It's about time.

Many of you that can relate to this. Working long hours at your career. Raising your families. Buying a home and paying all the bills related to being homeowners and parents. We're now retired and don't need all that work and expense. Now "It's about time" to follow our dreams.

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Monday, October 24, 2016

Completing Projects in Preparation For Going South and Cold Surprise.

Our Location today is McGregor, Ontario, Canada. 

After having a productive day yesterday and a small nightcap in celebration when it came time to go to bed last night the furthest thing on my mind was another restless night. As soon as I’d lay staring at the ceiling for a half hour I became desperate for some quality sleep. Using a flashlight that was nearly dead I found the bottle of Night-All sleep aid in the medicine cabinet. Going back to bed I only remember turning over once to see sunlight leaking around the window shade and the clock that said it was nearly 8:00 in the morning. Minutes later the blinds were up and breakfast was being made. As soon as the Water Kettle clicked Kathy was up and on her way to the kitchen. 
With that cold North Wind it's nicer to stay inside.
Being the outside temperature was at a cool 43 F (6 C) I took the time to do my morning reading before going out at 9:30. The first thing I needed to do was bring the trash to the Park Trash and Recycle Area. Along the way I ran into our friend Rob from Sun Parlour Trailer who was there to move an old travel trailer that had been at this location for the last twenty years. We only spoke briefly because the cold north wind was chilling us to the bone. As I walked further I noticed Rick one of Rob’s employees busy winterizing other units in the park. 

Back at the trailer I found Kathy making phone calls in order to get things wrapped up before next week. I proceeded to find my coveralls along with a heavy sweater in an attempt to avoid freezing while working outside.  
Using the picnic table as a workbench to assemble the
Bicycle Carrier. The little red box is a DC Welding Machine.
My first intention was to trouble shoot the problem with the controls to the Inverters that we’d recently installed in the basement but with the strong cold wind I thought that working on something else that would not cause heat loss in the trailer might be a better option. That’s when I realized that today would be perfect for building the Bicycle Carrier for the rear of the trailer. I’d drilled all the holes the other day so it was time to put it together. 
Chicken Noodle Soup, Chicken Sandwich, Hot Chocolate
and Home Made Chunky Apple Sauce for lunch.
I’d gotten the arm-supports fabricated and cleaned then clamped to the wheel troughs by 12:30 when Kathy called me for lunch. Kathy had completed a few of the things she needed but was still researching other variables. Normally she gives family members an Itinerary of our travels including a time-line. This trip will be different in the sense that she can give them our locations but the time-line will change according to how the weather affects our travels and how long we’ll remain at each location. 
Kathy cleaning our lunch dishes.
I would spend the remainder of the afternoon assembling the Bicycle Carrier as well as the Mounting Brackets that will fasten it to the rear bumper. Kathy came out just after 5:30 to ask when I wanted supper. With only a bit to finish the welding I suggested another hour. I surprised myself by finishing much quicker. 
About to weld the arm supports to the wheel troughs.
finished product will be a Bicycle Carrier.
Then came a surprise we weren’t expecting. When Kathy went to turn on the stove to cook supper there was no propane. I switched the control valve over but still nothing. After closing up shop I went in just on time to hear the weather guesser saying we were going to get frost tonight. 
Doing a little grinding on the grass.
Less marks on the table and cement.
It didn’t take long to get the tanks out of their tray and put in the back of the truck. Since we didn’t know where we could get these tanks filled this late in the evening we headed for Windsor. Many places we saw that had signs for propane were the Twenty-Pound exchange only. Remembering the Pioneer station on Walker Road used to have a Propane Pump we headed there. Since they recently rebuilt the station they removed their Propane Pump 

The Pioneer station on Jefferson had a Propane Pump the last time we were there but when we arrived the place was also closed for reconstruction so again no Propane. Driving just a bit further to the east end Canadian Tire store on Tecumseh Road they have a Propane Pump. First you have to go inside and pay for it at any of the Cashiers who give you a card for each tank you need filled. You then go outside and ring a bell for a mechanic in the service department to come out to fill your tanks. He takes the cards that show you already paid for the service. Mitchel drew the short straw. 

It was now past 8:00 and we hadn’t had supper so a quick stop at Wendy’s netted us our meal off the Value Menu. We were so tired and hungry that that little bit really filled us up. 

Back Home Kathy found a flashlight so that I could see what I was doing in the dark. Even after installing the now full Propane Tanks the furnace wouldn’t come on and it was getting colder in the trailer. I reverted to turning on our Electric Fireplace to take some of the chill out of the air. We tried increasing the temperature on the Thermostat but it still wouldn’t turn on. We finally shut the system down for a couple of minutes and when we turned it back on we had heat. The trailer is really toasty warm now. 

