Thursday, August 21, 2014

THAT'S A SHOCKER!!!

Thursday, August 21 - Our sister-in-law, Delores Weaver, passed away in 2009 from ALS. We will be attending the ALS Walkathon September 27 in Augusta, Georgia. Many of you may be aware of the “ALS ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE” that is sweeping the country. Last year ALS raised just over 1 million dollars for research. This year, thanks to the challenge, ALS has raised over 30 million dollars. One hundred percent of this money goes towards finding a cure for this horrible disease. As of now, there is no known cure.

We were challenged by our daughter and son-in-law, Kelly and Dave, to participate in the Challenge which involves dumping a bucket of ice cube filled water over our heads. We know....old people shouldn't be dumping ice water over their head!.....but we agreed to take part regardless. So if you want to witness this shocking experience view the video.

Our daughter, Carrie who has a birthday today, challenge our poor little Bella to participate in the Ice Bucket Challenge. She said that if Bella would participate she would double her donation. Now mind you, Bella has NEVER been given a bath, but because she, also, believes this is an excellent chance for her to help find a cure, she participated. Don’t forget to raise your donation dear daughter Carrie.

 

It would be wonderful if everyone viewing the video would donate a couple dollars to ALS. You can do this at this ALS secured site. All donations go directly to ALS and will be used to beat this dreaded disease.

Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see y’all back real soon. Have a great day!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

TRAVELS PLANS FOR FALL 2014 AND WINTER 2015

Sunday, August 17 – With all the summer hustle and bustle behind us, it is time to look ahead to our winter travel plans. At best, these are quite sketchy and subject to change but here's what we are considering, so far!

September
-----Charleston, WV, Wytheville VA, Charlotte, NC and Columbia, SC Visit the capitols and Appalachian Mountain Area for hiking and sightseeing
-----Augusta, GA – visit family; ALS Walkathon
-----Mississippi/Alabama Gulf Region – beach and RR

beach

October – December
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Houston, TX – stop and see Carrie
-----Mission, TX – visit friends/Mexico dentist for about three weeks.
-----Houston, TX – Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays

mexico

January
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New Mexico – Las Cruces/Deming/Socorro sightseeing
-----Arizona – Benson, Bisbee, Kartchner Caverns, etc...
-----Tuscon, AZ – hiking and sightseeing
-----Quartzsite, AZ – RV Show, Visit with friends
-----Yuma, AZ – Mexico
-----Arizona/California - Anza Borrego Desert SP; Borrego Springs, San Diego, Catalina

bella-and-cactus

February
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California – Palm Springs/Desert Hot Springs
-----Las Vegas (maybe) or Page, Cottonwood, Sedona, AZ
-----Congress, AZ
-----Apache Junction/Mesa, AZ

supersition-mt

March
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Phoenix, AZ – CLEVELAND INDIANS SPRING TRAINING; Sightseeing, etc....
-----Scottsdale, Sedona, Jerome, etc...

spring training

April
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Houston
-----Head towards Ohio

houston

Of course we may run out of money by the time we get to Houston, so who knows where we will be exactly...lol

If anyone out there in Blogland will be in these areas during our time, please let us know. We would enjoy meeting up with you. Also, if you have visited these areas and really enjoyed a certain sightseeing spot, place to eat, campground (within our frugal budget) or hiking area, we would love to add it to our agenda. Many of our stops will not be new, but we know we have missed something at each stop.

Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see y'all back real soon. Have a great day!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

BETTER THAN NEW

Saturday, August 2 – In the previous post, we mentioned Paul had a little project to do on the 5th wheel. That involved the installation of a “wet-bolt kit” on the suspension.

Old shackles are on the bottom; new replacements on top.shackles

This was a pretty “heavy lift” project, and Paul was a little hesitant to take it on by himself. Luckily, he now has a boy in the family, new son-in-law, Dave, and Rick, visiting for a few days from Mission, TX. Together they tackled this project.

The biggest and scariest part of the job involved jacking the 12,000+ fifth wheel off the ground and securing it on jack stands so it would be safe to crawl under. Dave is experienced working on automotive projects, and Paul felt confident that with his help we could “getter done.”

Great to have a young man around – the young have no fear!jacking up 5er

Notice the heavy duty jack (20-ton hydraulic) and the big jack stand.  No fair looking at those boxers.
Paul under 5er.

It took a while but we were successful in jacking up and securing the trailer on several jack stands. Then we dismantled the suspension system that holds the springs and axles onto the trailer. The object was to replace the under-sized shackles and bolts the manufacture installed during construction and that have been reported to break while driving down the road. Any maintenance to prevent roadside breakdowns is a good thing!

Notice Dave has detached the spring from the trailer.  We are holding up the axle with  a floor jack.
removing spring

Paul is working to remove the spring from the front hanger.removing spring

Dave’s electric impact wrench sure came in handy breaking loose those bolts.  A little scary crawling around under the trailer and around all those jacks and stands.breaking loose bolts.

We were amazed to see the difference in construction of the new shackles compared to those installed during construction. What were those builders thinking?

Check-out the new shackles on the left compared to the old on the right.  If you look carefully, you can see the wear on those old bolts.  new shackles

The new bolts even have grease fitting for applying grease to the inside of the spring eyes to prevent the bolts from wearing and eventually breaking.

See the grease zerks.  Look carefully at the bolts on the right and you can see the holes the grease comes out of to keep the bolts well oiled. After installation, we greased them up and they squirted grease nicely.  Again, you can see the wear on those old bolts.zerks

Rick, our guest from Texas, hammers home a new copper bushing inside one of the spring eyes.  The old install had plastic bushings.Rick working on 5er

Check out the new shiny shackles!shiny shackles

It was a dirty, greasy, and sometimes scary job, but with the help of Dave and Rick, it was successfully completed and Paul tucked the 5th wheel back into its parking space until we depart in early September. Thanks Dave and Rick for all the help!

Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see y’all back real soon. Have a great day!