Batten Down The Hatches

July 14th 2016

A few weeks ago, we had a bit of weather that made me think the roof and caravan may part company. Last night, in another little patch of weather, they did.

With it went water catchment capability and (because it got wet as a result) the solar controller. In a strange silver lining event, the power surges this caused also showed that the other half of the lighting strip is actually still functioning fine. It doesn’t usually light up, but went through a number of different colours and patterns during the controller shorting out. I assume that means that a different voltage or current might get it all going. Might investigate that later, but it’s not priority one. In the process of trying to secure the roof, I also stepped in dog shit, which then got walked into the rug.

Lost the canopy. The water catchment needs to be reattached, as it got pulled off by the roof. The foldable panels went flying and need the hooks reattached. And the solar controller is no more, as some water got into it. So the ‘permanent’ panels are essentially useless right now. Need to rethink the whole thing.

All up, an interesting night last night. I choose to see it as an opportunity to design a more resilient system and consider myself fortunate to have just lost the rain canopy and not the ACTUAL roof.

Things could be worse, but right now, I have a lot of work to do. See ya.


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