One Last Wash for Phaeton Place

Our time in Ontario is winding down for sure.  It won’t be long before we are heading south to Florida again.  We still have to sort through what we are taking with us and what will be left behind out of the things in our storage bays.  The weather over the past couple of days has been warm and sunny so I’ve taken the opportunity to break out the power sprayer and wash Phaeton Place.  It was nice to wear shorts, t shirt and sandals one more time as day time temps got up to 21C.  The roof was in pretty good shape with only a bit of dirt built up over the summer.  Most of my time on the roof was spent spraying off the slide toppers which had all developed a deposit of sludge from the trees.  I knew the toppers would be dirty because I could see black streaks running down the front of the slides after it rained.  Streaks usually mean a collection of crud on the roof in my experience.  After doing the roof, it was on to the rest of PP.  Our washing strategy is pretty simple really.  Chris usually helps me by soaking down a section with the power sprayer.  Then it’s my turn to have a good go at that section with the larger soapy wash brush we got from Camping World.  I’ll soap down about a 8-10 foot wide section and then Chris will hose it clean with the power sprayer.  We find it doesn’t take too long to do the entire motorhome this way.  Today though, it was just me outside so it took a little longer.  Now we both know Phaeton Place will likely be covered in road grime again by the time we get to Florida around November 7th but you just can’t start off a trip with a dirty coach!  I used Dri-Wash on the front and rear caps and the roof rails, so hopefully that will eliminate any streaking.  Of course we’ll be doing this all again once we get set up at Tanglewood RV Resort in Sebring, FL where we are spending this winter.  There were a few critters encountered during the wash session as well.  This bruiser had a well established web between our bedroom slide and the shed.  I almost walked right into the little sucker!  We all know how madam fares with spiders too!

We had an electrician come by to remove the fried EMS from our electrical bay.  He also rewired our 50 amp cord right into the transfer switch so that we now have shore power back to the motorhome.  I wasn’t sure if our old transfer switch was still working once we plugged in to the pedestal because it wouldn’t automatically switch over from inverter.  Took a few seconds to remember I had switched the inverter over to manual instead of automatic.  Flipping it back to automatic had us using shore power instead of battery in an instant.  Our Phaeton is now as it was right out of the factory.  No more EMS until we get it refurbished by Progressive Industries.  It feels a little strange, even risky, running shore power into the motorhome without first going through the EMS.  Hopefully all will be fine for a month until we can stop in at Progressive Industries to have the EMS reinstalled.  I sent it via UPS yesterday so they should have plenty of time to recondition it prior to our arrival.

I also ordered a new transfer switch from Tiffin Motorhomes yesterday.  We are booked into McPhail’s RV in Harriston, ON to have it installed on Oct 25th.  Pretty sure we’ll be heading for Rideau Acres Campground in Kingston, ON soon after that instead of coming back into Green Acre RV Park.  Doesn’t make sense setting up camp again for only a few days and then heading for Kingston.  May as well get moving a few days earlier than originally planned


  1. Jim Spain October 17, 2012 at 10:31 pm #

    Hi Mark,
    New color scheme would be appreciated by my old eyes as they have to work extremely hard to see the white text over the light green. More conrast would be appreciated.

  2. Rose October 10, 2012 at 1:16 pm #

    We are at Rideau Acres now, but will be leaving on the 15th, I read your blog everyday, sorry we will not be here to meet you and Chris.

    • Mark October 11, 2012 at 5:18 pm #

      Hi Rose,

      Would have liked to meet you at Rideau Acres. Perhaps another time. Safe travels!

  3. Rose October 10, 2012 at 1:16 pm #

    We are at Rideau Acres now, but will be leaving on the 15th, I read your blog everyday, well everyday you post one sorry we will not be here to meet you and Chris.

  4. jag October 7, 2012 at 7:00 am #

    Nice new banner picture at the top!!

    • Mark October 11, 2012 at 5:19 pm #

      I’ve been meaning to update the appearance of our blog. New banner and new color scheme too!