Yesterday morning, I was busy minding my own business, working on the computer and trying to plan the rest of my day. The morning was slipping by and I needed to get out of my recliner and away from the internet.
I had clothes drying in the dryer.
All of a sudden, I heard a clicking noise which sounded similar to the sound the metal racks in the convection oven make when we’re traveling or the dryer is running. I got up to investigate and couldn’t quite locate the source of the sound, but then it quit. It was coming from the right front of the coach.
Shortly after that I got up to check my clothes in the dryer and noticed a burning smell.
Uh Oh! That got my attention. This smell was coming from the rear of the coach, near the dryer so I thought that was the problem. I turned the dryer off, then went all over the coach on a sniff and touch tour. Did this smell? Is this hot? One of the first things I checked was the outside refrigerator vent. All seemed well there.
Then the next thing I noticed was the clicking noise had started up again. Occasionally I noticed a very, very faint beep.
Did I mention Al was working and not at home?
I finally pinpointed the source of the clicking. It was coming from the little box over the front door. It’s connected to the inverter and gives us a readout of the battery volts.
I went outside and checked the inverter to see if it was burning/hot/making an unusual noise. It wasn’t. I called Al and made sure he was going to worry right along with me.
In the meantime, the burning was still strong in the rear of the coach by the dryer.
The clicking noise continued and I pushed a few buttons. Of course I didn’t know what I was pushing.
Al suggested I call the Lazy Days Service Center help line. I spoke to Greg and tried to explain it all to him. He had me flip the circuit breaker to the inverter and disconnect the remote control line (looks like a phone connection) on the outside inverter.
That stopped the clicking of course, but Greg said in about 4 hours I would not have enough batteries to run the air conditioning. It was pretty warm yesterday and our site had no trees, so that wasn’t going to work.
Greg recommended someone look at the coach because the inverter inside panel was now reading “equalizing”. I don’t know why that happened. Was it the buttons I pushed? What happened? I normally don’t push buttons I don’t know about, but this time I did.
I called a few mobile Rv techs and of course only got voice mail.
We decided to bring the coach to Lazy Days for an emergency appointment. They are always very busy this time of the year, but they squeezed us in. Thanks Lazy Days!
Of course we weren’t planning on traveling yesterday, so it was a hassle packing up in a hurry and getting to Lazy Days before they techs went home for the evening.
The tech restarted the inverter and it appeared to be running fine. It was back to the normal “float charging” like normal, and not clicking. We don’t know what that was all about.
Rob, the tech at Lazy Days,was really good at listening to what I told him and checking the most obvious sources for the burning smell. By the time we got to Lazy Days, the smell had pretty much dissipated. He was at a loss as to where the burning smell came from, but I insisted I smelled something burning, and I was not imagining it. I was not going to rest until we figured it out.
Thankfully, we happened to notice one of the rear fluorescent lights was burned out. Then I remembered it had been working that morning because I remembered noticing it flickering like they do when a bulb is ready to blow. Rob pulled the cover, and noticed a wire had burned!
There was our burning smell. I guess when it burned, it shorted the light out. We were relieved we discovered the source of the smell. He changed the fixture out. That’s likely to be one expensive light fixture! Rob says this is normal for these lights as they get older. Normal to have a wire short out? We have 7 of these lights throughout the coach and the others will be changed out before we use them again!
So……the clicking noise still hasn’t come back. It’s hard to diagnose a problem, when you can’t find it. Maybe it was a fluke. I think I’ll go online and see if I can fine out if anyone else has had this problem. Any ideas??
While we’re here, we decided to see if they could do some maintenance work we’ve been needing. Fortunately, they could fit us in while we’re here. We’re having the engine coolant changed, a lube job, wheel bearings repacked and the brakes checked.
We spent the night in one of the service bays last night. For those of you that haven’t experienced the joy of of camping in a service bay at Camp Lazy Days, you don’t know what you’re missing!
The good thing about being here is that we have access to the campground and facilities. We had dinner at their poolside restaurant and then enjoyed the wonderful hot tub!
Al left me alone here and is working on some pest control accounts, so I have to entertain myself in their large waiting room. Fortunately, I have a comfy couch, and free internet. The kitties are in their cages. I feel bad for them and of course I worry.
The joys of living in your Rv!