Thursday, January 10, 2019

Getting Ready to Move On

Where Are We Today 
Pilot Knob RV Park

I thought I should write something, before my blog disappears off the bottom of all my followers side bar.
We have been here at Pilot Knob for a month, tomorrow we are pulling up stakes and moving on. So today, I spent the better part of it, getting ready to go.
First thing was to dump our holding tanks and give them a good back flush. In the morning we will have showers and do a quick dump to make sure they are empty, as we will be boon docking for the next three weeks.
Dumping the black tank and back flushing

Next on the list was to check the tire pressure and torque the lug nuts on the trailer and the truck. 
Using my Viair air compressor that I got in Quartzsite last year. 

Checking the trailer lug nuts torque. All good!

Two of the trailer wheels needed a little
 air added and one of the truck tires needed some. The truck tire was the inside dual wheel on the driver's side. The last time the wheels were off, the outside wheel was put on without lining up the whole in the rims, so I couldn't get the pressure gauge or the air nozzle on the valve stem.  To solve that problem, I had to get the never used jack out to jack up the truck, remove the outer wheel, add air and then replace the outer wheel, lining it up so the inner valve stem is accessible.
When done, all tires were at 65 psi.

Outer wheel removed.

With those big jobs out of the way, I still had the weather station to get off the roof, put away the satellite dish, fold up our mat, fold up Pat's bike and stow it in the back of the truck and take down the flag pole.
Pat's bike folded down and in it's bag

Both bikes put away in the back of the truck

 A couple of weeks ago in a strong wind, the flag pole snap at the top bracket that holds it up. The other day I bought a piece of 1 3/8 dowel to repair it with, so I got that done also. Cutting the dowel to length, mixing up some 30 minute epoxy, I slipped the dowel in both ends and let dry. We will see at our next destination how it holds up.

Epoxied and slid together

Wrapped with masking tape until dried

One last thing, just after I started to write this, I remembered that I hadn't filled the fresh water tank. A quick trip outside to get that started and now it is done.
That's it for now, thanks for not giving up on me. Until the next time, take care and travel safe. Comment if you wish, always like to read them.

Good night from Pilot Knob. Borrowed the picture from Patsy.


  1. And you’re off on another adventure!!!

  2. Making certain everything is ready to go is a wise but time consuming chore but better then kicking yourself for not having done so.
    Have had a Apprentice Mechanic line the Valve Stems up in the same hole.
    Be Safe on your travels and Enjoy your next adventure.

    It's about time.

  3. Nice to get things all wrapped up and on the road again, travel safe and enjoy the drive.

  4. Hi Bill was nice to see you guys again and hope to see you again in Quartzsite I have a couple of questions about flying my plane.

    1. Nice to see you also. Will see you in Quartzsite and will be happy to answer any questions about your plane.

  5. Always chores that have to be done before you can leave, but you guys have certainly had a nice time there with all your friends! Travel safely!

    1. Yes nice to have chores done and certainly having a good time.

  6. That air compressor looks like something I'd like to know more about. I'll have to google that.
    Always lots of work to do before hitting the road. I try to do all of that stuff the day before as well.
    Safe travels.

    1. AiThere are many different models of this make, so when researching online, make sure it will do what you want. Mine is for RV's, I think it is model 400?

  7. Have fun and we are looking forward to lots of pictures of the sculptures. Benno forgot to ask you to show him the California Duster.

    1. Will do Marlene, I will try and remember to include a picture of the duster.

  8. I have a Viair compressor as well. Same model as you I think. Love it. Gets 110 lbs into the trailer tires.
    Hard to believe those bikes fold up so compactly.
    Safe travels!

    1. Compressor is great. The bikes fold up nicely, they are from Camping World.

  9. Hi Bill
    When you are working with the aluminum wheels, do you put oil or lube on the wheels before torqueing them? And does the lug nut have a washer or ring under it to prevent the nut from digging into the soft aluminum? I've never had aluminum wheels and would like to get a set for my Dodge dually.
    Thank you.
    Don in Okla.

  10. I Don't use a lube or oil, and as a fellow blogger point out, it could make the rims slippery and the nuts not tighten. There is a washer on the lug nuts that I Use.