Sunday RV-Living Chores

Had a busy Sunday today:

New front tires mounted. The previous pair were pretty well-worn. Not the tread, as such, but they lost a wheel weight at some point and started wearing unevenly. Downright strangely. Might also be worsened by having some worn front shocks.

Speaking of shocks… I replaced UPGRAYEDD’s rear shocks today. It takes all of five minutes or so. It’s a good thing I replaced them, too. The old ones weren’t just worn–they were completely floppy. I think I’ll order some front shocks and swap them out at the next opportunity.

I did 10,000 mile oil change #n+1, dropping off the used at recycling. It wasn’t due for it just yet but I suspect we won’t have an opportunity at any campgrounds for at least the next three or four months.

Also done today was another step on our generator install–routing the exhaust duct and health/safety testing the result. I’ve a thermometer and a digital-read carbon monoxide detector in the bay as well as another CO detector in the room above it, plus the built-in unit. Triple redundancy and none of them measured more than 1ppm during the half-hour test. I still need to source a transfer switch and a few feet of 6-3/8-1 cable to finish the install, but that can wait a few months.

Next on the agenda: a nearly-empty bottle of whiskey needs to be disposed and this knee needs to be rested.

Installing a Washer/Dryer

Home-improvement: after six months you get tired of going back-and-forth once or more per week to the campground’s laundromat. What to do? You drill a 4 ¼ inch hole through the side of your RV to install this awesomeness.

For those of you who may be wondering what the inside of your modern RV walls look like, take a close look at the core. It’s two sheets of 1/8 inch plywood, a bit of foamcore, and some fiberglass and gelcoat. It’s incredibly light and astonishingly strong.

South Carolina

While John worked today, I packed a lunch then coerced the Littles in the truck and drove us to the Edisto Beach, South Carolina over an hour away. Crazy, but mostly straight, two lane highways most of the way. We must have passed 150 churches in that 50 mile trip.

Kinda sad it took 6 weeks of Florida and half a week in South Carolina to finally see the Atlantic Ocean but now we’ve done it!

The Littles picked tons of shells and loaded their pockets. Some of the booty was left behind in our beach art.

On they way home we stopped off at a farm stand market and bought some veggies and a chocolate pie made from the farmer’s mother’s recipe. They have a family owned restaurant and they bake and can yummies to sell.

Urgent Care

Had to stop at urgent care on Wednesday–sinus and ear pressure reached unbearable levels.

As I suspected: sinusitis secondary to the downhill from the flu.

Prescription filled, fluids added to both me and the tow vehicle, and back on the road toward the primary objective.

On the plus side, we’re now down at sea level and the pressure is quite high, but tolerable.

As an aside, the wind in eastern Washington today was so bad that we only made 160 miles on the tank; we usually make 275.

Also, I’d completely forgotten how astounding it is to see Mt. Rainer from waaay out on I-90 just outside of Spokane on a day as clear as this. Wish I’d had my faculties about me to have captured a vid or pic.