Category: Living In It

Our Screen Door

By , January 20, 2011 9:32 am

Attached are pictures of our screen door.

It consists of three parts. The top part is meshed screen. The middle part is the glass slide out for access to the door knob/handle. The bottom part consists of a metal diamond shaped design on the inside and meshed screen on the outside. I guess this would be a  great door if you have pets that like to lean against the door; they could lean all they want and the meshed screen would still remain intact.

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Out With the Old, In With the New

By , December 28, 2010 6:28 am

Jonathan replaced the existing convection/microwave oven a with new GE Profile 1,000 watt convection/microwave oven. . We have been using a semi working Sharp Carousel 850 watts convection/microwave oven for the past six months (the oven is almost ten years old!). When using the microwave, the turn table stopped turning. When using the convection oven, you need to turn your food around to get an even browning. There were some other minor irritants but its  better days were behind it.

Our old oven and new oven side by side.

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We were hoping we can use the existing mounts for the new oven but that wasn’t the case. Jonathan had to completely remove the existing bracket and wood backing. The existing bracket did not fit the new oven and the new bracket needed a bigger wood backing. So, more work for Jonathan! His to-do list is getting smaller but he’s not done yet. Confused smile

Here he is working hard:

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Our new oven again!

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Floor Remodeling: Project Completed

By , December 24, 2010 10:24 am

Here are some pictures of the finished product of our hard work. Whew!!! We are happy with the new floor. 

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Bare floor is colder on bare feet than carpet (we have carpet in the bedroom and under the sofa). That problem can be easily rectified with an area rug or wearing socks/slippers. We choose not to put a rug in the main area because we like the bare floor. We also like the visual continuity of the floor.

Floor Remodeling: Day 9 (Laminate flooring is down!)

By , December 15, 2010 3:27 pm

Yes! We finally completed the main area! We aren’t complete with the project as a whole as we still need to finish up with quarter round in some areas, put furniture back and finish up the steps. However, the challenging parts are done!

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I may do another post or two regarding this project when we are “done” but our experiences thus far should (hopefully) provide some helpful insights to those contemplating any RV flooring remodeling project.

On Day 9 we did the following:

  • completed laying down laminate
  • added additional nails to the trim piece under the slide out steel plate
  • sunk the nails down (and remove screws)
  • made two trips to the hardware store

Here is a rough break down of our costs:

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Floor Remodeling: Day 7 and Day 8 (Almost there!)

By , December 14, 2010 4:12 pm

We made progress on Day 7 and Day 8! But we are not done. We lay most of the laminate and set up support for the main slide out area (more on this later). Here are some shots of our progress.

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The slide out area is a touchy area. If you do it wrong, you are in deep doo doo. Each slide out works a little differently depending on the make/model of the unit. Sometimes you don’t know how the slide out works until you do it.

Our main slide out has five rollers and each roller rides on five steel plates that ramp up/down as the slide out comes in/goes out. The old carpet went under those steel plates. Since the laminate did not have the correct slope, we bought a general sloped wood trim that is about the same height as the laminate and put it under the  steel plates. First, we had to pry the steel plates up so that the trim would go under it. Then we sawed off excess trim so that it is flushed against the edge of the carpet. We then glued and screwed the trim under the steel plates. 

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So, Day 7 and Day 8 we did the following:

  • laid laminate in bathroom area
  • laid laminate around the pedals and steering wheel
  • laid down about 90% of the laminate 
  • made two trips to the hardware store

Here is to an uneventful day tomorrow! We don’t like drama! Sleepy smile

Floor Remodeling: Day 6 (“Are we done yet?”)

By , December 11, 2010 6:11 pm

Are we done yet? No. Are we quick? No. Are we efficient? No!  Did you count how many trips we made to the hardware store each day?!?

Are we going to do a good job? We hope so! Will we be happy when this is done? YES!!

We are more than one third of the way with laying down the laminate. We are probably closer to half way done. We got the laminate under the galley counter. It took muscle and lots of cutting but it looks good! That makes me happy! Open-mouthed smile I’ll take slow & done right over sloppy & quick any day!

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On Day 6 we did the following:

  • laid down over one third of the laminate 
  • made two trips to the hardware store

We will be visiting friends in Jacksonville tomorrow, so we will not be working on the floor at all. We will not be posting about the floor remodeling until it is completed. I look forward to that day! Smile 

It may take us another work day or two to complete this project. 

