Monday, January 18, 2010

Brannon and Custom RV comes to the Roadrunner!

We met Brannon Hutcheson at Custom RV, Inc while we were in Red Bay, AL in December. He works on Tiffin Motorhomes and we scheduled him to install a residential refrigerator when we go back there in April.

Brannon drove out to Quartzsite to join up with the Tiffin owners from TiffinRVNetwork and meet up with customers out west.
We asked him to do three things for us:
- install a 'SeeLevel II Tank Monitor' gauge to get a digital readout of: the RV batteries' charge; the clear, black and gray tanks; and the propane tank
- install a ceiling fan in the bedroom and
- install a counter light above the counter to match the one over the sink.

He come over to our RV at about 8:30 in the morning and was done before 10:30. They started with the SeeLevel II Tank Monitor:
It is fun to see how things are connected underneath and to see how to open compartments that normally don't open. Fishing wire from one side of the coach to the other was necessary in order to connect with the wire and get the feed up to the display in the overhead cockpit readout.

Meanwhile, Don got started with preparation on the ceiling fan in the bedroom. They ran the wire for it through the heating duct and connected it to the closet light.
It turned out great. The interesting thing was watching them fishing the wire through the conduits and through the walls. Amazing.

Next was the light underneath the kitchen cabinet. They had to remove the back and bottom panels of the cabinet to get to the wiring.
It turned out well too.

After we got the work done, we had lunch and then joined up with new friends Steve and Karen and went into Quartzsite. We wandered around a couple of Swapmeets and saw some interesting displays. I quickly found out that I was missing my memory card in my camera. I left it in my card reader back in the Roadrunner. :(

One interesting product we saw was an RV sunshade the attachs to the outside of the front windshield with large magnets. At $395 is looked like a pretty good deal.

Another one was a booth that was selling solar panels that had an automatic adjustment to raise and lower the panels. I don't remember the price but Steve was pretty interested in them for his 42' Phaeton.

Later we went back to the Roadrunner and found out we missed the Cowboys who got beat badly in the NFL playoffs. We watched the second half of the San Diego-NY Jets game and saw the Chargers season come to an end.

There was a campfire again last night so we spent some at it mostly talking with Steve and Karen and getting to know them some more. Nice folks.

Back at the coach we saw the video, 'Lost in America', which had a bit of an RV theme to it but not real high on our list of recommendations...

Thanks for joining us today on the Roadrunner Chronicles. We will probably be here a few more days at Quartzsite but heavy rains are due to roll into the area in the next couple of days, so not sure if we will stay or we will go...


  1. Glad to hear that you caught up with Brandon. He is great. We love everything he has done for us. You will not be sorry about any of the new additions. And, getting back to Red Bay in April for that new refridgerator will be exciting. I think I started something with that option...but I don't think now I could have another motor home without one.

    We had our outside sunshades made while we were in Rockport last year. This is the second time we have used this company and they are great. No wrinkles in our shades, but they have snaps, not magnets.

    Glad you are still having fun in "Q". I hope the rains don't run you out, but, could come on back to Texas and have some fun with all of us!

    Hugs to you both.

  2. Met you guys briefly in QZ last week. We'll be RB in April as well getting some warranty work done. Brannon and Chris Berry scheduled to do some mods for us as well. Hope to see you there. Safe travels.

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