Our Website is now Complete

We have been working very hard for the last 10 weeks or so to get the new Living the RV Dream website up and running…Done! We always wanted to have our blog and our podcasts integrated into the website. It turns out that it wasn’t as easy as we thought. It took about 2 weeks to build a WordPress blog and another week to get it integrated as its own page on the website…done! Next was to rehost the podcast from Podomatic, our host for all 5 years of the show but getting way too expensive. We will be running on both Podomatic and our new host at Bluebrry for the next 3 weeks. Using Bluebrry has allowed us to integrate the podcasts into the WordPress blog running on our website and at 1/2 the cost of Podomatic. Full integration took another 3 weeks…done at last!!

Now when you go to the “Our blog and podcast” page on our website at http://www.livingthervdream.com you will find both blog posts and podcast announcements together. Each podcast announcement will also have a player app inserted so you can listen right from the blog.

We are in the process of changing the new “Feed” from the new podcast host on all the places you get our podcast from. We have now got the feed approved in iTunes, where both the new and old feeds will exist for a few weeks. We also have changed the Stitcher Radio feed to the new podcast host. There may be a few glitches. If you cannot get our podcast in the usual way, please contact us using the form at the bottom of this post.

We know this is a change, and sometimes change is difficult, but it is something we had to do and now was the time. We thank you for downloading our podcast and we thank you for your patience in this changeover time.

LTRVD0275 Tornados, Lessons learned, Oil field gate guarding

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We start the show with a tragic weather occurance when a tornado ripped through a large campground on the eastern shore of Virginia and killed several people and injured many, many more. We talk severe weather preparedness. We discuss some Lessons Learned as a result of a request for them on our Living the RV Dream Facebook group. Some are quite funny. Then John goes into a feature on  Texas oil field gate guarding.



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My Fleetwood is a BMW

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Our headlights were very badly hazed and each had water inside. It was definitely time to change them out. I took the part number down and looked it up on the internet and both driver’s and passenger’s sides were available. These lights were originally from a 1993 BMW 3251!  Who knew? Only three sizes of sockets and a couple of ratcheting wrenches are all the tools I needed. Plus a little help from Kathy when I was underneath with a wrench.

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I did the driver’s side first. Learned some lessons that made the passenger side easy.
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The passenger side went in like “buttah”
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Quite a contrast between the new and old assemblies. The passenger’s side marker light, also a 1993 BMW item, comes out to access one of the mounting bolts.
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Here’s the newly installed passenger’s side assembly. I’ll put the marker light back once all bolts are tightened.
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Here is the old passenger side headlamp assembly. I had to pour water out of the driver’s side assembly after I took it out. It’s lens was even worse. The lenses are removable so I probably could have cleaned and polished them up, but no way was I going to find a new gasket. The assemblies were around $75 each and took around an hour each to replace. I figure I saved at least $400 over having it done at an RV service center. The old ones were so bad we could barely see the road at night.

 

Gate Guarding Information

Our Living the RV Dream podcast of July 25th had a feature on Oilfield Gate Guarding. Here is some specific gate guarding information to help you get started looking into this money making gig.

Here are many of the companies that hire Gate Guards

D&G Enterprises (817)-291-2737 http://dandgenterprise.com/oil-field-security-companies

KC Services (956)-236-5255

Gate Guard Services  (361)-949-6992

J&G Security (512) 825-7567   http://oilgates.com/contact-us/

Loma Rentals llc   http://www.lomarental.com/gate-guarding-and-site-supervision/

Pro Gate (830)-776-8666

Trinity (979)-241-1675

Oil Field  Support Services (361)-815-7050

Time Keepers (956-821-5815)

Alcatraz Gate Guard Services (817)-209-8602

Site Watch (903)-561-7202 http://swgateguards.com/

Primo Gate Guard Services (361) 564-8609 http://primogateguards.com/employment-opportunities/

Here are the steps you will need to take in order to secure a gate Guard position. What paperwork do I need to complete( each of you needs to do this):

1. Independent Contractor Agreement (most of the companies)
2. W-9 for taxes
3. Agreement for Workers’ Compensation
4. Application cards for fingerprints and Registration application
5. Level II Security Officer Exam for the Texas Dept. of Public Services
6. Passport size photo

Here are some links to the blogs of folks who either are or have in the past been oilfield Gate Guards:

http://www.wanderingwendels.com/adventures-in-gate-guarding-in-south-texas

http://www.theforkintheroad.wordpress.com

http://wwwmyoldrv.com

http://www.memorymaker11.com/blog

http://www.bounderrv.wordpress.com

http://www.kitandjerry.com

http://www.blueheron98.wordpress.com

http://www.travelinterriers.wordpress.com

http://www.doris-and-dave.blogspot.com

http://razzchronicles.blogspot.com

http://workampingstories.blogspot.com

http://readytogofulltimerving.blogspot.com

http://turnwhentheroaddoes.com

http://www.roadworking.com

 

RV Toilet Seal Leaking

We have been having a problem with the toilet not holding water. It just drains out slowly. This makes trouble as the water in the toilet is all that is between you and the black tank and all that is in it. I had replaced the Teflon RV Toilet Seal and the plastic ball assembly less than a year ago, so I figured there must be build-up on the seal due to our being in many hard water areas lately. I could have taken pictures of this, but I don’t want to gross anyone out.

This is an old style gravity drop toilet with a foot actuated valve that moves the flush ball aside and also actuates the water fill valve. No electric valve or macerator here. It is a Sea Land Traveler model 110, very popular on older rigs. The entire bowl comes off by loosening one screw that adjusts the tension on a metal band that holds the bowl to the bottom part of the toilet. You also have to remove the flush water line at the back of the bowl assembly. I loosened the screw, removed the 2 plastic guides, and lifted the bowl assembly out and put it in the shower.

Now it’s time to put on rubber gloves for the rest of the procedure. Then I removed the 2 piece seal and took it outside with a bucket of warm water and a scrubby sponge that I tossed after using. Both parts of the seal had lots of calcified material which was easy to remove. About 10 minutes and the seals looked like new. Then I cleaned the top of the ball valve with the sponge and it came very clean in a minute or two.

I put it back together making sure the “This side Up” on the seal was up. Then I placed the newly cleaned bowl assembly back on, centered it on the seal and put the spacers back and tightened the band back up. Make sure to re-insert the flush water line at the back of the bowl, or a small flood will occur. Don’t ask how I know this.

All is well once again and the toilet is holding water again. If you do this and the seal is torn or warn, you will need to replace both parts of the seal. If the ball valve is scratched or gouged, replace it as well. Instructions come with the parts. Get the part numbers of your particular model from your manual, or look up the parts by toilet model number on the PPL Motor homes parts page. They have almost everything you will need. http://www.pplmotorhomes.com/parts/rv-toilet-tanks-plumbing-sanitation-1.htm

This whole project took about 20 minutes start to finish. Or you could pay a service tech $100/hr plus the cost of a service call. Pay me now, or pay me later. Live the RV Dream folks!