Finally got the rig on the road for a first shake out trip to visit the kids and family in Washington. After a lot of back and forth over email with the Forest River service and warranty folks it was determined that the integrated solar in the Revolve was not installed correctly. (Forgive me here as I only became a very novice solar installer through these emails over the last week). All of the solar equipment - the box with 4 lithium batteries, pure sine, charge controller and battery charge controller are under the bed so it is hard to get to but the leads from the solar panels from the roof and the lead to the battery were installed backwards. As such for the first month it was in the back driveway I was apparently just draining out the batteries and not capturing the power. Fast forward to 2 days before I leave I get it all going and we are charging them batts up.
I plan to leave Saturday around noon as I plan to hole up for the night at a rest area to sleep and the rig is designed to boondock so I should be good.
Okay time for some fresh newbie mistakes:
- I don't put everything down on the floor assuming if its not tippy it won't tip over
- I don't tape, nail, bungee cord (if there was a way) my cabinet doors
- I trust the very stupid swing arm fridge freezer closure to hold it shut
- I had not as of yet got the emergency backup inverter generator before I left
- I hit a bad rut groove in the road, slightly overcorrect and when the trailer starts to swing a little I stupidly brake to slow down more going down the side of one of the 9 mountain passes I am going over and at just 20 minutes from the rest area I am tired
Let's just say I had a harrowing few seconds of the trailer swerving out of control pushing the truck and swinging a good 6 feet left and right behind me before my past hauling experience kicked in and I accelerated and got it tracking again behind me. I land with two agitated german sherpherds in a hot durango and find everything crashed out except the front closet areas. Even the toilet paper in the bathroom broke through the cabinet doors and was everywhere. I spend an hour cleaning broken glass and fluids from the stuff in the fridge out and finally get me and dogs in the trailer and am stabilized for the night, soaked with sweat and exhausted. Sit down and plan to microwave something quick and crawl in the bed with windows open and a fan to try to combat the 80 degree heat and 80+ humidity and the whole rig just powers off. And a night of no sleep because of no air flow and two shepherds that want to snuggle.
The next morning I am up at 4 am trying to troubleshoot GFIs, the battery disconnect etc as travelling another 300 miles north with a dead on the interior rig seemed not smart. When from inside came a small chirp and I go to look and still dead. A few more chirps later as the sun is coming up and I figure out I am powering back up (Yay!). Time to move and continue to shake out. I land in Washington around noon having travelled 650 miles in just under 24 hours with no sleep. And there was no crashes inside this time. The rig is still generating power so I think we are good and now the problem is the lights work but every single outlet in the rig is inoperable. We head out and get a Firman gen and I start messing around with the disconnect again and resetting GFIs and finally we have outlet power.
Thankfully fixed just in time to go back to work this morning at 6 am in the rig. Made myself some coffee with the pour over pot and powered up the laptop and hotspot and finally feel like the Shake out trip hasn't terrified me from doing this full time. And the only lasting damage is one overhead cabinet door torn from hinges and a small dent on the fridge door.
travelling with Ava (5 year old german shepherd)
2021 Palomino Revolve EV2
2017 Dodge Durango (and not the hemi)
Originally Posted by revolvedigitalnomad
I already started a thread in Palomino owners because I was trying to learn more from anyone who might also be the owner of the Revolve line of trailers. I pulled the plug about 2 weeks ago and decided to take my giddyup and go and take the new permanently remote position I started April 1st on the road. First I need to fix up and sell my home near Sacramento and downsize into the roughly 160 sf space.