Tuesday, I went to Hawley’s Camping in Garner, NC to see about a few things including scheduling the AC replacement.
When we were hit by the tornado on 4/16, it is likely that some electrical surge that was not completely handled by my surge equipment managed to get through to my AC, my UPS on the computer, my cordless phone and the thermostat on the AC. Unfortunately, proving this was the cause is limited to the simultaneous timing of the failures of these separate items.
It took 3 days for us to get power back but a small generator kept our refrigerator cold. The rest of the electrical stuff was off until full power returned. Even then, I only noticed the UPS was bad when the power dropped a day later for a few minutes.
The cordless phones, while powered on are only used when I have a good enough broadband connection to run my Magic Jack and the Wi-Fi service in the Smithfield KOA was just not solid enough to make that usable. I did not try to use it until we were in the Zooland Family Campground in Asheboro, NC some weeks later. It turns out that the base unit is now dead.
As for the thermostat and AC, those were not discovered until a few weeks later than the tornado and we needed the heat pump up in West Virginia and all it would do is hum for a couple of seconds and then shut off. I figured that the compressor is frozen, maybe due to the hole in the condensing coils on the roof from some flying debris during the tornado.
So, I need a new AC, Thermostat, UPS and Cordless phone. I have contacted Progressive Insurance and though it has already gotten complicated, I am still trying to arrange a meet with the appraiser and the Hawley’s service tech later this week (I hope).
I am certain that the AC is not repairable and in a leap of faith, I already ordered a replacement 15k heat pump ($1000 – prepay) so it will hopefully be here be installed before the weekend. I hope the Progressive guy comes through so we can get back on the road next week.
Meanwhile, I need to focus on fixing the exhaust connection on the generator and cleaning and glossing the rear fiberglass end cap of DaKotR.