Curtains and Warm Fridges

 

Some follow-up on previous posts

Ordered the new door for the dump hose storage tube from dwincorp.com. Arrived quickly, and was easy to install. So no more need for the zip-ties!
Actually I ordered two just in case…

Our One-Place display that had decided we had 4 waste water tanks is now fixed. Did a reset by holding all three lower buttons down for a few seconds until it went into what appears to be a setup mode. One option was “reset”, so with some small trepidation I made that choice. Now back to thinking we have 2 tanks.


New Stuff

Curtains for Privacy

One feature that is a fair amount of effort to set up and take down is the folding privacy panels that get placed in the cab on the inside of the windshield and the side windows.
They do a nice job of adding privacy and a bit of thermal insulation, but the installation and removal makes them less than ideal, especially for a brief stay. And we have to unstick our TPM from the windshield.
We purchased a small tension-style curtain rod and place it between the forward wall-edge for the bathroom and the area by the side door. (picture below)
We are pretty happy with the small curtain rod. (38.5″) We still need to get actual curtains, so in the interim we have used a couple of the beach towels we carry. They have worked great!
(Ok, one incident where it fell down about 5:00am, but I take the blame for that – the towels are heavy compared to actual curtains and I didn’t use quite enough tension.)
While this does not give us privacy for the cab, it works great for the rest of the RV. If one of us was using the passenger seat swiveled for the small desk, they would have to be removed, but in that could be done temporarily quite easily.

 

Hot Weather and the Fridge

One thing I’m noticing that concerns me is the rise in the temperature of our refrigerator and freezer when it is hot and sunny and the inside of the RV is hot also due to us being absent and the rig closed up.

On a sunny 84 degree day we were gone for the morning and most of the afternoon. When we got back the inside temperature was 97 degrees. We did have the rear windows open and the Maxx-Fan at 30%. Maybe that needs to be a little higher?

The fridge is normally about 35 degrees and the freezer around 5. However, after heat-soaking all day the fridge was 47 degrees and the freezer was 14 degrees.

I’m ok with that freezer temperature, but the fridge was 10 degrees higher than I’d like it to ever be.

One thing I noticed was that since WGO keeps the stock windows, there is a window behind the cabinetry the fridge/freezer is in. Between the window and the cabinet back is a few inches of open space. This acts as a nice little greenhouse on sunny days. I wish WGO had filled that space with insulation. It’s pretty hard to access now, but I’m pondering filling it with something.

Repairs Re-attempted Plus Beach

Today we decided to visit our beachfront cottage. As in, we parked our Paseo on the coast road hard up against the beach!

It was still cloudy due to the marine layer, so the first things we did were RV projects.

Before we actually left for the beach, I installed the now-modified ladder bracket. Dremel to the rescue! With the slightly longer slot, that was the 5 minute job it should have been in the first place.

And now with the right screws, the cushions magnets went fairly smoothly. Did discover that for 3 of the 4 holes, I was hitting steel instead of wood. So that made it a slightly larger challenge, but not too bad. Just a surprise.

So, jobs from the previous day finally done.

I had picked up some foam weatherstripping to address a few issues.

Added some foam tape (stacked up) at passenger side window where the factory insulation left a gap. This is just the stuff between the window with the screen and the one aft of it.

Found a couple spots around the screen door structure that would let bugs in, so addressed those as well.

 

One rear door panel was loose, so removing an appearance cap and tightening the loose screw solved that rattle. Also added some foam tape to keep the long horizontal expanse that lacks screws from rattling as well. I hope.

Taped down the non-skid matting under the benches, and added a little more.

Jobs done, we relaxed and began to just enjoy chilling out on the beach!

After getting all our feet (8 of them! Well, 50% feet and 50% paws) wet and sandy, we discovered a couple things. One is that the running boards make a good place to put wet shoes to dry. The second and more significant is the usefulness of the water outlet and sprayer inside the rear doors. That did a great job of cleaning up the dog’s paws as well as our feet. Nice work Winnebago!

Mods and Fixes

Today we visited Muddlin’ Through to fix a few things.

Item one was our rusting ladder bracket. This bracket looked to be defective from the factory. When we picked up our Paseo Linda noticed some rust on it. We mentioned it to the Lichtsinn folks, but never had any follow up. I contacted them a while back about that and a few other missing/defective parts and the replacement bracket arrived several weeks back.

So, off with the old one, which was incredibly rusty in many places. Removing this we discovered a bit of hopefully inconsequential damage to the rear door where the bracket tabs (with no rubber padding by the way) had removed some material from the inside door lip.

Then the unpleasant discovery that to make the bracket fit, the screw hole had been drilled out a bit. That hole is already slotted, but not enough for where the captive nut was installed on the door. So that job had to wait until I could modify the new bracket.

 

 

On to the second job – installing the magnets that help keep the side cushions in place. Apparently the very first batch didn’t have these installed. Our cushions have the tabs with their magnets, but their mates are missing from the wall.

The screws I had bought were too long (I overestimated the thickness of both the magnets and the wall). So there was the second job also unable to be completed.

We slunk home in defeat.

Oh, we also noticed that our One Place display had decided we have 4 waste tanks instead of two.

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Checklists

Flying an airplane teaches you the value of checklists. Even for things you know forwards and backwards, and have done a million times, a printed (or electronic) checklist is important.

It’s been a long while since I’ve flown, but some habits stick with you and are applied to other domains. For our Paseo we’ve developed a few so far. Nothing too complex or detailed, but hopefully enough to keep us from making silly mistakes. (I have no doubt we will still be able to find new silly mistakes, but at least we should be able to avoid these!)

