Stumped, Baffled, and Confused . . .

Sounds like a good name for a law firm.

Up about 7am, with everything pretty much ready to roll by 8, we headed out for breakfast at Cracker Barrel, kind of a ‘leaving Lake Conroe’ ritual of ours.

Jan went with the Maine Blueberry Pancakes with Bacon,

Cracker Barrel Blueberry Pancakes

while I got the Fresh Strawberry Sourdough French Toast with Over Medium Eggs and Bacon.

Cracker Barrel Strawberry French Toast

And of course, coffee, lots of coffee.

Back at the rig we were hitched up and pulling out of Lake Conroe Thousand Trails by 10:15, heading for Colorado River TT about 120 miles away.

After a nice trip, but seemingly more traffic than usual, we pulled into Colorado River about 12:30 and got set up in A28, a new site for us, but with a nice big shade tree.

About 10 minutes out we lost the generator when the fuel level dropped to about 25%, which of course still leaves us almost 40 gallons, so no problem. We plan on fueling up at Colorado County Oil when we leave for Alabama on Wednesday.

Unfortunately the generator shutting off early didn’t make a difference in cooling the coach, since despite my airflow baffle modification yesterday, we couldn’t tell any difference in cooling from the front AC. Bummer!

I thought that it would at least do something. Actually my big worry was whether or not it would survive the trip, and not get ripped off in the wind stream.

AC Baffle Installation

I was able to install the panels without making any holes in the cover by utilizing pre-existing holes and slats.

For the top panels, I drilled holes that matched the mounting bolts holding on the cover,

AC Baffle Installation 2

while for the side panels I used 1/8” toggle bolts poking through the side slats

AC Baffle Installation 3

Then I taped it all together with Heavy Duty Packing Tape, especially along the front edges where it might catch the wind and be ripped off.

So, basically what I have here is a good solid installation of something that just doesn’t work. And that’s why I’m –

Stumped, Baffled, and Confused . . .

I really don’t have anywhere else to go on this right now. The only two variables here are AC Voltage on the generator and airflow. And the generator voltage stays at 118VAC whether we’re moving or sitting still.

And when we’re parked  and using the generator, the AC works great.

Passport America, Save 50% on Campsites

So for right now, I’m stuck. Back to the drawing board.

Thought for the Day:

You do realize, don’t you, that there is no ‘cloud’ out there storing your data. The ‘cloud’ holding all your data, all your secrets, is really just someone else’s computer. Feel better now? 



4 Responses to Stumped, Baffled, and Confused . . .

  1. Lloyd says:

    perhaps air scoops on the sides of the cover to direct air into the ac ?

  2. I originally thought you were going to make scoops as Lloyd suggested. You won’t need the top panels. Adding a slight bend in the Plexi-Glass by using a Heat-Gun and a piece of Lumber as away to accomplish a straight bend. Then face it forward and it should work.

    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It’s about time.

    • gregwhite says:


      The air enters the AC at the back, not on the sides. The sides are the exhaust, not the intakes.

      I did think about scoops on the rear to start with, but realized I would also be ‘scooping in any rain directly into the AC and thus into the coach. Plus the problem of making the scoops strong enough to be ‘scooping’ into a 60 mph airstream.

      My original thought was that there was a vacuum in that area, disturbing the airflow. Kind of like drafting in the vacuum behind a race car. And the same reason that semi trailers are now mounting those folding panels, also to eliminate that vacuum and increase fuel mileage.

      I do have an idea on what at least part of the problem might be.

      So more later.


  3. Len says:

    Greg: You’ve got the right idea. But, I still believe your plexiglass is too long to allow air to flow over the top of the plexiglass, and back down into your inlet louvred vents. You’ve seen, vans and CR-Vs with a slight upturn above the rear door/window. I’m not sure why they do this, maybe to divert rain to the side, instead of allowing water to get inside when the rear door is opened. Anyway, this so-called water deflector has an unintended side effect with the air flow. You especially notice this when the vehicle has been traveling down a dirt road, because the rear window gets plastered with dirt and grime. Much of which is caused by that little water/air deflector doing exactly what you are wanting to accomplish with air flow into your rear air compressor louvred vents.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

%d bloggers like this: