little change... The
last update is now at the top. You only need to scroll down if you missed
Sunday June 28
here we are on the weekend before July starts... Wow this summer
is off to a fast start.
has been a bit unsettling with a couple of big stroms moving through.
But it has calmed down a bit and they predict less heat this coming week
(it has been HOT, but you knew that). So we a looking forward a campfire
right off our RV patio in a day or two as we get ready for the 4th. . We
will have to get the firebox moved onto the deck as it is now still stored
still for the winter in the shed.
have to clear a few things off the patio first. View from the 5er door.
Ok so now later we got things
moved and a fire going.
It has cooled down here
in IA and a great night to sit outside around a campfire.
are staying at Terry's sisters family acherage where we have a RV full
hook up pad. Sort of our landing spot when we need it in the spring to
get our heads back on straight and get Dr. apointments done, etc.
sister and famly are off to San Francisco for a couple of weeks tomorrow
on Sunday morning. So we are here to hold down the fort. Will have to learn
how to operate their new John Deer lawn mower.
is one of those that doesn't have a steering wheel. I'm sure we can figure
it out and have fun doing it. You should see Terry's nephew tear ass with
this machine. So much different from their old piece of junk that
died several times last season. At last they got a quality machine.
I had been the lawn boy person in the past couple years as part of the
compensation for our RV pad expenses while we stayed here and the old machine
was a pain to try to keep running. Now they have this great new unit. And
the kid (nephew who is now 15) is now in charge of doing the lawn.
Now he gets to use the new high tech machine. I think he kind of likes
the speed and power of this unit.
Enough already about green
grass. Something we don't see much of in Arizona, as in Quartzsite. And
with all the rain, things are quite GREEN around here this year. It will
have to last in our minds as we are going back to the desert this winter.
When they are back from
vacation on the 11th we are off to eastern Iowa to vist Terry's parents
for a week and then we are getting the heck out of Iowa and heading north
Our tentative route to Washington.
HW 14 83 and 12 across SD
and ND. HW 200 across MT. And HW 2 across WA.
After visiting Tad from
the Q rock club who is in WA for the summer, down central OR and into CA
slowly getting to AZ in late October. So as you can see we're not in any
hurry and will take it one day at a time and not be in vacation mode. We
hope... I can get excited and tend not to want to stop early enough in
the day. Always craving to see what comes next. Oh and we are not taking
any interstate roads or only small sections if we have to. This is a back
road kind of event, looking for the out of the way adventures.
Small towns and friendly
people. We shall see... so come along with us and see what we find.
If you have a special spot
along these routes give us a shout and we'll try to check it out.
I did a post on NuWa owners
forum about our factory warranty service appointmemt for our 5er.
Here is my post:
A little tale of our recent
factory service appointment at the NuWa service center in Chanute for our
09 348 SB DA unit. The fresh water tank leaked a little only when full
(we boondock and like use the tank) and we had a squeak in the floor in
the kitchen. They were also going to replace the fridge doors. One of the
seals had come loose and Norcold sent out all four new doors.
We dropped it off on schedule
and got a call in mid afternoon it was ready. The leak was a clamp
not applied correctly when built. And the floor squeak, a shim was missing.
We were very happy with the speedy service and walk through explanation,
or in other words, the hand holding they provided (or should I say trailer
side manner). You know what they say about a doctor that has good bed side
manner. That's what you get with NuWa service. If you are a RV owner you
know or have heard about the customer service that Fan-Tastic Fan provides.
NuWa is the Fan-Tastic service provider of the 5th wheel industry.
