Weekend Activities

Current Location: Nashville KOA, Nashville, Tennessee

It was cloudy and cool all day Saturday, so we spent most of the day working around the trailer. Malcolm finished up his wax job by completing the off-door side of the trailer. The whole outside has now been buffed with a cleaner wax. It looks so new and shiny.

After finishing the wax job, we headed over to Camping World and purchased two new 12V batteries for the trailer. We’re in the early stages of upgrading to a residential refrigerator. We have an inverter and are just now picking up batteries. We have two battery boxes, so we planned on having two 12V batteries wired in parallel. Rather than risk pairing up a new battery with our older one, we went ahead and bought a matching pair of new batteries.

Old battery ready to come out

Old battery ready to come out

Two brand new batteries

Two brand new batteries

Malcolm wired up the batteries in parallel using two black cables (they didn’t have a correct red one), then hooked the trailer input cables to the bottom battery. The input leads for the inverter, which is mounted on the other side of the wall in the front compartment, were hooked into the top battery.

Wired together and to the trailer

Wired together and to the trailer

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Inverter cables hooked up

Finally, the two small connectors were wired up to the tire pressure monitor repeater which sits inside the front of the top battery box. It now serves the dual purpose of keeping the top battery from sliding forward in the battery box (we probably could have gone with the next size battery, but Malcolm bought the same size that was already in the trailer to begin with – a group 24).

A quick test of the inverter shows it is working and that the batteries had a pretty good charge to begin with. Checking later, the voltage was slowly rising, indicating that the converter was topping off the charge. Malcolm turned the inverter back off after the checks. Nothing for it to power just yet. Also, Malcolm is going to go back and wire the incoming lines to the inverter through a separate 150 or 200 amp fuse.

Power check

Power check

After the battery job was done, Malcolm set about our next task – to remove the built-in grill that came with the trailer. We retained the slide-out platform that it was mounted to and cleaned a huge, messy bunch of grease off of it. We put our Coleman two-burner stove on the platform and will use it for grilling purposes along with a couple of different cast-iron griddle/grill plates that we have, or recently purchased. We found in the past that the Coleman stove will grill burgers, etc. a lot quicker than the built-in grill ever could.

Ewww.

Ewww.

While waxing the off-door side of the trailer, Malcolm noticed that water was dribbling down our hose at the campground spigot. He eventually traced the leak to a joint in the water pressure regular we had just recently purchased here a couple weeks ago. When he tried to tighten it, nothing changed. When he decided to loosen it to see if it needed more Teflon tape, it broke right off. We figure the brass had a crack in it from the beginning. Camping World gladly exchanged it for a new one.

Oops

Oops

On Sunday, we decided to check out the Tennessee State Fair. We arrived at the fairgrounds around 11:30 and found out that it opened at noon. We waited in line until noon and paid our way to get in. The State Fair here is not as large as we’ve seen in other states, so there wasn’t a whole lot to do. We walked around several exhibits and watched a Tennessee Walking Horse show for a bit. We ended up leaving after an hour and half and ended up at Mellow Mushroom for a late lunch.

State Fair

State Fair

Gigantic pumpkin

Gigantic pumpkin

Cute bird house

Cute bird house

Horses ready to compete

Horses ready to compete

Part of a huge model train layout

Part of a huge model train layout

Typical fair attractions

Typical fair attractions

After lunch, we headed down to the mall and wandered around before heading back to the trailer for the evening. Malcolm washed the truck before dinner since it hadn’t been washed for a couple months, at least. While sitting at dinner, Val was checking her Facebook feed and noticed that Malcolm’s high school buddy, John Boehm, was just down the road at the Opryland Hotel complex for a trade show. Malcolm called him up and told him we were just a couple miles away.

Today, John called Malcolm and arranged to meet us for dinner at the Opryland hotel. We met up at 6:00 and found a place to eat inside the hotel. We ended up chatting and catching up until at least 9:30.

We’re here this week and next before we travel again.

More Trailer Work

Current Location: Nashville KOA, Nashville, Tennessee

We performed a minor modification recently, re-covering our headboard piece with a different fabric. We’re both of the opinion that it looks slightly better than it did. The fabric looked better in the store than it did installed on the headboard. We’ll live with it for a bit while we decide on something different.

Headboard before

Headboard before

Headboard after

Headboard after

Headboard in place

Headboard in place

Malcolm has been working his way around the trailer with the wax job. By the end of today, all that remains is the off-door side of the trailer. It is tedious work and daylight starts fading sooner now that summer is over. The next two days rain is forecast, so it might not be completed until Saturday.

Buffer and wax

Buffer and wax

Shiny

Shiny

Other than laundry, shopping and work, not much else has been going on.

