More Mods and Further North

Current Location: Whispering Hills RV Park, Georgetown, Kentucky

Yesterday, Malcolm completed a modification started the night before – moving the light switch in the half bath to the wall just inside the door. With that complete, we also finished the smart tile backsplash in the bathroom. Pictures at the bottom of the post.

Malcolm’s brother David, his wife Marsha and daughter Jazzlyn came over in the afternoon to get the tour of the trailer, then we all went out to eat dinner at Frisch’s. They went on to church for choir and children’s programs and we headed back to the trailer.

Today, we headed just a short drive up the road to Georgetown. Once we had the trailer set up, we loaded up stuff we had been carrying up here for Val’s sister Anne and took it over to her house. We visited with her for a bit, then ran a couple errands before coming back over to her house.

We all (Malcolm, Val, Anne, our nephew Jonathan and his girlfriend) went out to dinner just down the road from the campground. They all came over to take a tour of the trailer before heading back home.

The weather is calling for a freeze warning tonight (winter still hasn’t quite slipped completely away), so we unhooked our water line just to be safe. Should be warmer the rest of the weekend, though.

Wall pulled back to run new electric lines

Wall pulled back to run new electric lines

Hole cut for switch box

Hole cut for switch box

Low Voltage junction box

Low Voltage junction box and switches

Cleaned up and working

Cleaned up and working

Wires run from under the steps

Wires run from under the steps

Tacking the wall and trim back in place

Tacking the wall and trim back in place

Backsplash finished (covering the switch holes in the process)

Backsplash finished (covering the switch holes in the process)

Cumberland Falls, A Fix and A Mod

Current Location: Levi Jackson State Park, London, Kentucky

Malcolm’s half of our theater seating unit had broken right before we left Wetumpka. This morning while waiting for the hot water tank (that we forget to turn on yesterday) to heat up, Malcolm decided to disassemble the recliner and see what was broken. The whole seating unit is in three pieces (two seats and the center console) screwed down to two boards to hold it all together.

Malcolm removed just the one seat and took it apart on the floor. He determined where it was broken. The box section under the seat had pulled loose on one corner where they only use long staples to hold it together. He decided he would get some L-brackets at the hardware store later in the day and shore it up that way.

After showers, we headed to Cumberland Falls State Park where we had lunch at the lodge and drove down to the falls to get some pictures. Afterwards, we drove back to London and stopped by Lowe’s for hardware for the chair. While there, we found some of the Smart Tile peel-and-stick gel tiles that we liked and never got around to getting for our former trailer. We picked up a few packages and took them home with us.

The Falls

The Falls

Scenic Overlook Stop

Scenic Overlook Stop

Malcolm got the chair shored up and put back together. We also screwed the whole thing down to the floor of the slide with a longer screw than the factory did. The factory screws penetrated the carpet, but not the floor of the slide. So now the theater seating won’t slide around when we travel.

Chair disassembled

Chair disassembled

Malcolm and his assistant

Malcolm and his assistant

The fix

The fix

Back in place

Back in place

With the chair fixed, Malcolm moved on to the backsplash in the kitchen. He started on the right and worked right to left since the tiles overlap.

First tile in place

First tile in place

Worked around the window frame (paper templates)

Worked around the window frame (paper templates)

The completed kitchen

The completed kitchen

With the kitchen out of the way, Val could start cooking dinner. While she was doing that, Malcolm started on the bathroom backsplash, completing one of two walls.

First wall done

First wall done

Malcolm decided to tackle the next project – moving the light switches from behind the sink (see photo, above) to just inside the doorway. It’s difficult to find the light switches in the dark since they are black and located right next to the switches for the overhead fan. It makes more sense to have them right inside the door like you would expect.

Once the wiring is done, Malcolm can finish putting up the backsplash and use it to cover the hole where the light switch used to be. He started on that project this evening with his brother’s assistance (David came over to visit for a while) but ran out of wire, so he closed everything up and will work on the remainder tomorrow.

