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.


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! !


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.


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.


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.


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!


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.


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


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. 


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


The plywood looks to to be in good condition.


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.


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!

Saint Augustine Beach

By , November 27, 2010 6:41 pm

We took a drive into the city of Saint Augustine this afternoon and did a short  walk at Saint Augustine Beach. The beach was relaxing. The colors were beautiful;  it was a mix of blue, brown, gray and green. It was soothing.




We Are In The South

By , November 24, 2010 7:18 am

As we drove through South Carolina, I got my first glimpse of palm trees. I love palm trees. They remind me of warm sunny weather. That’s the first sign we were in the South.

We stayed over night at The Oaks at Point South Campground in Yemassee, SC. It is a lovely wooded campground set amongst trees. The trees are covered in Spanish moss. That’s the second sign. The third sign are bugs and warm weather.

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We took a nice morning walk to the lake by the campground. We saw beautiful fall colors, Spanish moss, saw palmettos and wild life. No bugs bothered us! Yeah!


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It was great to see fall colors in the South (palm trees, Spanish moss,warm weather, and bugs).

Good Times in Asheville

By , November 23, 2010 10:51 am

We had a good time in Asheville. We had a relaxing time. We saw water falls. We played football. We had a camp fire. We had good food with good friends.


We went on a short hike to Douglas Falls in Pisgah National Forest. The hike was short and pretty.


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Douglas Falls has a 60 foot drop.


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We enjoyed a campfire and football in the backyard. We enjoyed some down time too. On our last night, we had  slow cooked pork tenderloins in front of the campfire.


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Guys, thanks for the good times! 🙂

Good bye Asheville, hello Jacksonville. We need to get a couple things in the The Star taken care of. David and Brenda recommended Dick Gore’s RV World. We have an appointment with them on Friday.

Mountain Top Camping

By , November 22, 2010 8:21 am

Campfire Lodgings in Asheville, NC is a great campground with beautiful mountain views. We have seen a bobcat and turkeys here. There are black bears here too but we haven’t seen those.




This campground is about ten minutes away from our friends, another bonus! We went to downtown Asheville for a nice dinner out with our friends. Asheville is eclectic and artsy. A very cute town with great views of the mountains. What’s not to like?



On the Road Again

By , November 17, 2010 12:23 pm

We have been parked for over a month and half in Northern Virginia.  It’s been fun seeing familiar places and faces again.

We left Northern Virginia this morning. Thanks to our family for letting us stay with them!

We are making our way down to Florida for the winter. We will be making a few stops before we settle for the winter in Central Florida. We are currently at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Camp Resort At Natural Bridge for the night. There is no other camper in sight that we can see, it is kind of nice to have the place to ourselves. We have Full Hook Up with 50 AMPs, Cable and Internet.  We also have beautiful weather and fall scenery. With our Passport America membership card, the campground was half price. It’s great!


This our view from inside The Star. The first picture is port side view. The second picture is starboard side view.


Our next stop is Asheville, NC for about a week. We haven’t seen our friends there in over a year. We are looking forward to seeing them.

A Month Full of Activities

By , October 21, 2010 9:29 am

We saw Cirque Du Soleil show “OVO” at the National Harbor last night with my sister and her husband. It was entertaining and delightful. We have seen a number of shows in the DC Metro area, Baltimore, Orlando and Las Vegas. Our favorite show is KA in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Hotel!

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We arrived in Northern Virginia at the beginning of the month. We parked in the driveway of my sister’s house. The driveway isn’t level so it required some ingenuity (and trips to Home Depot & RV store) to get the RV  leveled satisfactorily. It was such a hassle getting it leveled that we bought a portable macerator instead of moving the RV to dump its contents. With a macerator you can pump the holding tank contents into the commode in the house!

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We helped rip out the old kitchen floor and put in new resilient vinyl tiles that look like ceramic using real grout. We finished the floor just in time for a family gathering the next day!

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We have enjoyed eating some great food! One thing I love about this area is the great variety of delicious foods available both at home and at restaurants.

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As always, it is great to see and be with our family and friends again whether taking in a show, eating out or doing fall clean up. It is great to be with the ones you love!

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The weather is getting cool – high in the 60s/70s and low in the 40s/50s. The Star (I want to call the RV the “Death Star”!) will be heading south at the end of the month. We’ll be back with our other family and friends in Florida this winter.

Beans and Blueberries!

By , October 11, 2010 10:32 am

After leaving Lubec, we headed for Freeport, ME.  The girls had decided that was a good place to stop for the night, as it just happened to be the home of L. L. Bean.  Confused smile  But, we got distracted on the way there and had to stop at Wild Blueberry Land!


