Wednesday, April 16, 2014

TV ---- OUT !!

I’ve mentioned several times previously that my rig came with FOUR TV’s !!  Why on earth anybody would want or need FOUR TV’s in their rig is beyond me !  But to each their own.

The TV in the main living area (over the dash) rattles and shakes like crazy when I’m driving.  Drives me nuts.  But this trip North that I-65/69 that I took was really bad and the TV was rattling so much I was beginning to fear it was going to fall down on top of me.

I swore that as soon as I got settled – and had an extra set of hands to help me – out it was coming !!

So when Linda & Guy visited the other day that’s exactly what happened.

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Certainly didn’t take long to get that baby out.  Four screws went through the bracket into the TV and then there was a strap/screw holding each side to the bracket.  One of these straps was broken off !!

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OK, So now the ‘easy’ part is done.

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I taped up all those hanging wires so they won’t go banging around the next time I’m driving.

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And then I put the 4 screws back into the bracket and taped them there.  If I didn’t do that I’d never find them again.  You see I have a tendency to put things in a very safe place for when I might need them next – never to be able to find them again !!

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Now what to do with that big awful opening ??  Not being one for an ‘original’ idea, I simply STOLE from what DIANNE & TOM did when they took out their TV.

Off to Michaels I went and got this Foam Board.

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The width was fine but the height was just a little too long so I had to cut some of it off.

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“Measure twice – cut once” – At $28.24 for a sheet of this stuff I certainly didn’t want to screw up.

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All cut to size and now getting ready to use those double sided adhesive strips.

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I just love these Command products.  I’ve used them in the rig to hang everything I have.  No more nails for me.

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No doubt way too many strips on it but I wanted to make sure it would hold securely.  This Foam Board is very, very light but better to be on the safe side.

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VOILA !  DONE !!

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DIANNE I simply couldn’t resist taking this pic !!  LOL

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Another job checked off my never ending list of things TO DO.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

WE ARE OH SO “NOT” IMPRESSED

This cold snap has been predicted on the weather websites for awhile now – but SNOW !!??

Yes, woke up this morning to that gawd awful white stuff AND a temp of 32F/0C – with a “feels like” temp of 25F/MINUS -4C.

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My poor little Arizona girl…..

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I knew immediately by looking at the solar display screen that I was going to have to get up on the roof and get that snow off the panels.

My fabulous ‘hosts’ here have both 15AMP and 30AMP electrical that they’ve offered to me several times.  I’m just not the type that want to be a bother to anyone and surely not one that is going to impose in any way.

So on the roof I go.  Have you ever been on a skating rink with just smooth soled shoes on ?  Well that’s exactly what the roof was like.  EXTREME caution had to be used.

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NOT a pretty sight !

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As soon as I got back into the rig I saw my solar – oh how I LOVE my solar – was doing what it was supposed to be doing.  With the snow off the panels it was now pumping in 8 AMPS of juice.

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Now 8 AMPS is not a lot – if it were sunny it would be pumping in anywhere from 15 – 20 AMPS but hey I’ll take what I can get.  It is very overcast so I’m surprised it is even pumping in that much.

In no time my battery level went from 12.4 to 13.1.  Several hours later it was at 13.5 – it naturally will not reach a full charge today but all I need is enough to keep my computer and MiFi charged and some juice left for the furnace for overnight tonight.  Tomorrow is going to be another very cold day – but sunny at least.

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Ms. Daisy is REALLY not happy !!

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My little guy know where to be to stay warm !!

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I’m sure glad I got that extra heater – had BOTH going the entire day !!  I now have the Big Buddy and the Little Buddy !  LOL

“Jeeze Mom, You taking ANOTHER picture of me ??  I’m just laying here trying to get warm !!”

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A little later the solar was pumping in 10.5 AMPS.

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By 1:00PM it was still showing 32F/0C – with a “feels like” 19F/-7C.  And going to an overnight low of 21F/-6C.

Tomorrow is gonna be another bitter COLD one – same as today.  But Thursday we will get back to the mid 50’s – which I’m sure will feel downright BALMY !!  lol