New adventure! Wickenburg, AZ to Ogden, UT, 2019!


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Comment by Kevin F Smith on June 3, 2019 at 10:39am

Thus ends our Utah adventure for this year!

I am about to load up the Jeep, get the RV out to the main parking area, hook up the Jeep, and head south on I-15 2 exits to top off the diesel and propane at the Flying J, dump the tanks and fill the freshwater, and check and top off the tires.

Then we'll be on the road toward Yellowstone National Park on our way to our next show in Sterling, NY.

We are going to be taking I-15 to Butte, MT, and then cut across on I-90 to Gardiner, MT, which is right near the north entrance to Yellowstone. We are hoping to stay a week at Mammoth camping area, since a lot of the campgrounds at Yellowstone aren't open yet, and the ones where you can make reservations for are full! Mammoth looks like we can get into it no problem at this time of year, as long as it isn't a weekend. I can't imagine how busy the park must get when school gets out!

So thus endeth this chapter!

Look for my new chapter, "Utah to New York, 2019"...coming soon!


Comment by Kevin F Smith on June 1, 2019 at 10:55pm

Today I borrowed (with a 95.00 deposit) a hand pump brake bleeder from Napa, and then loaded up on Dot 3 brake fluid from Walmart. 4.5 quarts later, I got ALL the air out of the lines on the Itasca, and the pedal feels perfect again. Then I returned the bleeder to Napa and got my money back.

Dang my forearms got a! That was a lot of pumping to move four and a half quarts through the lines.

Tomorrow I'll be checking the rest of the my safety checks on the RV and Jeep, and then Monday morning we hit the road north.

First stop along the way to upstate New York? Yellowstone! Gotta see Old Faithful and the Park since we'll be driving right by it.


Comment by Kevin F Smith on May 20, 2019 at 5:30pm

Paladin is going to be fine! The vet said it did indeed seem to be Bordatella or one of the other causes of "kennel cough"...and he probably contracted it playing every day at the dog park at the Beaver KOA a couple of weeks ago.

His heart and lungs sound great though, and all the swimming put him closer to his ideal weight of 95 lbs (he weighed in at 100 lbs today).

So they put him on 2 weeks of Doxycycline and he should be right as rain in no time. And the vet bill was VERY reasonable! 115.00 bucks, and that included the 2 weeks of antibiotics. SWEET!!!


Comment by Kevin F Smith on May 20, 2019 at 10:03am

Well...our German Shepherd Paladin is sick. Poor little guy. He's coughing a bit, has eye and nose boogies, and a fever of 103 (101-102.5 is normal for dogs). He has all the classic symptoms of Bordatella (kennel cough), so we will be bringing him to the vet at 2pm this afternoon to get looked at and to get some antibiotics. We want to make sure we catch this early so it doesn't develop into pneumonia and cost us a fortune like it did a year and a half ago in Arizona.

Please keep my little buddy in your thoughts and prayers.


Comment by Kevin F Smith on May 13, 2019 at 11:00am

Not yet!  But thanks for the idea!  If we have time, we'll definitely stop and check it out this year.


Comment by Jimco_W001 on May 12, 2019 at 11:50pm

The RV Museum is right off of I90. Have you guys been there?

Comment by Kevin F Smith on May 11, 2019 at 8:41pm

We did pretty well on opening day at the Utah Renaissance and Fantasy Faire...especially for being such a small venue. Excellent!

After this faire is over, we decided that on our way north to I-90, we are going to stop by Yellowstone and see Old Faithful...and stay there for about a week before heading east. I can't wait!


Comment by Kevin F Smith on May 10, 2019 at 9:20am

Everything is set up for this little Faire, which opens tomorrow! And the weather is supposed to be perfect. So hopefully we'll make some!


Comment by Kevin F Smith on May 10, 2019 at 9:19am

Update on our solar panel system:

I have determined that the way we use our power, the two Trojan T-105 batteries are more than enough for boondocking. As long as they fully charge during the day, they last all night and have plenty of power left the next morning until the solar starts charging them up again (I've been turning off the inverter at Midnight every night, and turning it back in the morning). Even with partly cloudy days, the 400 watts of solar is adequate to charge them up...but with dark cloudy days, it isn't quite enough. So when we can afford it, I will indeed be adding 300 more watts to the roof...which should be more than enough even with a few dark cloudy days in a row.

I think that having the two Trojan batteries is actually better for us than our old system with six batteries. This way the battery bank ends up being FULLY charged during the day, whereas the old system, with 705 watts, would only fully charge after a few very sunny days in a row.


Comment by Kevin F Smith on May 5, 2019 at 10:02pm
So far the 2 battery setup seems to be working perfectly! By the time the sun goes down and the voltage stabilizes, the batteries are reading fully charged at 12.7 volts. After using the batteries at night watching TV and whatnot, even with leaving the inverter on all night, we are still reading 12.3 volts in the morning, well within the safe zone.

Who knows! Maybe 2 Trojan batteries will be enough!




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