IMG_4909It’s a strange place with all sorts of blueberry stuff.  I got a cookie (which was yummy).  Dasy got a scone, but I don’t know how that was since she ate it all before I could try it.  However, the coffee was definitely bad.  Sad smile  After sampling the wares and convincing David that he wasn’t actually the Wild Blueberry King, we continued on. Winking smile

At Freeport, we had a rather difficult time getting the RVs parked.  There is RV parking, but it’s basically a few pull-through lanes and is definitely not designed by anyone who’s actually ever driven anything more than 20 feet long. After an hour or so, we managed to get both rigs squeezed in and then did some wandering.  Most of the wandering involved a quick look in the L. L. Bean stores and then a final night out for dinner with Dave and Brenda.  We miss them. Sad smile


The next morning, we grabbed a quick breakfast, packed up, reattached all our stuff and headed our separate ways.  D&B are probably at home preparing for a trip next month, while we’re currently back at our starting point in Northern Virginia.  We’ve had lots of visits with family and friends and a few issues with our parking spot, which we’ll tell you all about next time! Smile

Sorry it took so long to post, but we keep ending up getting way busier than expected every time we stop for any length of time. Confused smile

About as Far as We Can Go–Lubec, ME

By , October 2, 2010 8:02 am

While we were in Bar Harbor, David suggested we head up to Lubec so we could see the most Eastern point of the country.  It was only a couple of hours, so we figured “why not”.  Now, we’re really glad we went…  It ranks way up there in my list of favorite stops!


One of our first stops was the West Quoddy Head Lighthouse. It’s called West Quoddy because there’s one that even further East (called East Quoddy).  But that one is in Canada, so West Quoddy is still the Easternmost point in the US.
Note: That’s the basis for the title of the post… it’s as far as we can go and still be in the US.  Don’t worry, we’re still going to go some more. 😉


Fortunately for us, our campground was located directly across the street from Monica’s Chocolates… a place that kind of puts Lubec on the map and is one of the main reasons to go.  If you like chocolate, Monica’s is worth going out of the way for.  But be warned, you get what you pay for… nothing she sells is cheap, but it may well be the best chocolate we’ve ever had.  Just to give you an idea of what to expect…  when Monica makes hot chocolate, she doesn’t pour powder or syrup in a cup of hot water.  She melts chocolate in a pot! Smile (It wouldn’t surprise me if Dasy wants to do another post just for this). Winking smile


From Lubec, you can hop across the border into Canada and visit Campobello Island.  Here we found the East Quoddy Head Lighthouse, Roosevelt’s “cottage” and lots of sea critters!  Seals, porpoises, and whales! There were quite a few finback whales, but we also spotted a humpback.  In the pictures below, the whales showing only the backs are finbacks.  The tail picture is a small humpback. We also managed to see several bald eagles while exploring the island!


Even though the weather turned a bit “icky” for a day or two, we really liked the area and were pleasantly surprised by how much we were able to see.  If you are anywhere near the area, you should definitely make the effort to come up here!


Unfortunately, this would almost be our last stop with Dave and Brenda. Sad smile  They had to get back home and Dasy started to get an itch to get back to Virginia.  We packed up and headed South, planning to stop one more night with them, which we’ll post about later!




Aboard the Starfish Enterprise with Diver Ed

By , September 29, 2010 6:05 pm

One afternoon at Bar Harbor we took a boat cruise with Diver Ed Dive-In Theater Cruise aboard the Starfish Enterprise.  The mission of the Starfish Enterprise is to “boldly dive where no one has dived before”. We took the 3-hour Park Ranger Tour.

We checked in at the College of the Atlantic’s Dorr Museum, Diver Ed’s alma mater. The college is a small liberal arts college with less than 400 students with a heavy focus on human ecology. Across the museum was a skull of a finback whale. (We saw them in Campobello Island!) Finback Skull COA

Once we arrived at a spot in Frenchman Bay, Diver Ed suited up and went down. We saw what he saw via the flat screen TV aboard the Starfish Enterprise. What he found he’d put in his grab bag for show and tell. After the show and tell, the critters get released back into the sea. Yeah! 🙂

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 DriverEdScreenThe Park Ranger and Diver Ed and his  entire crew made our trip a real pleasure. It was fun and informative. 

In addition to lobsters, crabs, sun stars, sea urchins, whelks and other critters from the ocean floor that Diver Ed brought up, we also got to see harbor seal, bald eagle, porpoise and great big tunas chasing a school of heron. It was great!


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Sunrises and Sandbars – Bar Harbor, Maine

By , September 24, 2010 5:53 pm


On Monday, we woke up around 4:30 am, made lots of coffee and headed up to Cadillac Mountain again.  This time it was to watch the sunrise.  Cadillac Mountain is the first point of the continental US where sunlight hits in the morning (sometimes).

It was cold and windy.  Dasy mostly stayed in the Jeep and took pictures of me taking pictures.  I don’t really blame her, it was pretty miserable. Confused smile Sunrise wasn’t spectacular, but we were glad we went and it was still nice.  The clouds didn’t cooperate, so we mostly just saw colors and clouds… the sun didn’t actually show up until around noon that day.


