He just loves it when Granfaddah hauls out the tools.....
Steve is waiting for a warmer day to apply the Dicor sealant to the brackets on the roof around the screws so they cure and seal properly in medium temps. We lost our wonderful early summer temps in the 70's and 80's and are back to normal in the 30's and 40's range. Typical temps for Northern Wisconsin in March, so we are resigned to put up with them for a bit longer.
We currently have four 100 watt panels for the coach (house batteries) and he is adding one more panel. For the chassis (driving) batteries he has a 15 watt solar panel to keep those up to snuff. We have four 6v golf cart batteries in the tray now, and the two 12v driving batteries. But soon we will move the driving batteries to the rack he made in the engine compartment, and then have room for SIX of the 6v batteries. When we do the switchover, we will upgrade to six all new Trojan batteries. (you should never mix new and old batteries) Our four 6v ones are still operating good, though they were purchased in early 2009 so are still okay. Guess we will offer them to our camping family to see if any of them can use em for a few more years, hooked up in pairs to make 12v, on their trailers.
Jameson also helped me inside the motorhome too.
A few years ago, we added this rack, similar to hotels for the wash cloths, hand towels and regular bath towels. My dad sprayed it gold to match the motorhome for me when we were visiting them in Florida. It works very well for the washcloths, hand and bath towels, but the spaces are not big enough for the biggest bath sheets.
We like the large big bath sheet type towel and double use as a beach towel, but they take up a LOT of room on the base of Steve's closet area. We used to have only one towel bar in the bathroom that could only fit two of the big bath sheet towels. The rest of the bath sheets were stored on the floor of the closet on Steve's side, and we wanted them up and off the floor in preparation for fulltiming. Thinking: "Best Use Of Space!" here.
So we decided to buy two new towel bars and replace the existing one, plus add one more a bit lower. Jameson helped with the screwdriver and the tape measure and holding the screws and wall anchors for me... counting each one as we drilled it back into the wall! What a great helper!!!
Now all of our towels are off the floor of the closet and on the racks!
Speaking of closets... on my side, I always stow my spinning wheel in mine. It rides upright, protected from tipping over by my hanging clothes. Only problem, I end up tucking all of my shoes around the base of the wheel and in between the treadle base legs. I already have one huge gouge in the finely finished wood of the wheel from things being jammed in with it. Steveio to the rescue! I described what I needed and drew a quick diagram. He made me this platform to go in my side of the closet. My shoes and umbrella can be tucked into the cubby hole compartments, and the spinning wheel can now rest on the new *deck* of the closet! It's not stained yet, but you can see how well it will work. In the background you can see the folded up base to my sock machine stand too. I think this will be a great resolution to my storage problems. Thank you, Steveio!
Another storage problem in the motorhome has been my spices. Someone on my RV list suggested this great pull down rack from Rubbermaid that we found at Walmart for only $12. (some larger Walmarts have them, but not the smaller ones) It's a great idea and heavy duty, but alas and alack, it's too WIDE for my cabinet!!! The center post between the cabinet doors is in the way. It has to go back to the store. Sigh.
(pic on left is from the ad ~~~~ pic on right is from my rig)
I will explore some of the other pull down type units that fit up under the cabinet.
When we bought the 1997 Tracker, we had hoped to just swap over the Blue Ox baseplate from our 1995 Tracker. Not so.... they were somewhat different. Steve was hoping that he could adapt it, but we decided to bite the bullet and order the right one for the 1997 Tracker.
After shopping around, we charged a $370.00 baseplate for our Tracker on our American Express from US Auto Parts Warehouse. http://www.autopartswarehouse.com/ They assured me 3 times during the phone call that it was "in stock" and hit our credit card with the charge within 1 hour of ordering. Five days later I found out it was NOT in stock and wasn't even MADE yet due to a backorder at Blue Ox. We could expect it in 7-9 weeks. I cancelled the order and the company would NOT issue a refund. After three frustrating phone calls to them, I decided to dispute the charge on my card instead.
Good ole American Express went to bat for me, removed the charge immediately from my account, and now, 4 weeks later they finally got that company to comply with the refund status. Amazing!
Anyhooooo Steve looked closer at the Blue Ox baseplate that we had and figured a way to adapt it to fit on our 1997 after all! So with a bit of this and that, my fine engineering hubby now has our original baseplate mounted and in working order!
BASEPLATE ON FRONT HITCH ON BACK
He also installed a hitch on the back for the random times we might want to pull a small trailer or a boat (not when toading behind the motorhome) so that is done now too.
Other projects this weekend were dipping more of my deep sea fishing weights. Sadly, I could not let Jameson have a hand in this one. I order 24 one pound weights at a time from a company and dip them in rubberized coating made for handles of tools. The rubber can get EVERYWHERE ... not good for 3 year old boys to help with!
After three coats, they dry and I put them onto the flattened silver dinner forks. Just the tips are bent over to be used when knitting socks on a sockknitting machine. I sell these in sets of three to fellow sockcrankers on both Etsy and Ebay!
Once all of our projects were done, it was time for a Sunday birthday party! Our youngest daughter Heather has turned 27... oh my am I that old already? I was 24 when I had her, you do the math!
Steve put a pot of 6 pounds of Alaskan Snow Crab legs in the big kettle to steam (this is a base from a turkey deep fryer) and some tenderloin steaks on the grill for those who don't like the crab legs. Yummmmmmm
While Granfaddah and Granmuddah cooked the meal, the kids took the grandkids out to the yard to play a bit. This may very well be the LAST family party we have at this home, as it will be going on the market soon.
After singing the Happy Birthday Song...
the little ones helped blow out the candles!
We were missing little Allegra, because our daughterinlaw "Mommy Heather" is due very soon and didn't wish to travel so far from her doctor. Also our daughter "Mommy Erin" is due within the next few weeks.... so the next news should be NEW GRANDBABY NEWS!!!