Sunday, July 31, 2016

Wasps do more than sting.

We've been noticing an odor in the rig. Seems especially strong this summer. More than the past. Especially when flushing the toilet. I had a hunch there was some type of vent pipe blockage. 

This is the factory installed vent pipe cover. Really just designed to keep the rain out. 
Here is what I found under the cover......after I killed a hundred or so Yellow Jackets. 
You can see they had the vent pipe almost completely blocked off.  Only about 1/2 inch left for the air to escape. 
I found this product at Amazon.

 It is designed to suck or siphon out the sewer gasses without any power or wind or fans. 
Here it is all installed & ready for action. Hopefully this solves BOTH the odor and insect problems. 

Sunday, July 10, 2016

My first official Work Camping position.

I've been working this summer for a friend helping with the lawn mowing and handyman jobs in exchange for a place to keep the rig.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Plan Update:

The best laid plans.
A lot has happened in the last several weeks. The dream is not dead but it is severely injured.
It is a long story but here are the highlights.
Several technical and financial setbacks have made following through with my plans at this time difficult at best. But even more importantly is my realization that I love Eileen very much and I'd rather be here with her than anyplace else without her. Even if that means another Midwestern winter.
When the time is right for both of us, she and I will start the travel dream together. For now, being together is what matters most.
So come October I'll be moving to Fort Wayne to begin the next chapter. Not the path I planned but a brand new path full of new challenges and opportunities.
Who knows, I might even find a fun new job in the interim.
It is time for a change and at this point in time I believe this is the right choice.
Bring it on life.....I refuse to go down.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

My Route

When the Adventures begin:
Fort Wayne to Yuma Arizona.
13 Stops
About 15 days
2113 Miles
Stop for beer in St Louis
Visit Aliens in Roswell
Take a wrong turn in Albuquerque
See the OK Corral in Tucson
Explore Yuma, Castle Dome, the Colorado River,  etc, etc.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Funny Laws

I heard on an RV podcast this week that it is illegal in the state of Arizona to have anything not factory installed attached to your windshield.  Including GPS units, radar detectors etc. The police there can use that as a reason to stop and ticket you. So I moved my GPS bracket to the dash considering Arizona is my Winter destination.

Break away switch

When I bought this trailer I noticed something that seemed broken and missing. It was the emergency break away switch.  I replaced it today with a brand new switch and cable.

Built Ford Tough

I needed some mud flaps to keep from throwing stones back at the fiver when I'm traveling.  Here they are installed.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Preparing for desert life.

More desert preparation. My trailer fresh water tank is 50 gallons. I don't want to have to break camp and haul the rig to the water station whenever I run low on fresh water or my waste tanks fill up. Enter the 50 gallon collapsible water tank.
Paired with the 42 gallon Blue Boy I now can bring in fresh water and haul away used water without having to move the rig. Saving inconvenience, time, and money.
There is always a way if you are just willing to dig deep and find it.

The key.

Happiness is the goal. I don't believe I've ever met anyone who truly wants to be unhappy. Some seem to live life seeking unhappiness, but I don't think it is what they really want. Maybe the fear of failing to find happiness is enough to keep some folks from really trying, or maybe it's something else I can't begin to understand.
I believe most of us know we want it, but are not sure how to get it. We follow the road that society has laid out for us. We simply do what we believe we are supposed to do. Maybe some find happiness doing that, I did not.
I'm not saying I was miserable or there was not any joy in my life. It was just not completely fulfilling. I always felt like something was missing. Something I couldn't quite put my finger on. So I kept on doing what others said I should, following the herd, always hoping I'd eventually run across that whatever it was, that's missing.
Then I found the key. That magical skeleton key that as John Denver put it, "opens every door."
What is the key?
Self awareness. The realization that happiness is individual and we have to determine for ourselves what it is that will make us happy. We have to throw away the rules and limitations society imposes on us and reach deep inside ourselves and ask, what do I need to be happy? What do I really want to do with the rest of my life? What would it take for me to live this new lifestyle.

Wanna be happy? Here's the true to yourself.  Chase your dream. Discover what you really want from life. You might just find yourself happier than a tornado in a trailer park.

You're welcome.