Later that day, we headed to Bar Island.  The island is connected to Bar Harbor only at low tide.  When the tide goes out, a long gravel-covered sand bar appears, allowing people to walk over to the island.  Hopefully they have watches and are paying attention because there’s only a couple of hours before the bar gets covered again and you can’t get back!


On the way over to the island, we noticed lots of seagulls dropping things from the sky.  They have figured out that they can pry off a mussel, fly up about 20 or 30 feet, drop it on the rocks, then swoop down for dinner.  It’s pretty amusing to watch and is quite interesting.  There’s lots of behaviors and patterns that develop eventually…  “Newbies” will drop stuff on sand and it’s dumb luck if they happen to hit a rock, more accomplished birds will fly over to rocky areas instead.  If a bird goes up too high (presumably hoping to get more of an impact to break a shell), other birds have time to swoop in and steal dinner before he can get back down.  Ravens also hang out hoping to steal some unlucky bounces. Winking smile

Oh, we also saw a seagull hunt down and wrangle a pretty decent sized crab.  We were both a bit shocked that the crab didn’t fare better. Confused smile



We went to dinner with David and Brenda, then came back to see the tide progress…  Eventually the sand bar and the beach are completely underwater, but even after only a couple hours, you can see the dramatic difference the tide makes.  It’s a pretty interesting place!


Where the Mountains Meet the Sea

By , September 24, 2010 9:50 am

Acadia National Park is where the mountains meet the sea. The beach at Sandy Beach is a brisk 55 degrees in the summer time. Cadillac Mountain is the tallest mountain on the continental east coast at 1,532 feet. It’s a great place to catch both sunset and sunrise.


We hiked from Sandy Beach to Thunder Hole with David and Brenda.

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It is amazing that Acadia National Park came about because of the generosity of a few private citizens. Thank you Mister Rockefeller. Thank you Mister Dorr.

Going for a Ride…

By , September 24, 2010 6:37 am

Acadia National Park Carriage Roads


We took a day to go bicycle riding on the carriage roads in Acadia National Park.  After some minor difficulty, we managed to find parking at Eagle Lake.  Once we’d unloaded and gotten moving, it was a pleasant ride through the woods and around lakes for most of the afternoon.  We mostly just road the trails while chatting with Dave and Brenda.


We stopped at Bubble Lake for a bit of leg-stretch and a scenery appreciation moment.IMG_4443IMG_4451


We also stopped on the East side of Eagle lake, where Dasy found some of her favorite fuzzy moss!IMG_4460IMG_4464IMG_4467

We did one final quick stop at the North end of Eagle Lake so we could look back and appreciate our hard work. Winking smile


Dasy and Brenda supervised while David and I wrangled the bikes back into the vehicles.IMG_4482

On the way home, Dasy and I stopped at a Lobster Pound and had some less-than-spectacular lobster rolls.  Confused smile  Fortunately, our trip wasn’t over.  More next time! Smile

Tide Pools – Maine

By , September 19, 2010 1:38 pm

A little something different today…  We just got back from Acadia National Park.  I figured I’d put my video camera in a tide pool and see what there was to see.  Take a look!

You can watch directly on YouTube (in case you want the HD version) here.

Cadillac and Cats in Maine

By , September 18, 2010 12:15 pm

Yesterday, we went into Bar Harbor for breakfast!  We heard that 2 Cats Cafe was highly rated, so we started there.  Dasy ordered some blueberry pancakes and I had a lobster omelet.  The pancakes were good, but the syrup was made of 100% awesome!  My omelet was a bit too buttery, which overpowered the lobster, but it was good start to the day.

IMG_4344Dave and Brenda had blueberry pancakes down the street at Jordan’s (which they said were awesome).  We met up with them afterwards and strolled around town for a bit.  We bought a couple of trinkets and some ice cream, but otherwise just enjoyed the sights.

In the evening, IMG_3498Dasy and I headed up to Cadillac Mountain to watch the sunset.  We’ll be going back for a sunrise in a day or two.  Cadillac Mountain is the first place in the morning that the sun hits in the United States.  The sunset we saw was excellent, but I didn’t bring a tripod, so I didn’t get many good pictures.  I’ll probably be heading back for that again before we leave.

Today we took the bicycles out to Acadia National Park and rode around on some of the carriage roads, but I’ll save that for the next post!


Land of Lobstah

By , September 16, 2010 6:56 am

We’re currently in Trenton, Maine, just off Mount Desert Island.  Mount Desert Island is where we’ll find Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park.  We don’t have much planned today, just kind of taking it easy before we go exploring.


We’re here with David and Brenda, who decided they were going to go for a sailplane ride.  We were fortunate enough to catch them taking off…


We’ll probably be here a week or so before we figure out where we’re off to next.  We got here in the nick of time… there’s a Prevost rally going on and we managed to get two decent spots right next to each other before the place started filling up.


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