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Comment by Kevin F Smith on November 27, 2019 at 8:48am

Georgia to visit my sister and her family and my mother...and then out to Arizona.  Patti wants to stop in Arkansas at some diamond mine place, so that is on the itinerary as well.


Comment by Jimco_W001 on November 26, 2019 at 9:35pm

Great news Kevin!  Where are you guys headed next?

Comment by Kevin F Smith on November 26, 2019 at 6:25pm

What an outstanding season at the Carolina Renaissance Festival!  Definitely our best to date.  Gotta love this economy!

The booth is all packed down and in the Jeep, the workshop is all cleaned up with most of our stuff we leave here stowed in it for the off season, and everything else that gets stowed either in our RV compartments or in the Jeep is staged on the porch, covered in a tarp (since it is supposed to rain tomorrow morning).

So tomorrow we'll be stocking up on dog and cat food for the off season, and I have to pick up some new wiper blades for the RV and install them.  And then work on inside stuff for most of the day.  

When looking for the grid heater relay, I noticed that a purple wire coming out of the steering column had been spliced once...and was now broken.  According to the Oshkosh wiring diagram, if I am reading it right, that purple wire goes to the in-tank fuel pump, which pushes diesel to a fuel pump on the Cummins engine.  Could it really be that simple?  I seriously doubt it, since NOTHING I attempt repair-wise ends up being simple...but we'll see!  Keep your fingers crossed for us!  Before we leave here on Saturday morning I really need to figure out why this beastie takes so long to start, since starters for this thing are STUPID expensive!  Cummins sure is proud of their parts!

And then Thursday is Thanksgiving, and we won't be doing much besides celebrating.

And then Friday will be the final pack down, and well be hitting the road to St Mary's, Georgia first thing Saturday morning.


Comment by Kevin F Smith on November 20, 2019 at 7:58am

Miniature catapults, trebuchets, and other siege engines.  You can check out our website to see lots of pictures.  Just Google Siege The Day and we are the first thing that comes up.


Comment by Jack Wasmuth on November 19, 2019 at 6:04pm

Do you have any pictures of what you sell?

Comment by Kevin F Smith on November 19, 2019 at 4:53pm

We have had an AMAZING run so far this year in North Carolina, with one more weekend to go!  Not only did we manage to pay off all of our emergency credit cards, we also managed to purchase a brand new Honda EU2200i generator for boondocking (we got a pretty sweet deal on it)...and we will be going into our winter vacation with well over twice what we had last year.

I prepped the Honda generator today (they don't come with any oil in the crankcase for shipping), and topped it off with Mobile One oil.  Runs incredibly well and is super quiet!  It should be more that adequate to run our converter to charge the batteries when the solar can't keep up...and won't suck down all of our propane in no time like our onboard generator does.  (Which I also need to repair, but there is no hurry on that just needs a new control board).
I also installed a battery watering system today and it works great!
I have another small run of catapults to build over the next few days for closing I'm going to try to get in touch with Winnebago tomorrow and see if they can point me in the right direction as to where to find the grid heater relay on our Itasca.
Comment by Kevin F Smith on October 23, 2019 at 4:26pm


We've been members of Good Sam for many years, and recently they signed us up for a Good Sam Rewards Card (a credit card that can only be used at Camping World, Gander, and Good Sam).  We don't intend to use it much, and will pay it off whenever we use it.

The GOOD news is that our Good Sam Club membership was up for when I used the new Rewards Card to pay for another three years, they gave us a SWEET deal on their Platinum Roadside Assistance!  So now if anything happens, our butts will be covered when it comes to towing and tires.  SWEET!!!


Comment by Kevin F Smith on October 20, 2019 at 6:50pm

We survived all three student days, and this weekend.  Good times were had by all!  This week I'll be troubleshooting the relay to our grid heater on the RV intake and replacing it...and building some catapults.  Should be a more or less relaxing week though.


Comment by Kevin F Smith on October 15, 2019 at 3:51pm

Student Day 1 is done!  2 more to go!


Comment by Kevin F Smith on October 13, 2019 at 6:09pm

Opening weekend, last weekend was great!  The busiest opening weekend we ever had at this fair.

This weekend wasn't as good as last weekend...but we did great on Saturday.  It rained all day today though, so Patti stayed home with the pups, and I worked the booth.  We didn't make a lot of money, but we had fun!

This coming week is "hell week."  Three student days in a row.  I spent all this week building catapults and prepping parts for more in between student days and Monday and Friday, I'll get all the catapults done that I need to get done for next weekend.



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