The RV Road Trip Fulltimer's Blog for May 2011
The other day I was doing my best to check my eyelids for holes so Cynthia grabbed the camera. Below is a shot of me keeping 2 chairs from blowing away in the RGV breeze. Doing my part, ya know.
I added more pictures to the Mission Bell RV Resort folder and the Scootering South Texas folder in the gallery, just scroll to the end of those pages to see them. And since this is the start of a new month, last month's expense summary has been updated. The expense summary will give you an idea of how little it actually costs to live full-time in a travel trailer. You can view it in the RVer's Library, a link is in the menu to your right.
Happy Birthday Cynthia!
Anybody can buy a birthday card at the store that has some prepared birthday wish on it, but that's not for me. No card ever made could show how much I love my wife and what she means to me. No card ever made could express the excitement I feel every morning when I see her, and no card could ever say Happy Birthday to her the way I say it when I hold her in my arms. I love you, Cynthia... and Happy Birthday!
I got the TV mounted on a swing arm so we can watch TV now using the antenna. The RV wasn't wired for satellite so I will have to do that myself. We decided to sleep in the cab-over bed (we call it the attic) and we put a nice memory foam mattress up there. I picked up a 3 step kitchen ladder to use to get up and down since I don't do regular ladders very well at all. Well, back to work on the camper, will post more soon and pictures are forthcoming!
We'll be changing spots here in the park, moving from 147 to 183. It has a shade tree on the west side so from about 3pm on we'll have good shade. Hopefully, that will keep the A/C from running non-stop from 7am to 10pm. It always cycles on and off throughout the night when set at 75°.
A little clarity on what we did with our old truck and camper. We traded the camper even up for the Class C and sold the truck. We'll use the scooter to run errands, get groceries and sightsee. For now we only have the one scooter but it will carry both of us. We do plan to get another for Cynthia, just not quite as big as mine.
OK, we got the enclosed trailer and it sitting behind us in our new site, Lot 183. I will be able to get some pictures of the rig tomorrow and have them online for your viewing pleasure. But tonight, I am tired. Gonna take as long of a shower as the water heater will let me then I am going to bed!
We attended church here in the park today, which is what we usually do. Afterwards, we had a nice lunch and sat outside enjoying the cool weather. After a little rest, I installed a pair of 6v GC2 batteries in the motor home replacing the dual purpose Walmart battery that was in there. I have a long list of things to do to the camper to make it just like we want it, but I have plenty of time to get it all done. It is nice to cross something off the list.
Almost forgot, I made a video of our trip to Palo Alto National Historical Park near Brownsville, TX. It's 2 minutes long and LeAnn Rhymes will sing for you while you watch it. :) It is available in the Video Gallery, the link is in the menu on the right.
- Check the seal around the entry door
- Replace the tail lights with LEDs
- Replace Dicor sealant around fixtures on the roof
- Clean engine battery terminals
- Check front end alignment
- Prep roof edges for Eternabond application
- Install the new main awning
- Install EMS (Surge Protector and more...)
- Add bracing under tub bench
- Install lower shower head holder
- Adjust entry door latch
- Strip off RV dealer decal (I really hate those)
Now here is the list of mods, upgrades and or changes we want to do but aren't in a real hurry to get done:
- Chicago Cutlery Knife Magnet
- Oxygenics Shower Head
- Door Cross Bar
- Black Tank Rinser
- Medicine Cabinet
- Cyclone Vent Covers
- Refrigerator Screens
- Water Filter
- Wheel Covers
- Spare Tire Cover
- States Visited Map
- Backup Camera
- Replace the slide topper
Anyone wanna help? :)
I added the additional bracing under the bench section of the tub and also added 2 additional braces on the side. The existing framing on the sides was pitiful, barely enough to support the weight of the tub much less the weight of a person. But now it is better than ever and a fresh caulking solved the seepage issue. I'll let it all sit until tomorrow before using it, even thought he caulk says it is shower ready in 3 hours. Better safe than sorry.
Here are a couple of pictures of it mounted. The first is the unit itself, it is mounted in a storage compartment above the fresh water tank. I wanted it to be accessible from an access door so this is where I mounted it. It gets hot so I used washers as spacers to keep the unit off the wall and also put a double layer of aluminum foil behind it to reflect the heat away. The second shot is the remote display that is mounted in the kitchen.
We'll be breaking camp tonight to go to Home Depot and the grocery store. This is a sacrifice we are willing to make to not have to deal with towing a long, long trailer anymore. This normally would only be an issue for us in the winter because we travel so much the rest of the year. We just happen to be sitting in one spot for this summer so we can build our savings back up.
I installed a towel bar in the bathroom today, there wasn't one before. The bathroom is small so there isn't room for two towels bars, one of us will still have to hang theirs over the shower curtain rod. We considered adding a medicine cabinet as well but they are so thick that it wouldn't be feasible. Oh well, we'll just make do with what space we have in there.
The backup camera we are looking at is the 7" TFT LCD Color Rear View Backup Camera System with Audio from Amazon. It seems to be reasonably priced and has gotten some very good user reviews. It allows us the option to add side view cameras later if we decide to do so. As short as our camper is, they probably won't be necessary.
Below is a shot of Jerry in the floor of the RV. CJ decided that he needed to lay there as well so here they are. The camera had the flash turned off so sorry about the dark picture. You can click this image to see a little larger version.
Oh yeah, almost forgot... we made reservations for Yellowstone National Park at Fishing Bridge Campground for the last week of June 2012! We're going to Yellowstone!
I placed the order today for the RainKap. This is a product that inserts into your roof edge trim and creates a little overhang so water from the roof will not be able to run down the sides of the RV causing black streaks. I had installed this on our first RV and it worked very well. It should arrive in about a week or so and I will be sure to post before and after pictures. When I get back on the roof for the remaining Eternabond application, I will snap some shots of that as well.
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