Many times you will find
yourself trying to hook up the utilities to your RV at dark thirty. Installing
an exterior light on your RV will make the task a lot simpler. It doesn’t
matter if you are boondocking or hooking up to a park space. You may find
yourself in the dark and fumbling around with a flashlight. An exterior light
will leave your hands free to make the process of getting things hooked up a
Using a $10 light from the
local tractor supply outlet and about 8 feet of two strand 12 volt wire is all
you need to accomplish this RV mod. The cover for the power cord was removed
and a wire was run from the 12 volt connections inside the RV. A small hole was then made in the side of the
RV for the wire after a suitable location for the light was determined. A piece
of coat hanger wire was then snaked behind the siding of the RV until it came
out at the side of the electrical cord cover opening. The wire was then hooked
to the 12 volt electrical wire and pulled through the hole. It was then a simple process of
hooking the wires to the light and mounting the base plate to the side of the
RV and installing the light cover.
The light included an on/off
switch and the cover was mounted with the switch in the down position. Even
though the switch was water resistant, mounting it where it was on the bottom
helps avoid rain hitting it directly.
It’s a quick and simple RV
mod that can be done in less than an hour.
The conversion of my garage
to solar power is completed and hopefully it will lower my utility bill. It
took a while to get everything set up and working. My panels were pole mounted
in order to make it easier to service the solar panels.
A total of four 100 watt
solar panels were used to charge a battery bank of four 100 amp hour batteries.
Two inverters were used to furnish power. A 100 watt pure sine wave inverter
was used for lights and to power a small air compressor. An 1800 watt pure sine
wave inverter was set up to furnish power for my power saws. This covers the
majority of my power usage in the garage. I’ll also being running a fairly low
wattage heat lamp for the chickens in the winter.
A solar panel kit from Grape Solar was used for this project and came with most of the necessary wiring, a
charge controller and an inverter. There is additional information posted in my product review. A separate grounding rod was installed on
the panels and the solar disconnect that was installed.
My grid-powered outlets are
still functional and can be used if my solar power system goes down for some reason but won’t
be used unless absolutely necessary. With the completion of this project, my
storage shed, greenhouse and garage are now on solar power. Part Two will show my battery bank, solar disconnect and charge controller set-up.
Piedra Falls is located about 30 miles north of Pagasoa Springs, Colorado in the San Juan National Forest. It's a leisurely hike of about 3/4 mile to get to the falls and makes a very pleasant day hike through the forest and along the middle fork of the Piedra River.
Start of the trail in the San Juan National Forest.
Further along the trail it gets a little rocky.
Back into the woods again.
A little shade along the way.
Trail gets rocky again.
Trail runs along the side of the Piedra River as you get closer to the falls.
There's a narrow spot between the rocks as you approach the basin of the falls.
Here's a pic of a couple of chipmunks and a ground squirrel. It was brought to my attention that I had erroneously labeled a ground squirrel as a chipmunk in my previous post. As you can see in the above picture there is a noticeable difference in size and markings.
I happened to cross paths
with a black bear quite by accident on a recent trip to Colorado. It was quite sudden and totally unexpected on my
part as I had just left the trail head for one of the trails in BlackCanyon. Apparently the bear noticed us first and had
already started moving away from my area. He quickly moved into a brushy area
and was gone from sight. I did manage to get a couple of quick pictures as the
bear moved away.
Black bears aren't normally
aggressive and will leave your area quickly unless they are provoked, feel cornered or are protecting young. Fortunately, this bear was probably intent on
his next meal of berries and only gave me a cursory glance before moving
quickly out of the area. The bear went into a brushy area and disappeared from
It’s a well known fact that Colorado is bear country and you should always be aware of
this fact. A safe distance from predators such as bears, wolves, and cougars is
normally about 100 yards (think the length of a football field). Any closer and
you may be putting yourself at risk of a serious situation. You can normally
approach other wildlife to within about 25 yards without any real concern. Most
animals usually won’t allow you to get even that close. The exception is snakes
who can normally strike from a distance equal to their length.
There is an excellent
brochure in PDF format available at Colorado.gov that contains a lot of useful
tips to help take adequate precautions when in bear country.
An expedient oxygen absorber for a 5 gallon storage container can be made by placing a golf ball size piece of steel wool and a tablespoon of salt inside a paper napkin and placing it in the container. The salt will absorb the residual moisture and the steel wool will naturally absorb the oxygen.
Preppin' Tips - Recipes
Make Your Own Electrolyte Beverage (Gatorade, Pedialyte, etc.)
To one quart of water add 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon of salt, and 8 teaspoons of granulated sugar. Thoroughly mix all ingredients together.
This will replace electrolytes lost by the body due to dehydration caused by diarrhea, vomiting, excessive sweating, etc. A package of Kool-Aid, Crystal Light, etc. may be added to enhance the flavor and color.
Reference Material - Gun Safety, Gun Training, & Gun Manuals
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