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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Friday, March 10, 2017

Taking Apart Our Cabinet. Grilled Our Turkey, Finished Fishing and Hot Temperatures.

Our Location today is La Posa South LTVA, Quartzsite, Arizona, U.S.A. 

Even though the temperatures dipped down to 55 F (13 C) last night we slept with all the windows and roof vents open. We only had our normal bedsheets on, nothing really heavy but we were more than comfortable and slept like a couple of rocks the entire night. It shocked this rock when he saw the Sun peeking around the Window Shades just before 8:00 MST this morning because I wanted to get an early start on my day. Yesterday with the 86 F (30 C) temperatures it made it very difficult to accomplish working in the heat of the afternoon.  

It didn’t take long for us to finish breakfast and while I did my normal morning chores Kathy checked out her E-mails and morning Blogs. Since Kathy had taken the Mini Butterball Turkey we had out of the freezer the other day it had to be cooked today. Instead of warming up the inside of the trailer I warmed up the Weber Q while Kathy placed the Turkey in a pie pan wrapped in Foil. It went on around 300 F (149 C) and would cook for nearly three hours. 
Amazing what you store in a Cabinet. Tools are also on the bed
and the Shelves are standing next to the bed.
At that point I started emptying our Clothes Cabinet so that I could disassemble it. Many RVers choose to have Washers or Washer/Dryer Combos put into these cabinets but we did not want that, instead we use it for extra clothing and it was a good thing we had them for this winter.  
Our gutted Cabinet.
As mentioned in the last couple of blogs a simple task of replacing Switches that light up, has turned into a major undertaking. Today by disassembling the shelves in the cabinet I planned to open the inside wall directly below where the Outside Security Lamp is located on the curbside of the trailer. Because the Main Inverter was on charging our Computers I used my Oscillating Tool to make fast work of cutting through the interior wallboard. 

Using the stiffer Electrical Fishing Tool, I managed to use it to pierce its way through the Outer Styrofoam Insulation and bring a new lead to the Security Light. Standing on the Step Ladder in the direct Sunlight made me feel like I was under a Magnifying Glass this morning. 
Learned years ago Hot Foods and Drinks are better for you in
hot temperatures.
Kathy had talked to our friend Vera back home in Windsor. Both herself and her husband Bill miss us and can’t wait for us to get back home to McGregor. Kathy then made a nice Beef Stew for lunch. It may have been a hot meal but it was still refreshing.  
Spray Foam Oozing out from patch where the wire was fished through.
This is totally hidden behind a Cabinet Panel.
There was still more Wire Fishing that needed to be done which meant trying to get the wire from point A to point B with making as few holes as possible. That meant a lot of back and forth traveling from our bedroom to the basement. Jayco as many other RV Manufactures seal up as many holes around their Wiring Harnesses with Spray Foam under the guise of Insulation and creating Rodent Barriers. In order to run the wire today lots of time was spent digging through that stuff. That was over two hours in the afternoon heat. Even Kathy was trying to help run the wire through this obstacle course. 
That foam really expands. I'll have to cut it back later after it cures.
Brown wire hanging in front is new as of today.
With the wire run to the Basement the task of using Spray-In Foam Insulation started. When adding that Stuff it takes a while to fill the holes but then the Chemical Reaction it starts and it expands a lot. You then have spots where you have to wipe off the excess. I had forgotten to put on Disposable Rubber Gloves when I started and even though I used Paper Towels to wipe off the excess I still ended up with plastic coated hands. 
For supper this evening we had open faced Turkey Sandwiches with Peas as a side and there is plenty more Turkey for a few more meals. 
The first thing we did after supper was to reassemble the Clothes Cabinet in the bedroom but since the shelves are large and the screw holes are below the shelves Kathy had to help with the job. We were both soaking wet with perspiration by the time we finished and the Sun was setting. All I could do was pack everything into the Basement again and try to finish it off tomorrow morning.  
All that is left to complete this task is to connect the wire we ran today and put a Fuse in the Holder and the new Light Switch will work. Once the basement is reassembled and organized we can relax through these warm temperatures. If we could have had some of this warmth back in January and some of that cool weather now this would have been a comfortable winter. Since we’re only a few feet away from where we were back then I’m sure our neighbours would have agreed. 
Our low for tonight will be 64 F (18 C) so we’ll be leaving the windows and vents open and listening the Coyote Serenade. They are really active tonight. Not sure what we’ll be doing tomorrow but it might be nice to get away from these high temperatures for a few hours. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy! 

It’s about time.

Words of Inspiration 

The more I think about it, the more I realize there is nothing more artistic than to love others.  

Vincent Van Gogh


  1. All I can say is I hope you get the job done tomorrow so you can do some relaxing.

  2. I know what you mean about plastic coated hands. I made that mistake once and will never make it again! ;c)