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Posted 07-17-2020 at 07:28 PM by TomAndPeg
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The Cabin Fever Cure -- 07/17/2020


New Mexico: Where Everybody is Somebody

Like almost everyplace in the US, the Chicago area shut down in early March. By May we were getting pretty stir crazy, so of course we decided on the perfect, safe solution: Road Trip!



We threw a mental dart at the map and it landed on New Mexico. Having heard good things about the state parks...
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Posted 07-10-2020 at 02:44 PM by TomAndPeg
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Reasonably Priced Unlimited Internet via 4G/LTE -- 07/10/2020


Real-Deal WiFi for RVers

We travel in our RV 4-5 months per year, and when we are on the road we want online access services similar to what we enjoy at home. Who wouldn't?



These are the services we need:
  • General internet access for email, news, social media, travel planning, etc.
  • Streaming
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Posted 07-05-2020 at 04:55 PM by TomAndPeg
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Beating the Battery Burden -- 07/05/2020


Once in a blue moon you stumble upon an affordable solution to a vexing problem that has plagued you for years; we're talking about an invention so elegant but also so simple that you cannot help but lament, "Why didn't we think of that?"

Maintenance of Flooded House Batteries Made EZ



That's exactly what...
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Posted 06-10-2020 at 04:53 PM by TomAndPeg
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Update: Wet Bay Woes -- 06/10/2020


Our trip out west has been great so far.

Oh Cr@p, It's Leaking!

Great, that is, until we discovered our recently rehabbed wet bay had sprung a leak.

We have been staying at full-hookup parks en route, so there really wasn't much call to fill the onboard water tank. When starting out, it was only loaded with several gallons, just enough to flush the toilet and wash hands.

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Posted 05-15-2020 at 11:45 PM by TomAndPeg
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Roadtrip: Heading Southwest -- 5/16/2020


Trying to Shake the Stay-At-Home Blues

Just can't take being cooped up anymore, so with masks in hand we're hitting the road in June to put some serious social distance between us and our home turf.



We're planning to do a limited tour of the New Mexico State Park System, which we have heard great things about.
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Posted 05-11-2020 at 11:01 PM by TomAndPeg
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RV Projects: Wet Bay Rehab -- 5/12/2020


The NewAire Gets a Plumbing Makeover


One of the least impressive things about our original NewAire is its original wet bay. There's a lot of plumbing crammed into a very limited space, several of the plastic shutoff valves were leaking, and the whole conglomeration was covered with screen-printed plexiglass panels that did not hold up well over time. Sound familiar?

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Posted 05-07-2020 at 11:01 PM by TomAndPeg
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RV Projects: Replacing HWH Jack Springs -- 05/08/2020


Easier Than You Might Expect


The NewAire is equipped with HWH hydraulic leveling jacks on all 4 corners, and the rear passenger's side has been acting up: slow to retract - sometimes not at all. The jack is obviously on its last legs, but since a replacement would cost north of $400, replacing the 20 year old springs seemed worth trying.

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Posted 05-04-2020 at 07:41 AM by TomAndPeg
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3D Printed Replacement Panel Installed -- 05/04/2020


Piece of Cake


It's in. And everything works.




Finally got around to installing the 3D printed control panel on the driver's side door.




This is what the underside looked like. Note...
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Posted 05-01-2020 at 06:45 AM by TomAndPeg
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Update: It's RV Project Time! -- 5/1/2020


The NewAire Needs Some Elbow Grease (Again)


We're looking forward to lots of small tasks to be performed on our 2001 NewAire while parked in the kids' driveway. We need to work through a surfeit of projects that have been piling up for months.





So here is what's in the queue this go round:...
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Posted 04-28-2020 at 07:10 AM by TomAndPeg
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3D Printing a Replacement Control Panel -- 04/28/2020


Climbing Up The Learning Curve of 3D Printing


This latest DIY project has been an interesting undertaking, to say the least. It started with an aged and fractured armrest control panel from our RV driver side door:



The panel is wired to control mirrors, windows, a map light, and door locks. It was...
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Posted 04-15-2020 at 02:38 PM by TomAndPeg
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Update: Our Face Shields in Use -- 04/15/2020


RVers Trying to Be Helpful During a Pandemic


Our group of friends and RVers has been 3D printing face shields for use by Chicago area medical professionals non-stop for several days now. Not sure what the total production output has been, but it's a number well north of 500.



What's really encouraging, though,...
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Posted 04-11-2020 at 04:13 PM by TomAndPeg
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So We Got a 3D Printer -- 04/11/2020


RVers Trying to Be Helpful During a Pandemic


We just bought a 3D printer, something we've been planning for while. The reason we got it is that we need to replace a hopelessly broken control panel in the motorhome; it's on the driver's side and it's used for mirrors, windows, locks, and lights.





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Posted 03-22-2020 at 06:19 AM by TomAndPeg
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DIY Bike Cover -- 03/22/2020


Keeping New-To-Us Bikes Clean & Dry


While traveling near Gainesville, Florida we decided to see if we could trade up our old Raleigh 3-speeds for a pair of bikes with more speeds and fatter tires to better handle the ubiquitous Florida sand.





We checked at several bike shops and found one, Re-Bike at 16 NW 18th St #115, Gainesville,...
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Posted 03-15-2020 at 11:35 AM by TomAndPeg
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Trip Update: We Cut It Short -- 03/15/2020



Back Home in Illinois


We decided to cut our trip short by a couple of weeks and come home. It took 3 comfortable days of traveling in decent weather to get from the Georgia coast to the Chicago area.



So we thought we'd take this opportunity to share a snap of us with a couple of geeks we ran into...
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Biked It, Liked It -- 03/16/2020


Jekyll Island, Georgia


There may not be anyplace quite as historically scenic on the east coast as Jekyll Island...





...except for Savannah, that is. Let's call it a tie.





Jeckyll Island...
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