Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Tránsito's Axle

8:15 am:
We have an appointment for tomorrow morning to replace Tránsito's leaking left front axle. We Blogged a pic of that axle in yesterday's 8:20 am Blog post. We are re-Blogging that pic below.

The estimate to do this work at the local Ford dealer was about $400. At Six Star Automotive in Sandpoint Idaho, the cost is $200! Six Star has great reviews!




Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Scampy Decision

7:17 am:
In yesterday's Blog, we listed the pros and cons of keeping The Scampy Team. At first, we included several pro items incorrectly in the con list. Then Reader Tom Pawka commented about that error.

We then edited the con list and moved the incorrectly placed con items to the to the pro list. Wow! Our Scampy decision was now sooooo clear!

Scampy and Tránsito stay!


The Scampy Team enjoying life!


Monday, June 18, 2018

Scampy and Tránsito #2

8:44 am:
Pro Side:
Why I should keep Scampy and Tránsito:
➜ The huge amount of storage. For example, a Lance camper and pickup truck have a tiny fraction of storage space compared to Scampy and Tránsito.
Hand tools and supplies. Tránsito's storage contains a powered hand drill, a rotary saw, jigsaw, three sets of ratchet wrenches, complete set of open end and box wrenches, fuses, batteries, fasteners [hex nuts, bolts, screws, rubber bands. [You get the picture?]
I already own Scampy and Tránsito.
If I stay on paved roads, Tránsito tows Scampy fine.
Tránsito gets 18 miles per gallon while towing Scampy.
➜ The cost of buying a new rig would be substantial.
➜ A new rig would have to be outfitted. For example, our solar panel and
12 volt DC wiring would have to be removed and re-installed on the replacement
rig.
➜ Scampy and Tránsito would have to be sold. Not an easy thing to do.
➜ We will not be traveling during the transition from Scampy and Tránsito to the new rig.
➜ We will no longer have the storage space of Scampy and Tránsito if the new rig is pickup truck and camper.
➜ If the new rig consists of a pickup truck towing Scampy, turning around to proceed in the opposite direction while on a narrow forest road will be very difficult.


Sunday, June 17, 2018

Scampy and Tránsito

8:31 am:
There are many reasons that I keep Scampy and Tránsito. These reasons influence me to be very cautious about a possible replacement RV setup.
➜ The huge amount of storage. For example, a Lance camper and pickup truck have a tiny fraction of storage space compared to Scampy and Tránsito.
Hand tools and supplies. Tránsito's storage contains a powered hand drill, a rotary saw, jigsaw, three sets of ratchet wrenches, complete set of open end and box wrenches, fuses, batteries, fasteners [hex nuts, bolts, screws, rubber bands. [You get the picture?]
I already own Scampy and Tránsito.
If I stay on paved roads, Tránsito tows Scampy fine.
Tránsito gets 18 miles per gallon while towing Scampy.


Saturday, June 16, 2018

Hanging Around Ponderay

11:38 am:
We will be hanging around Ponderay Idaho for a while. We were looking at a Google Map using satellite imagery. There are some interesting waterways here. The Pend Oreille River, Crocollala Lake, Lake Pend Oreille. We want to spend some time perhaps camping at these places.

Also, a lot of stuff that we bought over the past month is being shipped to a local mailbox store. We want to pick that stuff up.

Natural Fitness, the nice workout place is here. And Natural Fitness has a fast WiFi! And, I am able to Nite Camp at Natural Fitness! 😎

Friday, June 15, 2018

Visiting Friends

7:30 am:
Steve and Elizabeth Willey
I am going to visit with my friends Steve and Elizabeth today. 

I first met Steve and Elizabeth on June 1, 2004, when I traveled to their home-based business to get advice on increasing MsTioga's solar capacity. The name of the business is "Backwoods Solar" [Link]. 

During our visit together today, neither Steve, Elizabeth or myself remembered when I first visited them and why I was at their home! I had to search my Blog's archives to answer those questions!

Thru the years that followed, I kept in touch with Steve by emails from time to time. 

During our trip north from San Diego to see the Salmon River [May and June], I realized that I would be getting very close to Steve and Elizabeth's home. I phoned Steve that I would like to drop by for a visit. And that is what I'm doing today!

Their home is where they pioneered the use of solar power back around 1975. You may read about their story by clicking [Here].

Elizabeth, Steve, and Bear [The dog]


Elizabeth in front of her home


Note:
If you click on the pic of the home above, it will expand so you may see the windmill-generator at the upper left corner. Their solar panels are on the roof of tallest part of their house. It is called "the tower." 

How Steve mounted those solar panels way up there I cannot imagine!!


Thursday, June 14, 2018

Second Opinion

7:36 am:
Reader Mister Ed has commented that I should get a second opinion for the repairs that the Rokstad Ford has informed me are required for my 2012 Ford Transit. I have chosen Emerald Automotive in Ponderay Idaho for that second opinion.

Also, although I asked Ford service for an itemized copy of the work order, I've not received one. First thing this morning I'll ask again for that work order.


Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Ford Dealer

7:15 am:
We have just finished unhitching Scampy at the Rokstad Ford parking lot. Señor Tránsito has an appointment for service at 9:30am.

The Scampy Team at RokStad Ford


Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Leveled Out

7:16 am:
The Scampy Team is going to hang around Coeur d'Alene this morning. The streets here are sloped for proper drainage gradient. It's not comfortable to be inside Scampy when she is angled a lot.

An RV that is leveled on the street may bring attention by the local authority. We do not wish to attract that attention. For that reason, we do not usually level out.

But it is a gorgeous day in Coeur d'Alene! The temperature will be in the 60s by midday. And now that Scampy is leveled out, we may mess around here in comfort.

Isn't Scampy as cute as can be?

Monday, June 11, 2018

Cloudy Weather

6:55 am:
We are in Moscow Idaho. The sky is filled with dark grey clouds. The temperature is 44℉, which means that Wave3, our catalytic heater is remaining on high during the day.

These dark clouds also affect our solar electric system. Right now we are able to charge the battery of both Mac and iPhone and have lights on too. About an hour ago, there was not enough Sun power to do that and our inverter's output shut down!

Dark clouds over Moscow Idaho