Floor Remodeling: Day 5 (Underlayment & first boards are down)

By , December 10, 2010 3:04 pm

We finished patching and sanding from the previous day.

When shopping for our floor, we were told it doesn’t matter what you end up buying  but make sure you buy the best underlayment. So, we bought the best underlayment we found; FloorMuffler underlayment and moisture barrier. We measured and cut the underlayment for the front of the Star.

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We laid the first and second row of laminate planks. The first plank alone took  several cuts to get it under the step trim and around the seat belt holes. It was a lot of measuring and cutting. The first two rows took a lot of time. It is most likely going to be like this for the next few days; measure twice/thrice and cut once.

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Our accomplishments on Day 5 are:

  • finished patching and sanding from previous day
  • laid underlayment
  • laid first and second rows of laminate
  • made 2 trips to hardware store

Floor Remodeling: Day 4 (Patch work & seat belt dilemma solved!)

By , December 9, 2010 12:29 pm

We continued to remove all traces of laminate underneath the fixtures. The only thing left remaining on the plywood is the linoleum that is used under the sinks and drawers. Some of the old laminate was glued on top of this laminate under the fixtures. We cleaned and scraped off any and all traces of glue and put down the first layer of patching. We’ll most likely do a second layer tomorrow. The sections that need patching were underneath the old glued down laminate.

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Also, before we took any action regarding our seat belt dilemma, we called Newmar Corp. The customer representative gave us the confidence to remove the bolts, he said the bolts were screwed in differently using lag bolts and indicated we shouldn’t have any problem. The bolts were not technically lag bolts (lag bolts have pointed ends) but hex bolts with some sort of threaded nut under the plywood. Newmar Corp came through again! Thank you Newmar, you guys rock! We have resolved our seat belt dilemma! Hurray! !

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We did the following on Day 4:

  • removed all traces of the old laminate (even under fixtures)
  • patched some areas of plywood
  • resolved our seat belt dilemma
  • made one trip to the hardware store

The end of our prep work is in sight! We have about another day of prep work and then we can start laying down the new floor!

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Floor Remodeling: Day 3 (New flooring arrives!)

By , December 8, 2010 2:52 pm

We continued to remove the remaining laminate. We decided we were doing to try to remove the laminate we had sawed off because it was underneath fixtures/walls and therefore difficult to get to. It just looks so much better when the floor goes under the fixtures/walls. The ones we can’t get to we will finish off with quarter rounds. We actually got most of the laminate from underneath the fixtures/walls out! After we removed the glued laminate pieces out from underneath the fixtures/walls, we jammed a loose piece underneath to maintain the weight/level.  Boy! That was a lot of painstaking work!

Let us also say that Newmar did not cut any corners when they built our rig. Things were both glued and screwed to keep them in place.

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The new flooring arrived today. Here is the old beside the new. The new flooring has more red in it. We probably have another day or two of prep work before we can start installing the new floor.

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So, we accomplished the following on Day3:

  • removed small section of existing laminate
  • removed most of the laminate under fixtures/walls
  • made two trips to the hardware store (not counting the trip to pickup new the floor)

For those who are curious, this is the ceiling underneath all our bays and our slides. It is heavy duty looking nylon material. It looks good too. It would just be a shame to cut them in order to get to the screws/bolts for the seat belts if we decided not to saw them off.

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Floor Remodeling: Day2 (Glued down laminate is a pain!)

By , December 7, 2010 3:48 pm

We tackled the remaining carpet and started to work on removing the existing laminate. We knew there were some pieces that were glued down, but did not know that all the pieces where glued down. Some of the pieces on the ends were heavily glued down. It was a pain removing the glued down laminate! The floor was not only glued down but a portion of it went under the cabinets and doors!

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We had to get a floor scraper to get under the glued laminate to lift it up without taking too much plywood with it.  We also had to get a hand saw cut around the edges of the cabinets/doors that we couldn’t pry loose.  Fortunately we got most of the laminate removed today. There is a small section that we’ll tackle tomorrow.

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In review, on Day2 we did the following:

  • ripped up padding and carpeting on the remaining section
  • removed existing molding and quarter round
  • removed all electronics equipment from RV because of remodeling dust
  • covered sofa and other items because of remodeling dust
  • removed a large portion of glued down laminate flooring
  • removed all tacks and staples from floor
  • made two trips to the hardware store

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We still have not decided on what to do about our seat belt dilemma from Day 1. We shall address that when the time comes.