OK so here we go, you say,
after hearing the next statement... Later that afternoon we found a bulge
in the kitchen vinyl floor while we were back in the city RV park. It looked
like a screw was about to protrude through the vinyl flooring. They had
just fixed the squeak in the floor and now this. We called them back, and
were told by Darrel in service who has been our contact all along. (hope
I'm spelling his name correct) to bring it back in the morning. They
looked at the new problem and we all agreed this was probably a new item
and not a result of what they had done the day before. Told to unhook and
leave it, and they would get to us as soon as they could. We knew they
had other units scheduled for service. We left the rig and headed out to
breakfast again at the Grain Bin in downtown Chanute. We asked Darrel where
to go this time, and he said there was only one place, the Grain Bin. We
still did drive all over town , up and down the streets and never found
another cafe open to eat breakfast at, so back to the Grain Bin. We sat
at the same table as the day before and had the same server, she even remembered
we wanted hot tea and decaf coffee. After studying the menus we ordered
safe (unlike the horrible omelets from the day before) we hoped, hot cakes,
sausage, eggs with sugar free syrup. Now the cakes were very good.
So at least today we ate good. We saw others still eating the omelets.
Must be they just don't know what they are supposed to look or taste like.
We had told the server and
the cashier why were in town (getting our trailer serviced at Nu Wa so
they would know that this local company is still active and bringing customers
to their city and establishment.
The cashier, stated that
is what they figure when they serve strangers, is that they are most likely
staying at the city RV park and getting service at Nu Wa.
This city needs to understand
how important it is that NuWa gets back up and running as planned and that
it is supported by the community.
Darrel and crew fixed the
screw in the kitchen floor. Had to drop the underbelly again and remove
it. And a good job they did, again.
We left Chanute after saying
good-by to several people in the City RV park who we had met. Fulltime
RVing is like extended family and when in HitchHiker country even more
After a month or so last
fall with our new 5er our Nexus 32 HD flat screen TV that came as OEM on
our 5er died. We were in Quartzsite, AZ and called Nexus service and got
the run around on how to get it repaired. We then went to Yuma (Best Buy)
and got a top of the line Sony and stashed the Nexus in the bedroom closet
as they said a repair station was in CA 150 miles away and we would have
to take it there and leave it. So they said it would be OK to take it with
us and deliver it to a repair center back in IA in the spring. (We had
a case # for reference later so felt good it would get repaired) Just wanted
to get it fixed to give it to Terry's nephew as a present. NOW that
we are back in IA they tell us there is no repair facility here AND now
they don't even have repair centers anymore for their TVs. Told I will
have to ship it to them. Ya Right. I don't have the orig. shipping carton
it came in as it was installed in our RV. I went though hell just proving
I owned it without a sales receiit as it was OEM and had to have Ron V
at NuWa call and confirm it to them last winter. This has all been a nightmare,
so called Ron V at NuWa and explained my frustrations dealing with Nexus.
He offered to call them and see what he could do and call me back. If I
have to box this up at a UPS Store and pay to return it to Oregon from
Iowa I might as just take it to a recycling center and be done with it.
Ron from NuWa called.
I will have to ship the TV to Nexus but NuWa will pay for the shipping.
Nexus will pay the return shipping. What a deal. How cool is that.
I'm not even going to send
him the UPS bill as it now only came to $50. But it is was the thought
Just looked at the box from
Nexus They returned a brand new TV.
We have always been more
than happy with the extra effort all the people at NuWa have provided anytime
we have dealt with them. This is our second new 5er from them now. From
the person who answers the phone. (no menu options, real people ans. their
phone) to getting answers to any questions we might have. One of the best
built 5ers you will ever find and the warranty service that is the best
in the industry. Darrel in service treated us great and fixed our issues
above our expectations. We only had a couple of items. And it turned out
to be errors on the orig. build and they corrected them in short order.
Way to go NuWa service. I think you will have to go far and wide to find
unhappy NuWa owners.
a man, but I can change, If I have to, I guess.
was the day to take our 03 1 ton truck to the Chevy dealer to have an oil
leak checked out. This is the fourth time for this. We had taken
it to their quick oil change dept. a couple of weeks ago and they found
a small leak again. Told them to check for leaks before they changed the
oil as we have a history. They put dye in the oil and said to come
back in a couple of weeks. So now went back today to the main service dept.
after making an appointment to have it all checked out. With it up on the
lift they found the oil filter adapter was leaking. Easy fix... good news.
Now I will say they have covered the oil pan leaks in the past out of warranty
at no charge. We are very happy with Kark Chevy in Ankeny Iowa. So today
that was fixed and we also got the rear differential fluids changed. Back
and forth with cell calls we also had the air filter changed and a few
driving lights replaced that were burnt out. Got out of there for $265.
