Temps have dropped to 99 and I realize it’s almost 5pm –
I’ve run my main veg oil tank almost dry so I need to fill it up again.
I open the back of the truck, undo the lid to the barrel
I’ll be pumping from, open the right valve, and hit the pump switch.
The pump groans for half a second and dies. I flick it
again, tap the pump, check the battery connections – nothing. Try again.
Then I remember the fuse in the wire just above the
battery connection. It is blown. I get another fuse from inside the truck,
replace the blown fuse, and flip the switch.
The pump groans again and dies.
I call my genius diva sistah Shazam and in her methodical,
studious way, listens to the symptoms, asks questions, and then tells me it
sounds like something else is drawing from the battery at the same time,
causing the short.
Shazam tells me to turn everything off inside the camper that
might be drawing from the battery and try again. This time, I have to replace
the fuse with a 25 as I’m outta tens. And it works!
I pump the barrel dry and add a couple gallons from the
middle tank, topping off the main tank. I’ll be ready to roll when the sun dips