Two Weeks To Go!
It's June, and we have less than 2 weeks to go for our big journey north. I finished up the shelf mod in the camper. It is at the rear of the trailer, under the 2 big rear windows, perfect for 3 cats to lounge in their cat beds. It will also be used for AC power in each corner, charging phones, laptops, cameras, etc. I used command strips to attach it instead of putting holes in the walls. It is solid.
Other news this month is a new website and YouTube channel, RVBlues.com. This is my first attempt at using Wordpress to create a website. It's still a learning curve, but I'm moving forward. I will be updating this site and YouTube channel with Blues Jams and a few guitar lessons, in addition to our travels. Videos yet to come for RV Blues. Please check it out and subscribe. RV Blues
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4 Day Test Drive
It's May, the birthday and wedding day month. Two beautiful grandsons, age 1 and 3, and my son's wedding. I rolled the TT down to Yogi Bear Jellystone Park in Williamsport, MD for a 4 day stay. The rehearsal dinner, wedding, and reception were all over an hour away from home, so I opted to camp. The Rockwood was home base for all the events. My nephew came in from Pitt and stayed for 2 nights. The park was very clean and well kept, but had higher than average rates, due to the facilities, pools, water slide, horseshoes, volleyball, jump station, and other activities for kids. Beats an amusement park IMO. I made the return trip safe and sound. The Rockwood is sitting in the drive ready to be cleaned and packed for the 4 week journey. Stay tuned!
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Getting the Rig Ready
It's April. Time to de-winterize the rig. It was 80 degrees out, so time to get the AC checked out. I installed a hard start capacitor on the Coleman AC unit and tested it before and after the install with the Champion 3400 generator. The generator handled the AC start up before the install without any issues. I did not notice any differences after installing the capacitor, but hopefully it will be an advantage in hot weather.
I had Schwintek slide problems with the bedroom slide. One side would go faster than the other. I tried resyncing multiple times to no avail. The controller error codes showed 8 flashes which pointed to a bad wire between the controller and right side motor. I bought a new wire and installed it, but that did not correct the problem. So, next I replaced the controller. Still not fixed. Then bought and installed new motors. BINGO! The right side motor was defective and would jam up after running for 3 seconds. Process of elimination solved this issue. Now I have a backup controller and backup motor.
I got a Dokio 100 watt solar suitcase. These panels are flexible and very thin, great for a portable setup. I've used them for a few days and they are charging up the golf cart batteries, but the 100 watt rating is overrated. Given the displayed volts and amps on the controller, in maximum direct sunlight, I cannot get over 40-50 watts out of them.
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So, here we are, making plans for the 4 week Nova Scotia trip. I booked a few campgrounds, since I will need WiFi to be able to work. I'll be splitting the trip into 10 vacation days and 10 work days.
Our first stop after leaving Carlisle, PA, is at the Crown Point Campground in New York. We'll be spending 2 nights there.
Our second stop after leaving Crown Point is at the Quebec City KOA. I specifically chose this campground for WiFi access and plan on working 2-3 days while here. I'll definitely be attending the Thursday blues jam at the Pub Limoilou Blues Bar.
Next up is Boondocking for a week. This week will be 'take it as it comes', might work a day or two, might be on a beach, might be in the mountain wilderness.
Then it's on to the Halifax, Nova Scotia KOA campground for a week. Another possible 2-3 days of work, and the remaining days spent sightseeing. And possibly another blues jam at Bearly's House of Blues and Ribs.
Our last week will be at the Hadley's Point campground in Bar Harbor, Maine. Once again, another 2-3 days of work and the remaining days sightseeing. We were in Bar Harbor and Acadia last year and can't wait to get back.Please subscribe to our YouTube channel HERE.
So, I was searching around for a new camera with decent video capability. I was considering a Canon Powershot G7X Mark II. I've seen some excellent Youtube videos with that camera. Then, Ra tells me that she bought a camera 4 years ago to supplement her Nikon and it's in a drawer. She never really used it. I decided to give it a try. It's a Samsung EX2F compact camera. It has a lot of options for a small camera, and some good reviews a few years back. But, it doesn't have an external mic plug. It does have a hotshoe mic capability. I just finished recording the Champion 3400 Generator video with it, which is now on our Youtube channel HERE. I think this camera will work for a while while the website and channel get going. I plan to use it on our Nova Scotia vacation this summer.
New Additions and Mods
I upgraded the battery bank to 2 Duracell golf cart batteries. A lot of campers go with the Trojan T-105 6 Volt Battery, but I think the Duracell is a valid option, and is more affordable. I've already used them on 2 local camping trips without hookups. They performed well for the 2 days that we camped. I was able to run the TV, lights, furnace, and water heater. These will be used more frequently this summer when we boondock in Canada.
|I added these screen door bar handles to both entry doors. They make it much easier to close the screen door, and also help to protect the screen from accidental tears and holes. An easy install and highly recommended.|
|I purchased a portable 100 watt solar panel kit to keep the batteries charged when bookdocking. This summer will be my first time using it while traveling through Canada. My plans are to get a more permanent and more powerful solar setup in the future. If you are just getting into solar, this is a great starter kit! Get yours now!|
|I purchased a Champion 3400 Dual Fuel Inverter Generator for use when the solar isn't keeping up. I'm excited to begin using this generator as a complete electrical solution when needed. It will replace shore power and allow us to run the AC, furnace, water heater, lights, TV, etc. A great feature of this generator is that it is dual fuel. It can run on gas or PROPANE, and it is an INVERTER generator making it excellent for RV use! Reviews and ratings are very high for this generator. Check out my video of it HERE. Get yours now!|
Here We Go!
We're just starting out on this adventure. I'm creating the Website and YouTube channel. I'm working with DaVinci Resolve as my Video Editor and trying to learn all the features of the software. My first attempts are creating PLogs of our photos from Montreal and Bar Harbor vacations last summer. Videos will come soon.
I already realize I'm going to need a new, more professional camera to document our travels. We're starting out with cell phone pics and videos.