Floor Remodeling: Day 1

By , December 6, 2010 2:20 pm

We started the floor remodeling process today. 

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By the end of Day 1 we accomplished the following:

  • removed driver chair
  • removed passenger chair
  • removed the J-lounger (into 3 or 4 parts)
  • removed the console & drawer/lower panel area
  • ripped up carpeting by the entrance steps
  • ripped up padding and carpeting by the  J-lounger area
  • made three trips to the hardware store

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The plywood looks to to be in good condition.

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We had one challenge today: how to remove the seat belts by the J-lounger since the screws/bolts could not be accessed from the bottom. The other screws/bolts from chairs and seat belts were easily removed because they were accessible from the bottom. We have posted this dilemma on iRV2 forum, hopefully a solution will arise by the morning.

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Goodbye Carpet!

By , December 4, 2010 1:11 pm

We are back in Central Florida. We are currently at Jonathan’s folk’s place. We will be here for about about a week (and maybe a few more days) while we are doing some remodeling. We will be ripping out the existing carpet in the main living area and existing laminate in the galley/bathroom area and laying down new laminate flooring.

The carpet and laminate pictured below will go bye bye! The additional hard surface will help us keep our home cleaner.GoodbyeCarpet2

We will keep the carpet in the bedroom and in the main living room slide (pictured on far left).

We have placed the order for the new laminate today. We should be getting them in by midweek. In the mean time we will be moving furniture and ripping up old flooring.

Jonathan  will be doing most of this work himself. I shall be assisting where I can. We have planned and have anticipated some potential gotchas but hope that all goes well.

I am looking forward to the end result!

Goodbye Yellowstone, Hello Repair Shop!

By , June 7, 2010 9:21 pm

My previous post pretty much wrapped up our trip to Yellowstone National Park.

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On Saturday morning, I said goodbye Dasy, Rob and Lara and they headed off to Jackson Hole to catch a flight back to Washington, DC.  Dasy was going to visit family and friends for a couple weeks and Rob and Lara were going back to “normal life”. 

I finished packing up the RV and talked with our host for a bit (by the way, Wagon Wheel RV Park in West Yellowstone gets our seal of approval).  Then I started heading for Bozeman, MT to get some work done on the Star.  Here’s the short version of the issue (trust me, the long version would be several pages)…

Note: Some people I’ve discussed this with aren’t clear on what is meant by “chassis”.  In most cases, the chassis is the frame of a vehicle and all the bits attached to it that make it go or stop.  This normally includes axles, brakes, the steering components and wheels, but in some instances can also include the engine, transmission and any electrical bits associated with any of the above.  For RV’ers, we generally use the following rule of thumb for determining if something is chassis-related:  If the part in question is also found on a delivery truck or a semi (tractor-trailer), it’s probably a chassis part.  Things specific to an RV, like a refrigerator, a roof fan, or a 50 amp electrical transfer box, are not considered part of the chassis.

When we were in Texas, we noticed that the driver’s side front wheel was leaking some fluid.  We have air brakes, so I knew it wasn’t brake fluid.  It turned out to be axle fluid (gear oil).  The axle fluid keeps the wheel bearing lubricated, which is kind of important.  We stopped on the way out of Texas to get that fixed.  It’s my belief that we were completely scammed.  The shop that did the work tried to bill me for the brakes and seals for both front wheels.  It was obvious they’d only done one.  The mechanic refused to talk to me when I complained about it and the owner was “unavailable”.  I managed to get the cashier to bill me for only one wheel, so we chalked it up to “lesson learned” and moved on.  I checked the wheel several times on our way to Yellowstone and noticed that it started leaking again (almost as soon as we left the shop in Texas).  In my opinion, the mechanic did a lousy job and botched the new seal.  The lack of fluid then ate up the wheel bearings.  So, I found a shop just outside of Bozeman that was certified by Freightliner to work on RV chassis’ in order to get the seal done again.

Another problem that popped up on the way from Moab to Yellowstone was the ABS light.  It came on and never went off.  I’ve had ABS computers fry in other vehicles before, so I wasn’t worried about it, but I wanted it fixed.  I don’t think our ABS system has ever kicked in, but when I’m driving a 30,000 pound vehicle, with a 5000 pound Jeep and a motorcycle attached to it, I want the ABS to work if it’s ever needed!

