The noisy Onan wasn’t a whole lot of use to us in the backend of the frenchy-bus. It was great when the bus was mobile but the last year, not so much.
The thought of digging it out of the back of the bus was daunting but I finally got at it and it wasn’t really that bad. I kept the costs to a minimum, using mostly old junk that I had lying around.
I ended up springing for a couple of electrical boxes but otherwise I just used up junk that I already had on hand. Last night I moved it out of the shop and set it beside the house. I’ve got the two 8D start batteries out of the bus hooked up so I should have adequate start power. I haven’t done it yet but I’ve got a battery tender that I will leave hooked up to them. I’m waiting for a call from the local electrician to get a quote on changing the house panel from 125 amp to 200 amp. Assuming he isn’t stupidly expensive, I’ll add a sub panel into that project so that we can run a few critical circuits on a transfer switch off the genset. At a minimum I’d like to have the furnace and the kitchen ready to go on the generator – the TV would be nice to have too. I suppose now that we’re this well set up the power won’t go out but I guess you don’t buy insurance so you can watch your house burn down either.
I’m coming to the end of my outdoor project list which is a good thing because its getting too cold to work outside – minus 20 this morning. I’ve got some plexi-glass to install in the skidsteer and I need to build a door for it as well. I’ve also got a little 12 volt heater that I should hook into the engine cooling loop but I may put that off until warmer weather. I don’t really need to run the skidsteer in the winter – that’s what the little Onan in the Case garden tractor is for. If Tasca Auto Parts ever gets done screwing up my order and ships the lower steering shaft for the Lincoln I’ll put that in but its not urgently needed. I’ve been keeping the old one alive with a grease needle and its nowhere near the end of its life anyway. I would like to get it done and I’ve paid the bastards for the part but they just seem incapable of getting it shipped. Other than those two projects I’m pretty well caught up on outside projects.
Whenever I run out of outside project weather there is an expanding list of indoor projects waiting. Marilyn has already stripped the peeling paint off the kitchen ceiling and patched a bunch of gyproc. At a minimum we hope to get that painted and lay ceramic tile before we go back to the boat. Mind you, if both of us stay unemployed, we might just hunker down on the prairies for the winter. Boating is expensive. So is renovating.