 

Second Anniversary

Current Location: Nashville KOA, Nashville, Tennessee

Today is the second anniversary of our full-time RV living. On this day in 2012, we took delivery of our Big Country fifth wheel from Dixie RV in DeFuniak Springs, Florida. We spent the night on their lot to try everything out to see if anything needed to be fixed the next day before we left. Our initial plans were to take the trailer home, store it during the week and take it out on the weekends. Those plans changed, however, when we started living in it right away.

We ended up sleeping in this morning, so we missed going to church like we had planned. Instead, we took it easy this morning and went out to lunch at Famous Dave’s BBQ. Val had printed off a coupon for Malcolm’s birthday and we used that to get $10 off our tab. They also brought out a dessert for Malcolm and the ladies sitting at the bar nearby waiting for their table broke out into the Happy Birthday song.

Birthday surprise

Birthday surprise

We got a lot of little things done around the trailer today (and a couple big things). Val did some more organizational items around the place. Malcolm finally installed the two pieces of flexible quarter round molding that we’ve had for some time now. We bought stain the day we got back into Nashville this week and Malcolm stained the pieces yesterday.

Flexible quarter round installed on the step

Flexible quarter round installed on the step

The big things that got done were that Malcolm washed the entire outside of the trailer and then used our orbital buffer to buff out the front cap. Malcolm eventually plans to wax the rest of the rig using the buffer, but ran out of steam today. The remainder of the trailer won’t be as time-consuming as the front cap was.

So shiny

So shiny

 

End of Week Update

Current Location: Nashville KOA, Nashville, Tennessee

We’ve been lax this week in updating the blog, so here’s a fairly quick recap of this week.

Malcolm headed back to work on Wednesday morning, which also happened to be his birthday (55). Val rode the shuttle downtown in the afternoon and met Malcolm at the office. We headed downtown to find a place for birthday dinner and ended up at the Spaghetti Factory. We stopped by Kroger and picked up a small birthday cake and some ice cream before heading back to the trailer.

Birthday boy at dinner

Birthday boy at dinner

Birthday cake

Birthday cake

Thursday and Friday were typical days with Malcolm working and Val doing laundry, shopping and other errands. On Friday, Val started the process of sorting through everything in the trailer and getting rid of things we don’t use or need.

This morning, Malcolm joined in the quest as we covered the entire inside of the trailer followed by emptying, sorting, cleaning and repacking the basement. We had a fair amount of stuff in the back of the truck by lunch time. Malcolm had just closed everything up outside and headed in for lunch when the rain let loose.

Sorting

Sorting

Raining

Raining

Some other small items got taken care of today, as well. Malcolm stained the flexible quarter round molding that we need to complete our flooring trim out.

Unstained at top, stained at bottom

Unstained at top, stained at bottom

Malcolm also finished putting Command Strips on the bottoms of the remaining horse statues that go on the shelves in the bedroom. (He had supervision during the process).

Supervisor Cat says good job

Supervisor Cat says good job

All set up

All set up

After debating on various methods of allowing us to walk across the perpetually muddy patch between our patio and the rear of the trailer, Malcolm decided to take some more of the horse stall mat and make eight more jack pads. We’re now using them as portable stepping stones.

Stepping stones

Stepping stones

Back to Nashville

Current Location: Nashville KOA, Nashville, Tennessee

This morning we said our goodbyes to our friends, the Smiths, at Diamond Lake Resort and headed out about 10:00 AM. We arrived at the Nashville KOA about 12:30 PM. We got our familiar site (G-4) and went to set up. They have some new rules for long-term residents and we noticed that a lot of the older and honestly crummier units are gone from the back of the campground now. Hopefully it will help the place look a little cleaner back here in the long-term section. It’s never been terrible, but there have been a few rougher units parked here in the past. Today was the first time, too, that they actually came back and read our meter, so we’ll be paying electric this visit.

Once set up, we headed to Camping World to get a replacement water regulator. Then, on to Pie Five Pizza for lunch. After lunch, we headed over to Tennessee Van and Car Rental and picked up a car. They charged us the cheaper monthly rate since we’ll be here about 25 days. We took the car and truck home, then headed back out to look for some gel stain to finish our flexible quarter round molding in the trailer to complete the flooring project.

Instead of gel stain, we ended up with an oil-based stain that Porter Paints said should do the trick. After leaving there, we headed to Home Depot to get some cheesecloth/sponges to apply the stain along with a couple other items we needed. From there, we went on to Costco to get some things we needed there, then back to Cracker Barrel for dinner. Once back at the trailer and having unloaded all our purchases from the truck, we gave the trailer a good cleaning inside and did the dishes.

Malcolm is back to the office in the morning. We’ll be here the rest of this week and three more weeks after that.