Ron & Elena's 2007-2010 Travels travel blog

The little birds were really enjoying a nice bath in our water...

Our old hummingbird feeder broke so we got this new one. Now...

It's hard to see but we had to cut, make two bends,...

All 5 new boxes were built like these 2. 1/2" plywood bottoms,...

The cabinet lock is hinged to the wall. Here it's in the...

Here it's in the locked position with a little slide bolt at...


(Ron Writing) I’ve been keeping very busy working on several projects both on the truck and trailer. We’ve also had a few rainy days since the last update and those were spent catching up on computer work and doing some reading.

One day John and I helped each other change the brake fluid in both of our trucks. This is one of those jobs that really takes two people. With this completed I believe I’ve now replaced all of the various fluids in the truck. Some of those fluid changes along with new spark plugs and a new, more efficient air filter has given us about a 10% improvement in fuel mileage. At the rate we’ve been putting on the miles the savings in fuel expense will pay for these changes before long.

We had planned to visit my cousin Jean and her husband Samuel in Sun City last Friday but Elena was still recovering from a cold and sinus problems so we delayed that visit until this Monday. We had a great day there. After a nice visit and lunch with Jean & Samuel we did some shopping before heading home. Jean & Samuel had a bumper crop of citrus this year and we came home with a good supply of grapefruit, oranges, tangelos, and lemons.

Before we went to California John and I installed an Amsoil bypass filter kit on the truck. The steel plate we mounted the filters to developed a small crack near one of the bolt holes during the drive to California. When we got back here I took a better look at the situation and decided that plate was not strong enough to hold the filters. So I purchased a small sheet of 16 ga. steel and John and I fabricated a new plate to replace the original. This one is about twice as thick as the original and should work fine.

Last week I received a new grease gun that I ordered on the internet. A few days later I tried it out on the truck. The front end of the truck has 11 jerks and some of them are pretty hard to find and a little difficult to get at. I was able to get them all greased and it appeared like some of them had not been greased for a very long time. I really prefer to do this maintenance myself since I’m sure the guys working in most of the lube shops are just not as diligent about doing a good complete job as I am.

Last year I made a couple small wooden storage boxes from some leftover wood and scraps I found behind the clubhouse. This week I made 5 more of them. Each box is a different size and is designed to maximize the usage of a particular storage area in the kitchen or bathroom. We had been using either cardboard boxes or plastic storage boxes. The cardboard boxes were okay until they just wore out. The plastic boxes are just never quite the right size and what’s worse is that they have rounded sides and corners so bottles and cans don’t stand up as nicely in them.

Today I also installed a travel lock on the three large kitchen drawers so they won’t be sliding open when we are traveling. I wasn’t able to find a positive latch I liked that would fit on these very closely spaced drawers so I made a locking bar from an oak board.



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