The next morning I got to work on trying to figure out why the slide-out switch wasn't working. Remember, electrics isn't my strong point.
First thing was to see if any juice was getting to the switch.
I finally was able to get the switch pulled out and put my test light on it. It was a very faint glow. Well that's odd; there's power but very weak. I thought the slide-out operated from the coach batteries. I knew they were fine. I checked the battery in the engine compartment for the truck. DEAD. Well there's your problem. I called the only auto parts store in town Baxter Auto Parts and told them what I needed. We can have one in at 11 AM from Bend. It was just past nine when I called. That's good. My plan was to ride Gracie into town to get the battery but the battery is almost two inches longer than the carrier on the motorbike. That's not going to work. I would have to drive the RV into town which meant breaking camp and all. Oh well, what else to I have to do until 11? In case you are wondering, I can start the RV using the coach batteries by flipping a switch up on the dash, a very nice feature with the Sprinter. I did this and let the engine run for a half an hour which charged up the battery while I ate breakfast and secured things.
I arrived at the parts store a quarter past 11. The new battery was waiting for me. The kid offered me a dolly to carry it out with but I said "I think I can manage. But I may need you to help me heft the old battery out. You are younger and stronger than I am." I got the new battery out to where I parked alongside the store okay. I wouldn't of wanted to carry it much further than that though.
Now to see if I can get this beast out of here. I surprised myself. The old man still has it in him.
I got it out and put the new one in place (not secured) then took the old battery back in the store for my core deposit refund of all $18. In case you're wondering, the battery cost $195.99. Yeah I was stunned. I'm still living in the 70's when it comes to buying things.
I drove back to camp and planned to clean up and repaint the battery tray the next day. It needed it and is something I have always done with my vehicles when replacing batteries. In the end I was thankful for that big rain storm as it revealed to me I had a dead battery. I wouldn't have wanted to deal with that on the day we were planning to leave Sisters.