We also have had an ongoing but intermittent problem with the air pressure gauges on the Star.  There are two air tanks that hold the air used to operate the brakes.  They generally stay at about 120 psi.  When we would drive the Star, one or both guages would regularly drop to zero.  This would cause alarms to sound (which I disconnected fairly quickly) and a warning light on the dash.  I  checked the actual pressure on the tanks and I checked the operation of the compressors and all was well.  So, the air system was working, but the sensor system wasn’t.  I have no idea what else relies on those sensors and I don’t what the long term effects would be, so I wanted that fixed as well. 

I ended up going to Rocky Mountain Truck Center in Belgrade, MT (about 7 miles west of Bozeman).  Out of all the shops we’ve been to for just about anything, this is probably the place I’d try to come back to if I needed more chassis work done.  They diagnosed everything fairly quickly, spent most of a day trying to get the replacement computer needed for the air system and dealt with my Good Sam service insurance (although it wasn’t quite enough of a bill to meet my quite high deductible).  The best part is that they pulled the Star out of the shop at night and they let me sleep in it in the back lot.  They even let me run an extension cord out to get power at night!  They also took care of a Freightliner recall and reprogrammed the engine and transmission controllers.  They were quite tolerant of my being around all the time and they treated me and the Star with consideration and respect (including making efforts to avoid getting my home dirty).  I can’t recommend them enough!  It would be nice if they had a better wifi antenna though, as I couldn’t get a reliable connection when in the back lot. 😉

It took about a week for everything to get done…  Most of that was waiting for the new control module for the air system.  Apparently even Freightliner had a hard time figuring out what it was and where they had one…  The parts guy spent most of a day on the phone with them trying to track it down.  I wouldn’t want his job! :S

At the end of it, all was done to satisfaction and I now have a safe and drivable RV that I can trust again.  The Star made it all the way from Belgrade to Glacier NP with no issues at all!

While I was stuck in Belgrade, I didn’t do much other than arrange things on the RV at night.  I did have one outing to Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park, which I will write about next time.

I’ll leave you with a picture of the old air system control module (the new one looks exactly the same, just less dirty)…  I’ll be pulling it apart soon. 😉

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I really don’t want to tell you how much it costs to have one of these replaced. :S

Partially Homeless…

By , June 1, 2010 5:33 pm

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What you’re seeing is a picture of my office for the next few days…  actually, it’s the drivers lounge at a Freightliner repair shop I’m at.  I may be spending a fair bit of time here.

On the way to Yellowstone, our ABS light came on.  When driving a 30,000 pound RV with a Jeep and motorcycle attached to it on mountain roads with potential snow, I want my ABS system to work!  So, I’m at a Freightliner dealer getting a few things fixed.  I don’t know how long I’ll be here yet, as they haven’t given me an idea of what’s going on yet.  The RV has been plugged into computers for most of the day and heads have been disappearing into various engine bays and hatches every time I’ve looked. 

Unfortunately, all the Yellowstone pictures are on the big computer in the RV, so I can’t finish my entries until I can get plugged back in somewhere. :(  I might be able to get the computer up sometime tonight to transfer all the pictures to my little laptop.  If so, I’ll be spending some quality time typing at a local coffee shop somewhere. 

Unfortunately, that’s a little difficult…  I managed to slice my knuckle open this morning when I was clearing out the RV for the workers.  It’s not quite bad enough for stitches, but it’s close…  it’s my own fault, I wasn’t paying attention when I was cutting something. 

Dasy went back to Northern Virginia for a bit, mostly to visit friends, so we figured this would be the best time to get all our maintenance done.  Hopefully, I’ll be all healed up and we’ll have a lot of things fixed on the Star when she gets back. 😉

Wash Me!

By , May 19, 2010 7:14 pm

That’s what we did, we washed The Star. It needed it.

Texas was very unkind to our vehicles. There were lots of flying bugs (as well as crawling ones) in Texas. We washed the Jeep a couple of times in Texas but after several minutes on the road again, you couldn’t tell it had been washed. On a few occasions, there were identifiable remnants on the windshield. The Star hadn’t been washed since we left Central Florida in early April. So, The Star was screaming “Wash Me!”.

