Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Recent road trip

My lovely wife and I just got back from a 300 mile overnight trip in the veggie van. Monday and Tuesday were warm enough that we could leave the house unattended without the plumbing freezing. When heating with just a woodstove, someone has to load up the stove every 12 hours or so when it's cold.

The funny thing is that the veggie fuel worked much better than the diesel fuel. In the winter gas stations switch to a winter mix fuel that flows better during low temperatures. It's not yet available, but winter conditions are here now. Only by using diesel fuel treatments like 911 have I been able to keep the diesel side running. However, once the van warms up and is switched to running on veggie, it purrs like a tiger.

We overnighted in the van and were fairly comfortable. My auxiliary electrical system had no difficulty powering my c-pap all night long. The solar panel to power it has yet to be installed. With a significant snow storm on the way, the solar install will get pushed off one more time. At least I was able to build and predrill all the aluminum attachment brackets.

It's going to be a busy morning squaring things away before the snow starts coming down heavy.

I hope no one has to travel in very far in this storm. Drive safe and Happy Thanksgiving.



  1. I hope you and yours have a happy Thanksgiving as well.

  2. Will start here soon. Stay safe and warm. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  3. Sounds like you have the fuel system and fuel pump issues behind you! Glad to hear that nagging fear is off your back and can enjoy the trip down for sailing!
    You and yours have the best Thanksgiving...:-)

    1. I'm am feeling better after this little test.

      Enjoy the holiday!