Where is the time going? It seems that since our arrival home, at the beginning of April, I’ve been out straight. That second day home, I remember shoveling snow and ice on the lower driveway in order to get the truck camper closer to the back door. (Easier unloading). When will I ever learn that weather here in Northern New Hampshire doesn’t get decent until May! That is the (end of May)
So, here I am at the end of July, taking a moment to reflect on where I’ve been and where I’m going. Well for a two month period, my main project has been working in my oldest daughters’ home property. This project involved removing an above ground pool and deck. This might seem like a quick task, but the above ground pool was partially buried two feet in the ground. After delivery of two giant loads of fill, by the way, half of the 36 cubic yards I hand shoveled. (Hence a 17-pound reduction in my ‘Mass Body Index’ “) I volunteered for this torture! Some people pay big bucks, at the gym, for the same results! I enjoy working hard!
A new deck, partial back wall siding, (stone veneer), landscaping and privacy fence and the project completed!
While resting from the above project, my “Army Training” always kicks in (Position Improvements) and countless improvements project came into my head. Most of them directed to our 5th wheel camper. A Kenwood receiver head replaced the old radio. Both of these units are the automobile style replacements. This meant fabricating mounting brackets in a peninsular wood cabinet. This new “Double Din” head unit now features several functions including answering both of our iPhones through the six radio speakers. I also wanted separate volume control in the master bedroom, hence I installed a baby 20-watt amplifier above the pillow area of our queen size bed. I can now take a nap, adjust the volume, shut down the two bedroom speakers. I can even shut off the head receiver from my iPhone app. Position Improvements that’s what it’s all about!
Next improvement came from my aging eyes problem. As you get older it seems your eyes need more light to see in a darker cabinet. For this improvement, I installed LED lights in the cabinets of our 5th wheel. I didn’t want all of the cabinet lights to come on all at once. I fabricated small brackets and with microswitches at each door. The individual door opens the LED’s lights in that compartment. I do have a master switch to shut the power to all as we drive down the highway. (No unintended battery drain here).
On the outside of the 5th wheel, I installed more LED lighting with dimmable capabilities. The 16-foot light strip was mounted waist-high. In order not to have the light shining in your eyes, I cut a 1″ PVC pipe in half, lengthwise and used this as a shade and mounting fixture.
On the inside, I replaced two inferior recliners with a couple of “Lazy Boys”. I didn’t stop there. I wanted a table that I could place my laptop on. The table had to be able to swivel with the recliner but stay in level position while the recliner rocked back and forth. I did a lot of head scratching and finally fabricated a steel base with articulated mobility on the table. This is what I wanted! Both recliners are in our home this summer for “Road Testing“. So far so good!
I believe I already mentioned, in another blog, that I re-curved the 5th wheel axles to factory specs. This will help immensely in less tire wear. I also purchased “EEzrv” TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System) This system not only measures tire pressure but also tire temperatures. My, “Position Improvement”, here is to have safe travels to the South West next fall!
I have installed countless USB charging stations throughout the 5th wheel. It seems we are always looking for a place to plug in our devices. I also plan on buying a small inverter to run more AC appliances on DC battery power. We are solar-powered now and I want to double the solar capabilities in the near further. As an experiment, I plan on trying to dry camp at Davis/Monthan AFB. A close by dump station, availability of potable water and new restroom, shower room and laundry 50 feet away will make this experiment very doable. If it doesn’t work out for an extended period of time, the full hookup sites are available.
That is what I been doing in the beautiful mountains of Northern New Hampshire!