Corporate Motivation

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During a corporate training some time in 2010, the speaker asked us to write down a made-up-on-the-spot life dream, put it in an envelope, and a year later they mailed it to us.

This was mine. Didn’t work out.

– Anthony, Petit Jean State Park, Arkansas

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Our Favorite Parks

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Clearly this is a very subjective list. The guidelines we used to rate them provide some guidance, but obviously the list is based largely on how we feel and your view may differ.

These parks met some or all of the following conditions: excellent sites separated by distance or trees, excellent trails or walking paths, very well maintained, beautiful surroundings, good or excellent location, friendly staff, feels very safe, very quiet.

Lake Dardanelle State Park Arkansas 2014 Winter
Cheyenne Mountain State Park Colorado 2013 Winter
Lake Fort Smith Arkansas 2013 Winter
Petit Jean State Park Arkansas 2013 Winter
Pomona State Park Kansas 2013 Winter

Maintenance Schedule Checklists

This list was copied from the Airstream manual.

Every 1,000 miles or 60 days

[  ] Escape window. Check operation of latches and upper spring.
[  ] Battery. Check water level.
[  ] Smoke alarm. Test and replace as required.
[  ] Tires. Check tire pressure.
[  ] Hitch. Check for loose bolts and unusual wear.
[  ] GFI circuit breaker. Test and record.

Every 5,000 miles or 90 days

[  ] Exterior door locks. Lubricate with dry graphite.
[  ] Exterior hinges. Lubricate with light household oil.
[  ] LPG hold down. Lubricate with light household oil.
[  ] LPG regulator. Lubricate with light household oil.
[  ] Main door striker pocket. Coat with paraffin.
[  ] Wheel lug nuts. Ensure tight.
[  ] Break away switch. Pull switch and lubricate with light household oil.
[  ] 7-way plug. Spray with contact cleaner.
[  ] Hitch ball latch. Lubricate with non-detergent motor oil.
[  ] Hitch ball. Lubricate with hitch ball lube.
[  ] Range exhaust hood. Clean fan blades and wash filter.
[  ] Roof vent elevator screws. Lubricate with light household oil.
[  ] Main door step. Lubricate moving parts and check.
[  ] Escape window. Check operation of latches and upper spring.
[  ] Battery. Check water level.
[  ] Smoke alarm. Test and replace as required.
[  ] Tires Check tire pressure.
[  ] Hitch. Check for loose bolts and unusual wear.
[  ] GFI circuit breaker. Test and record.

Every 10,000 miles or 6 months

[  ] Brakes Inspect, adjust or replace as necessary.
[  ] Wheel Bearings Clean and repack*.
[  ] Tires Inspect and rotate.
[  ] Spare Tire Carrier Lubricate moving parts.
[  ] Seals, Windows & Door Clean with mild detergent and coat with “Slipicone”.
[  ] TV Antenna Lubricate all moving parts with silicone lubricant.
[  ] Exterior Wax (Do not use an abrasive cleaner or wax).
[  ] Escape Window Lubricate latches with WD-40.

* We found our wheel bearings were sealed and do not require repacking.

Annually

[  ] Battery Clean, neutralize and coat terminals with petroleum jelly.
[  ] A-Frame, Step Wire brush and paint frame at front and rear.
[  ] LP Bottles Have purged by LP supplier.
[  ] Seams: Check and reseal exterior seams, windows, lights and vents as needed. Use Acryl-R seam sealer or equivalent.
[  ] Hitch Coupler and Ball: Check for wear or damage. Assure all parts operate freely. Replace any component if worn or damaged.

Spring Cleaning

Car wash

The weather has finally turned and today we made a short move from Lake Dardanelle State Park to Petit Jean State Park.

Last week we resolved not to attempt another winter north of Ft. Smith. It can be done and we have done it, but it’s not what we’re doing this for. So we took the opportunity this weekend to have a quick spring clean. Our rig is lighter 12 items, including a pair of crutches and an old shower head.

These are a few other things we didn’t need: a 5 gallon water container; an Hitachi cordless drill with scissor jack socket (heck yes I’m using a drill to raise my stabilizing jacks); more than one space heater, a heat gun and variety of insulation; a toaster; an Harmony remote; ugly pants; many chopping boards; an iron and ironing board.

– Anthony, Petit Jean State Park, Arkansas

Water Quality Test Results

date location state zip PPM IntelliTEC rating
1/8/2014 Lake Chicot State Park AR 71653 346 Tap water
1/19/2014 Cheyenne Mountain State Park CO 80926 48 Filtered water
2/7/2014 Cherry Creek State Park CO 80014 147 Bottled water
2/7/2014 Capulin RV Park NM 88414 261 Tap water
2/9/2014 Arrowhead State Park TX 74425 325 Tap water
2/9/2014 Dellanera RV Park TX 77554 241 Tap water
2/15/2014 Fairfield Lake State Park TX 75840 208 Tap water
2/16/2014 Twin Fountains RV Resort OK 73111 48 Filtered water
2/25/2015 Lake Dardanelle State Park AR 72802 23 Filtered water
3/9/2014 Petit Jean State Park AR 72110 23 Filtered water
3/16/2014 Pomona State Park KS 66543 134 Bottled water
3/29/2014 O'Leno State Park FL 32643 280 Tap water
3/30/2014 Lake Griffin State Park FL 34731 180 Tap water
4/9/2014 Gulf State Park AL 36542 38 Filtered water
4/10/2014 Grenada Lake State Park MS 38902 247 Tap water
4/26/2014 Hillsdale State Park KS 66071 148 Bottled water
5/11/2014 Santa Fe Skies RV Park NM 87508 171 Tap water
5/24/2014 Sweitzer Lake State Park CO 81416 96 Bottled water
5/26/2014 Dakota Ridge RV Resort CO 80401 113 Bottled water
6/28/2014 Wilson State Park KS 67481 588 Well water
6/29/2014 John Martin Reservoir State Park CO 81044 999
6/29/2014 Great Sand Dunes National Park CO 81146 42 Filtered water
7/6/2014 Cheyenne Mountain State Park CO 80926 48 Filtered water
7/20/2014 Boyd Lake State Park CO 80538 48 Filtered water
8/28/2014 Checotah Lake Eufaula West KOA OK 74426 178 Tap water
8/29/2014 Tall Pines RV Resort LA 71129 143 Bottled water
8/30/2014 Baton Rouge KOA LA 70726 127 Bottled water
  Gulf Islands National Seashore MS 39564 181 Tap water

These are the results of a rudimentary water test performed using an IntelliTEC digital water purity tester. Water samples collected from campsite faucet in a clean stainless steel bowl.

As a guideline, we won’t connect to a water source over 400 PPM.

0 – 50 PPM   Filtered water
50 – 150 PPM   Bottled water
150 – 400 PPM   Tap water