Daily Archives: August 20, 2020

Happy 10th Birthday . . .

Ten years ago today, Landon Thomas Morrison looked like this.

Landon Thomas Morrison

Then nine years ago, he looked like this.

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Five years ago he looked like this.

Smith Ranch 4

Three years ago he looked like this.

Landon at Rainforest Cafe

And this is Landon recently doing his online classes with Jack helping out

Landon and Jack in his Online Class

Of course Landon’s birthday wasn’t all cake and presents today. Earlier this morning Brandi texted this over.

Poor Landon.

He is on a Zoom with his music teacher and was trying to tell him it was his birthday, but it autocorrected to “Its my bitch”!! 

He came to me crying and showed it to me. I ran over and you could tell he was reading it because he stopped mid sentence and was kinda shocked for a few seconds.

Still kinda upset.

He did text back and told him he was trying to say “it’s my birthday”. 

I called the school so they could tell him too. He’s very worried he’s going to get in trouble.

Of course, I could not stop laughing.

I told him to not try to type so fast. LOL

In 2011 we were still at the Horseshoe Lakes Thousand Trails Resort near Blanford, IN, north of Terre Haute.

August 20, 2011

How to run both AC’s on 30 Amps . . .

or, Happy 1st Birthday to our grandson, Landon Thomas Morrison.

We both slept late this morning. Even Jan didn’t get up until about 9:30 and I followed about an hour later. Later, along with our morning coffee, we caught up on a bunch of TV shows from our DVR.

After lunch I set up the computer so we’d be ready to Skype Landon’s Birthday Party later this afternoon. We’ll just wait until they call.

Then I got back on my chore list. Since Jan planned on cleaning out some more stuff under the bed I thought I’d make my AC modification today.

A week or so ago I had a problem with the front AC not getting any power, but the circuit breaker was OK. After a call to American Coach I found out that the front AC passes back through the Heart Source Manager Inverter/Converter Transfer Switch through an AC Lockout relay.

Why, I don’t know. And I also don’t know why it suddenly engaged, even though the Source Manager is mostly disconnected due to my previous transfer switch problems.

Anyway, at the time, the solution was just to pull the wires off the relay and tie them together like below.

AC Bypass 1

This not only fixed that problem, but gave me the solution to another problem.

I had been thinking for a while about a way to break out the power leads to one of the AC units so that when I was plugged into 30 amps I could power one of the AC’s separately from the additional 20 amp outlet that most pedestals have.

I originally thought about tapping into the circuit breaker panel, but kept putting it off. But this seemed to be the perfect solution.

The first step was to replace the wire nuts with a set of male and female power plugs. Note that the end that supplies the power has the female plug for safety.

AC Bypass 2

This allows me to plug them back together to get back to normal.

AC Bypass 3

But it also allows me to plug the AC into an extension cord that I ran in through the bedroom window. The other end is plugged into the 20 amp receptacle on the power pedestal outside.

AC Bypass 4

This of course was only a test. I used it to run both AC’s all afternoon with no problems. Now I’ll run a permanent cord down through the engine bay and into the power bay. That way I can just plug in from outside whenever I need it.

This will probably only be used occasionally, Right now we only have 30 amps, but since the temperature is in the 80’s, one AC works just fine. But we have sometimes been in high 90’s temps and with only 30 amps available, one AC really can’t keep up.

So now you know how to run two AC’s on 30 amps. If you have any questions, let me know.

About 2:15 our computer rang and we were online Skyping Landon’s birthday party. Our signal quality varied a lot, so the photos do too.

The party started off with Landon opening his presents. Although sometimes he seemed as interested in the wrapping paper as to what was inside, he did a good job tearing everything open, And he seemed to be happy to find toys and other stuff inside.

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Of course, after the presents, it was time for cake and ice cream. And Landon got his own cake.

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And he dug right in and really enjoyed it.

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We were online for the party for almost 30 minutes, and really enjoyed being included in the festivities. As a follow-up Brandi called about 5:30 to bring us up to date.

On another note, we’ve been noticing the first signs of Fall here. There is a slow but steady rain of yellowing leaves floating down from overhead. I’m sure everyone around the country will be happy with the cooler temps. I know we will.

Thought for the Day:

“It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged.” – G.K. Chesterton