We have a commitment in Plant City, Florida to work the Strawberry Festival again. Not as car parkers, but as tram drivers this year. We had moved out of our fifth wheel in October of last year and put it into storage. Actually it was just sitting in a field about 6 miles away in the back of a trailer park. It was cheap and convenient. We unloaded our stuff and closed it up and I turned the battery disconnect on it knowing that it was going to sit for awhile.
5 months later it was time to move back in and hit the road. Loaded and ready to go, I went to our hydraulic jack panel and turned it on. Nothing. Crap. I knew we would have a low voltage on the battery from sitting that long so I plugged it into the truck. Waited a little bit and turned it on again. Nothing. Crap again. Well I have the generator so maybe I will turn that on and plug the camper into that. So I empty out the back of the truck and get to the generator, start it and plug it in. Nothing again. Crap. Lets wait. Turn it on again and there is a faint little glow. Thats positive. Wait longer then. Nothing. Crap storm.
It must be the battery. It is old and maybe we are due for another one. I pull that out and run to Wallyworld because it was close. Toss the guy behind the counter a Hondo and head back to install it. I turn it on and it works! Praise the Maker! So I go to raise up the jacks and guess what? Nothing! The keypad is on but now only some of the buttons are working. Light bulb! The key pad is bad. Lets go to LeMasa RV. It's close. We jump in the truck and head over there. "We can get that for you in as little as a week". Crappity crap crap. Lets go back and make some calls to look for a mobile RV tech.
|Stinky little culprit.
Lisa called the dealer in MN where we bought it from and asked some questions. He told us about a Youtube video that would show us how to manually raise our jacks. Awesome sauce! We watched the video and it worked swimmingly well. We got hooked up and headed to Plant City and got there only about 3 hours later than we were hoping for. We manually worked the jacks again to unhook and set up. Life was good again and we learned a lot more about our RV.
We messaged the people who made the video and thanked them for saving our butts and it was funny because they said that they were happy to get a reply like that. First order of business today was to go to some RV dealers looking to find that control panel in stock. First place we went to had it. 3 hondos lighter, I installed it and everything is working again.
So it wasn't our best start to a travel day but it ended up being a good learning experience after all.