My Kitchen Area

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My kitchen area may be small, but it is functional and doable.  I’ve got everything I need close at hand.  My son, Kevin, hung up my spice racks for me.  Don’t they look nice there.  I was going to have him hang a paper towel holder, but it didn’t work out.  The paper hung too low and the way the holder was made, once up, you couldn’t get a new roll of paper towel on it.  In its place I added one more spice rack.

I love having my cooking utensils close at hand too.  They add a little color to my area.  In my wicker basket I have my silverware, pot holders and hot plate.  I still have to cut the rubber mat to fit the wicker basket and glue it to the bottom so that the basket doesn’t move while driving on the road.  I did it to my little garlic jar that I had in my S&B.

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The little cutting board hung on the wall is for decoration only and was a sweet gift from my daughter Karen.

I think my kitchen area is just about complete.  I am quite happy with how it all came together.

Until next time,

Kathryn

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New Spice Racks and Paper Towel Holder

In trying to make our motorhome more homey and user-friendly, I searched the web for a paper towel holder and a spice rack.  I knew I could buy one of those cheap white plastic paper towel holders that screw into the top of the cabinet, but I was looking for something with a little style.  The space is only 5″ high where it will go, which limits my selection.  I found a really cute black iron paper towel holder  online at Bed Bath and Beyond, but it is 6″ high.  I ordered it anyway because it just might work depending on where the paper towel sits.  It is supposed to come today.  I can’t wait to see if it will work.  Another good thing, if it does work, is that my daughter Melissa and I went into the store and had them order it for us.  Ordering it that way eliminated the shipping charges and we got to use a $5.00 off coupon.  Can you say “sweet”.

Paper towel holderWhile looking for the paper towel holder online, I came across the perfect spice racks for Winnie.  I had my daughter Melissa order them using her Amazon Prime account.  The spice racks came yesterday and fit perfectly.  I can put 3 of the 4 across the back of the stove wall and still have room for the paper towel holder.  That sure will free up cupboard space for something else and make it easier to find the spice I need.  I can’t wait until my son Kevin has time to put them up for me.

When I get them both hung up I will take a picture and show them to you.

Until next time,

Kathryn

Repairs and General Maintenance

Good Morning everyone.  We haven’t been able to do any more camping, but we have been working hard to obtain our goal of being full-time RV’ers.  It sure is a slow process.

We took Winnie over to Cummins-Bridgeway to have the air conditioning looked at.  When driving we had no cool air at all.  Ugh.  It was a good thing we did take her in.  They found a few other repairs that needed to be taken care of.  The sway bars were broken.  Whatever that is.  No idea how they break.  They might have been broken when we bought her a year ago.  There was also a leak in the oil cooling seal or there about.  And, as we knew already, we needed a new chassis battery.  They mentioned in their notes when we picked her up that the 2 coach batteries were in poor condition.  If they would have said something to us we would have had them replace them also.  Maybe they didn’t have that type of battery in stock.  Who knows.  Anyway, it was as rather expensive visit.  It’s a good thing we had purchased the extended warranty which covered $970.  It still cost us $1,300.  I’m just happy to have her back and repairs completed.

The next week we took her to General RV to have the left front jack looked at.  It would go down but not back up.  We had to assist the process with a board.  The other repair we needed to have looked at was the stove igniter switch.  It wouldn’t light the stove.  I needed to use a match.  The jack they said wasn’t anything major.  The stove igniter switch needs replacing and they had to order the part.  When it comes in we will pay for that.  They told me there would be no charge for them to install it.  While we were there we had them replace the 2 coach batteries.  Another expensive day – $550.  But, I am really happy to have the peace of mind that the repairs are done.  We just have to get the stove part in and installed.

On the home front, we had a garage sale the week-end after the 4th of July.  It was a perfect weekend weather wise.  We managed to eliminate a few things from our pile, just not enough.  Many items ended up being donated.   We’ve been working hard giving away and purging items.  We are getting there, slowly but surely.  Hopefully we will soon be ready to list our home and it will sell quickly.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

 

Tail Light

Today I called the RV special order parts department to find out how much a new tail light would be.  This is the second one that needed replacing.  The first one was when we bought Winnie one year ago and I notice on our way home that it was out.  I was not a happy camper as that should have been taken care of.  After an immediate call to our salesman, expressing my disappointment, he ordered us a new tail light.  Anyway, I had the part # I needed thanks to my son Kevin who checked it out and also priced it online.  The salesman wanted to know the usual and then asked me for the vin number of our motorhome.  Why? I asked do you need that?  I told him I didn’t have it right off and just needed to know how much the part was.  My son found the part for $50 online through amazon.  The RV special order department wanted $70 plus S&H.  I said thanks but no thanks.  That’s some mark-up!  We will be ordering it online and installing it ourselves.

On a more up note, it is official, we will be camping the first full week of June with our daughter Karen and her family in Ohio.  The reservations have been made.  This is the half-way point for both of us, as they are coming up from Kentucky.  I can’t wait.  We should have a really fun and relaxing week.

Until next time,

Kathryn

General Maintenance

We can check another couple of things off our to-do list for Winnie.  The people at Cummins-Bridgeway were very nice.  We had a small hick-up getting her there though.  We couldn’t get her started.  We are not sure why we are having problems, or what we are doing wrong with the battery because we had it tested when we took her in and it checked out fine.  When she wouldn’t turn over at all, we turned on the generator hoping that would charge the chassis battery enough to get it started.  No such luck.  Our son Kevin decided to put his trickle charger on it and it started right away.  Way to go Kevin.  So does that mean we should take a trickle charger along with us for the just in case moments?

We dropped Winnie off Tuesday night to be worked on Wednesday.  They changed the engine oil and filters and also did the maintenance on our generator.  They tested the batteries and we were really expecting to replace all three of them, but they said they were fine. While we were there we decided to make an appointment to have the air conditioning looked at.  They were booked up until after our June vacation.  That should be fine.  I am not expecting really hot weather that early in the season, but then this is Michigan and you never know.

I called the special order parts department at the RV center where we purchased Winnie to order the part we need for the ice-maker.  They had said it was a shut-off valve when they did the winterization last fall.  After a few back and forth phone calls the salesman decided that there wasn’t a special shut-off valve and that it was a part we could purchase at our local hardware store.  I thanked him for his help and hung up.  I am keeping the appointment I made for mid June just incase my guys can’t figure it out on their own, but I am really hoping we won’t need it.  As we are having exceptionally cold and wet weather right now, I don’t believe they will be able to work on it for a week or two.

Following behind Winnie as we brought her home I noticed we had a tail light out.  It looks like I’ve got another part to order.

Until next time,

Kathryn