Wednesday, May 10, 2017

An Escape to Lake Michigan for the Little RV

This morning we are in Manistee, Michigan on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan. 

We finally escaped Indiana but not for long. Late last week we discovered our inverter had stopped working. The inverter is what keeps our refrigerator working when we are not plugged in to shore power. Also our burner wasn't lighting consistently and our bedroom air conditioning unit was stepping up its malfunction game. 

I called Forest River and they scheduled us to go back to the factory on Tuesday (yesterday). We were also on hold because some of Rob's mail order prescriptions were sent to the RV park in Alabama. We had to wait for them to reship those medications. They finally arrived on Monday. In total we spent a month in Indiana mostly at the fairgrounds. 
Murphy was working the crowd yesterday.

We were up and moving early yesterday. When we arrived at Forest River they took the Little RV back to the shop and started working. Within a couple of hours they came back to give us an update on the repair situation. 

The burner was acting up for them and they couldn't figure out what the problem was so they decided to install a brand new oven/stove unit. That should take care of the problem! The timing was perfect because I really needed to clean my oven. 

They installed another new inverter without a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) outlet. It's hardwired to the refrigerator so the inverter breaker on it can't blow. The inverter manufacturer as been having a problem with these inverters and are in the process of replacing them with a new model.  Hopefully that issue has been resolved. 

The air conditioning unit was inspected by the owner of the company Forest River and Dometic (the a/c manufacturer) use to service and repair the units. He found that our circuit board had gotten wet at some point and that is causing the crazy behavior we have seen. 

On our first visit to Forest River the a/c guy sealed the unit better with a silver tape. He said it wasn't sealed properly and was recycling the cold air. This can cause condensation in the unit and freeze the coils causing moisture in the unit.  This is probably how the circuit board got wet. 

We need a new board so they called all over town trying to find one but none were available. Dometic said the part is back ordered and it should be available in about a week. 

At this point we had three choices. (1)Get the repair done elsewhere knowing we'd have to wait for a circuit board to be ordered and delivered. (2) Wait around Elkhart for another week or more for the part to come in. (3) Go have a little fun somewhere and go back to Elkhart when the part comes in. We opted for 3. 

It was nearly 1 PM when we finally left town and we had more than 200 miles to drive. We had a pretty good drive with no problems and arrived in Manistee, Michigan around 6 PM.  

We are really close to Lake Michigan. Let the beach glass/rock hounding begin!

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