Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Lightning strikes motorhome

Lightning strikes motorhome!
Reader Terry posted in ShoutBox about lightning striking RVer Andy Baird's motorhome. Terry asked me if I have surge protection onboard MsTioga? The answer is, "There is no surge protection for any electric stuff in MsTioga". However, I am now thinking about surge protection.

All of our electric power comes from our 12 volt DC battery bank. The battery bank is charged by solar panels on MsTioga's roof. The energy in the battery bank is inverted from 12 volts DC to 120 volts AC. From our electricity inverter, electric power is wired into MsTioga's 120 volt AC circuit. We like this electric hookup, because it acts an un-interruptible power supply.

I am supposing that each piece of electric equipment would need its own surge protector and that I would not be able to use a single surge protector for the entire electric circuit.

12 Noon - Coincidence!
MsTioga and The Team were heading to our Day Camp behind the Soriana Store. A car passed us and moved in front of Tioga. We could see somebody in the car thru the rear window who was waving at us. It was Pete Schuster with his wife, Jimena. Pete pulled his car off the highway and parked. We followed.

"What are you doing?", I asked. "We are going to eat lunch at this new burrito stand", Jimena told me. "Do you want a guest?", I asked. The three of us walked together to the little burrito/hamburger stand. For over an hour, we had a good time talking.

Are such meetings as this coincidence? I do not know for sure. But stuff like this happens to MsTioga and The Team very, very often!

Although we wrote above about lightning possibly striking MsTioga, we are not really very concerned about such a lightning strike. If you have been following the Tioga RV Team for awhile, you may have noticed that we are hardly scared by anything.

We do not believe that being afraid is in our best interests. That is why we have been living fulltime in Mexico for the past three years. Also, being unafraid is what allowed us to visit Israel twice; once in 2008 and once in 2010.

We have been warned by Reader friends about traveling in Mexico and Israel. We have read the U.S. State Department's warnings about Mexico and Israel [link]. We do not pay much mind to these warnings.