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Sunday, November 13, 2016

Recovery Day for Kathy, Complication Filled Project and Fun Filled Happy Hour.

Our Location today is Deming, New Mexico, U.S.A. 

Knowing that we weren’t traveling today might have had something to do with our sleeping so well last night. We can hear the traffic noise from I-10 and the occasional train but they are far enough away that it probably helps us to sleep. The last four days of travel added up to nearly fifteen-hundred miles of travel that we hope not to duplicate anytime in the future. Those four days also wore Kathy’s Immune System down, combining that with Possible Food Poisoning she needs the rest. It was tiring enough that I didn’t even get out of bed until after 8:30 MST this morning. We’d left the Electric Fireplace on low through the night which made the 39 F (4 C) less noticeable inside. 

As mentioned yesterday we planned on getting things accomplished that we couldn’t do anywhere else. After breakfast and completing our morning chores Kathy started working on cleaning the inside of the trailer. When traveling down the road it is amazing just how much dust can come through those slide openings. She had just dusted it when we were in Nashville but she could nearly write her name on some of the woodwork today. 

I went outside wearing a jacket and started going through the bins getting tools ready to add the Stabilizers on our Home. After I had installed them on our Avalanche it was rock solid and we have missed that since we traded it in. As typical when you have a project to work on you have spectators who stop by to visit. It’s interesting to listen about the local places they recommend but it also steals away the time you wanted to use to accomplish the job. Tom seemed to be new to the RV Lifestyle while Jim was an established RV’er with plenty of miles behind him. 
I’d barely organized the parts and tools when Kathy called me for lunch. Where had the time gone? Looking at the clock told me I wasn’t that slow it was Kathy who was on Hyper-Drive and had already cooked up a Tasty Ham Stir-Fry and it was only 11:00 MST. One sniff of that delicious combination and who was going to argue about the time, Not Me! 

Back outside the first thing I started doing was enlarging the holes on the Landing Gear Legs to attach the Stabilizers to. Those of you that remember the problems I was having with my half inch drill bits while building the Bicycle Carrier while back in McGregor well I was using the same bits today. With this being a Sunday I made do with what I had. I used those bits to outline the holes I needed then using a round file, made the holes the perfect size for the bushings. 

This trailer has a wider stance on the landing gear and it has a front support. When it came to bolting the second Swivel Head in place I had a problem. The Generator-Prepped Fuel Tank was in the way. Using a Hydraulic Bottle Jack, I lowered the tank about six inches allowing me to get my finger tips into the opening to put the nuts on the bolts. Tightening them was a different story, using a long extension and a flexible socket I got the job done.  
Problems resolved mounting the road-side Stabilizer.
I’d barely gotten the Fuel Tank reinstalled and started drilling the holes to mount the Side Rail Stabilizers when Kathy called me in for the day at the designated time. Anyone who has ever stayed at the Escapees Dream Catchers RV Park in Deming, New Mexico knows that on Sunday 4:00 is not only Happy Hour but it is Ice Cream Social Hour. 
After I was cleaned up we were actually the first ones at the Clubhouse. One by one everyone arrived for the tasty get-together. We stayed and socialized with the dozen or so people that attended. It was interesting listening to some of the tales being told of local restaurants and sights to see in the area. Some were really upset that we were already having to do repairs on such a new trailer but that is the RV Lifestyle. 

By the time we got back Home the sun was already starting to set so the project will wait until tomorrow. We had a Ham Sandwich and a cup of Tea for our supper. Doesn’t everyone eat dessert first?  

Hopefully Kathy will start feeling better tomorrow and a quick trip to the Hardware Store will help us get things finished so we can start looking around before the Temperature starts to drop. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy! 

It’s about time.


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  1. New Mexico can be very cool at this time of year, Elevation makes a HUGE difference. Good luck with all those repairs, sure glad we have never bought a new rv.

  2. Are you coming through Casa Grande when you leave there?

  3. The days of travel tired us out more than I thought they would too. At the beginning we were doing 400+ miles per day and that is just too much. It was so nice to stop for 3 days at Elephant Butte State Park but even nicer coming here to Quail Ridge for 2 weeks. We all need that rest!

  4. We've stayed at Dream Catcher a few times. We find that this time of the year it is best to have water in our potable tank. As their pipes are close to the surface we would wake to no water flowing. But my 9 or so all is fine again.

  5. I've been away so have some catching up to do. Sorry that Kathy wasn't feeling well. Didn't keep her from being busy or you, either. My gosh, you are in New Mexico already. As soon as I have time, I'll be back to read some more.