Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Tearing Things Up While I Wait... So What Else is New?

Thought as soon as I got back to Colorado from my last run to Missouri and on to Alabama... I would be hauling the 5er to Missouri...

Yeah... You'd think I'd learn to not plan on the planning of others.

So... that date remains a moving target. It's shifting from late in June to the day after tomorrow and back again...

Welllll... I have gotten real poor at waiting on anything... and two pieces in the bath of the 5er just don't measure up, so I've kinda thrown stuff in everyone else's way while I got left waiting. ;)

Karma is fun ain't it?

#1 - the toilet seal is bad so it doesn't hold water very well in the bowl... which allows a sweet aroma to permeate the rig. :)
   - The plan there is to just find a cheap "takeout" that looks good from some other rig and replace the whole dang thing... so far... those running ads for their units don't see a need to reply to prospective buyers... grrrrrrrrrrr...

#2 - is the shower... it started cracking some years ago, which I've been chasing with epoxies of various sorts, silicone and various failed efforts.
    - The plan there is IN PROCESS... it's called; If thine shower offends thee... RIP THE SUCKER OUT!

... and that's just what I done!

The tub section cracked all around the drain... and defied any repair... so... Shred it!

And that, totally revealed the pathetic performance of RV Builders when they construct these rigs.

Now, Jayco has the "Rep" of being sort of... mid-grade in quality...

Um... NO... Their construction SUCKS.

Once that tub was out it revealed for sure and for certain what I pretty much already knew... and it was THE majority reason the thing cracked up in the first place.

They chose to cheap out and not put any sort of proper support under the tub... so it flexed every time you stepped in...

Flex PVC enough... and Yup! It Cracks!.

Hard to see by the pic, but that chipboard is sitting on 2x4 blocks. so the back, the front and both sides of the tub/shower floor were hanging in the air. How frigging Stupid is that???

They put one small chunk of waferboard on blocks in the center of the space. NO support anywhere around the outside of the tub... and it's all cut out around the drain too!

Right where it Needs to be solid... they just left it all hanging... not just poor work, it's plain stupid.

So... I'm framing in for some proper decking...

... and then a rock solid piece of 3/4 ply to deck for the new shower pan...

Got the holes chopped for the heater vent and the plumbing access... Getting the nice, tight hole located that will secure the drain is going to be a mite tricky... but it will happen and then there won't be any new breakage because the floor was flexing around a fixed pipe.

Still have to move the water lines they hung out in the way of everything. Which is also "funny"... since those lines not only supply the shower and vanity...

... they go on to the "low point" drains... and of course, there's a great big "belly" in both lines... which would drain really well, don't you think?

Now, what's going back in?

THAT is in process too. The "Factory"/Commercial parts are ridiculous. Well over $220 for just a plastic shower pan? Um... No.

I'm getting some "custom" ABS sheet cut to fit. I'll build my own damn shower pan and recover the walls for less than what they want for just the pan... maybe about half. Thinking some Redneck rustic to boot! ;)

And THIS one won't crack.

The engineers and "Pro" RV builders can't do it right, not because of cost, because they're too lazy and careless to.

So, a puss gut mountain cowboy with a bad attitude will show 'em up__One.More.Time. and correct their pathetic effort...

... on a side note... The construction of my New Lakota Charger LQ trailer is head and shoulders above what I've seen in most Standard RV's (If not higher)... and as far as "Rep" is concerned, Lakota is in that "Mid-Range" for quality, kinda just like Jayco... ha ha ha... only Lakota's "Mid" measures up with "Premier" in the "RV" world.

Better Axles, Better frame, better fit and finish of Cabinetry. Better materials from what I've seen so far, after living in it for two weeks or so... Better everything.

Point being, it can be done... if the builders wanted to.

Fixing What should have been done right in the first place

Sunday, May 17, 2015

I May... But I Haven't Yet...

I've thought long and hard about starting yet another website.

Buuuuut... since I've not been doing a stellar job of mucking out the stalls of the two I have, I haven't yet found that to be a good idea! :)

The new site would be, of course, wrapped around the building and working of my yet to be truly started winter camp.

I've been running so hard lately I forget where I'm at sometimes...

So... don't think I've revealed, though my confused brain pan can't be tee total sure, that I locked down a few weeks back, a five acre spot of Arizona dirt before I rolled north.

Down in Cochise county, on the afternoon of the day Arlo joined my camp, I signed the paper to work a cheap deal on five "dirt cheap" acres in Sulphur Springs valley in Arizona.

A few dollars down and a few more each month for but 15 months or so... and I've got the Cochise county location where I can be who the hell I am with a minimum amount of the kings minions pokin' and jabbin.

Cochise county is one of the three or four Arizona counties that are still a place where a bit of the original thoughts of the founding fathers still exists.

The spot I found sits right between the two mountain ranges where Geronimo and Cochise made fools of the U.S. Army for years. The Army never did truly defeat them... it just exhausted them

With that kind of spirit living in the soil of that land... it seemed a pretty good place for an anachronism like me. I would have liked more dirt than the five acres I've got... and to tell the truth, the five acres adjacent is for sale... and I WANT it!  I just can't swing it, considering the commitments I've made already in the past six weeks!

