Beth and I put in a long day yesterday working on our camper. It was fun, but I was shot by the time we took the camper back to the storage area. Beth really worked hard on the outside. She was working on removing the oxidation from the gel coat finish, and did a great job. We’d started this a few weeks ago, and Beth got about half the trailer done yesterday. It’s a three step process we’re using: First is to remove the oxidation with a cutting pad and a special RV / Boat oxidation chemical. Second is a polish using another cutting pad and our Porter Cable buffer. Then we are applying wax after all that. It really changes the appearance in a good way.
I helped a little. I was working on other issues though. I got the flat panel TV installed and found a way to hook up the 12v system. The TV shipped with just two bare wires to install it. The TV fit really well size wise. I also installed a new digital antenna head for the existing antenna. It all is working well and I’m pleased. Can’t say that I really knew what I was doing, but I guess I knew just enough to get it all installed.
I also installed a new deep discharge battery. I am still trying to figure out the 12v system. It isn’t working so far. I may need to got to our friends at the RV dealership and admit that I don’t know what I’m doing. If I have to I will. Reluctanctly.
So all-in-all we had a hard day of work, but we had fun doing it and like to stand back and see the results of the hard efforts.
Sorry, but I simply didn’t remember to video any of this work. It probably wouldn’t have made a great video anyway, but I am trying to get more involved in capturing the images of events. We will try to post a couple videos from our first camping trip coming up soon. That ought to be more worth a look anyway.
Today we are bringing the trailer over to the house to put a couple more hours into preparations. It’s close now to our ‘maiden voyage’ and I have a few necessary tasks – like checking on the propane and getting the tanks refilled. We also need to put a fresh battery into the smoke detector. Little, but important stuff.
the first run is to a State Park that’s not too far, and only for a couple days. Hopefully we have most things right, but we don’t have to worry if we forget an item. Having tent camped last year put us in a good place anyway. We already have gear that we can transfer from Tupperware tubs that we used and loaded into the truck bed, into the trailers drawers and cabinets.
i am mounting a little 19″ flat screen TV today. And I am upgrading the TV antenna for digital reception. I hope all that works – I’m not a real wiz at hardware installation. If you note a hint of anxiety, it’s there. I will do my best.
So all-in-all, it should be a fun and challenging day.
I shot this little video a couple days ago. My wife and I are getting a small camping trailer ready for the summer. We bought it last winter and have been doing some work on it here or there throughout the early spring when the weather cooperates. Doing the reconditioning is work, but it’s also fun to see the improvements as we go.
Does it seem wrong that we are reluctant to travel to Europe now?
I am writing some posts now about our planned trip to Quebec City. For years we have realized that it doesn’t take much to opt for a trip to Paris or London instead of heading for Orlando or San Francisco. We enjoy Italy, Britain, and France. We had intended to go to Vienna, and then take a trip down to Venice from there this year. But the confusion that we see in Europe now is disconcerting. I personally feel like staying closer to home. Canada seems comforting to me at this point. Driving instead of flying seems like a blessing too. I’m sick of taking off my shoes and belt just to get onto a plane. Yes, I know that its necessary, but the trip isn’t.
Maybe this is it. This is the way things will be from now on. That’s too bad. I wonder if global travel for the middle class will turn out to be short-lived? With fuel costs, airline bankruptcies, terror, and the concerns over currencies, a sure dampening of enthusiasm is upon us.