Fixing Truck Camper Tie Down

The front driver truck camper tie down pulled out when I applied tension to it.  To fix the problem, I first removed the broken water heater:

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The wood into which the tie down was mounted is in bad shape:

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I reinforced the wooden frame and installed a new tie down, then used the water heater cover to seal the hole where the water heater used to be:

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Looks good:

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Summer 2021, Day 10: Alamosa, Colorado, with fridge problems

Good morning from a dispersed camping near Alamosa, Colorado:

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The fridge isn’t working at this higher altitude (7500’), and I suspected that it’s a bad regulator, so I went into town to buy a new one.  Old regulator removed:

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New regulator installed:

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Turns out the problem didn’t go away.  RV propane fridges aren’t rated to operated above 5500’.  I did a little reading, and it sounds like at higher altitudes the ratio of air to propane becomes biased towards propane because there’s less air at altitude.  The solution seems to be to reduce the propane regulator’s pressure to bring the ratio back into balance.  I tried this and the fridge seems to be working now.  I’ll have to buy a manometer to be able to accurately control the propane-air ratio.

While in town I visited the San Luis Valley Museum:

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The museum’s collection is eclectic but interesting:

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On the way back to where I’m camping, I stopped at the Blanca Wetlands, but it turns out they’re closed for seasonal bird breeding:

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Back at home.  Not bad!

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In the afternoon, the neighbors came out for a visit:

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I’ll be here for a few days, I think.

Winter 2020 Trip, Day 9: St. George Island

It’s getting a little warmer here in Florida.  Our campsite on St. George Island:

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Morning walk photos:

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The bay side of the island:

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We drove out to the entrance station to pick up a refrigerator part we had shipped here, then visited the beach:

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The bay side:

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I installed the control board I received today as well as the new ignitor I had shipped to Atlanta last week.  The refrigerator now works on propane!

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Summer 2018, Day 45: Garfield NHS, Roosevelt Inaugural NHS

Our first stop today was James A. Garfield National Historic Site in Mentor, Ohio, home of the 20th president:

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1980s social media?

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We toured the house:

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The wreath from Garfield’s funeral after his assassination in 1881:

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An original painting of Yosemite, probably from the Hudson River School, most likely Bierstadt, who was a contemporary of Garfield:

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We continued east into Pennsylvania along the shore of Lake Erie:

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Onward to New York.  The Rainbow is a consolation prize, I guess:

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Our next stop was Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site in Buffalo, the house where then-VP Theodore Roosevelt was inaugurated in 1901 after the assassination of President McKinley:

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Upon leaving the site, we discovered that one of our new leaf springs had become misaligned, so the top leaf spring fell past the lower leaves.  We limped to a home depot parking lot where I unloaded the spring and hammered the leaves back into position:

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We overnighted at a nearby truck stop.  See the alternating yellow line on the trip map for today’s drive.