Getting Ready for a Trip Home

Our electrician installed my new Progressive Dynamics 4645 converter with 4 stage smart charger this week.  So I can leave the trailer plugged in without boiling my battery dry now.

It’s too late for the existing battery.  It was reading 10 amps the other day.  So I plan to get a new Deka Group 27 battery this week.  I wanted an AGM battery, but the RV place said they don’t carry AGMs for RVs because it needs a specific kind of charger.

I guess that’s true technically, but I had very good luck using two 6 volt AGMs in the Aliner with a PD 3 stage charger.  I have to get the battery this week for our trip next week.  If anyone reading this has a better suggestion, I’d love to hear it.  We are in a rural area and there aren’t too many battery dealers nearby, so I’m not sure where to look for true deep cycle batteries.  Most people only know about dual purpose marine batteries.  Sure don’t want to pay for shipping on one!

I caulked around the refrigerator vent, outside lights and kitchen vent.  Not a perfect looking job, but I did it with Proflex, and the seals are nice and tight.

In the process of cleaning before and after the caulking, I damaged my PoliGlow finish, so will have to strip and redo a few areas.

I am not fond of going to Florida when it’s hot (and it’s already in the 90’s at Mom’s place), but that’s how it worked out this spring.  We plan to leave on May 6, spend three days with my sister Ann, then move to Mom’s for Mother’s Day and stay there a few days.  Then we want to head somewhere in Central Florida that’s central to Ocala, Orlando and Clermont so it will be easy for friends and family down there to visit us if they want to drop in.

I was thinking Lake Louisa State Park in Clermont would be ideally situated.  But there’s no shade there, so I’ll look for some place a little cooler.  We might end up staying at Salt Springs again as they have full hookups, the icy spring to swim in, and a beautiful campground for $18 a night with our senior pass.

I’m working on trying to regulate the temperature in my refrigerator.  It usually gets up to 65 when days are in the mid to high 90’s.  It looks like it is only cooling 30 degrees below ambient temperature.

I need to take it in and have the refrigerator properly serviced, but the budget is REALLY tight lately, so I am going to try to make it through this trip without it.

I’ll probably take it in to the shop before we head to Mississippi in June.

I love our little Casita so much.  I would so desperately love to fulltime, but it’s not in the cards.  So I escape out there and just soak in the peace and beauty of my own private little retreat at least once a day.

It’s the most perfect little camper in the world!  🙂

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  1. Lynne

     /  April 30, 2012

    Enjoy your blog!
    We are contemplating buying an AGM battery…one of our friends bought his off and has a group27 from lifeline batteries. No problems with his for the last 5 years.
    Salt Springs has been our Florida destination for years. I was shocked to hear that they are now charging $18 per night, it was much less two years ago.
    I hope that you know about the Egg Camping Club of GA, TN and AL. I believe that you are just south of us.
    Hope to see you out there eventually. Lynne


    • Hi, Lynne,

      Yes, I know about the Egg Camping Club. I would love to be able to make a rally. Semi obligatory visits with family always seems to fall during the spring and autumn rally date windows. Thanks for the reminder to check the schedule again. 🙂

      I remember that I had to have a temperature sensor for the PD converter when I had AGMs on the Aliner. It shut down the boost charge cycle when the temperature was above 80 degrees so the batteries wouldn’t overcharge.

      I’m running out of time now, so will go with the Deka. I read that they are top quality with very thick plates for a long life. I’ll just have to put checking the battery water level on my monthly maintenance list.


  2. S Foss

     /  April 30, 2012

    Have fun! I know what you mean about loving the Casita, My husband actually admitted this morning that he loves his too! After we get them all dolled up and personalized they are the perfect little camper for two.


    • Shelly, I am so tickled to hear that he loves it, too! Ron is as crazy about ours as I am — just isn’t as vocal about it!


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