I'm running around getting estimates for front tires since the alignment
went out and we didn't notice and it pretty much screwed up the left front
tire with abnormal wear on its inside edge tread. Should have noticed but
I didn't so it will cost about $450 for two new tires. Might as well replace
both up front and save one for a spare. As my spare was the best of the
worst when I had the six tires replaced last spring. All the others
are like new, just this one that didn't wear well due to the miss alignment.
they (whoever does our tires) will have the wheels off going to have the
brakes checked. If all are bad one estimate came in at $1300. Ouch. The
worst case, so hope they find only the front needs work. Might not even
need any break work done. But that wouldn't happen to us now would it.
The local Chevy dealer in Parker, AZ had charged us $89 to check out the
breaks two years ago, and found them to be ok. They cleaned the rotors
and pads to stop the sqeak and said they didn't need to be replaced. They
would credit our bill later for that amount if they did the work when we
needed it. Said breaks in these trucks last longer than many people
want to make sure our breaks are good for mountain driving as after all
we are pulling our home around with us.
it was a good family outing as Terry would say... Went to the local Chinese
Buffet before we picked up the truck after they called and said it was
done, where I actually had only on plate of food. And just a spoon or two
of Terry's Ice Cream. Just the thought of feeling so full (I remembered
that) after eating (at a chinese buffet) didn't seem worth it today. Remembering
how hot outside it was, helped to curb my craving for all the goodies.
So I just didn't eat till I dropped. Good for me.
since this outing was after my recent DR. apointment last week, and
the need for me to do better on lifestyle and eating trends. Oh and
the Dr. didn't keep me as I posted I was worried about. But my A1C was
up a little (still just on meds for it) and I will get it down by
this time next year won't I. (OK code words for loose weight) I stopped
smoking several years ago and it took a couple of years to get that job
done without cheating, but I did do it!) Now I have this next challenge,
it didn;' happen last year but it WILL happen this year.
a man, but I can change, If I have to, I guess.
Damn you Red Green... Now he has changed the man thing again... Now it's...I'm
a man, but I changed, because I had to, Oh Well...
this is all strange to you you need to spend more time on PBS. His web
Click on the graphic to go to his site...
from his site...
Mature Men Don't Ask for Directions When We're Lost
Okay it all comes down to pride. We're out there driving around in our
own vehicle, burning gas, wearing sunglasses, looking good. People who
see us driving by would never guess that we have no idea where we are.
And we don't want to tell them. Men don't enjoy the concept of going up
to total strangers and saying "You may not know this but I'm a moron."
In contrast the woman we're traveling with is often very anxious to share
this knowledge with the world. It somehow eases her burden. To women, getting
lost on a trip is a blameless act of nature - to men it's a personal failure.
He knew where he was when he left home - he doesn't know where he is now.
Somewhere along the line he crossed the line from the world he knows into
the world he doesn't know. To a man this is how he felt when he got married
or had kids. If he admits he's lost in the car, he'll have to admit that
he's lost everywhere and that's way too much to ask. So just bite your
tongue and circle the block a few more times. Men aren't lost, they just
go the long way.
got back and then the storms moved in. It is HOT here in the midwest as
it is everywhere. We had to close up the 5er slids and send the Sat
internet dish to store, and go to the house because of the warnings, but
lucked out as it moved over without the winds and hail promised. Sure it
blew and heavy rain but we did well. No hail. It went just
around us as others got hit hard again. Might be more later tonight and
in the next day or so, so will have to pay attention. The A/C is working
great. Glad we now have a 15K unit instead of a 13.5K. And yes one unit
is enough to take care of our needs. The local TV channel said today was
the hottest in over two years and this is just the first few days of summer,
let alone what happens here in August. We will be long gone by then. As
I give one of those... YES... with a downward bent arm movement
with a clenched fist.
for the most part we are doing well and biding our time till we hit the
spend hours reading what others are doing via their blogs on
www.hitchitch.com so I can enjoy their travels as
as they are. Soon we will be right there with them soon enough.
