Saturday, October 29, 2016

New Propane Gauges

I installed two new propane gauges on my propane tanks. I think it's crazy there's no way to tell how much propane you have left.  After a few months, both bottles are still full.  I don't use a lot of propane, obviously.

 
 

In With The New

Out With The Old


 

A Little Stain


 

Friday, October 28, 2016

On My Way

With the help of a buddy we cut the pieces and am on my way to the ranch to do my second project.

 

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

A Little Snag

Went to Lowes today to get the wood for my next project.  The have 4x6 lumber, but they don't cut it.  Neither does Home Depot.  Which means I have to cut it.  A little more work than I was expecting. Sigh.

 

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Propane Tanks

So it's that time in our ownership experience when we have to deal with our propane tanks.

We have two 30 pound propane tanks in the front of our Airstream.  I vaguely remember the orientation.  Actually, I forgot most of it.

Propane runs the stove top.   It can run the water heater and the fridge, but we have a 50 amp hookup in our campsite so we don't use propane for that.  And it runs the furnace.  Which in Florida is not very useful.  We used the furnace the first night we spent in the Colonial parking lot for like 5 minutes.  Never used it since.

So our propane tanks are probably mostly full, but I've decided it's time to check them. Our Airstream did not come with any propane gauges.  Very odd.  So how are we supposed to know how much gas we have left?

I found this very useful video.


I also found this video while Googling the subject. 




So based on this second video, I purchased two Camco gas gauges from Amazon.  $20 a piece. I'll try them out this weekend and report back.


Monday, October 24, 2016

The Next Project

The concrete pad where the Airstream sits is framed in wood. The wood has rotted away due to water and age.  With my newfound confidence in my carpentry skills, this will be my next project.




Thursday, October 20, 2016

Prep The Top

Next, do a little sanding and rounding off the edges of the table.  You'd hate to get splinters in your hands while sitting at the table.

 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Gather The Materials

I bought a marine grade plywood at Lowes.  Had them cut it to size.  I think I measured the table top right. We'll soon find out.

 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

New Table Top

So we own this table. I didn't like it at first but it has grown on me.  Now I like it a lot.  It must be several years old, and it's been outside all this time.  I decided it was time for a new table top.  I mean, how hard can it be?

I then counted FORTY EIGHT screws holding the old top to the table.  This is going to be interesting...

 

Monday, October 17, 2016

The Miracle of Duct Tape

The force that holds the universe together...

 

Towing Lesson #53

See that post hitting the floor under the hitch?  That's the tongue jack. If you're about to leave, it's not supposed to be touching the floor.  Raise it up before departing.

 

Towing Lesson #52

When backing up you're trailer, even though it's attached to your truck by the hitch, it is possible to hit your trailer with your truck if the turn angle is too big.

Ask me how I know...

 
 

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Perfection

Roasted Garlic Inside

There was not much going in Camp Mack that interested me.  It is times like these that I appreciate the 30 feet of Airstream.  With both ACs at full blast, it was nice to be indoors.  

I forgot to bring my portable grill.  Plus it's not very good at roasting garlic.  So I decided to try out the convection oven.  

I sliced the tops off two garlic cloves, poured a little olive oil on top, wrapped them up in aluminum foil, and placed them in the convection oven for 60 minutes at 400 degrees.   Let's see how this turns out. 



The Only Airstream at Camp Mack

We are, again, the only Airstream at our park.  


Apparently Fishing is a Thing

So folks take fishkng very seriously around here.  Didn't know it was "a thing". Apparently it is.


The View Outside My Door

This is my view today.  It could be worse. But not much.

 

The Miracle of Duct Tape

Friday, October 14, 2016

Welcome to Camp Mack

So we took out the Airstream today and came to Camp Mack.  This site is one of the closest sites to our home site at River Ranch, about 20 miles.

It's not as nice as River Ranch, but the folks are nice and friendly.  There is very little privacy at the sites.  We haven't investigated the site yet, as I'm still brooding over my busted car window. I need to get out and explore...




 

The Internet Could Be Worse

So I was complaining about my internet at River Ranch.  AT&T has never worked, and Verizon stopped working, or rather works very slowly, after Hurricane Matthew.

Well, we're at Camp Mack for the weekend, and here neither one works at all.  We are far enough away from civilization that there is ZERO cell service.  Zero. Zilch.  Nada.

Camplink is $10 for three days, and at least I get 10Mbps.

So I'm $10 poorer.  And if you read my previous post, I'm $1010 poorer once I get that back window fixed.  So far this weekend if off to a roaring great start.

We at least had lunch at Achiote, my favorite Puerto Rican restaurant in Orlando.  And I brought back leftovers.

So it's not all bad....

Too Steep an Angle

So I was backing up to a campsite today and I heard a"cruuuuuuuunch". I was surprised as I didn't think I was close to hitting anything,

Turns out the steering angle was too steep.  The corner of my truck struck the front rock guard.  The rock guard is dented.  The rear right window of my truck is busted.

Valuable (and expensive) lesson learned.  You can hit your trailer with the corner of your tow vehicle when backing up of your steering angle is maxed out.  Watch for that.  Don't be like me.

The preceding was a public service announcement...

 
 

The Internet is on the Fritz

Fritz.  It's a technical term. It means it not worky so good.  Apparently a gift from Matthew.  It runs very slow.  So at least I can post this. 

We came yesterday because this weekend were going to Camp Mack.  It's only 20 miles from River Ranch but it will make us move and tow.  If we don't do this once in a while, we'll forget how to do it. This ain't exactly like riding a bicycle.  

I hope the internet works better at Camp Mack...

Friday, October 7, 2016

Before and After

We were truly blessed that Matthew missed us completely. All we had were a little more leaves on the ground thank usual.  Here's a before and after look, after a quick job with the leaf blower.

Before.

 

After. 

 

We Dodged A Bullet

It looks like Matthew stayed far enough offshore and missed us.  No damage reported, only dirt and debris from the wind.  We're planning on heading over tonight to inspect and clean up.

 

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Hurricane Matthew

It looks like Hurricane Matthew is going to hit our park.  I went there today to secure what I could, but there's not much we can do.   It's expected to hit Friday early morning.  We are planning to head on over Friday afternoon to assess damage and (hopefully) just clean up.


Sunday, October 2, 2016

Mashed Potatoes

We ran out of corn and garlic to make in the BBQ, so it's time to fire up the stove top and make some garlic mashed potatoes.

 

Saturday, October 1, 2016

More Lava Rock

These make 80 bags of lava rock my wife has put down over the last few weeks.  Once you get started, it's hard to stop.