Daily Archives: April 23, 2014

T-Minus 3 days

I apologize for these rather mundane posts, but I’m trying to get the hang of this new blog/CMS.  We plan on using this to keep folks up to date on our travels, so I hope that future posts will be better.  You have to crawl before you can walk.  🙂

Another good thing to do before a trip is sanitize the water system. It’s not that complicated – you fill the tanks, add bleach, and run every faucet (hot and cold) until you can smell the bleach odor.  Then let it sit overnight – or even better go for a drive to slosh it all around and then let it sit.

Here I’m dumping my gray water tank directly onto my driveway… I don’t normally recommend this, but it was only bleach water and I had previously sanitized the tank before I repaired the outlet pipe.

Gray water dump

I also finished dialing in my exterior LED light setup.  I ran a strip of red LEDs and a strip of warm white LEDs along the out edge of our awning.  This is our outside living space, and having the white light for cooking and the red light for hanging out will be nice.  These lights are really bright, so I also put a dimmer in as well so we can tone it down when we want just a little light.  You can see how our outside grill is situated under the awning – it usually doesn’t stay as low as in these pictures, I had it lowered so that I could reach the lights for the install.

The red switch turns on the red lights, and the blue switch turns on the white lights (couldn’t find a white switch, probably because they are automotive type and you wouldn’t want to mess up your night vision with white switches on the dash)

These lights are held on with 3M adhesive.  Not sure how well that will hold up long-term… but I have plenty of zip ties with me.  🙂

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T-Minus 4 days

Drove over to British 4×4 to take care of some business before heading out of town. Got the Fuso serviced and cleaned inside and out – Always nice to start out a cross country trip with fresh oil and knowing that everything is greased and topped off. The motor requires an oil change every 6000 miles so it’s easiest to just do an oil change before each trip and top off while on the road.

The oil was pretty low, so I’m going to need to make more of an effort to tilt the cab and check the dispstick – there is an in-cab oil-level indicator, but I’m not certain how accurate it is.


Also took care of a few minor details. The gas strut on the truck camper door had failed, so replaced that. Also, the fire extinguisher in the cab was showing empty (didn’t discharge, so maybe just a bad gauge) – since it was 7 years old I just picked up a replacement at Home Depot. It’s a little larger than the previous one and has a slightly different mount. I have an extra quickfist that I’m going to use to hold it down and make sure it doesn’t rattle. Fire extinguishers are not something you want bouncing around in the cab!
Quickfist on Expedition Exchange

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