Tuesday, April 15, 2014

It's my birthday but Smokey got the gifts

Yes getting older has it's drawbacks but wait until next year.  That's when I might get social security and a discount on parks and good stuff like that.  It was very nice to get cake and icecream with my kids.  But back to the work.  
Smokey got new engine oil cooler lines. 
And a new oil pressure sender. The old one was leaking. 
And new oil that is good for older engines. 
And a new old vehicle license plate. 
And I drilled out the carb squirter nozzle to help it run better and finished the day with adjusting the power steering belt to fix the sqeal it was making.  All in all a good few days of RVing.  

Saturday, April 5, 2014

A new oil leak

Yeah Smokey started leaking oil from one of the engine oil cooler hoses.  
After looking online for good fixes I decided to have the rubber hoses replaced.   But knowing how cheap I am I tried a quick fix before I get the new hoses made.  Sure I will probably spend $100.00 on the new hoses but much cheaper than blowing all the oil out and driving merrily along the freeway.   I took a couple of hose clamps and just put them over the crimped fittings.  
Now if you can see the streak of oil on the blue hose that is all that came out after taking a drive.  Before I put the clamps on it would leak much more oil just letting it run without driving.  
So if in a pinch just put some clamps on. 
Oh yeah Smokey is no stranger to oil leaks.  LOL

Sunday, March 23, 2014

The Dalles Eagles

I can finally post on my first stay at an Eagles club.  One place we wanted to stay when we first looked at an Eagles club was in The Dalles Oregon.  And so far this place was worth joining the Eagles.  We have elect and water with a dump station close by.  And there are good TV towers close by for over the air TV watching.   Next month we plan to gather here with our classic Winnebago friends here in The Dalles.  
Here is the view from the parking lot side and then the view from the grass behind the RV spots. 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Cheap RVing

This might seem like an oxymoron, because those that know me know I am cheap. But since a friend ask me about cheap ways to RV I thought I would put together a few blogs to read.  Here are some.  I might go back and add more to this post later.  

Monday, March 17, 2014

Smokeys new radio

Now I am not replacing the radio just for something to do.  The original one did not work good so here is what I did. 
The old one

I needed to cut out the old mounting bracket from a 2 hole radio to the new slide in radio. 

The wires are all cut and soldered.  I only had to add a couple of wires to fix a common ground problem. 
So now I have tunes again.  CD instead of cassette but still usable. 

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Another trip to Eugene.

Some wonder why we would go to Eugene for an outing.  But sophie and I enjoy Eugene and when the weather is nice like this week was we always enjoy a walk along the river.  So that's what we did this week.  A couple of river trail walks and some time watching others ride bikes, walk and even joggers enjoy the sunny weather. 
We stayed at the Elks lodge along with a couple of other RV'ers.  
We are home now and I am putting a new stereo in Smokey.  It came to the house today and I am working on it now. So stay tuned for the radio project coming soon. 

Monday, February 24, 2014

Replacing an inside receptacle.

During the colder outings we use an electric heater.  Since Smokey is getting older some of the most used receptacles are not as tight. So here is how I replaced them.