Underneath that stuff, I will post my regular daily stuff..... kinda sorta fun, eh?
So here it goes, we are up to the letter D now!
STARTING WITH THE LETTER D
Dash Componants:We didnt do a lot of modifications to the dash, but I thought it would be interesting to go over our dash and cockpit area of our motorhome, just for grins.
Our motorhome dash is protected from the sun damage by lowering the MCD powered windshield shade all the way down when we are parked in the yard. The shade also can ride at any height as a full-width sun visor! Easy to adjust with the push of a toggle switch to raise or lower it.
Of course, Steve's side is like an airplane cockpit, while mine has all the comforts of home. I have the pretty woolen woven mat from the Grand Canyon for decor and the computer, GPS, remotes for the stereo indoor/outdoor thermometer, backup camera monitor, and of course, my own horn button! You can read about that horn button here:
I will start over on the driver's side.... the console underneath the window has a lot of fun stuff. From L to R is the ash tray, (we do not smoke) but it has a 12 volt cigarette outlet that we do use from time to time. Next are the buttons for the cruise control, fast engine idle for starting, and adjustment device for the power mirrors. After that are three lit toggle buttons: exhaust brake, backup camera, and the third is called ''BLINK''! It is used to flash off and on your clearance and marker lights all around to let passing truckers know they are fully past you and can pull back into the lane ahead. Seriously!
Ahead of the 3 toggles in the touch button shifting pad and a tiny micro bubble level.
Round the corner to the area to the left of the steerig wheel are all the electrical buttons for lights, dash fans, mirror heaters, music and side docking lights. They are huge spotlights that help light up around you during backing up at night. Underneath that is a set of switches to run the hydraulic levelers. There is another set of the same leveler buttons in an outside compartment. The big yellow knob is an emergency brake release, by the main headlight switch.
The top is the Silverleaf unit. It gives more accurate readout of the computerized functions of the engine and transmission. It gives, of course, speed and trip mileage information. But it gives instantaneous fuel consumption, fuel mileage, turbo boost pressure, engine temp, tranny temp, rpms, driveshaft rpm, road speed, cruise lock speed, turbo temp, and current charging voltage from the alternator. So it gives a LOT more information than the needle gauges. Underneath are the dash ac/heater controls and a stereo system hooked to the surround sound in the rig. The far right is the handheld CB that I talked about in my blog yesterday.
Between our two dash consoles is the new little back up camera monitor. I wrote in a previous blog about how we moved the camera cable from the overhead tv down to this little 12 volt digital monitor. It is setting on my cute little woven mat we bought in the Badlands of South Dakota.
Of course, you need cupholders...
Here is one modification Steve did- the center console cabinet used to just have a shelf,
and you had to dig wayyy back to get anything and shuffle around in the dark.
Underneath our dash, wayyyyy up high upside down is a 120V AC outlet. WHY>>>> on earth did they put it there? You have to crawl under the dash and reach wayyy up and move over a ventilation hose to even plug anything into it. Sooooo we ran a power strip to the side wall and mounted it tight. Now we have four outlets close to the front. I used it mostly for plugging in my computer while we have the inverter on when driving down the road. (since then I have bought a 12 volt cord for my laptop that plugs into a cigarette lighter) The outlets are also handy for vacuum cleaning to reach the front areas of the coach. The dogs lay out of the way on the pad by my feet. It is actually a baby changing table pad with a nice soft flannel cover.
Since I got the 12 volt cord for the laptop, Steve installed this 12 volt outlet under the dash near the console. It has two USB charge ports that we can plug in our tablet or cell phone while travelling.
It extends out into my lap and can fold up and out of the way in a flash to get up and out of my seat. The cord in the pic is the 12 volt cord for the laptop. It is such a nice handy setup for putting the computer inside and folding it away when stopping for a short time like at a store, so nobody can see it from looking in the window.
See? closed up toot sweet!
And best of all, it leaves a blue *mouse trail* of the exact route we travelled,
and if you zoom in you can see exactly
where you drove, parked, camped or even turned around!
Looks like this with info and routes travelled.
Enough of that... now on to the Drunk Doggies!
While we went away today with the big dog Millie to visit Steve's Dad in the rehab therapy center, we first dropped off our two little shelties at the local vet for a teeth cleaning dental appointment. Both dogs came from a very unhealthy environment and bad breeding and inbreeding. Most of the dogs that came from the raid of the hoarder have very bad teeth. Binney is Auntie and Finney is nephew.
We left them with a pat and hug and knew they would be fine while we were gone. (more on our Millie visit tomorrow)
When we got back about 3 pm, we found them all groggy and goofy and dazed from the anesthetic. Yes... they were Drunk Doggies! LOL The vet put them together in the same recovery cage, and it was good that she did. The tech gal said Finney came to with such a yelping hollar and squeal... but once he saw Binney next to him, he cuddled up to her and shut up and looked like he said ''Oh, Okay then, that's all right now'' hahahhaha
Binney had some deep periodontal disease pockets they filled and has some infection. So she is on antibiotics for two weeks to help clear that up. We got all our drugs, updated their shot records, bought new heartworm and flea/tick drops and paid the bill. It was not as bad as I thought, and a lot cheaper than the expensive vet we used to go to in Appleton. Kudos to Pheasant Hill Animal Hospital in Chilton. (the Wisconsin Sheltie Rescue uses them a lot too and they come recommended)
Our little stumble bunnies staggered across the floor, like two drunks at the end of the night. After a lap or two of water they both cozied up on the couch to snooze away their troubles.
For supper I heated up leftover juice from a pot roast, and poured it over small chunks of soft carrots and potatoes and small bits of roast beef mixed in. We had to give Millie a dish of it too so she didn't feel left out. They licked their bowls clean, although slowly, and appear to have lazy tongues. But they got every last drop, for sure.
They straggled back to the couch to curl up in my blanket and sleep again. Finney once in a while is rubbing at the side of his face, but I keep stopping him and moving his paw away. I think he understands because the last two hours he has not bothered it. I do not think we need a cone, but if we do, Walmart pet section has them 2 miles away.
Night Night drunk doggies,
tomorrow you will have a hangover!