One of the best parts of my life for the past 12 years has been a little fuzzy white kid named Hazen.  He’s a California boy and loves the sunshine and outdoors, no matter what state or country he’s in at the time. The story of how he ended up in my life is probably… Read More


I fear I lack the strength to spin this saga into a well-written, thrilling adventure story animating all of the ridiculous circumstances we’ve faced over the last two months so, instead, I’ve decided to retell events in the manner of my Historian background and let the list of chronological occurrences speak for themselves. -January 3rd:… Read More


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It’s difficult to even quiet my thoughts enough to get something on paper. The last week – even more so the last two days – have been nothing short of insanity. On Friday morning, we were all set to take the RV down to the dealer to have the large slide out fixed for the… Read More


I recently made a little post about changing the oil and filters in the RV ‘van’ and the Jeep.  I also mentioned doing the same to the Generac QP40 generator in the RV, but noted that would be in a later blog post since there were extenuating circumstances. Here is that post. Where do I… Read More


Oil changes are a thing I used to plan an entire afternoon around. Not because I had to clean up a work space and do much, but just to get my car over to a dealer and dropped off for the ordeal of watching crappy TV in their lobby while waiting 4 hours before they… Read More


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Spending time in the RV, you notice things about it. One thing you get the sense of is that the RV industry is typically really good about putting just about every inch they can to some kind of use. This helps maximize space quite a bit with creative cabinetry and such. What they can’t really… Read More


That’s how the saying goes, so I’ve heard. Well, the RV DEFINITELY feels like mine now after just a few years. I guess technically I didn’t break (all of) the things that have needed attention along the way, but I have been getting really intimate with how to fix stuff. On the list of things… Read More


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So it seems I’ve been kind of lucky with the leak issues in my RV. Mostly, they’re not rain water coming inside (although there is one of those, but that’s a bigger post for another time). So far, a lot of the dripping has been related to something in the bathroom going bad. I’ve already… Read More


One of the things that our house requires as regular maintenance that stick-and-brick homeowners never have to worry about is tires. Much like the foundation below most peoples’ houses, our tires are the cornerstone holding everything else up, and they’re pretty much forgotten most of the time. You just assume they’re there, doing what they do, and… Read More


On the way back from Austin to Houston after a 2 month stay at a dealer getting the larger bedroom slide fixed… we blew a tire. That sucked. Immediately after having said tire replaced in the driveway of a random apartment complex we were forced to pull into… the toilet sprang a leak. That sucked even… Read More