Sunday, December 31, 2017

Happy New Year!

A view of the campfire we had going on New Year’s Eve...



Friday, December 29, 2017

Orange Tree 2.0

Earlier this year we bought an orange tree to plant.  It was six inches tall and it cost $5.  Max (our Labradoodle) trampled it to death. 

Now we are trying again, this time with a little more mature tree.  I can almost taste the orange juice we’ll make.  In a few years...



Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Airstream Logo

The outside Airstream logos are very poorly made.  The front one didn’t last 2 years, and the rear didn’t last 3.  Thankfully I had leftover letters from when I replaced the front logo.  The A, the R and the S sure look shiny.



Grip Tape

The wooden steps we had made for our Airstream get a little slippery when wet.  Some grip tape and voila.



Monday, December 18, 2017

We're Done

We got done with the shed yesterday.  I was so exhausted and it was so dark that I didn't take any pictures.  Next week.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Cornhole

So, what to do to pass the time while at the Airstream?  This was my wife’s answer.  Cornhole



Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Extra Lights

So apparently I was so bored waiting for my shed, I decided to install a 21" LED light bar on my golf cart.  Got the parts, waiting for the right time to install.

Shed Delayed. Again.

One of the reasons I bought the shed from Home Depot was that they offered free shipping.  Well, they've rescheduled THREE times already.  Sheeesh.  I ain't getting it tomorrow...

Monday, November 27, 2017

Shed Foundation

This is where the shed is going.  We had to add a small corner because originally the shed was 8x5, so I had the foundation built 9x6.  But they changed the regs and now I can have a 7x7, which is larger than an 8x5.   So we had the extension built.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

How To Assemble A Shed

Thanks YouTube.

J

We Bought Our Shed

We bought our first shed online at Home Depot.  They offered free delivery.  That’s a biggie for us.  It’s a Lifetime 7x7 shed.  Gets here in a couple of weeks.  I’m certain assembling it is going to be fun (not)!



Friday, November 24, 2017

Post Thanksgiving Blues

Yes, I ate too much.  But I had a blast.  And now I'm headed to the Airstream.  I'm glad I am not towing this weekend.  I would definitely exceed payload...

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

I have a lot to be thankful for, so I wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving!  Hope you enjoy it with friends and family, like I plan to.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Fixed

I wish I could say I fixed it.  Next best thing, I paid a professional to fix it.





Wednesday, November 15, 2017

New Gadget

I love reading Lord of the Rings novels.  And I love my Airstream.  So what better addition to my Airstream than a brand new 2017 Kindle Oasis!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Stepped in it

We apparently suffered a little more hurricane damage than we thought.  I think the water reached the edge of our deck and the wood rotted.  Seven planks need replacing.  Ughhh...




Thursday, October 26, 2017

Friday, October 20, 2017

Airstream Shoes

I bought a couple of pairs of Airstream shoes at Amazon.  You know, shoes to wear while I'm at the Airstream.  What can I say?  It was a slow week.



Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Ant Nest in my AC

Yes, you read that right.  I had an ant nest inside my AC.  Sigh.



Thermostat Error

So my thermostat has been throwing an E4 error message for some time now.  I looked it up in the manual, and it has to do with a remote sensor failure, only I think I don’t even have that sensor so I’m not sure how it can fail.  Resetting the thermostat did not work.  So the AC tech is coming out to see if he can help with some leaks the rear AC is having, so I’ll ask him to take a look at this as well.



Saturday, October 14, 2017

Like New Awning

A couple hundred bucks later, the awning is as good as new.  A great big thanks to Stewart’s Mobile Village for their reliable and quality service.



Sunday, October 8, 2017

New Lamp

The lamp on my RV site was old and rusty.  I installed a new one today.  And I had help.



Saturday, October 7, 2017

Extra Set of Keys

Having an extra set of keys hidden away saved my bacon today.  I came to the Airstream and I forgot to bring my keys.  Thankfully, I was still able to get in.  Lesson learned.



Monday, September 25, 2017

Broke Again

My Zip Dee awning broke again.  I left it up during a light rain and I forgot to drop one end so it would drain.

Sigh.

Time to call Stewart’s Mobile RV service.  Again. 



Saturday, September 23, 2017

Permanent Installation

I ran the cable out the front window and placed the charger on the table between the recliners.  Looks pretty clean.



Friday, September 22, 2017

Old Charger

My “old” charger, the Noco G3500, should have been returned.  But I threw away the box, plus I love gadgets anyway.  So I found a use for it.  To keep my tow vehicle battery charged.



New Charger

I connected the Noco G7200 to my Airstream.  It came with bigger eyelet connectors which fit like a charm.  Even in store mode, my batteries seemed to have discharged 25-50% in one week.  I have some serious draws on my batteries even when disconnected.  I’m going to have to look into that.  For now, the Noco has me covered.



Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Charger Too Small

It seems I may have purchased too small of a charger.  My first clue was when the eyelet connectors were too small for the batteries.  It then took FOREVER to charge.  Well, it seems the G3500 is designed for up to 120ah.  Well, two Group 27 batteries total are 210ah.  So I got a G7200.  It comes with the bigger eyelet connectors.  That's a good sign.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Generator Inaugurated

Ran my brand spanking new generator for 11 hours straight (after the 5 hour break in period) on a single 20# propane tank while running my 15K BTU AC.  Yes!





New Batteries Installed

I installed two new group 27 Exide deep cycle batteries and am charging them with my Noco G3500 smart charger.









Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Headed Over

Tomorrow we're headed over to the ranch.  Power has not been restored, but we are ready.



Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Big Cleanup

Hurricane Irma did not score a direct hit on our RV park, but there was some impact.  Lots of downed trees, a very high water level, and lots of debris.  This is going to be a big cleanup.

  

New Batteries

I had every intention of purchasing the $70 batteries from Rural King.  But they don't have any.  And since we are recovering from Hurricane Irma, I thought it best to grab the first ones I could find and not be too picky.  So I paid $99 each for Exide batteries from Tractor Supply.  I spent my money on a good generator so no need to go all AGM right now.

I did get Group 27 size batteries instead of the Group 24 sized that originally came with my trailer.  I measured and they should fit.  I ordered a new tray from Amazon as well.  We'll see how this all works out.