Search This Blog


Replaced Air Conditioner/ Heater Filter

The filters in my 1988 Itsaca Sundancer motorhome's roof air conditioner/ heater was changed today.  They were easy to do.  I used 15 x 24 Kwik Kut Model "Foam/ KK500."


Heated Hose #2

I installed the second heated hose of the season on my motorhome. The first one didn't turn on.  It wasn't approved for drinking water anyways.  This one is.

I got confused when routing the hose to the appropriate ends, but ended up getting it routed right. The instructions said that the hose can't coil or it might cause problems with its outer shielding. So with it being 50ft long, I had to route it along the back right side of the motorhome, then in front of the drive wheels before I passed it through the bottom to the left side and hooked it up to the city water input.
Just that and insulating it and I feel sore already.

I now have a Pirit Heated Hose Model PWL-03-12-50.  The instructions sheet says that it's not supposed to get hot, but if that's true, it's on the hotter side of warm for sure.  But the water source that I get it from is also electrically heated and maybe that has something to do with it?


Motorhome Winter Strategies

Unlike last February, I have a spare 30/ 15amp mini tandem breaker on board here in the motorhome.  The Coleman roof top unit is a heater/ air conditioner.  Right now, at 48°F outdoors, I have the heater set at minimum in my 31 year old Itasca Sundancer.  The indoor temperature is reading 66°F.  There is no wind to speak of here.

Last year, I used 14 bales of hay to insulate the outside bottom of my motorhome.  This year, I have some kind of padded material and it's outside is kind of foil like.  I'd even call it "space age?"  But I just now had a thought.  What if inside the shielding, I could stuff the bottom to make it more solid?

What I have coming up is I have to replace the hot water tank.  Then I'll have to search for gas leaks.  I'm certain that there's one at the stove.  In case things go wrong, I need to be able to bypass bad systems, or directly plug them in one at a time.  That could at least entail the installation of a liquid propane coupler from the outside to the in so that something like a 20# tank can remain out.  Of course, a line from the inside port would connect to the hot water heater, stove/ oven or heating systems.

Or could I install shut off valves at each appliance and just use the main input line?  If I did both strategies, I could accommodate a LP heater.  A cylindrical shaped object that costs about $150 present day.


Why Don't I Hike?

Some might ask me why I don't hike.  With 1200 miles covered on the Buckeye Trail and 2000 career, I like to think that I'm just on "inactive status."  But one more hiker isn't going to amount to a hill of beans in Ohio and West Virginia. 

Right now in Far SE Ohio, I'm having a hard enough time "keeping the lights on." We have an annual maintenance contingent from the BTA's Road Fork/ Whipple Work Week, but it gets there in July and this place needs things to start happening in June for economic reasons.  That needs local volunteerism, which we had in the past warm days, but this area has incurred multiple, successive calamities.  And the best thing that can happen now is that we withdraw and regroup now that we're in the cold ones.

Digital Mapping File

The file for Adventurer's Project's Digital Mapping was 375MB in hard disk size.  In the past, Google Earth crashes when it tries to load a file of about 400MB (give or take a few megabytes).   I know that this is just going to get bigger, so I saved the individual items and folders to the hard disk itself.  It will be much easier on my laptop to work with them that way.

Adventurer's Project's Digital Mapping is slated to work on digital cartography well out side of its region.  One idea that I have is in support of the North Country Trail Association's "End-to-End" program.  I think that a regional+ transit project that would include passenger airports, Greyhound intrastate buses and a few local amenities would suit a trail of 4,800 miles well?

I'm not sure what the output will look like for the end user, but considering that their Avenza and Guthooks (I'm not sure what they use) basemaps are probably not drawn for this, it might end up being written on Adventurer's Project's website?  But to do that, we'll have to pin point where everything is and that takes a map.


RV Repair Manual Received

My mechanical aptitude is improving.  A lot of times, I don't need a manual to fix something.  Today, I received my RV repair manual from Half Price Books via Amazon.  I'm looking forward to using it when I go after my liquid propane leak in my 1988 Itasca Sundancer 25 foot's stove.  I'm not sponsored by anybody and the only reason why I mention the make and model is for your convenience regarding search engines.

I'm a full timer and I have an idea on how to keep the heat in the winter.  The front cab windows are huge and they bleed heat.  Last year, I draped a tarp from the overhead bunk and that did some good.  But my idea to better it is to cut some 1 inch foam ply insulation.  I'd do the windshield in several pieces.  I can use some light grade canvas from Jo Ann Fabric's and adhere it all together using hot glue.  I used this canvas and hot glue for a modification to my hiking backpack and it held for quite some time.  Anyways, the hot glue will melt the canvas a bit like a weld.

For the cabin windows, it's the separation between the glass pieces that's the problem.  Just use some packing tape on those so that they'll come off easy with a razor blade when spring comes around.

I have full hookups, so last winter, I used my roof heater, which is electric.  That acted like the primary heat and then I used a large electric ceramic heater as my secondary.  But my gas systems are offline right now and last year I had a lengthy power outage.  I live in very rural Woodsfield, Ohio.  It's in Appalachia and every time a driver hits a utility pole, this village has power outages.  But I have a new liquid propane gas sensor.


New Heated Hose

In the last week, the daily lows have gotten as down to 34°F. My previous heated hose broke last winter. So, I paid $138 for a new one. I upgraded the city water port to feature a "Y" splitter and put a pressure gauge on it. Well, this new heated hose has a higher flow rate and it was hard trying to control it.  I have a 1988 Itasca Sundancer 25ft motorhome, so I have to keep its pressure down at 20psi, instead of 40 because the plumbing is old.