Monday, April 23, 2018

Slowly getting things together

Since we are leaving out for the summer Thursday we are slowly getting things ready.
For the last two evenings I have scrubbed the motor home and it looks a better.  I used to wash it in a day but can't do it now I seem to get tired a lot and have to rest up.  Nancy keeps telling me I'm old and I'm starting to believe it.

With our 5500W Onan Generator being repaired and ready for installation on Thursday.

 I decided to put the Champion Generator that we have been using for sale.   So yesterday morning I put it on Craigslist.  I guess it must have been the right time to sale it and I thought maybe  with the Hurricane season soon coming was the reason.
My phone and email was busy with people wanting to buy it.  So in a short time it was sold.
I will say the Champion served us well and is a very good generator.
I will be looking for a small generator to buy that I can carry in the outside bay.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.



Saturday, April 21, 2018

The good and not so good

The good news, after much searching I found a place that could take the generator out of the motorhome to do the needed repair on it. 

 
The place is Riley Auto & Electric which is in Homosassa just north of us.
The only thing is they said to have it there by 8:00 in the morning this past Thursday. 
I know how Nancy doesn't like to get up early plus Sherry is the same way I told them we could go up Wednesday evening and stay at the Walmart overnight and that would give them a little more sleep time. 
 
Besides that would also see how the residential refrigerator would do with the solar and batteries.
 
But first back to the generator.
After removing the generator in a very short time.

The guy took it apart and just as I thought it was the field coil that was the reason the # 2 plug was not firing.  Don the owner had ordered the field coil when I called a few days earlier so they would have it back together and running in a short time.
Now the not so good news, the generator did not start up.
Up on checking the electric motor part of it would not turn.  My first thought was oh no the stator is shot and that it is expensive.  But on checking further it needs a new belt, the rubber couple that connects to the fly wheel was broke and there is a small oil leak that has to be repaired.
The parts will have to be ordered and I could get it Tuesday or Wednesday.  I told Ron that I would just wait until Thursday to get the generator since we would be leaving on that day and he said that would be fine.
 
Now, about the test of the residential refrigerator that is supplied by the 2000w pure sine wave invertor.
The news is very good, we were able to do what we had been doing with the rv refrigerator and could not tell any difference.
This was for only one day and a night so any longer might be another story.  But with all the testing that I have gone through already, I think this was a good choice in replacing the refrigerator.
 
So with an rv refrigerator costing in the neighborhood of $1200.00-$1400.00 and the residential costing $333.00 delivered, plus setting it in place and they took away the old refrigerator.
The addition of one 100w solar panel was a good choice indeed.
 
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.
          
 




Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Solar Panel on the roof

Yesterday Nancy had to got to Lab Corp to have some blood drawn so her kidney doctor could see how her numbers were concerning her kidney function.  On the way back we stopped got some lunch to go for eating later.

After getting back home I changed clothes because I wanted to work a little on getting the 100w solar panel on the roof of the motorhome.  It was still a little windy but not so much that I could do some work and stay cool at the same time.  The plan was to get some of the work and then finish up on it today.  But once I got started and every thing went so good I was able to finish it all yesterday.

I just love it when a plan works out so well.

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Monday, April 16, 2018

To much rain and wind

Saturday,  it was rain and wind from 1:00 pm on through the night.  The wind gust of 60 mph that the weather forecaster said we were going to get didn't happen and we were glad of that.  The wind stayed in the range of 20-25 mph. 
I was glad that I had gotten out early in the morning and rolled the patio awning up because there was a little wind at that time and I didn't want to get caught with a strong wind trying to handle a patio awning.

Sunday, it was rain and wind off and on through out the day so it was another stay inside day.
We spent the day on the computers and watching television.

Last night the wind gust picked up enough strength to rock the motorhome all night long.  It didn't bother Nancy and myself but for our daughter Sherry it was a different situation.
She didn't sleep very well because since she lives in a stationary house she is not used to a house rocking in the wind.

I today scheduled to put the 100w solar panel on the roof but with the wind going to last all day long I had to scrub that. 
I didn't want to be on top of the motorhome trying to handle the solar panel while it would be acting like a sail in the wind.   I'm sure I can find something else to do.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day. 

Saturday, April 14, 2018

John Chesnut Park

Yesterday we went down to John Chesnut Park.  This is the first time we have been back to the park in several years and it was good to be back because this is one of our favorite parks.

When we got on the bridge to go over to the picnic area we almost always see an alligator and yesterday was no exception.  We saw this medium size alligator.

also this small one of two that were in this location at the bridge.

Of course there are squirrels hanging around waiting to be fed.  There are signs up that say to not feed the animals but people always feed the squirrels.

We walked out on the pier to watch the boaters as they were going up and down Tarpon Lake enjoying the sunshine and the cool breeze of the lake.

Some yellow flowers were in bloom on the on the small trees. 

A couple of white ibis digging in the sand.

 
One of a couple of dear lying on the ground in the shade trying to keep cool.
 
The white egret came flying in to see what was going on.

The small alligator came out of the water to get in the sun for a while.

After enjoying our time at the park and glad we saw some of the wildlife we stopped in at the Steak and Shake Restaurant to have burger and fries along with a cold coke that really hit the right spot.

This really felt mighty good and was the second time this week that we were able to get out and walk.
The old bones were sore this morning as we got out of bed.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.



 
 




Thursday, April 12, 2018

Finished with therapy

Tuesday:
               
Finally finished with the therapy but I have to admit I kind of enjoyed it.  I really need to keep doing it or some kind of a regular exercise.

When I left the therapy session I stop at the Winn Dixie store to get a few groceries that we needed.

After I got back home Nancy and Sherry were ready to go because I told them we would go out to eat after my therapy.
WE went to Martello's Restaurant and the three of us had the Calzone which was good but not the best that we have had at other places.

With the rain stopping and turning into a nice cool day for the evening we took Sherry out to see the Crews Lake Park.
Sherry likes to take photos more than I do so I knew she would like this Park.

With all the hanging moss and trees bent in all shapes and sizes.

The walk way leading out to the pier over the lake.

It was so good to see Nancy out and enjoy looking at the lake and park.  Most of the time she doesn't feel like getting out.
when we first came to this area there was no water in the lake for a few years but slowly it filled up again.

The lake was full of lily pads and the flowers were bloomed out all over the lake.  It was just beautiful standing there and looking out over the lake.
It was a very nice day.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day. 














Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Raining and muggy

The weather is still rain each day with wind so I still have the patio awning rolled up.  We lost one awning years ago due to the wind and I'm trying not to lose another one.

I did buy a length of aluminum angle to make the feet for the 100w solar panel that I bought from Amazon a week ago. Yesterday I was sawing the angle for the feet.   I was going to use this panel to put on the ground when we are parked in the forest in the shade.  But then I got to thinking how much trouble it would be to carry it in the motorhome and move it in and out.  So with doing that I decided it would be better to just put it on top of the motorhome with the rest of the panels.

The 325 watts of solar have been plenty for us and we haven't used the portable generator very much.
But with the propane refrigerator biting the dust and installing a residential refrigerator I thought an extra 100w panel would help.  I also added two extra 12 volt batteries last year so I think we are good to go without any problems.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.