Sunday, May 14, 2017

Chargers installed

 In the over dinette storage I installed a switch and a voltage readout.

As you will see below I ended up buying another charger that included 2 charging ports AND a Voltage meter.

4.2A Dual Port USB Charger with Voltmeter

So I will likely replace this voltage meter with the original 2 port charger.

Here you can see the new Charger and Switch installed.  I didn't end up using the 4 port mount as there wasn't really enough room.

What I did end up doing was re-using the two holes that were already in the wall of the trailer. The TV power cord went into the top hole and came out the lower hole. They are only 4 inches away from each other so there was little point to running the cord in the wall.

In an amazing coincidence the holes for the cord were exactly the size needed to install the switch and chargers.  I tapped right into the power for that 12V port.

We are in the process of getting the trailer together to head out for the summer!  It has been too long since we were on the road.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Upgrades for this years travels.


Although the trailer is still off in storage I have been investigating making a few improvements before we leave in May for some travelling.

One thing I found in my browsing are these Marine Panel Mounts.  You can buy a mount with 1-4 holes and then mount various things in each hole.

Our Airstream still has a few old-school cigarette lighter type ports in which we stuff car chargers for phones and such. It looks sloppy and you never know if the chargers are using a little juice when they are just plugged in doing nothing.

I think I'd like to put at least two of these in. Probably a 3 mount by the TV with a on/off switch, USB Charger and a Voltage meter. And probably one by the dinette with just a switch and a charger.

I sold off my old Yamaha 2400 Watt generator, it was 6 years old and still ran perfectly but we really don't need the extra juice.  A 2000 Watt model will be a lot lighter at about 50 pounds instead of over 75.

Solar is another thing I'd like to add this year. We did a lot of off grid free camping out west on our trip last winter and we ran the generator for power when I am pretty sure we could get by with a small amount of solar.  I am leaning towards a portable setup but not sure yet.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Final Trip of 2016

Sad but it is our final trip of 2016. We are hanging out at home for the winter this year instead of travelling south.

This is just a short trip up to Maine for another friends wedding. The family has a compound on an island in Maine. Basically they have 4 or 5 houses owned by various members of the family right on the water.
The wedding is taking place right on the property and all the guests are staying in the various houses.  We brought our house with us and pulled up next to a barn where we could get some electricity.

Here is one of the docks on the properties. Having a family compound is pretty cool.


The groom's Dad took us on a boat tour around the island, not sure but Will was looking something up and telling us about it as we toured around.
On the day of the wedding we were split into teams and took part in a whole bunch of events. Everything including Dan and Diane Trivia, Competitive Jigsaw Puzzling, Pictionary, Three-legged race and of course the Tug of War!

It was a lot of fun.
Here goes the happy couple on the way to the Apple Orchard for the Ceremony.



Here is the happy couple dancing!

It was a fun weekend.  We took a nice walk around the island to keep Tucker entertained. Although he also liked to hangout by the main Tent and got a lot of attention from all the wedding guests.

But being the final trip for the season is always sad. Where we are currently storing the Trailer there is no easy access to the trailer, so we won't see it for a long time.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Camel's Hump Hike.

You can't head to VT and not squeeze in a hike.  We did a little research and picked Camel's Hump it is a VT 4000 footer.

It also had the remnants of a 1944 plane crash. It isn't often you get to see something like this.

The wreckage is a bit off the trail and we almost missed it. Most of it has been removed but this large section of wing still remains. There is probably more in the woods if you know where to look.
The plane was a World War II, a B-27J Bomber plane that crashed during a training mission.
The hike itself was over 6 miles round trip and had a lot of elevation gain. And also a lot of big boulders.

It didn't disappoint and had a lot of amazing views.


Large boulders on the final ascent.
View from the top. All in all a great hike.

Someday I think we need to spend a few weeks in VT hiking, I haven't hiked their much.

I'd like to do the entire Long Trail which is about 210 miles and crosses the state from north to south.

VT's mini Appalachian Trail.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

VT Wedding


The wedding was really just a BBQ to celebrate the marriage, it was really a lot of fun. It was in a pavilion at the top of the hill in the State Park. At the top was a viewing tower where you could get a 360 degree view of Vermont.


One of the grooms is a mycologist so there was a cake decorated with a mushroom!

Any many other delicious things to eat and fun people to hangout with.

We didn't know too many of the people but everyone was very friendly and easy to talk to.

Yumm!

There was also a lot of good beer and since most people us included are camping right there plenty of it could be enjoyed.

We got a good tip on two murder mystery shows we've never seen Bletchly Circle and Rosemary and Thyme both British shows. Bletchly Circle was pretty good if not a bit too dark!  Rosemary and Thyme was a little goofy and much much lighter.

 Congratulations!
This was pretty much the only traditional wedding activity at the party. Who can argue with traditions involving cake!