Even with the cooler temperatures there is still plenty of things we need to get ready before we hit the road next week. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy! 

It’s about time.


A fine line by Mark Twain 

Never put off till tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Completing The Basement Wiring Project but We Have A Problem.

Our Location today is McGregor, Ontario, Canada. 

Having made plans to get up early to complete the basement wiring should not have been the last thing I thought about before going to bed last night. I managed to get three continuous hours of sleep before tossing and turning as I worked on the wiring in my dream to the point that I’d wake up to fall back to sleep even for a short while before watching a rerun of the same dream that had already awakened me over and over. Looking at the clock just before 7:00 I thought about just getting out of bed and having an early start to my day. That was when my eyes seemed to blink and the clock was now showing the time to be past 9:00. 

Infuriated with sleeping in because the outdoor thermostat is forecasted to drop slightly below the normal average starting tomorrow. Kathy heard me cussing at myself and told me I must have needed the sleep. What I needed was to sleep when I mentally want to and not when my mind allows me to. Today’s weather was to be more like an early spring time day. 

After eating breakfast, I spent more time checking the extended forecast than reading anything else. The forecast yesterday had been for afternoon showers today but suddenly they were gone from the radar. 
Same picture as before but that's the area I needed
to run the Wiring Harness up to the Control Center.
After shutting the furnace off because it also heats the basement I was outside by 10:00 emptying the basement so that I could once again remove the rear basement wall. Today I wanted to install and connect the switches that would operate the Inverter Solenoids. Luckily for me when our trailer was built a few of the options were not installed so the technicians simply placed a cap over where those switches would have been. By removing two of those caps I was able to install my own rocker switches and connecting them to the wiring harness that I’d created yesterday. Within a half hour I had the cupboard and control panel back together which gave Kathy a sigh of relief knowing everything was back to normal. 
Labels indicating which Inverter is being turned on.
In existing Control Center.
Kathy used her little labeling machine so we could easily decipher what the new switches are for. Too bad Jayco hadn’t been so fancy in their design and made the rest of their control center easier to read as well.

Having had a late breakfast Kathy didn’t call me for lunch until 1:00 which allowed me to finish stringing the wiring harness through a loom, hanging it all the way to the Solenoids and reinstalling the rear basement wall before I had to stop for lunch. 

Kathy had been busy researching more places that we may be visiting along our route. This year will be more of an exploration seeing where we can really feel relaxed about returning to. She’d also been busy making Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup from the Chicken that she’d cooked just yesterday. With the upcoming cold temperatures, it will help take the chill out of our bones. 
All the wiring and battery cables connected.
Returning to the confines of the basement I managed to get all the control wires connected to the Solenoids and continued making, then installing the last of the Battery Cables. I could tell what Kathy was doing by the vibrating sound of the vacuum directly over my head. The batteries were all connected and I was just beginning to run the wires to the bedroom when Kathy called me for supper at 5:00. 

Besides doing her research today was a cooking day for Kathy. Supper tonight was Homemade Tomato and Cheddar Soup along with Homemade Chunky Apple Sauce for dessert.  
Orange wires run through the floor bringing power from the Inverter to our CPAP Machines.
Using the camera this looks like a lot of space.
While Kathy washed the dishes I returned to running the wires in the basement to our Bedroom. These will run power to our CPAP Machines so that we can sleep soundly not having to worry that there is no power at the pole or when we are Boondocking. In order to get the wires through an existing opening I needed to remove our Propane Tanks in order to squeeze my hands between the floor and the Landing Gear Drive. Once that was completed it was starting to get dark so I simply closed up shop outside. 
Newly installed outlet box and plug connected to an Inverter.
This is how much space I had to work with.
Once inside my work didn’t stop. Remember we’re just over a week away from hitting the road. Since I had managed to run the wires through the floor to our bedroom now I had to mount the plugs. I had to bring the Bedroom Slide completely in to be able to reach the wires using a section of my Wire Pulling Tool with a hook attachment on it. I also didn’t mention that I needed to lay next to the bed with my head partly under the slide to see what I was doing. 
The other newly installed outlet box and plug connected to an Inverter.
It was after 8:30 before everything was ready to be tested and I was not happy with the result. Due to it being dark outside I only checked a few possible reasons for it not firing up but when it started to rain I knew it was time to call it a day. Hopefully after a good night’s rest everything will work the way it’s supposed to. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy! 

It’s about time.


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