I set up a Twitter account so if you want to follow us, we're at
might return and follow you as that's how Twitter works doing its thing.
I would see what all the fuss was about. It's kind of fun. We shall
for right now having fun with it.
south to Ankeny from where we are at north of Des Moines Iowa we discovered
more storm damage, trees down and a few out buildings blown over. This
had to have gone right through where were were at. Guess the sound of hail
covered up the wind. We are feeling lucky to say the least right now.
on the DataStormUsers map.
family outing was the plan of the day... Wal*Mart for another $115 on the
debet card. And we got what? Not sure... But a fun outing it was...
You know you're in trouble when a fun day is a trip to town to wonder around
a Super Wal*Mart as the highlight of your day. Oh. we did stop at
a ACE Hardware for a couple of screws and finishing washers for my Netbook
computer platform board for the truck consol. (Pics later, to be
sure) I told Terry If you can't get it at Wal*Mart you don't need
it. Wrong I guess.
might have been a good day for us compared to others, as we just got a
Tweet from Geeks on Tour saying the FMAC rally was quote
dismal rally in Albert Lea for most vendors I talked to. One in particular
didn't sell a single thing." Nick Russell from
must be glad they didn't bother going to this one. It seems to be turning
out to be not a good year for some venders on the Rally Circuit. Not many
good things said after the Albuquerque Affinity Group Rally and then the
Escapees Rally also also not a big hit with all the rain. Both of these
events we hear had the RVers parked far from the main event, so who wants
to carry stuff back to your RV. And now more bad news. Hope things
turn up for these folks as they are living on the road fulltime with the
only income from these ventures. But I'm sure the RVers will all say they
had a great time. Just getting together with like minded people will
do that. And they didn't spend much. They are happy campers and the venders
are saying Bummer... But things will get better and we will ALL be
Happy Campers in days to come. Trust Me... My glass is slowly going above
the half empty mark. How wierd...
to keep my glass half empty.
of the cost at Wally World was booze, and I'm having a little
Bourbon with 7-up as I post...
that was... I had a Dr. visit for a physical on Monday with blood
tests. It's now Late Thursday and no call back from the Dr. office.
So hoping all tests were good. I'm not a fan of the way my Dr. does
things... You go in fasting and then they do blood tests after your physical.
I would rather have the blood work done a few days before so then when
I go in he has all the test info so he can explain them. I think they want
to be able to have the time to look at the results so they can deciede
a plan of action. It has never taken them this long to call with results
so no news is good news I HOPE. We shall see. Normally I get that dreaded
call with test results some good, some not so good, and that they want
to change or add meds. Like I have said in prior posts... if they don't
keep me we are off to adventures in the great norhtwest. But let me state
right here I'm still very pleased with my Dr. as he understands our lifestyle.
Fulltime RVer... and now lets me go for a year without seeing him.
And if I need anything I'm free to call the office and they will work with
me. I get my meds via Medco (the nations largest mail order service) and
I can online order refills and have them sent to any general delivery post
office. And they call me via cell phone to confirm my selections that I
went in for the same thing on Wednesday. He is healthly (Knock on wood).
He takes no meds.
are in weather central and last night we watched and nothing, so went to
bed. Woke up to warnings all night but none for us. But without
a weather radio alert warning hale started hitting the roof with winds
and rain. Since no warning just laid there and listened. You just feel
so helpless when all you can hear is hail pounding down (praying it doesn't
get larger and come through the roof) on your new 5er in the middle of
the night. And of course it sounds so much worse as you know in a trailer.
It didn't sound like heavy, heavy pounding so we were hoping it as we found
out this AM no damage. Just some limbs down.
tree leaves plastered to the sides of the 5er.
Terry went out a hosed down the junk that had blown and stuck to the 5er.
Now later it has gotten hot. 95 and humid. Summer in Iowa. The forecast
is for tornados tonight to the north of us and all bets off for tomorrow
far now all is well and Terry is making beef stew for super. He got
12 V power up to the bathroom laundry closet so I can now use my new little
inverter to power our satellite equipment in the closet without haveing
to be connected to AC or have the huge 2000 W Magnum inverter unit turned
I sez Xantrex listed
but the big name on it is Duracell. Link to BestBuy.
