It has been a lazy day here in Quartzsite. Again, John worked on the inverter, fixed our lunch and hard boiled some eggs. I used The Solution to remove the bugs from the front of our Tiffin Allegro Bus and walked the dogs. That is the extent of our day.
This morning, we called the Tiffin service department in Red Bay, Alabama. John talked to our go-to service advisor, Stanley, and received some helpful advice.
First, Stanley suggested old batteries. Our response was that the batteries were new when we purchased our Allegro Bus almost two years ago.
Second, he had two more things for John to check out. Nada, zip, nuttin Honey. Now what?
Susan Thompson, a snowbird from Minnesota suggested we get in touch with Brian Boone and that is just what we did. He came out to our part of the desert and voila...."your batteries are the problem!"
"What? Those batteries were new when we purchased our new to us Tiffin Allegro Bus!" At lease we assumed they were new since they were so clean when we looked in the battery bay. And someone tested them as we were sitting in Red Bay awaiting completion of work on the coach. The someone was not a representative of Tiffin Service. His gauge must be wrong.
Lesson? ..... Never assume anything when purchasing a previously owned motorhome, car, boat...anything. We looked at the dates on the tires. Why didn't we think to look at the date on the batteries?
The batteries were about ten years old! Brian could not believe that they had lasted this long! Off to Discount Solar here in Quartzsite.
Ahhh, four new Interstate Batteries. Now we will be in tip top shape. And here we thought it was the inverter.
Wait, there's more! The batteries were not the only problem. After Brian installed the new batteries, the solution was not there. Brian declared the inverter was dead, very dead.
So now, we have a new inverter in our home on wheels. NOW, everything is working as it should.
But, there is still more! We have made the decision to have Brian fit us with solar power. We have spent days researching and gathering prices and Monday, we will have our first installment of of two solar panels with two more in the plan for next year.
We are pleased with our decision. The solar panels make up for the disappointment of not having our booth dining area removed and replaced with table and chair. This too will happen, just not this year.
If you are in Quartzsite in winter months and need work performed on your trailer, 5th wheel, class C, B, or A motorhome, Brian is the man to call. His fees are extremely reasonable.
Brian is a very honest young man that has for the last eleven years migrated in the winter from Montana to Quartzsite to work on our rigs. Previously, he worked for another solar dealership, but has now started his own business. We wish Brian God speed in his new business.
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