Moab has at least one car wash that fitted an RV. So, we took The Star down and gave her a good washing. Actually, Jonathan did most of the work and I tried to be helpful. 🙂

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It’s good to be clean. 🙂

Sleeping on the Continental Divide

By , May 13, 2010 9:38 am

After getting our fuel filters replaced in Albuquerque, we headed to Moab via US 550.  It was already pretty late in the afternoon, but we’d looked in just about all our camping guides and there didn’t appear to be any camping for quite some distance.  I was planning on making it to Farmington, NM if we didn’t find anything on the way.

But, when we crested a large hill I saw a sign that we had to stop for…

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We took our pictures and looked around a bit.  Another camper was parked in the pulloff and it was on BLM lands, so we decided to stay the night.  Another semi joined us a bit later.

 

I got some sleep, but woke up a little before 5am, which is when we started driving again.  We were less than a day from Moab, assuming everything went according to plan. 

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Our Time With The Nü

By , May 11, 2010 11:32 pm

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From April 18th – May 6th, IMG_2154we spent our days in Hill Shade RV Park, located just outside of Gonzales, TX.  We were there for the Days of the Nü, a rally for NuRVers.com.  NuRVers (“new RV’ers”) is a web site dedicated to those who are travelling and living in RVs and other mobile domiciles, but aren’t yet of retirement age.  It’s one of the first sites I found when I started researching for this trip and everyone there has been incredibly helpful and just generally pretty cool.

      

IMG_2183We arrived a few days early and got settled in, but we weren’t the only ones.  A fair amount of the NuRVers have pretty flexible schedules, so many just kind of showed up when they felt like it. ;)  There were several there before us and it wouldn’t surprise me in the slightest if there were still some there now (three weeks later).

Over the course of the time we were there, we got to know a lot of cool people we only knew of from emails or twitter.  We also got to spend a fair bit of time with the campground owners, who would probably be NuRVers if they didn’t own an RV park.  They were great people and have a great little campground… we’ll probably find an excuse to be back some day.

IMG_9903We got to spend a bunch of time with a bloggers, tree huggers, geeks, photographers, mechanics, artists, kids, dogs, cats, vegetarians, travelers, explorers and hula-hoopers.  It should be noted that no one there “fit” neatly into any one category or niche.  It was a real eye-opener to meet the various individuals and families that have somehow decided to end up on or near the same path we are currently on. 

We learned a lot, had a lot of fun and made new friends that we’ll go out of our way to run into again in the future.  We’ll probably post more about specific events at the rally in the future.

Others at the rally have done a much better job of documenting things than I ever could, so I’ll just give you some links to their posts.

 

Tales From Technomadia – Chris and Cherie did IMG_9848a great post on all those who attended , each with a nice description or summary and links to individual web sites.  This is my “Guide  to Spotting and Identifying NuRVers in the Wild”. 🙂

Happy Janssens – I don’t know how she keeps up, but Sara managed to post a full recap on each day’s event over on her blog.  Complete with pictures… I salute her tenacity!
 Day 1Day 2Day 3Day 4Day 5

 

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Thanks NuRVers!  It was legen…

 

…wait for it…

 

…DARY! 🙂

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Note: I am including the pill bug picture just because I happen to like pill bugs.

Green Smoothie Rocks!

By , April 29, 2010 3:51 pm

We have benefited quite a bit the from the NuRVer’s gathering here in Gonzales,TX. This is the second gathering of a “younger generation” of full-time RVers; a place where you can learn, meet and benefit from the experiences of other seasoned RVers.

Jonathan’s top take away would be  getting the RV to work on a 30 AMP circuit. The Star runs on a 50 AMP circuit. We have purchased and tested several adapters to take it from a 30 AMP to 50 AMP, none of which have worked. Jonathan posted about this issue in IRV2, with no resolution. One day, the NuRVers got together, looked and poked and presto! It works! Let’s hope it stays that way.

My top take away would be learning about green smoothies. 🙂

Sara from theGreen_Smoothie_Demo HappyJanssens  hosted a  green smoothie demo in her lovely home on NuRVer Day 3. She made the smoothie in her awesome VitaMix blender. It is an awesome blender because Sara put two whole frozen bananas, one whole orange and huge chunks of fresh pineapple and  chunks of frozen fruit along with some chia seeds and spinach and it came out super silky smooth. It was also surprising yummy! (Sara’s husband, Matt took this picture of us. Thank you! I was paying attention but I may have been a bit distracted by the baby. She’s so cute!) 

