All The Things I’m Learning To Do On The Road


Welp, my truck is still running (yay), but my inverter bit the dust. I don’t think it’s repairable, so have started the return process through Amazon, and gone ahead and purchased another. All things considered, if anything in my system had to go I’m glad it’s this, as it’s by far the cheapest component at under $200.

I’ve decided to use my Amazon Visa to get the 5% back and to stop the immediate bleeding of my bank account. The new inverter is being shipped directly to the repair shop. Interestingly, there are about 20 “lockers” nearby where the shipment could go for me to pick it up, something that I’m sure I’ll find very useful in the future. The repair shop I’m using does the NASCAR thing, so has a small window for the tepair, but Prime shipping will get the inverter there on the 1st – plenty of time. Right? Ugh. As long as I stay put in Vegas there are options.

I have to say that truck stops are great when you’re stuck in an unfamiliar place. Power, food, laundromat, showers, and this one has free movies. They let you stay as long as you need to, and I feel safe. Oh, and unlike at the Tenopah Nv truck stop (elevation of over 6000 ft) with nighttime lows of 19 degrees, here in Law Vegas it only dips into the mid-40s at night. I like that. 🌞

Cold and omg windy Tenopah

Last night’s sunset in Law Vegas

The entertaining part of Vegas is waaay over there

So far the fun level hasn’t been high, but the challenges haven’t been so hard they couldn’t be overcome. And fun isn’t everything. Handling problems without completely falling apart is more important for me for now. Having friends be there for me when I get stressed out has been wonderful. Thanks for the encouragement, you guys! 😀

10 thoughts on “All The Things I’m Learning To Do On The Road

  1. It looks like Arizona wilderness. I am happy you found a place to camp. I hope the staff there will watch out for you. Do you still have your cat? Enjoy this little vacation and all the experiences along the way. Remember stranger danger and don’t open your door for people you do not know. I think you are coming to Arizona so let me know when you arrive and I will meet you.

    • Even though this is Las Vegas, it’s on the edge so the surrounding area is desert with cool mountains in the near distance. I can barely see the downtown area to the south, and am happy to not go there. No one bothers me here at all, just light conversation when I go inside.
      Leo the cat is with me! He needed anti anxiety meds the first few days but is starting to adapt. He is good company and is worth the expense and “trouble”.
      I will be here for a few days more for the inverter replacement, then it’s off to Arizona!
      You are such a kind-hearted woman, Diane. 😀

  2. On inverters: I’ve found there are two reliable ways to kill an inverter: running the batteries down too low, and running a big load for too long at one go (for me, it was always the microwave that cooked more inverters than food…). Sad to say, no matter how much I spent, I never got more than a few years out of any inverter, but with careful charge and load management, some gave a few years of service.

  3. I missed this post for some reason (on my end)! Just wanted to say that’s that’s a fine rig photo from above, and mention that it seems to help me to be a bit obsessive-compulsive when prepping for travel. I’m always very forgetful, and had to hang a 33-point “Travel Preparation” checklist on the wall of my TT. So far, my truck camper has only so many things to check/lock down, and I’ve avoided a printed list for that one as I look around inside and circle the outside a few times, meditatively. The roof vents are the most likely thing left undone, with shutting off the propane tank valve second. No brag, just fact. 🙂

    Hopefully, once your hardware issues settle down to a dull roar, you’ll be able to let your attention wander to more pleasant “problems”, like choosing what you’d like most to do after breakfast as the big issue of the day.

    • Like you, I have only a few things that must be done before moving, but the most important item on the list is definitely the contemplative walk around the rig!
      A ton of changes have already been made to Oliver’s Nest, with lots and lots of help (which is incredibly wonderful after working alone for so long). I’d say I’ve dropped maybe 500 pounds total off the weight from getting rid of stuff, including the nice but too-heavy oak unit.
      I really must do a post updating the changes, but there are fun things to do here so I keep forgetting. 😊 You’re right, problems can indeed be pleasant!

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