If I could get past the craziness I'm wading through and get my next book done, maybe I could generate the dinero to do that. I can only hope the fella selling it will not succeed until I can line up my ducks to scoop it up too! :)

Any way... back to the original thought of this rambling post... I started a new section in the Main goin' RV Boondocking site to write about the development of my Cowboy Winter Camp. The section is titled, curiously enough,  Cowboy Winter Camp on the nav bar... the button under that is labeled "Home Base".

Until I find the ambition to do the huge amount of work to build another whole site, I'll put all the developments of my winter camp there. I think it likely you'll be able to go to links on that Home base page as well as I'll probably add some more links under that Cowboy Winter Camp section header... There'll be plenty to write about.

In any event, that's where the lion's share of my webwork will be invested for a lot of my coming future.

Considering that this "site" has grown to nearly 25,000 visitors a month now, it seems reasonable to find a way to build that new work into this location and not split it up with another new address...

Pretty good excuse for being lazy huh? :-P

annnnnnd... lazy as I am, and seeing that it's now 11:54 in the p.m. ... this old buster is going to bed!

Still Keepin' On
- Brian

Friday, May 15, 2015

I Just Keep on Keepin' On... Making Adjustments Along the Way.

The worst thing a buster can do__is sit. Stagnation is pure death to dreams and ambitions. The longer you stay static the deeper your feet sink into the dust and the more effort it takes to pull 'em out and get moving again.

It's better to keep moving and find out you made a choice a bit off target than to sit waiting for "things to get better" or for that perfect opportunity to fall on you. If something is moving, it's far easier to redirect it to a better trail once you see you're off course a bit... than it is to get a stuck in the mud, stagnant, frozen piece of Anything moving out of its STUCK position.

As always... I set out thinking I know where I'm going and when... only to find out the world has some of it's own modifications to throw into the mix.

Thought I was going to be coming to Denver to help get the kids house ready to go on the market at the best price. Welllll... it's hard to get a house "ready" when it sells "as is" before it ever even gets listed!

So that blew an un-occupied hole in my schedule of about a month. They'll be leaving the third week of June or so... which leaves me at a bit of loose ends till then.

The old jayco is going to them to use for housing while they build... Only they've not got a truck to drag it to the Ozarks__so that's my task... but not until June I guess... Though I'd thought it would be moving Now... they need to use it the last week or so here... so that waits as well...

... buuuuut... I'm unwilling to get "Stuck"...

Sooooo... I'm occupying my close up time rigging out this new Lakota. First task was/is outfitting it with fresh dishes and such. Putting up hooks for such as I need to hang, figuring out what goes where and how to divide up cabinets for the best use...

... then... there's power...

It's not yet been decided what is going to happen with the solar power system on the old Jayco... and honestly, I've not conjured a good location for a bigger battery bank and inverter location on this Lakota LQ... so in the short term I'm going with a Generator.

Now I could (if the budget allowed which it doesn't) just trot on down and pick up a new Honda or even pricier Onan/Kohler rig... that'd only be $3500 or so for the sort of powerhouse I want. Dollars I don't have...

Yeah... I've got what dollars I do have stretched so tight they is damn near transparent! ;) 

Buuuut... there are other real acceptable options.

In pursuit of those options I'm running to Sheridan down in the Denver area to look at a Motorhome takeout this morning. It's a 4K Onan "Emerald" and would be just about the perfect gen set for this rig.

Those Onans and Kohlers that are installed in Motorhomes and such are the 1800 rpm models that run a hell of a lot quieter than the 3600 rpm "lawn mower" noise boxes. Like the Champion bolted on the tail of the Jayco I've offended a few gentle souls with!

They're quieter__and__they're "American" (who knows where the castings are made) Cast Iron that lasts dang near forever if you give 'em some reasonable care.

One thing I'm going to do "different" than those that mount such an outfit in/on their LQ's is that I'm going to mount mine on the truck.

My thinking is; #1. wherever the LQ is, the truck will be close by. #2. The truck has open space on the bed while I want to conserve space in the LQ. #3. Having the gen set mounted on the truck would be even quieter in the rig. #4. In the building of my winter camp I'm going to have a need for power at the far reaches of my little patch of dirt... to run welder, tools et al... so having it mounted real mobile on the truck would be a great advantage

So... assuming this generator I'm looking at today checks out acceptable__the appearance I've seen in a photo is good and the price is attractive ;) __ the next task will be to buy/build a generator "Box" to house it on the bed along with locating a fuel tank to equip it with and then get it all put together and operational.

I've also got a HEAVY need to get back into the current writing project... Novel #6... so I'm planning... toward the middle of the week to hitch up and go hide in the mountains somewhere and write for a few weeks until my trailer hauling services are required to roll on another circle to Missouri.

There's something that needs doing every day... so I'm keeping the dust flying and tryin' as hard as I can to not make too many off target choices__but then__it's from those; "What the hell were you thinking?" choices that the best stories come! bwahahahahaha.

Duckn' an' Runnin'