Three Winter Days at the Cabin

Wild & Beautiful!

After being blocked by snow for weeks, the road into the cabin finally open. My new BFGoodrich T/A KO2 tires mounted on the old red truck carried us through the snow, around the old Whorl Ranch (where three neighbors had gotten stuck just a few days before, who had to be pulled ou by lovely neighbor Oscar Orozco)!  The new tires gave us great confidence!  (Even having and wanting to test our new tires, we should have taken the Ferret Circle bypass to be safe!) 🚒

Winds were very high – up to 49 mph!  The highighest daytime temperatures were only  32 derees, and it takes quite a bit of effort to walk straight into the wind!

Cabin Status

The cabin after being snowed-in for 2 months, was found thusly:

1. Solar panels: #1 West solar panel breaker flipped off due to subzero weather, limiting solar production.  This was quickly corrected.

2. Solar Electronics: Outback Mate3 was not connecting to generator to schedule  bi-weekly excercise run, which, circulates the oil, charges the battery and ensures the generator or ready when you need it in an emergency.

3. The basement emergency propane wall furnace pilot was blown out by storms from the north, providing no heating backup should basement temps drop below freezing, but the basement received no damage.

Otherwise,  things are good and no significant damage was incurred.

Issues with Outback Mate3: Can start generator on engine panel outdoors, but Generator not automatically exercising, cannot remote start from mate. Called Outback support Kim. She suggested that We unplug the Mate3 to reset (all settings saved), checked remote start – everything worked.

We are very pleased with Outback Power Technologies Support

Sally on the drift in front of our cabin!


Author: David Willett

Worked at Agilent Technologies and Hewlett-Packard, attended University of Washington and Michigan State University, lived in the Netherlands, the Peoples Republic of China and the United States, visited 36 countries, 11 of 13 Canadian Provinces and all 50 U.S. states, living in Fort Collins, CO, USA

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