We are invited to spend Thanksgiving with Jim and Nancy, in Delray Beach, FL. Adam, Katie and Ava will be there, as well as Katie’s two sisters and their families. We reserve a site at Del-Raton RV Park, in Delray Beach, FL, for Tuesday thru Monday.
We have an appointment to get the oil changed on Monday. We get the RV out of storage on Sunday and park it at the marina. We get the oil changed and fill the gas tank.
It’s been a while since we hooked up our Honda CR-V as a tow car. We made a checklist, but we can’t find it. We have to do it by memory. With our headsets on, I back the RV into the marina parking lot and Fran pulls the Honda up. I extend the Blue Ox Tow Bar and attach it to the Honda. When I extend the arms of the tow bar, both of the rubber boots pop loose. I attach the Safety cables, the light cable, and the break-away cord.
We run through the sequence in the Honda owner’s manual for towing. We start it up, shift through all the gears, shift to drive and run for five seconds and then shift to neutral and run for three minutes. While running, I pull the accessory fuse. But I pull the wrong fuse. I go to put that fuse back and drop it. We can’t find it. I pull the right fuse, and put it in the place of the dropped fuse.
The first few time we used the Blue Ox Patriot Braking System, we drained the Honda’s battery, so we bought a Lithium battery with a 12-volt socket. We get the Lithium battery and turn it on, but it is discharged. We plug in the charger. We plug the braking system into the Honda’s 12-volt outlet, but this is on the accessory fuse, so it doesn’t work.
We start the RV and test out the brake and turn signal lights. We pull forward to let the tow bar arms extend and lock into place. One side locks, but the other side refuses to lock and the RV is pulled up to the street, so we can’t go forward anymore. We find some zip-ties and attach the rubber boots on the tow bar arms.
Our Lithium battery is charged enough to set-up our braking system. We set it up and lock the Honda doors. We pull out on the road and stop to check that both tow bar arms are locked. They both are.
Fifteen minutes up the road we hear a beeping sound. We can’t figure from where its coming. We pull over to the side of the road. We don’t see any warnings. We unplug the braking system control panel and it continues to beep. We unplug the GPS and it continues. We shut off the engine and it continues. Then we check the smoke/CO detector, but we can’t get it open to remove the battery. We finally break it and remove the battery, but the beeping continues. We finally isolate it to the propane detector. There is a mute button. We press it and the beeping stops. We continue up the road.
Twenty minutes later the GPS goes out. We fiddle with it, but can’t get it back on. It must not have been plugged in all the way, and the battery ran down. We get a route on our cell phone.
A while later, the GPS is charge enough and comes back on. We pull into the first service plaza on the turnpike to check everything and have lunch.
The Lithium battery powering the braking system is discharged, so it is running on its internal battery, and in break-away only mode. We take it to the RV and plug it in to the charger. Everything else checks out good.
We get to Del-Raton RV Park and check-in. We get a nice pull-through site for six nights at $47/night. This is a very nice, clean park. It is family owned and run and the people are friendly and helpful. It is located close to the beach and shopping and about 15 minutes from Jim and Nancy’s house. The entrance and exit are gated and we get a key card, for which we must leave a $10 deposit. We are close to the train tracks and the trains sound their horn going by. You can also hear road noise from US 1 and Dixie Hwy. Other than that, this is a great location.
We unhook the tow car and set up camp. I go to Auto Zone, across the street and buy a 7.5-amp fuse and zip ties for the rubber boots on the tow bar.
I used to live in this area between 1979 and 1988. We drive by my old house. The neighborhood has gone way down. My old house has broken windows, some are boarded up and other fixed with duct tape. Some of the houses are completely boarded up in the front.
We drive to Lantana Beach They have installed parking meters now. It cost $1.50 and hour. We drive down A1A and stop at Two Georges, in Boynton Beach for drinks and appetizers. Then we drive to Delray Beach and have wings and drinks at The Sandbar, on A1A.
Fran rides with Katie to Orlando to pickup Adam and Ava at the airport. I drive around and look at where I used to work. The buildings are there but IBM and Siemens have moved out. I go to the grocery store and buy things to make sweet potato casserole and green bean casserole. Then we go over to Jim and Nancy’s for dinner.
We make sweet potato casserole and green bean casserole. We have a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner at Jim and Nancy’s.
We meet Katie, Adam, Jim and Nancy at Little Havana, in Deerfield Beach. This is the restaurant we want to cater the rehearsal dinner, so we try a variety of foods. Everything is really good. Next, we go to the Embassy Suites for a tasting for the reception. We also look around the hotel. It is very nice.
We go back to Jim and Nancy’s and get ready to go to 26 ° Brewing Company, in Pompano. This is where we will have the rehearsal dinner. The whole family comes. The kids have pizza and the adults have flights of beers. We make arrangements for the rehearsal dinner.
Fran drops me off at Jim and Nancy’s, so I can hang out with the guys and small children, while the women go to a bridal shower for Katie. We watch college football and play with the kids. After the shower, the women come back and some friends visit. We play Monopoly. We say goodbye and thank everyone for a great weekend.
We do laundry and work on the steps. I replace the control module and clean the connections. The steps are working now.
We drive to Boston’s on A1A, in Delray Beach for lunch. New England Patriots are playing Miami Dolphins, and it’s really loud and busy here. After lunch we walk on the beach. It’s a little chilly or us, but the beach is crowded.
We fill the Freshwater tank to 1/3 and dump and flush the black and grey water tanks. The grey water tank still shows 2/3 full. We hook up the Honda CR-V and turn in the gate key-card at 11:05.
The GPS is giving us weird directions home. We ignore it and get on I-95 South. Now it knows how to get us home, but the power keeps dropping because it’s plugged into a splitter with the braking system control panel.
We stop at a service plaza at 12:40, check everything and have lunch. Everything looks fine. I unplug the braking system control panel and plug the GPS in without a splitter. It works great now.
We get to Marathon at 3:00. We pull over and unhook the Honda. The Lithium battery shows 100% charge. We unload the RV, and take it back to storage.