So this happened: Sunday night we inadvertently hooked up to bad power. 220V bad power, to be exact… I know, I know… I have an EMS to prevent this, but I was plugging into a 30 amp recommended to me by another Airstreamer. Oops! Don’t do that! So we made some calls and altered our itinerary and headed to an Airstream Dealer and Service Center in Oklahoma City who could see us at 2:00 on Tuesday. We didn’t know what the damage was, but the batteries were charging when we were towing, so at least the refrigerator stayed cold.
The drive east through New Mexico was quite green and scenic, although there is very little there… The road was very good, which was a treat. (Public Service Announcement: for those of you who think California has the worst roads in America: you have obviously never driven the 40 between Williams and Flagstaff, AZ…)
We stopped for gas just west of the Texas border, and again in Oklahoma, just east of the Texas border. So we crossed the Texas panhandle (180 miles) without spending any money. We did, however, stop at 2 rest stops, leaving appropriate things behind. There is a beautiful rest stop in Texas a few miles west of the Oklahoma border that is an homage’ to Route 66. We had a nice break, a few minutes of walking, and some time inside the air conditioned building looking at the exhibits.
We arrived in Elk City, OK, about 5:30, at a small RV park. We still didn’t know what our power situation was going to be, so we picked this place because it had a large, air conditioned Rec Room. Except that it didn’t… Good news: Shore power was good, both AC units worked, electric water heater worked, rear TV worked, and everything else worked, except for the converter/battery charger, and the circuit into which the front TV and satellite receiver are plugged. We’ll have to wait and see about those… We also hooked up to water and sewer, so we both were able to enjoy long hot showers.
After a few adult beverages and some microwaved left-overs for dinner, we retired early. Tomorrow we see what the damage to our electrical system really is…
Entering Texas… Note the green countryside… Nothing but miles and miles of nothing but miles and miles…
And, finally, Oklahoma…
June 14, 2017 at 2:57 pm
Sorry Philip, I’m calling foul…..lol We will have to have a meeting of the travel board to determine if you can put a Texas sticker on your map with (only) going 180 miles across the State. I’m thinking you need to travel 2 or 3 more days of seeing nothing to qualify…..:)
June 15, 2017 at 9:43 pm
We went border to border, west to east. As far as we could go. We shouldn’t have to be miserable to post a sticker…
June 14, 2017 at 4:04 pm
Hope your electrical system is ok.
June 15, 2017 at 8:36 pm
I think we stopped at the same rest stop…