It's about time.

Many of you can relate to 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" and what we do to follow our dreams.

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Lots of Repairs To Our New Home With More To Follow.

Our Location today is McGregor, Ontario, Canada. 

Our attempt at retraining our bodies when to sleep seems to be working by simply setting the alarm to wake us at a reasonable hour (8:00) in the morning. Also by avoiding having naps through the middle of the day is also forcing our bodies to sleep when we choose (while laying in bed through the night) rather than sleeping in or napping. The cooler temperatures also help our abilities to re-oxygenate our bodies when we sleep. 

We were busy having breakfast at 8:00 and by 9:00 we were finishing our morning reading on the computers. Kathy had plans to do some cooking plus she was also working on repairing an antique picture frame for our friend Kathie. 

I wanted to finish disassembling the brackets for the Airbag system for the truck. The idea behind that is to replace all the corroded and broken fasteners with Stainless Steel and to clean and paint the brackets before reattaching them.  

When we purchased our new trailer a month ago it came with a RV-que that had a mounting bracket on the rear bumper. Since we have both become such a big fan of the Weber Q we didn’t want the RV-que. It was just taking up valuable storage space in the basement and the bracket that was mounted on the bumper was in the way of clothes line and bicycle carrier brackets we wanted to mount. By 9:45 the RV-que bracket had been removed and all its components loaded in the truck.  

At that point I moved the truck across the street to one of our Weekend Seasonal neighbours site knowing I wouldn’t be disturbing them. Now I could finally get started working on the airbag brackets just in time for Brad the service technician from Leisure Trailers to pull up at 10:00. He was a full two hours early but that meant he’d get done earlier. Kathy and I had been taking notes on problems we were having with our new Home and some were minor where others were big problems. We thought that Brad was only there to check on the major problems but no he was there to fix as many things on our list as possible. 

We now have a new keyless entry lock on our main door after the bolt lock decided to stop working meaning we were going to bed with our door unlocked. Fixed! The latch-plate was also not catching the door latch properly so the door since it wouldn’t lock from the inside would just pop open. No we didn’t have any ghosts. Fixed! The bypass water valve in the basement wouldn’t rotate. Fixed! The rear crank open window would only close with one person on the crank and another person outside helping it close. Fixed! The drawers on our bedroom dresser were tight on one side and three/eighths of an inch gap on the other side. Fixed! Kathy was going to store a tray in a cabinet and suddenly the door sagged and wouldn’t close. Good Timing! Fixed! 

The bathroom door had been damaged before we moved in. Brad replaced it with a new door only to find it and the door frame were both damaged. New work-order submitted for new door and frame. One side of our freezer is constantly thawing then refreezing and thawing and refreezing. Good thing we only lost ice cream and ice cubes so far. Brad says the cooling unit is malfunctioning which could result in the cooling unit or the entire refrigerator being replaced. We are also having issues with the factory installed converter which charges the batteries that keeps humming quite loudly. When I had previously inquired about the hum I was told it would do that when it was charging the battery when there was a lot of twelve-volt usage. What is draining our battery throughout the night then because it never stops. Brad said they’d be replacing our converter.

When Brad had arrived at 10:00 he’d also said something smelled really good that Kathy was cooking. (See it’s not just me that says that.) The first thing we did after Brad left at 2:00 was to sit down and enjoy that wonderful tasting food that Kathy had been cooking for lunch. 
As soon as we finished eating we were on our way to Amherstburg to run a few more errands. The first was at Sun Parlour Trailer where I dropped off the RV-que. Since it has to be connected to a regulated propane system of an RV Rob has a better chance of selling it and he’ll pay me for it when it sells. 

The next stop was Pharma Choice to pick up Kathy’s prescriptions to hold her over until just before we leave. We then stopped at our son Kevin’s home where I got a socket from the top of my old tool cabinet. 

Next we stopped at Home Hardware Building Center where I managed to get all but four Stainless Steel Nylock Nuts for the Airbag brackets. When the associates looked up their stock on the computer they found that I’d just emptied them out. They directed us to go to a local building supply but that was a waste of time as they didn’t carry Stainless Steel Hardware. We ended up back at Canadian Tire where they had all the hardware we both needed.  
Chicken Alfredo and Broccoli for supper.
Back Home Kathy and I worked on reassembling the picture frame before having our supper while watching the 6 o’clock News. We still have lots to do before we leave in 46 Days. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy! 

It’s about time.

Words of Inspiration 

Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity. 



  1. You obviously know a lot about fixing and maintaining rv's! I'm just learning how ignorant I am as we start planning some travels in our new-to-us little rv.

  2. Always something to do when you live fulltime in a house on wheels. Another day closer to moving on down the road for you and Kathy.

  3. Uh oh. I know you checked to make sure the plug was in behind the grate outside your fridge. I lost all my food twice, thinking it was fixed. Tomorrow will be the final test as I move down to Albuquerque. Did you purge the propane tanks? I ask these questions not because I think I know anything; it's just with my recent experience and after much angst, mine finally got fixed. I'll be anxious to hear how yours goes. You have no idea how lucky you are to be so handy.

  4. My wife and I can really relate to you getting an RV, and traveling the country, in some ways that's the American dream! We can only imagine the amount of repairs and time it took to get your RV to the place you wanted, am sure its well worth it!

    Earl Mark @ Eastway Lock