Saturday, February 5, 2022

Into the belly of the beast.....Day 5 - Celebrate!

 8:20 am - Real Saturday - February 5th - Newell House, AZ - 39° F, 22% humidity, wind 4 mph out of the northeast.....sunny, clear, blue skies today with a forecast high of 66 F.  On this date in 2013 we were in Mt. Dora, FL having lunch at the Frog and Monkey Restaurant and Pub......↴

One simple picture sums up my Friday.....this was how our 'level' situation looked at 10:30 am Friday morning, and how it looks at 8:30 am Saturday change.  It is this image for which I had hoped......

......because there is no way I wanted to be under the Newell again for a long, long time.  In short, I can now celebrate the fact that I have successfully changed out my 8 airbags, reconnected the air lines, and nothing appears to be, knock on wood, leaking.  I was pretty sure that would be the verdict, and I've had that feeling before and been quite wrong.

Celebrate - Three Dog Night

The rest of my day was spent in repose, napping, watching YouTube videos, and taking two 1 mile walks with TLE around Newell House.  There was also a 40 minute Jacuzzi interlude mid afternoon thrown in for good measure.

When we boondocked for 2 months in the Anza Borrego Desert I decided I wanted to rearrange the two solar panels sitting at the very back of the Newell roof from their current orientation which is 'north and south' (or front to back) to 'east and west' (side to side).  This is how we installed my brother-in-law's solar panels two years ago......

.....and how I should have had A.M. Solar install them 7 years ago.....ahhh, hindsight is always 20/20.  With the current configuration I can tilt only one of these two panels at a time.  If I tilt both of them the one in front (facing the sun) will block the sun from the rear one.  The way they are now I tilt the back panel, and leave the front panel flat.  By reorienting them to 'east and west' I would be able to tilt them both, and they will both get the sun, thus increasing the number of amps flowing into my batteries, thereby reducing the charge time each day, and improving my charging capabilities on overcast days.  I will spend Saturday investigating that possibility, and if things work out I will actually reorient them on Saturday.  On Sunday I plan to spend part of the day giving my ALCOA wheels their annual spa day, and get them looking like mirrors once again.

I feel much better this morning (Saturday), and am grateful for the day of relative rest.  We're hoping to be back outside by Monday, so it's time to get to work!

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