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Wednesday, March 15, 2017


I am going to start off the new year with posting some of our motorhome modifications, a few at a time. I will post repairs, modifications, or neato things we have found for RVing.  I have lots of pics in my files so I will do them in alphabetical order.

Underneath that stuff, I will post my regular daily stuff..... kinda sorta fun, eh?

So here it goes, we are up to the letter I now!


When we were having alternator troubles, along with our inverter fluctuating up and down, it was not good.  We were told by the alternator rebuilder guy to check our isolator... because *something* was backfeeding into our electrical system and burning out the alternators....

That had me really worried, because it was harming our inverter (a device that changes 12v DC power to 110V AC power) we use it to run things like our tv's, some of the lights, our coffee maker and grinder, curling iron etc.  We can do without them, but it makes it much more comfortable to have them on board. Replacing the 2000 watt inverter would cost more than all three other repairs we had done combined! The water pump, the alternator and the isolator are small potatoes compared to a 2000 watt inverter! About $1,800-2,000 to replace. ACK!

We tested our isolator with a voltage meter and detected some inconsistencies between the posts. It was not isolating the charges correctely and seemed to be bleeding between posts inside somewhere and not working right.

Sooooooooo  We ordered a new one! 
The mail-lady brought Steveio his nice big box with his isolator!   
This is a Happy Man! 

The isolator has to be larger than the alternator's amp output.
So even if the old isolator had been good, we would have had to change it anyhow
to meet the higher output from the new alternator we had just installed.

Here is the old isolator... it is mounted on the wall in the engine compartment which is open to the dusty road and dirty diesel engine.  That is probably 20 years of accumulated dirt on it. LOL... If there was a better spot to relocate it to, Steve will think about it.  For now, he would just mount it where the old one is and use the same cables and wires.

 He held the new one over the area where it would go...
 just so I could take a pic! 

Imagine that.. a man reading INSTRUCTIONS! 
He doesn't do that too often.  
But he had to be sure or else ruin both the isolator and alternator,
and probably our inverter too? 

 He hooked up the wires and double checked and triple checked each one....
  •  2 wires on the left are to the chassis batteries and solenoid boost switch on the dash...
  •  (next post is skipped)
  •  the center post is the alternator and the engine clock. 
  • The far right post is for the chassis (house) batteries.

Steve then took out his voltage meter and tested while I fired up the engine. 
I was ready to turn it off if anything was wrong or arcing or heating up. 

Soooo we fired it up
and all systems are GO! 

What a beautiful sight on our Silverleaf readout display.!!!

Everything is working properly... even the inverter!  

Whatever was back-feeding with the old isolator is now corrected.
Whew.... we don't have to replace the inverter now.


Today we ran out for a morning breakfast together. Since Steve started driving for the county in the Old Fart Party Bus, we have not has as many mornings to sit around and enjoy ourselves.  We hit up the Piggly Wiggly grocery store for the sales, and then two thrift shops for a few bargains.

He took off to work about 1 and I ambled up to my sewing machine. A while back I had bought some of this great lace fabric with sewing/spinning/log cabin motifs.  I used up some of them to make these great panels stuck to the french door panes with a cornstarch and water mix recipe.   Here is the blog post I did about making them:

I decided to take the time to measure up  the windows in my loom room and make curtains from the rest of the lace.  The window in that room needed some miniblinds too. We bought some last week and Steve had already installed them over the weekend. Two smaller 40 inch ones were not only cheaper than a big 80 inch one, but also it's lighter to lower and raise each half instead of a long one.

New miniblinds are cordless now, who knew?  You pull them down, and then when you want them up you just push up and they easily retract. neato!  No cords to dangle and tangle! 

I was busy up in my sewing room with my fancy lace.  I cut the lace panels just so. thus making complete squares of motif blocks to start at the top after making the casing, and also end at the bottom of a panel with a thin hem. I also made a couple center valance panels too. 

When I went down to hang them up in the Loom Room, I saw the rod was three inches too low (or I had made the curtains three inches too long??? Naw.....)   

So when Steve got home, I set him to work raising the rod brackets up three inches!   I could have done it myself, but he was there and underfoot, so I put him to work with the HoneyDo Project.  hahahahaha

He was busy up on the ladder while I ironed the final panels to hang them up wrinkle free....  Then I brought them down and he helped slide them onto the rod.  Then he realized he had to lower the center support bracket to make it level.

AHHHHH I really liked how they came out! 
You don't see the design of each separate motif as much,
but they do match the panels on the french doors on the opposite wall.

With the min blinds in place, now I can turn them down a bit on really sunny days when I am in there weaving. This window faces south and this room heats up fast. In the winter it is great, but in the summer months it almost gets unbearable, even with the central air on. This will make a great improvement!

Now.. for the extra lace.  I have looked all over the internet to see who sells lace like this. I can not find it anywhere, so it might be a *one of a kind* thing.  

And last of all, I would like to end up this blog saying Happy Birthday to our son, Mike, in Heaven.

He would be 33 today and we miss him. Each family gathering and holiday, I feel the loss of one more adult child with a spouse and maybe more grandchildren to love.

  • I think of his smile and his silly cowboy boots and his willingness to help Steve with whatever he wanted to work on. 
  • I think of the sports games he and his brother Dan would play in, while we all sat in the stands to cheer them on. 
  • I smile and think of taking him shopping for his first aftershave, or sewing up the rips in his corduroy pants. For the longest time he hated wearing blue jeans.  
  • I think of the special bond he had with our youngest daughter Heather and how she proudly drove his old beater car around for a whole year after he passed away.   
  • I think of how all four teens would argue and pester each other, but Mike loved it when Erin would bring along friends of hers camping so he could hang out with some really cool chicks from the Big City of Green Bay!
  • I think of the time he bought me a Kit Kat from the gas station on his way home for an Xmas present, not having a lot of cash, but knowing it was my favorite. 

We miss you Mike. 

Yes, we do. 


  1. My thoughts are with you. I can't imagine the loss. God bless you...

  2. What a lovely family picture. I can't imagine this type of loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs to you and Steve.

  3. I do know your pain. Saturday marks 5 years since the tragic loss of my beloved brother. My sincere empathy to all of you. Life can be so hard. I so admire your and Steve's abilities, always creating and fixing. The window and door lace is perfect-very nice. Truly enjoy your blog.

  4. So sorry to hear about your son. We know the loss too, as our son died nearly two years ago. He was a water bomber pilot, and would now be 40. We remember hin every day, as I know you do your son. Take care.


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