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 on: Today at 09:41:52 PM 
Started by Geom - Last post by Oonrahnjay
Hey JC, isn't the temp on the first of July up to -20 where you live?  Smiley 

     No, Ed, that the 2nd of July!  They have a big celebration about it.   Oooo, CANADA!!!!

 on: Today at 08:50:41 PM 
Started by Lostranger - Last post by Lostranger
Ocracoke Campground, operated by the Park Service, is a delightful place with beautiful dunes and beaches. The price is reasonable, and we like the fact that it offers no hookups. Two private campgrounds in the village have full connectivity.

Since we donít need shore power, and since we finally have tanks and plumbing, we can stay anywhere. Weíre fortunate to have standing offers of places to park when weíre on the island. This trip weíve enjoyed both time in the campground and time with friends. We spent that first night on private property.

The next day, we did what circumstances demanded. We slept late. A rarity for me. I laid in bed until after seven, and then I sat on the couch and did some writing. Twas lovely. At around ten, we drove to the local grocery store for a few fresh items and then out to the day-use parking lot next to the campground. There we fixed spaghetti and meatballs for ourselves and friends who come here every October to fish. Itís a dish we love, and we figured it would give them a break from the fish theyíve been eating all month.

That night I played music at TTO. Started at 6:30 and wound up around 9. I could have quit at eight, but a number of people were hanging on to listen, and I was having too good a time to quit. Iíve been playing in public with Bluegrass bands since the early seventies, but these days I usually work alone. Bluegrass music done well is like jazz. Itís all improvisation based on intricate instrumental interplay and complimentary dynamics. Everyone gets a chance to solo, and while youíre up front, everyone elseís job is to make you sound and look good. I especially love singing Bluegrass harmony. Bluegrass done well stirs my soul. Done poorly, it turns my stomach.

Of course you canít do any of that alone. What I do by myself might be described as ďBluegrass flavored,Ē but I try to compensate by being entertaining. I engage the audience and spin yarns which sometimes are taken directly from my hillbilly heritage and sometimes border on outrageous lies. I try to pick material which has some significance for the time and place. I also write songs about situations that are important to me or that I find amusing. Solo performing has its own rewards, but sometimes I miss playing with a band. I must confess, however, that I donít miss splitting the money.

Sunday we visited the Methodists and took part in their annual youth-led worship service. Pastor Bryant delivered a short and informal homily on the advantages of diversity and used the rainbow as a metaphor. After church, we took a backstreet walk to our parking spot in the village and fixed leftover spaghetti. My spaghetti only gets better over time, but it doesnít usually have much time. My recollection of Sunday afternoon is fuzzy, but a nap may have been involved. We drove to the campground late Sunday afternoon with the intention of spending a few days, but a misunderstanding over the availability of a space long enough for our rig led to my being the recipient of a rangerís overreaction, and I lost my taste for staying that night.

We spent Monday and most of Tuesday in town, resting and writing, eating when we felt like it, catching up with a few friends. I know a fellow here who is also a luthier and musician. Got to visit his shop and see several guitars he is repairing and a few he is building. When he found out that I was planning to buy a surf fishing rig to replace the new one I forgot to bring, he pulled one of his own from the shop rafters and loaned it to me for the duration. All I had to do was buy new line. He no longer fishes, and he says I can use this rig whenever I come to Ocracoke. I didnít argue.

About 3:30 Tuesday afternoon we headed toward the campground again. The dump station and water fill are nearby. Our 105 gallon waste tank was not full, but our 100 gallon fresh tank was empty. I discovered a couple hours into last Fridaysís drive that we were sloshing a lot of fresh water through the overflow as we were driving. I stopped and pulled out a PEX crimper and a ball valve. That fixed the slosh. I have another vent at the high point of the overflow line, so all I have to do is remember to open the new valve on the overflow when filling.

And speaking of opening valves. First dump of the new waste tank was no problem, but filling the fresh tank did not go so well. I had scouted the dump/fill station in advance and learned that the park service has provided a fill hose with no fitting on the end. No problem. I had enough plumbing stuff along to come up with a male hose fitting on a 1/2Ē PEX barb. I stuck the barb in the fresh hose, secured it with a hose clamp and connected to my fresh inlet. When I opened the valve at the fresh source, I was rewarded with excess spray around my clamped fitting no matter how much I tightened the clamp. Iím embarrassed to think about how much time I wasted before I figured out that I had only opened one of two necessary valves inside the bus. DOH! Once I corrected that error, filling went much better. In my defense, this is a new plumbing system. Iím not likely to make that mistake again.

The upside of this little error was that it delayed our campground arrival until after Mr. Ranger had left for the day. I checked with the volunteer host (an acquaintance from last year), picked a spot and self registered. When I went to pay this morning, the ranger was in a considerably better mood, so I think weíll get along fine. I took him a bowl of jambalaya for lunch. He was already a fan of my spaghetti.

We have managed to spend a bit of time on the beach, but it's been hard on me:

Ocracoke has wind today. Would be great kite weather, but alas, I have none. Planning to get in my first fishing instead. I think I have all the pieces in place. Maybe something good will bite. Either way, Iíll be sure to tell the tale.

Best to all,

Jim and Bev on Ocracoke

 on: Today at 08:33:17 PM 
Started by Geom - Last post by Ed Hackenbruch
Hey JC, isn't the temp on the first of July up to -20 where you live?  Smiley

 on: Today at 08:33:16 PM 
Started by RJ - Last post by luvrbus
I have a friend with a setup that looks similar he has a small chiller he made with a fridge compressor and the water heater supplies the heat, works pretty darn good in the right weather that is neat and clean install in the photo who ever done it  IMO

 on: Today at 08:13:17 PM 
Started by RJ - Last post by sparkplug188
Hmm... looks like a water heater, water hammer arrestor, waste and fresh water tanks, power distribution panel, and a small ducted heater. I don't see anything that looks like a chiller.

 on: Today at 08:10:52 PM 
Started by Van - Last post by lvmci
Hi Olrunt, lake mead rv village is the right place, or the dry camping next door, just a short distance away, we have stayed in the middle area spaces 11,12 etc, all good, new pads and power towers, entertainment will be provided by Van and his band of renounds, my wife is making her famous better than olive garden soup, and I here the Nevada DMV will hold a seminar on how to make your life miserable when you have the gaul to try and register your bus as a RV, tom...

 on: Today at 07:42:56 PM 
Started by Nineforever - Last post by Nineforever
Okay ill will check that tomorrow theres power to the clapper and the flasher and have changed out both 

 on: Today at 07:39:34 PM 
Started by RJ - Last post by luvrbus
Is that supposed to be a chiller set up also or just for heat I cannot tell by the photo

 on: Today at 07:30:41 PM 
Started by RJ - Last post by Mex-Busnut
A central heating system?

 on: Today at 07:28:45 PM 
Started by Geom - Last post by gus
Four is no more difficult than two. Just set the blocks all the same distance from the tires and go to it.

It is a good idea to put a good hefty chock at the end of one block to keep from going too far.

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