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A Quiet Day

December 8, 2011

It’s been kind of an odd, quiet day.  Nell left before daylight as usual, and Hemi and I slept in until around 6am.  It wasn’t quite as cold this morning, 29 degrees when we went for the morning walk.  I found a reference photo that I thought I’d like use for a painting, even got the easel out, but never did set it up.

I spent way too much time on Google Street View, trying to determine which of three propane places I want to go to.  One of them has a simple route to get there, but it goes under two bridges with an overhead clearance of 13 ft 10 inches, a bit too close for our 13 ft and some inches height, at least for my peace of mind.  Taking an alternate route to that place is way out of the way.  Another one has a decent, clear route, but it’s a bit farther away.  A third one has two routes to it.  The first one I looked at had a bridge with a low clearance of 13 ft 9 inches, but the alternate route is all flat on good clear road.  Nell is off work tomorrow, so I’m going to go get the propane tank filled then.  I’m still enough of a rookie at this that I’d prefer to have a co-pilot in new territory.

I did find the gauge on the propane tank itself (in its outside compartment), and it shows it 1/4 full.  We could wait, but tomorrow will be a convenient time, and then we can go into next week with a full tank.  What I think we’ve learned is that with freezing temperatures at night, we use 3/4 of a tank of propane in two weeks.  So, we could probably keep it a tad warmer at night and still be okay.  And… once we get past winter, a tank of propane should last us a long time.  It’s a 32.8 gallon tank, by the way.

One thing we may look into, just for this winter, is renting a smaller propane tank (aka travel trailer size), and using it for the furnace, with the onboard tank in reserve.  That way, we could just take the smaller tank to get it refilled instead of unhooking and driving the motorhome to the propane supplier every couple of weeks.

Again, once the sun hit the windshield this morning, there was no need for any kind of interior heating at all.  In fact, late in the afternoon, I was able to take a shower and not shiver when I stepped out.  It’s 7:30 pm right now, 43 degrees outside, and we’re not uncomfortable enough yet to turn on any heat.  Not bad.

I topped up the fresh water tank this afternoon.  It was sitting at about half a tank after my shower, and we could probably have gone without adding to it, but this way we’ll have a nearly full fresh water tank on Monday.  We’re going up to Wichita, Kansas this weekend to have an early Christmas with the kids there (just driving the car up and staying with them), so doing all this stuff before we go will mean I can focus on other things next week.

Next week, we hope to get Barry the RV Tech to take a look at the levelling jacks and the TV antenna.  (Nell’s starting to miss TV, at least the main channels.)  And I’ll ask him about the extra propane tank as well.  He will have to rig up a connectionfor it.

And…. fried chicken, mashed potatoes and peas and carrots for dinner!  We are not lacking for good eats, by any means.  Nell has cooked dinner almost every night since we moved into the motorhome.

Tomorrow we head to Kansas in the car.  See you when we get back.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. December 9, 2011 2:20 am

    There’s a valve called an Extenda-stay that goes on your on-board tank and allows for a portable tank to be attached. Some propane places will rent you an external tank you can set along side the RV, provided the park allows it. Many propane dealers will also send a truck to your location to refill your tank. Perhaps there are others in your park that would take advantage of a deliver truck at the same time. You should ask the park or other RVers about it. That way you can avoid a risky trip with the RV to get more propane.

    It sounds like you’re settling in and learning all that is needed to enjoy your full-timing life.

    • December 9, 2011 12:34 pm

      Pleinguy, I’ve been trying to remember “Extenda-stay”. I think that’s what we want to do. The park here does allow it. We asked about propane delivery, and for some reason it doesn’t happen here. The Extenda-stay would work fine for us, with a rented tank to get us through the winter. Thanks!

  2. William R Moore permalink
    December 9, 2011 3:50 am

    Ralph,
    The extra tank sounds like the way to go. Pleinguy, also has some helpful suggestions.

    Have a safe trip to Kansas visiting family.

    • December 9, 2011 12:37 pm

      Thanks, William.
      We’re up and having our morning coffee. Soon, we’ll lay all the “fall-ables” on the loveseat or bed, and head over to the propane place. Then back to park and reconnect the RV, and hit the road in the car.

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