We could start to see the path to finishing the apartment as the final pieces started to come together. Pastor Rigo and his brother-in-law Fermin and the rest of the family were taking an active role, making the work go quickly. Rigo and Fermin installed the kitchen cabinets showing they had a lot of experience doing this. Meanwhile, Cathy discovered a great deal on the countertops, made even better when we discovered the store’s inventory was wrong and they had more of the specific angled pieces we needed. To make a good fit, one angled cut was still required to be made to fit the countertop into one of the corners of the U-shape. However, with care, Rigo and Fermin made the pieces seam together smoothly.
Finally, the rooms were all ready and the move-in was underway. The apartment is a home at last.
While RV’ing, the need to charge the batteries is usually taken care of by plugging the RV into an outlet. Unless we are traveling extensively and “boondocking” (i.e. staying somewhere without services), the need for a self-contained charging system for the batteries isn’t usually a priority.
To simply charge the batteries, since the power draw is minimal, our small Honda 1000 generator has been more than sufficient, is lightweight, small and easy to store. However, if we need to run the A/C, the small Honda, or even its bigger cousin, the Honda 2000 will not carry the load at startup. We briefly owned a 2500 Watt generator from Harbor Freight that wasn’t strong enough for our 13,500 BTU AC either. This one just fit in the bed of our old truck under the tonneau cover.
So, why are we talking about generators now? We are in one place and will likely be here for a few months to come. So, boondocking isn’t on the immediate horizon. A couple of things. We will be in Florida during summer which means daily thunderstorms, some of which can be severe. That means the potential for an extended power outage – in the summer – in Florida. Do I need to spell it out? Also, with the new long-bed truck, the space to store the generator is not so tight.
The shipping was incredibly fast, arriving the day after we ordered it. After buying some oil and ethanol-free gas, Dave started it up. Reviewing some videos online, Dave decided to change the oil after ½ hour run time and again after another 1 hour. The break-in period was 5 hours of variable load that didn’t exceed half of the total capacity. With different combinations of a space heater and a hair dryer on different settings, we varied the load every 15 minutes for the 5 hours and changed the oil one last time. The oil was considerably cleaner than the first 2 times. And now it should be ready to run in an emergency, which we hope doesn’t actually arrive. Oh, and, of course, Cathy needs to make another generator cover (#4?).
Just 3 more. Cathy’s weekly chemo treatments were going well, and her energy was staying up, side effects staying down. The only noticeable symptom that others could see was her hair that continues to thin, but hasn’t yet disappeared. Since it hasn’t been coming out in clumps, she has put off wearing the wig or shaving what remains off. However, the baseball cap doesn’t come off too often.