A photo journal about what it was like to be full time RVers for three years and now Florida residents--for friends, family, and curiosity seekers. We still travel by car, but are house owners now.
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Snowbirds Fly South and My Battery Buddy
Guess we are officially snowbirds now...we're heading south to get away from the frigid cold temperatures at night. It was around 30 degrees last night at Fort Pickens...we left about 9:00 this morning...we've had to use our propane more so we are getting kind of low. We'll look for a fillerup place either on the way down to Lake City, our stopping point for today...if not today, tomorrow. It's supposed to be 22 degrees in Lake City tonight...brrrrrrrrr! On the way down today, we stopped at a Chevron gas station/Stuckey's to get diesel for the RV....I went in, and it was like a blast from the past...first of all, I thought Stuckey's was a goner! We used to see those all the time when we were kids, and here was one of probably few left in this part of the country. It was a really cool store! The cool part about it was all the JUNK in there...it made me flash back to when we used to go on family vacations back in the '50's. Every possible touristy thing you could think of was in there, the store was jammed with merchandise....weird and wacky touristy things with Florida images all over them, and just some really unusual stuff you don't see in a regular tourist shop plus the usual-- shirts, vanity license plates, Betty Boop stuff, lunch boxes, knives, confederate ball caps, movie posters, and on and on...I could have spent a lot of time in there, but Eldo said, "Let's getta movin', babe!" Not till I get my DQ cone, honey!....then off we went.....
We stopped at a place that was rated fairly well in the RV campground review website....E-Z Campground right off I-75 near Lake City. Not quite sure how the campground got the rating it did, it was very difficult getting into and onto the site, but we made it. The car battery was dead again, this was after 5 1/2 hours of towing. We are now using our little red charger to get the car going, and with one quick turnover, it fired right up. We keep saying we are going to pull the recommended fuse next time we tow, but haven't figured out yet which one it is in the panel yet. It's called the #34 radio accessory fuse. Guess five hours is a "long" enough time in the car manual, so we'll do it next time. Ever try to read those tiny little fuse numbers with bifocals? Those little fuses are a pain to get at under the dash and a real pain to pull. I, being the possessor of nimble, skinny fingers and having more flexible knees, gets the dubious honor of trying to crawl under the dash to find it and pull the right one out trying to see with my bifocals without bumping my head on the steering wheel. That will be a neat trick! I almost got stuck under the dash the last time we had to replace the cigarette lighter fuse. No, kids, we haven't taken up smoking! We blew a fuse when we hooked up the Brake Buddy awhile back...sigh! So after we stopped today, I drove down the highway a bit and stumbled on an auto parts store. I stopped in and had them check the car battery...it's fine! So what the heck is pulling down the battery juice? Your guess is as good as mine. But we've got our battery buddy to save us from now on....see ya later!