Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Fired up and the camper van
For me, Monday evening was the official start of the firewood burning season. My lovely wife and I had been gone for an overnight visit in Maine. When we got home it was only in the 50s and very damp. Temperatures are supposed to drop to 35 tonight. That’s cool enough in my book for a fire in the woodstove.
I’ve been burning stuff in the kitchen woodstove, but not any really steady fires. Mostly the woodstove is a good way to get rid of all the political junk mail that’s been coming in by the bucketful. Beats the heck out of a shredder for destroying records. The warm weather is supposed to return in a few days, but this a good test run.
Speaking of test runs, the ambulance/camper conversion keeps on running just fine. The waste veggie fuel system is functioning the way it’s supposed to.
My lovely wife and I spent Sunday night sleeping in it over in Maine. We both had a pretty good night’s rest. We’ve been slowly loading it up with all the things we need for camping. For an overnight, all we have to do is throw in our clothes, a bit of fresh food in the 12 volt cooler, and we were good to go.
Instead of stopping at coffee shops, we make coffee or tea in the microwave. We refill our water bottles from the stored water in the van. If we need a snack, there’s an assortment of goodies in the cupboards. Savings add up.
The wiring system on the van is slowly giving up its secrets. Eventually, I want to mount solar panels on the roof and need to know the best way to wire them up. No manuals came with this vehicle, so I’ve had to follow wires and figure things out for myself. The huge bundles of wires and components look imposing, but it’s all a matter of doing one thing at a time.
Not much else going on. Sure, I could rant on every day about the state of world, but don’t we all deserve some time off from that? I’m not quite old enough to be a full time curmudgeon.