North to Kentucky

Current Location: Levi Jackson State Park, London, Kentucky

We were up early this morning, before the alarm went off at 6:30 so we could start hooking up to make a fairly long trip (411 miles) up to Kentucky to visit Malcolm’s brother, David, and his family. We were hooked up and finished emptying the tanks at the dump station by about 7:30. We lost an hour moving from the Central to Eastern time zone and ended up arriving here in London right at 5:00.

Our site

Our site

The weather this morning was cool and humid, but fortunately all the rain had moved out. We only saw a little rain just before we got off the interstate in Kentucky. It sprinkled on us a bit as he unhitched the trailer and got things hooked up here. Malcolm found that there was no water when he was first hooking up, then noticed that our next door neighbor’s hose was not connected to their spigot, either. We were hoping we would have water to take showers, etc. Turns out they were just then driving around and turning on the water mains. Not sure if they had a problem or what, but at least we have city water now.

Malcolm’s brother came over to the trailer to take the tour and visit for a bit. We had already loaded all the boxes and totes of family stuff in the truck after setting up. We followed David over to their house and parked the truck and he drove us to Fazoli’s so we could eat dinner. Afterwards, we stopped by to see our niece, Jazzlyn, at her cello lesson. Afterwards, we headed back to their house and unloaded all the boxes from the truck into their garage. We visited for a while with them until it was bedtime, so we headed back to the trailer.

Chairs destined for Val's sister. The trailer is full of things for her and Malcolm's brother

Chairs destined for Val’s sister. The trailer is full of things for her and Malcolm’s brother

Work and Volunteering

Current Location: Fort Toulouse Campground, Wetumpka, Alabama

Malcolm worked the rest of the week here in Alabama. On Friday he worked at the trailer instead of at the office since he had a eye bothering him. We’ve done a few more little mods through the week and this weekend, including adding Lexan panels to our screen door to make it a storm door.

On Saturday, we volunteered at the French and Indian re-enactment event that was happening here at Ft. Toulouse. We generally parked cars all morning and for a short time after lunch. Malcolm took pictures later in the day. We also joined the re-enacters, staff and others for an excellent meal served by the local Dutch Oven group.

This morning we went to church, seeing several people that we didn’t see on Easter Sunday. Afterwards, we had lunch at Mellow Mushroom, then headed back to the trailer. Our friends John and Rana Krussow came over to take a tour of the trailer and to visit for a few hours. We had a great time sitting around and talking with them.

Tomorrow morning we pack up and head out on our way to Kentucky.

Packing and Repacking, Plus Mods

Current Location: Fort Toulouse Campground, Wetumpka, Alabama

Yesterday we decided to do one of the mods on our list – add adjustable shelves to the tall cabinets in the half bath. We purchased the side shelf rails and clips and a couple 10″ wide shelf boards. Malcolm knocked out the shelf in the middle section of the cabinet.

Original shelf

Original shelf

Removing the shelf

Removing the shelf

After removing the original shelf, the rails were attached on both sides after cutting them to length.

Rails attached.

Rails attached.

Malcolm cut the shelf boards to length and we decided where to put the shelves, installed the clips and shelves and put everything away.

Much nicer

Much nicer

We did the same for the cabinet above this one, but we’ll need another shelf or two for it (the home improvement store ran out of shelves).

Today, Malcolm started the process of bringing a bunch of stuff from our storage unit to the trailer. These are things that we’ll be taking to Kentucky next week and dropping off with Malcolm’s brother and Val’s sister. In exchange, we’re putting a bunch of stuff from our trailer into the storage unit. Since we’ll be in Nashville after traveling through Kentucky, we’ll have to make a day trip back down here to get our normal trailer stuff back out of storage and put it back in the trailer.

Lowe’s called today, as well, to let us know that the Maytag convection microwave we ordered online had arrived. Malcolm went over after work and picked it up. He removed the original microwave and our next door neighbor came over to help Malcolm wrestle with the new unit. No in-progress pictures, but here’s what it looks like installed.

New Convection Microwave

New Convection Microwave