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August 5, 2020

Startup Issues


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Why is it that everything that can go wrong occurs on the departure date? The name of the van is a constant reminder that this is the rule rather than the exception. We had found the perfect DC to DC charger made by Victron. Most of our components are Victron, so this would be a nice addition, unfortunately it was only made available this past June. We ordered all the parts back in July but there were delivery delays that caused our inline fuses to be delivered the day of departure. We had everything set to insert the fuses and go. However, the signal wire that was supposed to control the charger refused to drop below 4v. Without a full investigation, we inserted a manual switch, attached the kayak trailer, loaded up the dogs and turned right out of the driveway.

Yup, you read that correctly, we are now attached to a 20' trailer and we have a puppy. The kayak trailer and the Murphy meme came about as a result of us ordering two folding Tucktec kayaks back in April. To poke fun at the frustration caused by supply chain and delivery delays, Tucktec came up with a photo contest with the winner receiving a kayak. Obviously we did not win the kayak, nor did we receive our kayaks before our departure date. However, the kayaks and trailer are causing less concern than Bodie, our 3 month old puppy. His nickname is the "Urinator" and it is a well deserved moniker. So we are now traveling without a heater, but have kayaking equipment, a dog crate, and a 2 hour potty count-down. 20200729_081726.jpgTucktec.jpg
We made it to West Branch State Park in Ohio without problem and found our site overlooking the water with a walk down to the rock strewn beach. Even Sera was a little daunted by all the rocks. We walked the park and found it to be fairly nice with some large and private sites. Quiet night with plans to visit Cuyahoga NP tomorrow

Posted by LifeWithMurphy 07:00 Archived in USA

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