brother Pete!
      George

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    2. Good thinking!

      I'll run them up the flag pole and see if Tránsito and Scampy wave at those two banners!

      Su amigo,
      Jorge

      PS: 99℉ high today in Aguanga.


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  11. Is the Ford Fit manual inside? If so, read the manual and learn operating, locking, troubleshooting stuff in the manual. It's one of the first things I do when I purchase a vehicle to learn about it. It also tells you where things are located i.e. fuses and lots of other things. My daughter and I had to change a fuse once (RVSue blogged about using tweezers to pull the fuse out) on her Subaru wagon and we looked at the manual and followed instructions...there was certain order of operation in changing the fuse. The tweezers helped tremendously which was not in the manual but learned it from reading RVSue's blog.

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    1. Hi Rita,

      Good suggestion about reading Tránsito's manual!

      George

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  12. I enjoyed Alaska both flying in and driving in our motorhome. The roads are rugged in many places. I did not find the free campsites and wally with plug ins. Don't go George. Enjoy the northwest in the summer. Good luck with your new tow vehicle. Good choice.

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    1. Hi Bob,

      I don't believe that I wrote anywhere, about me going to Alaska. And.....if I did go, I would not go there with Tránsito and Scampy.

      Maybe a cruise ship?

      George

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  13. Hope your evening goes better than your day. For sure you are a person than never gives up. Congrats on solving your problem and getting Transito started.

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    1. Hi Ram,

      Did my words sound as though my day was NOT a good day?

      I apologize if my Blog words gave that impression.

      George

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  14. PS It's actually only 7:37, not 9:37PM

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    1. Hi again, Ram,

      I do not put the time on my comments.

      I believe that Google does that. Maybe the time is different because of the time difference?

      George

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    1. Hi Phun,

      What happened to you that made you hate today?

      George

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  16. Well, your blog says you were searching for adventure, and you certainly got it today! Hope tomorrow is less adventurous.

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    1. Hi Grandma,

      It sure worked out well for The Scampy RV Team!

      George

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  17. I have a 2002 dodge Dakota sport that refuses to start right away...needs a couple of turns before it will start. I took it to several mechanics and battery, starter, ignition all ok. They can't figure it out. I may have to bite the bullet and take it to the dealer. I've done all the troubleshooting and the problem isn't solved yet. I'm thinking maybe positive battery cable....might be bad.

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    1. Hi Rita,

      Actually, what turned out to be wrong with Tránsito was that his battery went dead.

      Weird that neither John - UHaul's hitch installer or myself figured that out right away?!

      George

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  18. If the headlights are dim or out, the battery is dead. It's a quick way of checking the battery. Works on most cars.

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  19. Lights! It's possible that U-haul had the lights on to while hooking up the wiring for Transito to Ms Scampy, which drained the battery.

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