TrailerLegs

black_leg_x4The best way to avoid flat spots on trailer tires when your rig is in storage is to get it up off the ground. Until now, the only way people could get trailers off the ground was to put them on vehicle jack stands. And while jack stands are strong enough to hold a trailer up, they are inherently dangerous.

A trailer perched on jack stands can accidentally fall and cause serious axle damage or  injury if someone happens to be working underneath the RV. Discover a new product that prevents this calamity.

Trailer Legs Keep RV Tires Round we can use these since we are living in our 5th wheel and it is going to be sitting for long periods of time. And there not that expensive either.

Here a link to their website trailerlegs.com.

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Electrical Surges

Good article I found on Power Protection @ trailerlife.com by Chris Hemer.

Traveling the country by tow vehicle and trailer is often a game of unknowns. We usually don’t know what we’ll see, who’ll we’ll meet along the way, and may not even know where we’re going. We’re OK with that — in fact, a little mystery is what makes the RVing lifestyle fun. But pulling into an unfamiliar RV park and plugging into a power source of unknown condition isn’t something anyone looks forward to, particularly those of us who have seen the dark side of electrical power.

Most of the time, whether at home or on the road, we plug into an outlet and never give it a second thought. As long as everything works, we’re happy. But electrical power is far from perfect; in addition to fluctuation and outages, surges are a common occurrence. In fact, low-level power surges can happen dozens or even hundreds of times a day, and while they won’t necessarily melt parts or blow fuses in electronic components, they can gradually degrade internal circuitry until it eventually fails. Anything with a microprocessor is particularly susceptible, and this includes TVs, computers, microwaves and even some dishwashers and refrigerators.

Power surges occur when the flow of electricity is interrupted, then started again, or when prevailing conditions send electricity flowing back into the system. Surges can range from just a few volts when you turn on an appliance like a hair dryer (an internal surge) to several thousand volts if lighting strikes a transformer or a tree falls on a power line (external surge). Surges can also occur when power comes back on after an outage.

If you own a permanent residence, you likely take care of your home and make sure there are no wiring or grounding issues. But in an RV park, you’re not necessarily in control. Not only can the wiring in the campsite pedestal be questionable (something we’ve all experienced), the whole park could have problems. Add bad weather and/or an unreliable power grid to the equation, and there’s a good chance you’ll fall victim to bad power at some point in your travels.

That’s why it’s important to use a surge protector (not to be confused with an outlet surge suppressor, which is commonly used for plugging in computers and TVs at home). A surge protector prevents bad power from entering the RV when it is hooked up to shorepower, preventing costly damage to electrical appliances. They can even protect you from your own mistakes, such as accidentally plugging the 30-amp power cord into a 220-volt AC outlet (more common than you might think).

Surge protectors are available in portable versions, which are easy to connect and relatively inexpensive, and hard-wired units that become a permanent part of the RV. Like most aftermarket products, surge protectors range in their features and price, so we’ve compiled this handy guide to help you find the right one for your RV. After all, a little protection now can save you a lot of trouble and expense later.

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Cool Ideas

Okay, for me the first thing I did was take off the ugly wall paper border, and the side panels on the windows. Then I took the window side panels turned them upside down backwards and made CD, DVD shelves on the wall. I added on the outside wall a small wooden shelf corbel. Perfect size for the CD’s and DVD’s.

Now for my furniture. We got ride of all the furniture except for the bed.

New Sofa

Sofa Before

New Love Seat

Sofa after

We first purchased a nice rocking leather recliner and a great Ashley double reclining high back leather sofa. Yes they both fit nicely, but I wanted a bit more room.

Then I dismantled the big sofa ( my husband thought I was nuts ) and put the the two recliners together and made a love seat.

 

 

 
 
New Chair

Middle seat now chair

Then I took the center seat of the sofa and made a new chair. Purchased some leather to match it for the sides where they don’t cover it completely and I made big side pockets on both sides of the chair big enough to fit my laptop into. I put decorative nail heads along the sides of the pockets to match the foot stool I purchased to go in front of the chair. Turned out beautiful and my husband loves it. Gave us a lot more room.

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Monarch butterfly

Cool Monarch butterflies in my backyard in Tucson.

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The life cycle of the monarch butterflies depends upon the climate conditions of the place where they bred. Eggs- The monarch butterfly starts its life as a ridged, spherical egg of an inch long. On the underside of the milkweed leaves, the eggs of the butterfly are always laid singly. With quick drying glue, the female butterfly attaches its eggs to the leaf. The egg hatches in about 3 to 5 days and a small Worm-like larva also emerges. 

  • • A black spot on an inside surface of its hind wing distinguishes the male Monarch butterflies from the females that have no such spot
  • • The monarch butterfly does not have lungs; breathing takes place through tiny vents in the thorax or  abdomen called spiracles, and an   organized arrangement of tubes called trachea, distribute the oxygen through the Monarch’s body system.
  • • They have a 10 cm wingspan and weigh between 0.25 to 0.75 grams
  • • The wings flap slower than other butterflies at about 300 to 720 times a minute
  • • Senses of smell and vision help the Monarch butterflies to assess its environment

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Our backyard pond.

 

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The pond in our back yard has grown so much. Really beautiful when blooming. It has about 20+ some Koi fish, some small baby fish that I assume are baby Koi and a good size turtle.

The large-leafed Taro is a native to Asia and is a great resource for shade, given its significant size. Stems of the Taro plant produce and deep purple color, creating a dynamic contrast between its rich green leaves. The water is well water and it looks dirty from the lighting, but it is very clear and clean.

 

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New Truck

New TruckGot our Truck to pull this new home of ours, now we just need a hitch to hook it up.

It’s big enough could probably drive me little Cooper right in the back of it.

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Our 5th Wheel

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Alumascape 35RLQ

We finally purchased our 5th Wheel with the perfect floor plan for us.

Back living room, middle kitchen, front bed room.

Why the Alumascape ?

Holiday Rambler Corporation is an American corporation which primarily manufactures recreational vehicles. It was founded in 1953. In 1961, Holiday Rambler’s introduction of aluminum body framing ushered in a new era of lighter, stronger and more durable recreational vehicles (RVs). This aluminum frame (Alumaframe) became the standard for lighter and stronger RVs for 40 years.

Set up on lotWe Found the perfect lot with a huge yard and a cool Koi pond in the backyard.

Turning the dining area into an office area, and redoing the entertainment center in living room to fit our 50″ TV.

 

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