It also has a USB power outlet. It sez 175 W but that is peak, normal is
140 W. I had bought a 400 W unit from Wal*Mart (took that back) and checked
out what Radio Shack had but both had noisy fans that would keep you awake
at night. This one is tiny and just the right power output to handle what
I need. And a tiny fan that makes no noise. It only has to power
my D3 Sat controller box, Sat modem and wireless WiFi unit. This
way I can leave power on to the Sat. controler, modem and Wi Fi so I can
controll it all from my Netbook in the truck cab. If we stop at a reat
stop I can tell the Sat dish to go up and be online without ever having
to go back into the 5er. How cool is that.
Now off to read the blogs
on my main site. www.hitchitch.com
People are out and about
and I need to see what they are up to... Not going to Alaska this year
but can follow some who are doing that right now. While we're stalled
for the time being in IA.
It may be warm here but
and Derek in Dallas thinks it's still hotter there. Geeks
on Tour is vending at the FMCA Midwest Area Rally. Tioga
George is as always puttering around Mexico. Nick
hanging out in ID.
Many are off workaming like
and the rest of the bloggers are just living life as we know it...
I love that pharse...
are in what you might call our down time, relaxing between adventures.
Once in awhile it's nice to just land and not have to think about the road
ahead and where you are going to camp the next night. Don't have
to worry about searching www.freecampgrounds.com or all those Complete
Guide to Campgrounds books you bought and haven't looked at.. I just
got three new ones and each one lists over 1200 campgrounds. (ICorrection...
they were for as I said for Terry's birthday, don't ya know) (I listed
them in a prior post) Let alone Streets and Trips mapping software with
thousands of campgrounds, etc. all with push pins with more campgrounds.
That's just for the northwest... way to much information overload for the
mind to handle. I have started to search through some of these materials
planning our next move. I said started... I had a route I thought, but
the more I research, the more it changes. Guess you just have to do a tentative
plan on which part of which states you want to explore and go from there.
What I have been doing the most of is reading other peoples travel blogs
(of course on www.hitchitch.com)
and seeing where they are and what they are finding.
planning seems to work the best for us if when we are stopped for a few
days, or just overnight, we just look ahead, at that time, as it's more
a what we feel at the moment kind of thing. After all we have the
Internet dish right on top of the 5er, Streets and Trips loaded on the
computer, stacks of Guide Books, and piles of local tourist info gathered
along the way. All right there in front of us so we can make a decision
as we go. We would never stick to a made up ahead of route plan anyway.
After all we're fulltimers and only want to be a at winter destination
months later. So whats to sweat, just go and do it. That's the ticket.
Itch is starting to have its way with me. We landed in Iowa after taking
over two months to go from Quartzsite, AZ to here in central Iowa. People
do it in less than a week. But what fun would that be. Might as well hop
a plane. Slow down and live a little. Come to think of it right now feels
more like a little vacation from fulltiming. A break in the action.
that we're here I'm ready to move on out anytime Terry wants to. I've had
enough vacation time. It wont be till July as he has a few projects he
is still working on. His sister has him working on their duplex, and he
has to build a TV stand from scratch for his parents for their new flat
screen. They don't like the ones in the stores so he has to build it. Sometimes...
the thing that causes the most Hitch Itch is reading what everyone else
is doing in their travel blogs, which gets me excited. You get to know
people from following them daily. The best ones are those who share their
feelings at what they are experiencing, not just we did this, and we saw
that. Keep writing those great blogs people. So many are right there with
you, looking over your shoulder seeing it from your point of view.
are having a slow gentle rain on this late Friday afternoon. Terry just
came home from working at the duplex. He put down some new vinyl
flooring in the bathroom, and updating the fixtures. Today it was a new
back door install.
