Wednesday, November 9, 2016

A Successful Start

Our deadline of mid November 2016 was fast approaching and I had been procrastinating all of the pain in the ass projects like rear brake adjustments, pinion seal and  oil change so with only days left I got to it by making some heavy duty solid wood ramps and getting her up in the air. Thankfully, about the time I figured out my tools weren't gonna cut it for the pinion seal job, a good friend dropped off his service truck for me. Problem solved! 
I couldn't figure out how to make our Traeger Big Tex pellet BBQ fit in the basement so we splurged for their mobile offering and I'm pretty impressed with how little space it takes up and how well it works. We cooked up some burgers in the driveway with about 30 minutes on the smoke setting then cranked it up to 350 to finish them off. Because of its small size it seems like this little guy might actually get more smoke into the meat then it's big brother.
Living in a small space makes a top quality vacuum cleaner essential. We chose the cordless Dyson V6 Animal. I found one on Ebay for $300 since the box had been opened and couldn't be happier with our purchase. It fit in our hallway utility closet perfectly and charges automatically while in its holder. We've been using it daily since we left. 
Awhile back, I acquired a swing away Yakima bike carrier that was meant for an RV and had planned on fitting it to the front bumper of our coach since our rear receiver will be busy with the towed car. After a lot of thought, I decided to move the bikes all the way back to behind the car and built an adapter to allow the rack to be fitted into the smaller trailer hitch receiver that I had installed on our Jetta a few years ago. Our little VW serves us well with a Hobie tandem kayak on the roof, two bicycles in the rear and 42 gallons capacity of empty water totes in the trunk.
We had no idea how much of our preserved foods we would actually be able to take with us until we started loading them into the coach. Turns out, just about everything we'd need for the next 4 months fit. Jess wrapped a rubber band around each jar to keep the glass jars from touching.
And with that, we said goodbye to winter and left our little town for warmer lands. This will be the first time either of us has experienced a snow-less winter and to be honest, we may end up missing it.
A hundred or so miles down the road and all went well. We picked up a supplemental braking system for the towed off of Craigslist and will be installing it before beginning the second leg of our farewell tour of Washington for the winter.  


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