I have been making smoothies for some time now but have never made green smoothies. I am loving it. Now, I just need to introduce it to the husband, slowly… I have lots of ideas already! 🙂

PersonalBlenderI don’t have an awesome Vitamix blender (can you tell I want one?) but I do have a Personal Blender that has served me very well. The first time I made the green smoothie, their were spinach bits in my smoothie. I like bits in my fruit smoothie but not so much in the green smoothie. 🙁 The key to getting it smooth in the personal blender is to blend the greens first with water and then add fruit to it later and blend until you get the right consistency.

For green smoothie newbie, check out Guidelines to Drinking Green Smoothie  from Green Smoothies Blog. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Prepare/drink it in the morning
  • Sip it slowly
  • Don’t add anything to your smoothie except greens, fruit and water
  • Always rotate the greens you add to the smoothieGreenSmoothie
  • Learn to prepare delicious smoothies

Here’s what my green smoothie looks like. I can’t resist adding freshly ground flaxseed to my smoothie (yeah, it goes against the guideline but I like my flaxseed)! And I like my green smoothie!

 

 

 

 

 

A couple days at Sanibel Island – Florida

By , April 26, 2010 11:52 am

After the rainAfter our stay in the Everglades and south Florida, we needed to work our way back up the coast as we made some kind of progress towards Texas.  One of our stopping points was Sanibel Island, Florida.  Parked

We don’t have many pictures and we didn’t do much.  This was mostly just a nice place for us to wind down for a couple days after all the non-stop activity of the Keys, the ‘Glades and Big Cypress.  We did some very minor RV maintenance, ate some good food and went bike riding (with just a little bit of shopping thrown in to keep Dasy happy). 😉

Be warned, the ground get’s very soft when it rains.  I came back from somewhere to find the TW laying down on the job. I had to put a cutting board under the kickstand to stop it from sinking.  I should have just left the TW on the hitch rack.  The one time I took it out, it ran out of gas and I had to push it back.  Of course, if I’d paid a little more attention, I might have realized that I didn’t have the fuel petcock turned on correctly. :S  Lesson learned.

 

Dinner!The Seafood Combo from the Island Cow…  very tasty and enough for both of us. 🙂

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Signs for Periwinkle Park, the only RV spot we could find on the island.  The signs are easy
to miss, especially in traffic when you need to stop a 38’ motorhome and a Jeep.

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A little shopping…  I tried on some Vibram Five Fingers.  Right size, but I didn’t like the style.  You can find out more about them at BirthdayShoes.com if you’re interested.

After the rains…  Drainage is a bit of an issue when you’re already at sea level.  This is one of the main roads through the park.  It was probably eight inches at the deepest point.

 

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Nature’s windshield washer fluid – It rained, which got all the Everglade’s bugs “unstuck”.  I took advantage of it to do a much needed windshield cleaning. I was standing on the Jeep bumper and I still couldn’t reach the top. 🙁

 

Note: We’re still playing ‘catch up’ on the blog. I’m posting this from Texas about two weeks after our actual stay there.

A Tale of Two Jeeps

By , March 21, 2010 7:08 pm

Or…  “Getting Ready to Roll”

While we’ve mentioned it to a few of our friends and family, we haven’t made any huge official announcements or anything.   We’re heading out of our “winter home” at the beginning of April (which is rapidly approaching).  That’s part of why we haven’t done too much on the blog.  We’re fairly busy with getting everything set up for the road.  Some of that “everything” is paperwork, insurance, vehicle registrations, and other “intangible” bits.  The rest is actually getting stuff physically done.

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A big chunk of my time has been getting the Jeeps ready.  The new 4-door needed a bumper that was capable of being used for flat-towing.  Of course, what good is a beefy bumper without a winch and lights?  So, the winch had to come off my old Jeep, get rebuilt (it was in pretty sorry shape) and then get installed on the new Jeep.  The lights were in storage, but since the bumper was built for them, they’re on there.  Now, I need to finish off the wiring harness to allow the turn signals and brake lights to work off our RV towing setup.  Oh, an I need to wire an additional set of lights to the rack that’s going on the back (which will carry the motorcycle).  Old Jeep is going in storage for a while…  That means getting a larger storage unit, moving everything, putting as much IN the old Jeep as I can in order to save room, changing the fluids and removing the battery.

As for the RV… it’s mostly ready, but we have a fair chunk of stuff that needs rearranging.  But that will wait for a different post.

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