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

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Comment by Kevin F Smith on May 5, 2019 at 8:45am

We made it to Ogden no problem the day before yesterday, and stayed the night in the Flying J.

And as of yestreday, we are all set up in camp! It is going to be a month of boondocking, so we'll see if just two batteries are up to the task. We have great southern exposure sunlight, so the 400 watts of panels don't seem to have any problems keeping up with demand...so far.

We also sprang a brake fluid leak that I noticed when we pulled in...up near the master cylinder. It is dripping down onto the front leaf spring, and the reservoir was low. I'm going to have to troubleshoot and fix that before we leave, and then figure out how to bleed the system. Fun!

Kev

Comment by Kevin F Smith on May 3, 2019 at 9:36am

Today is our last morning here in Beaver, UT. So after our morning coffee, I'll load up and hook up the Jeep, batten down everything inside the RV, check all the fluids and tires pressures, and then drive over to the propane station at this KOA and top off the propane.

And then we have a short 200 mile trip to Ogden, UT, where we'll stay the night at the Flying J, and then roll into camp at the Faire and start setting up for our next show, which starts next weekend.

Kev

Comment by Kevin F Smith on May 1, 2019 at 5:38pm

We decided to stay 2 more days here in Beaver, UT, since it rained like crazy the last two days. Today we got all of the laundry done...and tomorrow will be one last trip to the shooting range.

And then Friday we'll top off the propane (which they sell here at the KOA), and drive the last 200 miles or so to Ogden, UT to set up camp and start setting up for the Renaissance Faire.

Kev

Comment by Kevin F Smith on April 26, 2019 at 4:57pm

We took the pups on another Jeep excursion through Fishlake National Forest today. They had a blast, as we pulled over often into picnic areas and let them run around and chase sticks. The roads to all the lakes are still closed, but they were still able to play in a lot of mountain run-off streams. It is gorgeous here in this part of Utah!

Kev

Comment by Kevin F Smith on April 24, 2019 at 4:07pm

So we got word last night from the small fair in Ogden, UT that we will be vending at for three weekends in May (the last three weekends) and they informed us that the camping area at the fair is pretty darn muddy from all the rain they got.  So we decided to pay for one more week here at the Beaver, UT KOA, and we'll be leaving here on May 1st. 

I did manage to acquire an oval call sign sticker for the back of the Jeep that says "I Love Beaver."  Great little town!  Careful with the jokes though...this is a family website.   ;)

Kev

Comment by Kevin F Smith on April 17, 2019 at 8:33am

I installed the new wall thermostat yesterday, and the furnace works great!  There is even a small duct in the bathroom...which was pretty nice to have this cold Utah morning!

Kev

Comment by Kevin F Smith on April 16, 2019 at 10:41am

While still in Arizona, I installed a new propane regulator, an Extend-A-Stay, and a longer propane hose. 

Kev

Comment by Kevin F Smith on April 14, 2019 at 9:03pm

And just for fun, you have to see this to believe it!  Paladin, our male German Shepherd, loves to help Daddy drive the RV on our journeys.  If he's not laying on the sofa right behind us, this is where he likes to be...lol!

He's pretty darn cute...LOL!

Kev

Comment by Kevin F Smith on April 14, 2019 at 8:49pm

As you can see from the pictures, I have room to add at least two more (possibly three more) panels to the roof in the front...and still have room to walk around and maintain the roof.  The battery compartment is what it is, and I can only fit the two new Trojan batteries depicted.  If I want to add more batteries, I'll have to add them to the compartment to the left of the entry door, box them in, and ventilate them to the outside (under the coach).  Those aluminum brackets you see in front of the charge controller are for tilting the panels at the sun when stationary.  I added the white outlet in the power compartment to plug the coach into when on inverter power.  And under the fridge you can see the control/monitor panel I installed for the Tristar charge controller, and a simple digital volt meter to keep an eye on battery charge.

Kev

Comment by Kevin F Smith on April 14, 2019 at 8:43pm

While I was taking pictures today, I decided to take pictures of our solar panels and the inverter system I installed recently.

Here are the panels on the roof:

Kev

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