TV has sucked for the few weeks. Nothing new on so we were lucky as DirecTV
gave us three months of free Showtime. I've been looking ahead and DVRing
movies during the overnight hours so we have lots of stuff to watch in
prime time if we want. I would never pay for Showtime as the movies are
of low quailty and repeat often. But Free so I'll take it. Terry likes
MSNBC and I go to the off channels to HGTV, PLGN, FOOD, COM, HIST, and
TRAV. So many channels and nothing to watch. I remember when I was
a kid and we had, if were lucky, three channels, all snowy and later in
color. But I degress, and reveal my age. I'll go away now and watch our
fancy HD set and shut up.
much of the afternoon working on www.hitchitch.com
more sites again. Go check it out.
Update: I took down
the article I had posted here on Health Ins. issues now be working on in
Congress. What got me going was the ranting by my old Senator Grassley
here in Iowa who is pretty much a jerk at times and likes to make a fool
of himself in a national spotlight. The Health Ins debate is important
but I thought it over and that's for another place and maybe not on my
personal bog. It was from this article
in the Huffington Post and not written by me. When I do a post it should
be me talking and not just an article written by another. Now in
the future if I want to go off on a rant I sure as well have the right
to, but it should be only me up on the soap box spouting my own thoughts.
I Am A Man, But I Can Change, If I Have To, I Guess.
So back to watching it rain
and keeping the links updated on Hitchitch.com
weekend, where did it go?
I remember it was cool, cloudy, and wet for the most part. After
a nice nap on Saturday we had a knock, just as I was reading an email from
them, we had company from Phil & Joy who do their blog Backroad
have been touring Iowa and wanted to stop and do a meet and greet.
We had a swell time as fulltimers
do when they get together. So much to talk about with so much in common.
We read each others blog, as so we already have the background and travel
history to draw on.
6 PM today (Sunday) we had our first round of storms move through.
Tornados and all such nasty stuff. We lucked out as it mostly went just
10 miles south of us. We did got over two inches of rain in a short period
of time. The just planted pumpkin patch looks a little soggy.
I hate storms and with this
round we moved the 5er slides in to wait it out. Didn't head for shelter
but stayed inside and rode with it. Watching closely of the TV radar
so knew we were OK to stay in the 5er. We have Terry's sister's house and
basement close by if needed.
Now the weather radio just
went off at 11 PM with an alarm of a Tornado alert till 5 AM. No sleep
tonight I can see.
Current radar, Hope it stays
to the south. All that stuff in southeast Nebraska is headed northeast
We are just north of Des
Moines at the crossroads of the interstates in the center of IA.
Small section of radar image
from NWS http://radar.weather.gov/Conus/full_loop.php
If this link is not one
of your favorites, click it and it will soon be where you check national
radar. It shows the whole country at once and you can then click on a area
and go to the local NWS site.
was Terry's birthday...
as we were getting up and logging on the net as we do each morning his
sister stopped by. She had a USPS box from Amazon for us.
last book (MT, WY, ID) book still is on route to get here. Being
sent from a Amazon cennected company. How cool... That saved the day as
I could say your present just arrived. We do not get excited for
presents as we just go and get anything we want anytime we want it. Underwear
is the big ticket item for Christmas don't ya know... But to help pay the
costs, the Amazon links to the books are above. Go get em and we get a
cut. So what should we do today, Friday. We missed brunch and I suggested
we go to the Star Trek movie at 2:10 PM in Ankeny, IA (Ankeny is
just north of Des Moines) He of course would vote for a chinese
buffet, but it would have been a heavy meal, and to than sit through at
a movie. So I pleaded for a light lunch at B-Bops.
had a 1/4 lb. pork loin fritter.
They are known for their hamburgers and fries. But a fritter sounded good.
They have won best tasting awards for 15 years as the best place
to get a burger around here. And the price is right. With a coupon (online
for download) you can always get two for one. The fries are the best we
have found at a fast food place by far... If you ever see a B-Bops
pull over and park it and get the food. They are not RV site friendy but
go around the block and park in a big box store or something, but do stop.
Now after a fun lunch in their outdoor seating area, they only have drive
up or outdoor seating. This is a true drive up...
