Circulating


Just because you have a plan, doesn’t make it a good one. I seem to “prove” that over and over again to myself by the BAD plans I make … like today!

The best laid schemes of mice and men
Go often askew,
And leave us nothing but grief and pain
–Robert Burns (1785)

The office (back there at the end of the coach) has been pretty stable for quite a few months; no changes to where I keep things, no changes in gear, but the route down to Texas shook a few things loose and it became apparent that I needed to make some changes.  We haven’t been moving much — as you know — so spending 2/3 of our route on state roads — complete with stoplights — made more opportunities for sliding and for stress against the fastening points holding things in place.  The result:  bits and bobs have been falling forward during transit.

Fortunately, nothing has fallen into the gap created when we retract our slides.  That had been a ‘thing’ when we first bought Serendipity.  One of the first times I extended the bedroom roadside slide something had fallen off the desktop and blocked the slide form extendind.  Not good. Now when we arrive at a new campsite and get ready to extend the slides one of our crawls back and checks the gap to insure nothing has fallen down!

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That back shelf in my office has changed rolls over the 2 years we’ve had Serendipity.

But, let me be clear.  Over a year ago my printer came to live on the left side of that rear shelf, held in place by 3M command strips. It’s set up for wireless printing and the location is perfect!

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All the stuff in the red rectangle is what has been shifting.

For about as long I’ve had 6 plastic drawers mounted alongside for wires and papers.  When we are en route the two carpets we roll out over the soiled lounge carpet get rolled UP and laid across the shelf.  They usually serve as a buffer keeping things in place and the space is just about right for the bulk of the rugs.

However…  this trip the roads were bumpy enough that the plastic drawers — 2 gangs of 3 drawers each — kept sliding forward and in a couple instances pouring their contents all over the floor.  The first time I didn’t want to deal with the real  problem and just turned the drawers around during the day’s travel so that the contents couldn’t fall out.  But that was just a stop-gap; and besides — it happened again the next day and I knew it wasn’t a good solution.

There was too much to be done to want to tackle reorganization en route, but now that we’re settled in I tore taht corner of the office apart this morning while Peggy was doing more laundry.  I’m going to try putting the server and two of the backup drives on that shelf and move the drawers down below the desk where those items used to live.  That will bring more cords and clutter into view, but it will also be better air circulation for the electronics.

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I miss that ceiling fan!

The other item to come to our attention was circulation in the bedroom.  This is perhaps the only real sort point about Serendipity. Our Journey DL came with a ceiling fan and we used that thing a LOT!  Serendipity lacks a ceiling fan and we both miss it.  Also, the thermostat for the rear of the coach seems to have a split personality:  when the control is set for heat the thermostat seems to be pretty close to the set temperatore; when the control is set to cool the system will pull down the internal temperature just fine — but to what setting seems to vary with outside temperature not the room temperature.  The higher the outside temp the higher we have to set the thermostat to maintain the same temperature.  It’s weird.  I thought that perhaps the spot where the sensor is located might be heating up from the outside — but even if I keep the a fan on the sensor blowing cool air directly on the sensor it makes no difference.

We have not spent a lot of time in places where we needed to run the A/C very much — so we’ve lived with the inconvenience, and the dickering around with the thermostat.  But this winter is setting up to be a time when we’re actually going to need to use the A/C and I have wanted some way of improving airflow back there.

We’ve had a Stanley fan that we’ve used for 2 years — outside.  Stanley FanWhen the sun is beating down and we want a little breeze that guy does a whiz bang job for us.  I also have a tiny 4 inch blade fan that sits on the corner of my bed stand and provides a little bit of air movement.  It’s what I had been using when I was trying to fool the thermostat.

4inch personal fanWhat I want, however, is something that moves a little more air, but does it more quietly than that Stanely.  The Stanley is NOISEY!!!!!!

We found a Vornado unit that is quiet, can stand vertical, or horizontal, and has four speeds.  The fastest is more than adequate, but the second fastest I think is going to be all we need — and at that speed the fan is virtually silent to our old ears.

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Our new Vornado DUO

So, we’ll try if for a couple nights and if it doesn’t work we’ll take it back; if it does work, the Stanley can go live in the basement until next summer, or until it warms up enough outside for us to need being blown on!

Of course, we were doing this in November after most of the shelf stock has been converted to heaters!  Seems the last time we wanted to buy a heater it was the wrong season too!

Anyway…. we’re settling in and feeling good about where we are and who we’re with.

Thanks for stopping, and I’ll be here again tomorrow, why not stop by and say hi!

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