Another beautiful day in Ajo, almost cloudless skies, high 60s, humidity in the 20s, in other words, T-shirt weather.
I worked on one of my rearview cameras on the back of the Arctic Fox for about half the day yesterday. On the way to Ajo the camera pointed down at my motorcycle would come and go....mostly go, which was not good because I had just installed a different way of holding the motorcycle in place using fewer tiedown straps and my ability to see the motorcycle and make sure it was still there was a high priority for me at the time. The motorcycle stayed just where it was supposed to but it required even more than my usual amount of stopping just to make sure.
I much prefer dealing with mechanical problems than electrical problems. When something is broken it's usually pretty easy to figure out what, where as an electrical problem is very ethereal and can be just about anything, anywhere.
I envy those of you that are wizards with a multimeter but my multimeter kung fu is weak. I have a very nice UEI true RMS meter but I only bring it out to impress people that don't know how to use one at all. I'll touch the two probes to just about anything, say authoritatively that there's a short somewhere in the system and walk away before anyone has a chance to ask me any probing questions.
That works really well on other people's problems, but its not much help for mine. So I just keep wiggling wires hoping I can find something that's loose which amazingly was my problem yesterday with my rearview camera. I wiggled everything enough to find out that one of the factory plugs that came with the camera had a problem and if you wiggled it just right, not every time, but sometimes my monitor screen would go blank. So I cut off the plug and butt spliced the wires.
That fixed that problem but I'm pretty sure there will be others. When there are wires that stretch all the way from the back of the Arctic Fox to the dashboard of the truck that were installed by me, it's a safe bet I'll be doing more wire wiggling in the future.