Camp Parking Lot yet again!

I guess we’ll start at the start. We were at Suwanee River Rendezvous in January when we were hit by the ice storm / freezing rain / sleet whatever. All I know is that trees iced over and fell including the one that cut power to the CG.

That night. At 22F.

We had battery power and the furnace was heating until it wasn’t. You see, the furnace blower motor draws about eight amps and it ran continuously until it ran the house batteries too far down. I had to run the main engine to put enough into the house batteries to crank the generator, all at 22F.

So we got the generator started and it happily ran for about three hours until it didn’t. At 22F. So we cranked up the main engine again.  By the next afternoon the power was back but the generator was kaput.

Fast-forward to today; we’re at Cummins/Onan in Ocala at Camp Parking Lot. This is a nice Camp Parking Lot with 50A electric and water and we even have a tree, at appoximately $2,000 a day.

Our day started at 05:30 so we could guzzle some coffee. We moved the chirrens into the the waiting room; they didn’t have much to say because they were still asleep.

After a few hours the techs determined that a fuel line was plugged up. On any normal motorhome that would simply involve removing a cover and blowing the line out. But not us. It required REMOVING THE GENERATOR.

And removing the generator isn’t the normal easy-peasy manuever. No, it takes removing the fake grille, removing the covers, raising the front of the MH, blocking up the generator, lowering the front of the MH and fishing out the generator with about a half-inch clearance. Without a forklift.

And they did it! The estimate was an hour and a half but they had it out in less than an hour.

Turns out that fuel line was indeedy plugged up, not only with recent oil but with 23 years worth of baked on crud. As was the regulator and the other fuel line. Imagine you’d used a grill for 23 years and never cleaned it.

So tomorrow’s plan is the replace the regulator and lines, button it up and Bob’s your Uncle.

When we leave this Camp Parking Lot our next stop is Walt’s, our next Camp Parking Lot. Walt’s has become a yearly visit. I think he fixes us fast just to get us out of his parking lot.


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