Saturday, August 19, 2017

BOB HAD A SIGNIFICANT BIRTHDAY YESTERDAY (AND AN INVERTER UPDATE)

Currently in Belton MO (Low 64 Mostly Sunny High 89) 

Bob turned 62 yesterday which is significant for a couple of reasons. He begins collecting Social Security in October and he is now eligible for the National Parks Senior Pass for a one time fee of $10. That fee will be raised to $80 on August 28th so Bob is planning on getting his pass this weekend.

One day a year Jo let's Bob be in charge and that is on his birthday 😉 Bob picked 'Mr. Gyros' in Overland Park Kansas, one of our all time favorites.


We've had gyros all over the country and these are the best we have had. The meat is a notch above and the pitas are also a notch above. It was a great meal. We then did some errands, one of which was getting some greek spaghetti sauce from 'Missouri Mud' in Raymore Missouri, another of our all time favorites. We freeze it and have a touch of home with us down the road.

We spent the evening with friends going to a show. A great day for Bob but Jo is a little sad. She says she really can't tease Bob much anymore as he is a tweener, too old for Social Security and too young for Medicare.

While at lunch Jo asked Bob about how he felt on his 62nd birthday. Bob said he was where he wanted to be, with whom he would want to be with, and doing what he wanted to do, so that he felt great. It never is great to be bogged down with problems with our coach but while troublesome when they are happening they are a small minority of the time we have been full-timing, almost 8 years now.

Inverter Update: approval for the work has been received and the new inverter is on order. We hope to get it installed sometime next week so we are extending our stay in Belton Missouri.

Till next time, 

Bob and Jo

Monday, August 14, 2017

TIPS FOR RV'NG - QUICK CONNECTORS (AND AN INVERTER UPDATE)

Currently in Belton MO (Low 64 Humid with Clouds and Sun High 84) 

From time to time we like to share tips that make our RV lifestyle more enjoyable. This time we want to share quick connectors. A lot of the water connections are plastic that can become worn after repeated usage. With quick connectors you thread onto the plastic only once. After trying a few different ones we like the brass quick connectors from Ace Hardware.


We tried the cheaper ones from Walmart and they just didn't last. We started out with the connection for city water since we were concerned about stripping the plastic threads if we disconnected once a week for travel.


It then slowly expanded from there to include all possible connections including our water filtering system.


Water softener


Pressure regulator. When not in use we bought more quick connectors and used them when stowing the filters, water softener and pressure regulator for travel.



All hoses


The advantages are that setup and tear down are a little easier and that if we don't need the water softener for example we can easily leave it out. We are also connecting the hoses to keep the connections cleaner. By slowly expanding the number of quick connectors we didn't have the expense all at the same time.

We didn't hear from the mobile service this past week. Bob called and last we heard they were still waiting approval from the extended warranty company. Hopefully we can get it resolved this week as we "plan" on leaving the 20th.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

G-RATED BLACK TANK REPAIRS (AND MOBILE SERVICE UPDATE)

Currently in Belton MO (Low 61 Humid with Clouds and Sun High 79) 

Note: this blog entry may only be of interest to RVers.

While in Colorado the plastic flange that our toilet is attached to broke on one side so we had a serious lean. Here is a flange like we have that is not broke.



At first Bob tried to repair it himself by buying a new flange. The RV parts guys at both Camping World and RV Four Seasons told Bob that it was either glued or screwed on so Bob brought both to be safe. Bob was also told that the pipe from the toilet to the holding tank was straight down and could be lifted up and the new flange attached. All good info in theory but this is the RV lifestyle where nothing is at it seems.

The pipe from our flange did not go straight down but had a bend in it. When Bob tried to lift the pipe so he could unscrew the broken flange it would not budge. We have the screw on type and it would not easily screw off. Since brute forcing anything to do with the black tank system is not advisable Bob decided the job was above his pay grade so he started calling mobile repair places. Turns out all the mobile techs were scheduling 4 weeks out or would not work on anything black tank related. One of the mobile techs thought about it and called back with a tip to try Home Depot and a flange repair ring.


Bob was a little worried that the rubber seal at the bottom of the toilet would not seal properly so he put them together, first the metal ring on top of the plastic flange.



We had a toilet seal as part of the flapper seal replacement kit so Bob then made sure it would seal before he started the job.



First the good news: The metal ring fit over the plastic flange on the floor. Bob was able to use 4 screws in the plastic one on the floor and 4 longer ones that went through the steel plate through the plastic flange and into the floor. The rubber closet flange on the bottom of the toilet that rests in the plastic flange on the floor was inside the metal ring so we got a good seal.

Now the bad news: the metal ring interfered with the toilet housing so it was a little bit above the floor. Bob shimmed and we were good for awhile.  

Bob then had the idea to see if a toilet riser would seat better, i.e. it would rest on the floor without shimming and the toilet would sit on the riser. 



Bob returned the two plastic flanges and checked out if the riser would work. He brought along a metal ring and plastic flange and checked out the spacing and it looked like it would work so he bought the riser. When we got the riser home we realized we were going to lose some valuable floor space in the bathroom so we abandoned that idea.

The replacement of the toilet flange was then added to our mobile service visit for the inverter and was successfully changed. The inverter was removed and they will do some shop testing on it before they call our extended warranty company. One advantage of this is that they hardwired the connections so now we have power on all the outlets so no more extension cords. We should find out soon about the inverter and the extended warranty.

This was a G-Rated black tank repair as no actual black tank was harmed, or displayed, in the making of this blog entry.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Friday, August 4, 2017

OUR FIRST VISIT TO A SCHEEL'S

Currently in Belton MO (Low 56 Mostly Sunny and not as Warm High 76) 

We've heard a lot about Scheel's Sporting Goods and finally got to recently visit one, this one is in Overland Park Kansas. 


It is huge and has a ferris wheel inside.



Here it is up close.



There also is an aquarium.



Here it is up close.



We walked around and found just about everything sports related. We were looking for a particular Yeti cup and they did not have it. But it was a pretty cool place to tour, and free to boot.

The mobile service is coming today, we can't wait to get things back to normal.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

HUGE MILESTONE - BLOG POST NUMBER ONE THOUSAND

Currently in Belton MO (Low 64 Nice with periods of Sun High 85) 

This blog entry is our 1000th post. We cannot believe that we have had that many or that we have been fulltiming for almost 8 years.  We started out with detailing the remodeling of our home for sale.


Although we weren't daily bloggers we did create a great record of our travels which we will reminiscence about when we come off the road. Here are some of our favorite photos.




We're hoping for another 1000 entries and 8 more years.


Till next time,

Bob and Jo