Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Trying to fix the weather stripping in the roof

We have tried all kinds of adhesives to reattach the rubber weather strip that goes around the roof of the popup. Yes that includes Gorilla Glue. It kind of worked but got all hard and orange in the sun. This Loctite adhesive stays flexible. Its like patching a boat. The coast was only $2.97 at Home Depot. Probably coast more in gas to drive there and back.
Scrape and clean the top and botton of the rubber.
Loctite don't fail me now,
Looks bad but it will be great soon.

Here are the pieces of cardboard I used to spread the adhesive. Could not find a Popsicle stick.
All battened down a curing.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Hyatt Regency Phoenix hotel experience

What a horrible place to stay. Hilton and Marriott are much better service. The parking was $12 which is not bad but the people at the garage treated us like we were trying to steal something. We just wanted to drop off bags and they would not open the gate. The guy at the garage said Hyatt did not run the garage but Hyatt said it was their garage. Not the service I expected! The people at the Marriott have always been helpful and treated us nice. NEVER going to stay at Hyatt again. I gave them 1 star on Yelp, I would have given them zero if it was possible. We are going to be contacting someone about how the first impression of Hyatt was. The bell boy said the manager was going to talk to the garage but it should have never gotten that far. Stay away from Hyatt!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

New Website!!!

We have moved to our own site. It took awhile to come up with an address that meant something and was not already taken grrr. After trial and error a wonderful solution came up.


It may take a day or two for the new site to be up and running but it am very happy with the name :)

Friday, February 17, 2012

Depression Glass!!!

I picked up some Depression glass at a Yard Sale. It is Arcoroc France pink glasses. I have them on eBay so we will see if they were any good. The great thing about eBay is that if you have something that has value someone will bid. It is not like the old days of eBay when anything would sell :). Speaking of eBay this is my eBay 10 year anniversary. Hooray for me. Here is a link to the auction. Maybe someone will bid.
eBay Auction

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Inside Fan-Tastic vent install complete

I wired up the fan on the inside now. It is a nice fit and I ran power from the light. I had to drill out the rivits to get the light off. I used yellow wall anchors in the rivit holes to reinstall the lights. Then I used a nice cover for the wires. It works really well and is nice and quiet. It ended up taking a few hours to do the job. Trips to the store for little odds and ends added more time. There is a upgrade kit if we decide we want to have a reversible fan. Right now it blows out to take the hot air out and keep circulation going. Now with the solar panel out we should be able to run the fan on high and still be charging. We will find out in July when we go to the White Mountains.

Fixed the Shepards Pole for the Bunks!!!

I was able to find a nice quick and cheap fix for the pole to hold up the tent on the bunks. It is impossible to find the replacement endcaps so I made a replacement.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Fan-Tastic Vent installed

The exterior work is done on the vent. It is mounted and caulked. We just have to run the power and put the inside cover on. You would be amazed at how much easier it is to raise the roof now. That AC unit must have been close to 100 lbs. Now just have to wait till tomorrow to finish the job and try it out. 

Monday, May 9, 2011

BBQ Pork Ribs

Got some Pork Ribs in the smoker. Went with a sparerib this time. They are meatier than the Baby Back but we will see how they come out. I did a dry rub and am using a mix of Hickory and Apple Wood.

Fresh Bread Is So Fine

Just baked some Italian bread and it smells so good. They should make a air freshener that smells like fresh baked bread. I would plug that in! Maybe I can just hang the loaf around the rearview mirror.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

How do you like the new background?

It is a picture of my St. Croix Imperial rod. It is a 2/3 weight 7' model. It is a 2 piece rod and a wonderful small stream implement. The only thing that would make it perfect is if it was a 3 piece. I have included the picture and another of a nice Apache Trout from the Black River in AZ.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Painted the Suburban!

Before, look at that hood and roof :(

Nice and nutty!

Now instead of faded green, and rust the suburban is almond. I took off the fender flares as they were so bad. I can get replacements if we decide to later. It is a really nice camping fishing and hunting vehicle now.  I just need a new base for the drivers seat to replace the motor for reclining. We started by taping off the windows and trim. Then used Rustoleum rusted metal primer. It took one quart to prime. We used almost 2 quarts of Rustoleum almond color. I choose that incase I need touchups I can get a spray can and go right over it. I bought a sprayer at Harbor Freight and that was ant $14.99. Total was around $50 including the painters tape. It is not professional but looks much better in the driveway and will look nicer when we are camping.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

What to cook next?

I was thinking of chili lime chicken wings, nachos and chili for the super bowl. I will keep you up to date on what we eat.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Lees Ferry, AZ

The Accelerator was on the floor and we still could not get to 60 mph. I thought that there was a problem with the 93 Subaru Impreza. The 1.8 liter engine was giving all it had. We had given up fishing as the wind was too strong to cast. Unless you wanted to catch your own ear or neck of course. We had decided to head up Page, Arizona to do some sightseeing and come back fishing in the evening. That is when it hit me! We were driving into a 60 MPH headwind. The car could not go any faster. When we changed direction on route 89 I could have put it in neutral and still gone 50.
That is one of the downsides to Lees Ferry, wind. We slept in the car since setting the tent up was out of the question. The tent in the site next to us blew up in a tangle of fiberglass and nylon. The cooler that was in the tent then blew open and rolled over. We went and picked up all the other campers things and used some rocks to keep them in place. It is nice time staying at the Lees Ferry Campground. The proximity to the colorado river is great. You have to be ready for cold winters and hot summers.
We did not fish upstream. It was too much money to rent a boat. We fished at the walk in area. Of the times I have been there I can say, one WOW! Two allright and one, go make a burger and read a book. You have to be ready for the rising waster as they release from the dam. I was out in the water and noticed that it was coming up. It was only a few inches from the top of my waders by the time i made it to the shallow water. This is a big river. There is a boulder field at the walk in area and that is where I found the best fishing. I caution you DO NOT go into the main channel. You may not stop moving until you get to Lake Mead.
Fishing was most productive with small size 18 brassies and my favorite scuds. I have heard all about this two fly system. I will not even fo into my disdain for that :). I prefer a single fly and maybe a indicator. I much rather enjoy fishing without the indicator but sometimes it is needed. Bring a net and don't loose it. Mine came off of its clip and floated away. I was distraught, now I knew how it felt to loose Wilson.
It is about 7 hours from Tucson so it is not a day trip. I would suggest looking into a guide at www.leesferry.com. If you have a vehicle that can tow a boat you can rent one for about $200 from them. The Impreza would not tow a boat of course.

All in all Lees Ferry is a great place to go. I am from Buffalo, NY and prefer small creeks. It was quite a time catching one fish after another as you watch rafts launch and float by down the Colorado River. I will defiantly go back but next time the Suburban goes and brings the boat.

Sunday, July 18, 2010


The ribs are all gone but the memories will last forever. What should we make next?
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