A Sunday Project

 Posted by at 7:12 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 182010

Yesterday morning Terry’s parents, Pete and Bess Weber, stopped by to visit on their way home from church. Pete had only seen our Winnebago once, a few evenings earlier, but it was after dark, and he couldn’t see much of the outside. So he spent some time walking around checking it out before coming inside, and I think he was impressed.

A few minutes after Pete and Bess arrived, Terry’s sister Lisa also stopped in to say hello. I really like Lisa and always enjoy visiting with her. She’s a lot of fun, has a good sense of humor, and is drop dead gorgeous too! What a combination!

As I wrote in Sunday’s blog, we got an engine bay fire suppression unit and refrigerator compartment fire extinguisher from Mac McCoy at Fire and Life Safety a while back, but we have not had the time and good weather to install them. Yesterday both came together, and we decided to get the job done, so once our visitors left, we got busy.

Refrigerator unit webThe refrigerator compartment fire extinguisher can be mounted either vertically or horizontally. The compartment is accessed from a cover on the outside of the motorhome, and it took a couple of attempts at placing it before Terry decided to mount the extinguisher standing upright at the rear of the compartment. Not sure about drilling holes into the side of the compartment, because we didn’t know what was on the other side of the wall, Terry instead took Mac’s advice and mounted the extinguisher with industrial strength Velcro.

The engine bay fire suppression unit mounted to the bulkhead on the top of the Engine unit installed 4 webengine bay. This bulkhead is accessed from the floor of our bedroom closet, and once the removable floor panel is out, was held in place by four bolts. We drilled four holes for the mounting brackets, bolted the unit in place, and put everything back together. Again, we had to call Mac to be sure we were mounting the unit in the correct location.

Overall, just figuring out exactly how to mount the extinguishers, and unloading the closet to get to the floor and the bulkhead below, took longer than actually installing them. Both of the units are automatic, and are activated when the temperature inside the compartments reaches a certain level, so there was no wiring to connect.

We have seen a lot of pictures of RVs burning, and they really go up fast. We’ll travel and sleep a little easier now that we have these new safety devices installed.

With nasty weather predicted for this week, we will probably just take it easy, do a lot of reading and cruising the internet, and I’ll get some writing done. For the last month or so, we have had very spotty service on our Verizon air card, and the last few days it has really been frustrating.

From reading a couple of internet forums, it seems like a lot of RVers are experiencing slow service and dropped signals in different areas of the country. There have been several suggestions on how to remedy this, and I have tried them all, from updating the air card firmware to setting it to Broadband only so it won’t automatically switch to the slower National Access when both signals are available. Nothing has really worked. I suspect that as more and more people are getting cell phones and air cards, the situation will only get worse. Hopefully the techno geeks will come up with something to help get service back up to the reliability levels where it used to be.

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  4 Responses to “A Sunday Project”

  1. Good for you guys for taking the extra safety steps! Now we don’t have to worry about you on the road. Of course, we weren’t woried about you anyway — you have shown us your mettle — Nick by slamming the door on the bad guy’s arm, Miss Terry by safely extinguishing fires a coiuple of times. You’re the best!

  2. My Verison card is new (2mo.) an I have been on the phone for hours trying to get it to stay on. I was informed that the card is programed to go dormant, but it does not come back on (connected) the instant you need it to receive or send. I always have 5 bars, been lucky to be within 1-2 miles of a tower, oh we have the bus, and are in Apache Junction also.

  3. Patti and I are actually using two different cards, AT&T and Sprint. In most places we have been, at lease one of them worked great.
    I hope the nasty weather won’t last long as we are heading towards AZ next week. Here in TX the weather was perfect over the W/E and today.

  4. Just curious Nick – when your data card couldn’t get you online, could you browse the web with your blackberry? Or … is the blackberry less powerful than the card.
    If, perchance, the blackberry gets better connections – have you tried tethering your blackberry to your computer?

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