The “Pre-Flight” checklist is one we follow before we drive. It applies to both the initial drive when starting a trip and to the drive when we leave a campsite.

The “Start-Up” checklist is really short, as it normally segues into the Pre-Flight checklist. This is where we start when getting ready to leave on a trip.

“Shut-Down” is the steps we take when closing things up after a trip.

“Campsite Setup” is pretty brief, and in most cases more stuff happens (awning out, chairs out, etc.). The steps listed are the basic ones we do pretty much every time.

There are certainly going to be things missing, but these are the major ones. Everyone’s will be different, these are a merely a start!

Things like “dump tanks” and “fill potable water” aren’t on here, they get done as needed. The level-checks done on the Start-Up list should trigger those actions if they didn’t get taken care of at the end of the previous trip.

Start-Up

  1. Coach battery on
  2. Refrigerator on
  3. Check tank levels
  4. Check propane level

 

Pre-Flight Checklist

  1. TPM on
  2. Shore power disconnected and stowed
  3. Propane off
  4. Awning retracted
  5. Overheads closed
  6. Refrigerator & freezer latched
  7. Kitchen sink closed
  8. Stove closed
  9. Bathroom door latched
  10. Bathroom sink up
  11. Toilet seat down
  12. Bathroom vent closed
  13. Maxx fan closed
  14. Water pump off
  15. Window shades open / removed
  16. Levelers retrieved

Campsite Setup

  1. Level RV (as needed)
  2. Turn off TPM
  3. Connect shore power
  4. Turn on propane (if needed)
  5. Verify shore power on via One-Place panel. Set to appropriate amperage as needed.

 

Shutdown Checklist

  1. Bathroom vent closed
  2. Bathroom toilet clean
  3. Shades closed
  4. Fridge and freezer doors open
  5. Maxx fan closed
  6. Empty trash
  7. Coach battery disconnected

Solar Panel Musings

I did some measuring today. I think another solar panel would fit in the back if you delete the TV antenna. Looks tight, but just possible. It would also require turning the panel mounting brackets around, which looked possible but I haven’t done it. Would make dealing with the mounting bolts a challenge, but should be possible with the right tools and dexterous hands!

Disclaimer: Until I or someone else actually does this, please don’t count on it being feasible!

A narrower panel (the stock one is about 26″ wide not including the brackets which in the “outward” orientation take 2″ or 3″ on each side) would make installation easier, and might also fit forward next to the Maxx Fan..

Paseo solar panel

The mounting bracket. With it outward like this it makes the bolts to the rack easy to access. To conserve space on the rack, looks like you could probably turn it inward.

Playing a DVD

One of the Facebook forum folks had this question, so I figured I would answer here on our blog as well since it’s probably something other might wonder about.

To play a DVD:
* Turn on the receiver via its power button.
* Turn on the TV power switch on the wall below the TV.
* Press “TV” and then “Power” on the larger remote to turn on the TV.
* On that same remote, press “Source” and choose HDMI from the menu that appears. (Hilight HDMI and then press Enter)
* Insert a DVD

After a short time (15 seconds?) the DVD will start to display its menu and such on the TV.

If the DVD was already inserted and you had the receiver on another source, you will need to switch it to “Disc” by pressing the “Source” button on the receiver until it displays “Disc” and then pressing “Enter” on the receiver.

Some of the receiver steps can be done via the remote, I only listed the way to do it via the front-panel controls above.

Anza-Borrego

This weekend we visited a primitive camping area at Anza-Borrego State Park. Such a beautiful desert area, and not really that far out of San Diego at all.

We arrived on Saturday morning, and had a rough idea for which of the less popular camping areas we wanted to try. Being complete newbs to camping anyplace other than an RV park with spaces and reservations, or a Cracker Barrel, we were unsure of what we’d find.

There was a couple there tent camping, and walked up and said hello. They confirmed we had found what we were looking for, and then invited us to join them by their fire that evening if we were so inclined. (A fire held in a metal container, off of the ground as is required in this state park.)

The desert was beautiful, and so quiet. Exactly the kind of relaxing place I’d imagined spending time at when we decided to buy our Paseo!

There was quite a bit of wind, so the screen doors on the Paseo were great – plenty of ventilation to keep interior temperatures down. And when the sun set and the desert cooled down the Truma was its usual quiet efficient self.

With the sun shining on the driver’s side of the RV, the fridge had a little trouble getting cold enough. Outside temperatures were not that high, but the sun was strong. The fridge was 44 degrees, and the freezer 15. Not awful, but not the around-zero freezer and mid-to-low-thirties refrigerator temperatures we are used to.
Wondering just how much insulation Winnebago managed to fit between the refrigerator and the outer wall of the Transit.

One thing I failed to think through was breakfast. We didn’t have a chance to grab any donuts or pastries, so I just figured I’d toast a pop-tart. What I forgot about was the need to have 120VAC power to do the toasting. Way too early to run the generator!
Turns out you can do a creditable job of toasting a pop-tart in a frying pan on the stove. Trick is to use low heat and turn it several times.

One minor disaster occurred. As we were driving into our camping area, we went over a dip (think full-width shallow v-shaped culvert) and scraped the rear end a bit.
As we were leaving the next morning, I saw something in the road that looked suspiciously like a cover from a dump-hose storage tube. Yup. Our storage tube cover.

The tube itself looked ok, but the cover was destroyed.

A couple of large nylon wire-ties and our dump tube was no longer going to slinky its way down some highway somewhere. Not sure what the long-term fix will be. Don’t want to have to replace the entire tube assembly, but I’ll really be surprised if that door is available as a separate part.

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Wire-ties to the rescue! Impressed the tube survived.