Now I did read Nicks blog
this week and saw them eating pork fritters that were thin and huge. Now
Even B-Bop's can't match that me thinks. I grew up in eastern Iowa
(Lowden to be exact) and their was a tiny cafe on HW 30 (Lincoln highway
to you) that had the best pork tenderloins you would ever eat. Thin and
chrunchy. Just like the picture Nick had on his blog. http://gypsyjournal.net/blog/
When I think about it, I
have been on a quest to find a pork tenderloin like we had back in IA growing
up. Thanks Nick for reminding me, what it looks like as it was just like
the above picture... People travel all over seaking out Sticky Buns etc.
why not Pork Tenderloins? Not that we do searches on Google or anything
but if we see it on a menu we might ask how it is fixed.
Terry got excited since he
missed his chinese buffet, and got his wok out and has stuff ready to swish
Now that is a large wok
which he has stored in the shed, but now gets to use it on the super burner
since we are here. He sez it is seasoned. We don't carry that huge
thing. But keep looking for a smaller quality one but haven't found one
A view from our door where
Terry gets to work.. PLAY in his shop.
And the view to the
right from our door... if I get my left and rights correct. Hi Terry...
Yhis is Terry's brother-in-law
Mark who is discing the pumpkin patch yesterday. His Sister and Andrew
were out there at 9 AM pushing pumpkin seeds into the dirt, and proud of
Now I have spent too much
time to post as Terry is eating his creation, so I need to STOP and get
You all have a great weekend.
Tuesday June 2
just what have we been up to lately.
been working on updating Streets and Trips of course. I did get the location
additions from www.RVdirections.com
They called back and told me the download file was 120 Meg so when we went
to town yesterday we stopped at the interstate rest area and I bought and
downloaded it while in a free hotspot.
out I needed not bother at it was only a 36 Meg download. And after I paid
for it, it said I could download it at anytime within the next 48 hours.
So even if it had been a large file, I could have set up auto downloading
to do it during my unlimited free download time period. 1-6 AM.
now the kicker after using the add-ons to Streets and Trips I'm not all
that thrilled with it. It's OK but not as great as they advertised me thinks.
And a little steep at $45. Sure I'll use it as it's a supplement (replacement)
to my current navigator. Say Hi Terry.
an email from Nexus with the RMA and address to ship our defective old
flat screen TV to. So now have to get it to town to the UPS store and have
them box it up and ship it. So glad I bought a Sony as I replacement, so
I didn't have to worry about how long it would take to get repaired. It
did crap out last Nov. or Dec. now didn't it.
is in heaven working (playing) in his shop here at his sister's.
We went back to the sheet metal place (they were open on Monday) and got
his aluminum rods. He is making solder picks, I think he calls them, for
his sliversmithing classes back in Quartzsite.
Looks simple but quite useful.
can do wonders on his metal lathe. He is very talented with his hands except
left and right directions. If you don't hear from me, you can bet he used
those same hands to break my typing fingers. Ouch...
A valve for our BBQ made
by Terry on his metal lathe, so we can use it with our 5er propane system.
NuWa has a snap hose coupling
in the propane line so a BBQ can be connected to the main supply instead
of carrying around a grill propane bottle. You have to eliminate the regulator
on the grill as you only want one regulator in the gas line and you already
have one in the RV system. The gas flow will then be adjusted by the above
red handled ball valve for your BBQ flame. The above right side orifice
value was made as Terry couldn't find one so he made it. He could have
reused the one from the grill hose but he wanted to keep that one so he
could hook up a propane bottle if he wanted to. Note:
It won't work having both a RV system regulator and a BBQ regulator hooked
up at the same time. Your any length of hose connects to the snap
coupling on the left side above and then to
the RV init snap coupling. Check with you RV dealer on what size your RV
uses for the snap coupling. They're not all the same size. Now the
hose is 1/4". Now in the picture the left side snap male connecter is connected
to the value so it just doesn't get lost. It connects to the snap female
in the RV and then a 1/4 hose connects it to the red handled value as in
the below example.
snap connecter ==[ <== above snap connecter then hose connected
to the red handle value.
tell more info than you ever want to know, unless you have this setup on
your RV that is.
where we are at right now. DataStormUsers
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