I have been enjoying visiting blogs and decided to start my own, even though I don't know what I am doing or if anyone will even be interested in reading what I have to say. I am a 50 year old management consultant who has been married to the the love of my life for 30 years and have two grown daughters and a son-in-law who we are very proud of. We are blessed to live in Scottsdale Arizona and are enjoying getting out and experiencing it in our RV! Thanks for stopping by our blog and please consider joining us, who knows where we will go...Kevin & Tracy.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Avoided a Big Bullet!

Well the new converter arrived and I was very much looking forward to getting it installed to finally determine whether I did any additional damage to our rig's electrical system when we hooked it up to high voltage.

So I expedited my final meeting of the day to get home early to go through the installation process.  When I left my meeting, I couldn't believe my eyes, the sky was dark, the wind was blowing wildly and dust, rain and hail was coming down at me from every direction.  In addition, on the way home, I encountered thunder and lightening all around me most of the way home.

So I waited for the thunder and lightening to pass over our house and I decided to move forward with the converter installation.  My thought was that it would be much cooler installing it during the storm than when the sun was beating down all day on our motorhome. 

So I am happy to report that the installation was fast and easy, not the 30 minutes advertised, but more like 45 minutes, I am a little slow.  So everything wired up perfectly and I flipped the switch to test everything out and the power went out for blocks around us. 

Our neighbor came running over accusing me of shutting down the neighborhood with my installation and causing him to miss out on watching Survivor.  Well the power was down for three hours and it finally came back up around nine o'clock. 

The converter appears to be working perfectly and I can't find anything that doesn't work, I think we avoided a big bullet by not having any appliance damage, burnt wires or anything else that could have cost big bucks. The only thing that I have noticed is that the converter fan comes on anytime that I switch on a light, which is different than our old converter. Do your converters work this way?

Marked all of the wires after removing the old converter

Took longer than I thought to wire the power board

Everything up and running...flipped all the switches and no sparks!

Storm blowing out of the area

Cooking dinner in the dark!
That is it for the evening...I hope all of you have a great weekend and Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there.  I always miss my mom especially on Mother's Day, if your mom is still with you, give her a big hug this weekend and tell her that you love her. Enjoy!


  1. The fan running is actually a good sign it will definitely prolong the life of the converter by getting rid of excess heat.Good Job I personally knew you could do it all along. Be safe out there. Sam & Donna..

    1. Sam - Thanks for your help on this one. You and others provided me with the confidence to not overreact and address the problem step by step. My first inclination was to head for the RV repair shop which would have resulted in much more expense and less learning on my part. Thanks again and have a great weekend!

  2. Glad you had a successful installation and no further damage was done. That was a close call!

  3. 45 minutes ain't too shabby. And it's always a good thing when everything works after you finish. Your neighbor is too funny - you didn't know you were so important that you could darken a whole neighborhood, did you. I miss my Mom a whole bunch. She was the greatest lady ever.