5th Wheel Projects
Bushnell, FL - Events of Friday, February 6 to Monday, February 9, 2015
The initial move into our new 5th wheel and getting ourselves settled took us the better part of three weeks. We're definitely feeling at home now, but we still have a lot of projects we want to get done before we leave Florida in the spring.
One project that Paul completed on Friday and Saturday was making a platform to sit under the steps of the 5th wheel. The new 5th wheel sits higher than the motor home did, and we have a portable step that we have been using so we didn't have such a big drop from the bottom step to the patio. However, since we stay in Florida for a relatively long time, we wanted something a little bigger to use while we're here. Not only that, but Paul was able to make the platform just the right height so the last step coming out of the 5th wheel isn't uneven. We'll just leave the platform here in the shed when we leave in the spring.
On one of our recent trips to The Villages, we stopped at Home Depot to get a piece of treated plywood for the top of the platform and a piece of treated lumber for the bottom.
Paul built the platform on Friday and stained the exposed wood on the bottom part. On Saturday, he glued indoor/outdoor carpet he had left over from making step covers for the motor home last summer to the top of the platform.
We had covers over the roof vents in the motor home that enabled us to open the vents and to use our Fantastic Fan even in the rain. Therefore, we wanted to add vent covers to the 5th wheel as well. We have two roof vents in the 5th wheel so Paul ordered two Fan-tastic Ultrabreeze vent covers that arrived late on Friday. On Saturday after Paul finished gluing carpet, he installed the covers up on the roof.
Installation is a breeze provided you don't have a problem with heights. You just remove 4 existing screws holding the vent to the roof, substitute 4 slightly larger screws that are provided to hold down 4 brackets, put a dab of caulk on the screws, and use 4 pins to install the cover to the brackets.
After working on a couple of other minor projects on Saturday afternoon, we relaxed after dinner with a little TV. Shortly after we sat down we heard a muffled "grrrr" from Freeway. At first, we didn't pay any attention because he frequently does that when he is playing with one of his toys. After we heard "grrrr" a couple more times, however, we realized Freeway wasn't playing with a toy, but he was stuck in the pantry. Apparently when Margery was putting things away after dinner, Freeway slipped unseen into the pantry and didn't get back out fast enough before Margery closed the door.
We have several projects in mind for the 5th wheel that will involve some woodworking. A couple of those projects are bigger, longer range projects, but there are a few smaller ones like adding a couple of shelves here and there. To do those projects, Paul needed some cherry lumber to match the wood in our 5th wheel. There is a place that sells hardwood lumber of all kinds in Lakeland, FL, which is about an hour and a half southeast of Bushnell. We got some maple there several years ago when Paul installed the residential refrigerator in the motor home and had to build a new face frame for the cabinet.
After calling to confirm they had cherry in stock, we headed to Hardwood Lumber & Millwork in Lakeland on Monday. After Paul picked out the wood he wanted and just as he was about to load up, it started to rain. Fortunately, there was room to back the truck into the warehouse to load, so Paul was able to keep himself and the wood dry.
From Hardwood Lumber, we headed back north toward Bushnell. Since it was late afternoon, we stopped at Pancho's Villa in San Antonio, FL for lupper. We love the corn chips at Pancho's because they are thin, warm, crisp and lightly salted. They are served with two kinds of salsa - regular and spicy. The first basket of corn chips is complimentary, and refills are $1.50. The chips were extra crisp this time so we indulged and had two baskets.
Margery had a chimichanga with ground beef and Paul had a burrito with ground beef. The chimi was nice and crisp and the burrito was smothered in cheese and salsa verde. Both are served with refried beans and rice and garnished guacamole, sour cream, lettuce and tomato. Everything was yummy!
With our bellies full, we headed back to Blueberry Hill to relax for the evening. Paul started the first of his woodworking projects for the 5th wheel the next day. Stay tuned.