Ron and Hazel's 'Travels with Nuggie' travel blog

We're parked right in front of our daughter's cabin.

The electricity cavalry arrives in the nick of time.

Unbolting the old 15 KV transformer

Down it comes.

Up goes the bigger and better 25 KV model.

Connecting the wires only took a few minutes.

A final check shows the voltage is back to normal.

My 30 Amp cord is plugged in, and I'm ready to go.

The meter in the motorhome with the old transformer.

The meter in the motorhome with the new transformer.


My daughter Annie and her husband Steve have a cabin on Briggs Lake, near Palmer, Minnesota. Just 20 miles from home in Princeton, we get over here often, driving the motorhome, and setting up on the front lawn. The lake is on the other side, but we can catch a good view of it from where we park. Last year, I had a local electrician wire in a 30 amp plug-in, thinking finally I was going to be able to run the motorhome air conditioner. I'd tried a few times, with a 15/30 amp "dog bone" adapter, but the circuit breaker wouldn't handle it. So, the price of a 30 amp box, and $125 for the electrician, seemed like a good investment.

But, everytime I ran the air, the 20 amp breaker in the motorhome would pop after a few minutes. A couple of days ago, after putting up with this nonsense too many times, I decided to take some action. My meter was only showing 110 volts in the cabin, about the same in the motorhome. Where was the 120 volts we were supposed to be getting?

I called the power company, and in less than an hour, a truck pulled up with two fellows wearing white hard hats and a "we know what we're doing" appearance. Turns out, the transformer on the pole at the street wasn't doing what it should, and the men promised to return the next day with a bigger and better unit.

This morning at 9 AM they were here, and it is really something to watch a couple of guys work who know what the heck they are doing. In less than an hour, the old 15 KV transformer was replaced by a newer and larger 25 KV unit. I asked one of the men what the "25 KV" stenciled on the side meant, and he told me. After looking up and reading the explanation on Wikipedia, I think I know what he said, and we now have 118 volts.

I've been running the air conditioner in the motorhome all day, with an occasion use of the microwave and toaster, and it is, once again, cool man cool in here.



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