Week 04 - RV Road Trip all about Houseboats. RVing cross country.

by IAN from www.all-about-houseboats.com

RVing USA - the RV Road Trip all about Houseboats!<br>  Can you guess where this popular houseboat area is?

RVing USA - the RV Road Trip all about Houseboats!
Can you guess where this popular houseboat area is?

Here's a Thanksgiving weekend update from the RV Road Trip all about Houseboats. There is plenty to be grateful for in life, and sometimes we don't realize it.

I am lucky that I have good health, I am thankful for having good friends, and I am grateful for the generosity of others (the delicious Thanksgiving dinner brought by Bart, Ellie, and Tristan), and am lucky to have my trusty travel companion Zoey who loves the the dash of the RV :)

This week we stayed in the lower southern Kentucky area as there is Lake Cumberland and Dale Hollow Lake nearby. The lakes here are long zig-zaggy waterways that have plenty of marinas, houseboat rentals, and businesses to visit.

Now back to the RV Road Trip all about Houseboats. There's a new trend happening in houseboating around the world, and it is these really affordable new Floating Home Houseboat Cottages that are being bought and shipped all over the country.

RVing Adventures - RV Battery Power

Traveling with an RV full-time does have its adventures as this week I had to solve a 120v/12v converter/battery charger problem. Since the RV is an older model, in those days they would often put a small standard sized charger/converter. In my case the converter was 25 amps DC, yet the battery charger portion was a 3 amp charger.

A 3 amp battery charger is like a trickle charge that you would use on a boat/car/camper to store it during the winter just to keep the battery maintained. In my case, heating the RV with the propane furnace requires 6-7 amps to run just the fan and multiplied by 12 hours, along with the additional lights, fridge, TV/inverter/office

So suffice it to say that I would occasionally wake up in the morning and find that my two deep cycle batteries were 50-70% depleted. This would require replenishing @ 100-125 amps back into my house/RV battery banks. At a 3 amp charge rate, that could take forever.

That's where a new Progressive Dynamics #PD9245 4-stage 45 amp Converter/Battery Charger came into the picture. This little puppy replaces the old out-dated system that I have, and boy, does a new 45 amp system really help.

Now I can recharge the battery banks in a few hours compared to a few days. Just as in houseboating, you need a reliable and appropriately sized charger system to replenish our battery banks that run all our systems.

As Thanksgiving is here, I am also grateful for FULL BATTERY POWER :)

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Thanks again for sharing, IAN from all-about-houseboats

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Nov 29, 2011
RV Tips - roof leaks were a headache
by: Chris in Hawaii

Aloha Ian, sure hope you're having a blast on your road trip. I once lived in a Tioga cab-over for over a year, lazily meandering up the Eastern Seaboard from Key West to Mt. Kathadin in Maine.

My nemesis were roof leaks constantly reopened by bumps and road vibrations. I used Henry's wet patch to seal, but it was always a temporary fix. A better product would be this new sealer in a spray can constantly advertised on TV right now.

Perhaps you've seen the example where this dude sprays the screened bottom of a boat, and it holds. I'll know what to try next time. Stay dry, Chris

Reply - Answer
Well Chris, I will keep that in mind, yet touch wood, there is no roof leaks, but like you say, the bumps and road vibrations are definitely a daily occurrence :)


Nov 29, 2011
Your RV Road Trip
by: suzanne

We enjoy your blog, have a great time on your adventure. We are 6 month houseboaters and 6 month RVers.

Will keep watching for new postings on your blog.

Suzanne & Armin
Angel & Heidi

Reply - Answer
Good to hear from you both, and you know when I am in Texas, i will surely stop in for that BBQ... Hmmmm, a home cooked meal sounds good... :)


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