ATTACK OF THE KILLER RV ROOF MILDEW

Restoring Your RV Roof with RussOnTheRoad’s Three Minute Easy-Peasy RV Rooftop Bleaching Glop. No Scrubbing Required – Free Recipe

Click or tap to enlarge. This is an unretouched photo showing sections of my RV’s mildewed roof before and after I used my bleaching glop. The bleached area isn’t perfectly white but it’s a lot better than it was and I’m hoping the sun will bleach out any staining that remains. Time will tell.

Recently I went up to the roof of the RV. I don’t remember why it was that I did, but when I got up top I was horrified to find that the roof was covered by black looking mold or mildew in places. As if I didn’t already have enough problems to deal with!

And so I panicked, thinking that my roof may have been destroyed and also knowing it costs thousands of dollars to have a new one put on a 5th wheel such as mine. Well, the good news is, if you can call it “good”, that I found out from Dicor, the company that makes the EPDM roof membrane that is probably used on most RVs, that their EPDM rubber RV roofs do not support the growth of mold and mildew in terms of providing nutrients for them to feed upon. What this means is that mold and mildew, if growing on the roof, are not so much attacking the roof as they are just living on top of it. So, this means that mold or mildew growth aren’t a major concern when it comes to the overall health of an EPDM roof. Phew! [READ MORE…]

EATING FROM THE PALM OF YOUR HAND

Close-up of male Anna's hummingbird
Meet Mr. Glisten, the little male, Anna’s hummingbird that visits the RV every day. My feeder (details about it in the article) attaches to the dinette window so when he visits he’s just inches away.

Hummingbirds on Your Fingers – Flying Emeralds – Jewels in the Sky

This article is about the amazing hummingbird—a few interesting facts, a way for RVers to enjoy them up close and personal, and even how to have them eating out of your hand, literally, and unlike so many who abuse the word “literally” I use it literally.

The lead photo for this article is one I took of a male Anna’s hummingbird that has been coming to visit the RV every day. He comes to a feeder suction-cupped to the window just inches away from the dinette table. I used a zoom lens for this photo then cropped in tighter it after it was taken. Unfortunately, the day was cloudy and gray so “Mr. Glisten’s” colors—yes, I’ve named him—don’t pop as they might on a sunnier day, but you get the idea from this larger-than-life photo.

Diane is excited about hand-feeding hummingbirds. In this article I’ll tell you how to get them to eat out of the palm of your hand, and more. [READ MORE…]

FREE TODAY: A TOUCH OF CACTUS EBOOK

Freebie For Kids & Their Parents

Front Cover: A Touch of Cactus

My better half, the lovely and talented Diane, author/illustrator of entertaining and educational children’s books, has released A Touch of Cactus. This story about a little girl who discovers the great saguaro cactus of the American southwest, teaches children about them and native American lore while offering guidance for children to create their own dioramas.

A Touch of Cactus - Night Scene
A Touch of Cactus night scene in the desert complete with animal eyes glowing in the dark. The eyes are simply sequins, and the rest of the scene was made from poster board and watercolor paints.

The eBook version is FREE today, 2/9/21, here.
The paperback version is here.
Diane’s blog is PizzaBoxBooks.

A Touch of Cactus - Art Supplies
Inside A Touch of Cactus Diane shows some of the “art supplies” she used to illustrate the book. Many of these supplies, probably most of them, are things people often have around the house. Diane is all about re-purposing things at hand in order to make art.

DIY RV CLOSET LIGHTING MOD

In this photo you can see some of the aluminum channel I used, and some of the diffusing lens that snaps into it after you place the LED strip into the channel. Also shown is some of the LED light strip. I’ve marked the cut points and copper soldering pads on the strip. Note that the soldering pads show + and – symbols indicating polarity.

Are you annoyed by the lack of adequate lighting in the closets or cabinets of your RV? If so, then this is an article you will want to read.

At home I can see fairly well into my kitchen cabinets and wardrobe just from the ambient room light without the aid of supplemental lighting within the cabinets or closet. This is not the case in my RV, however. The pantry cabinets in the kitchen are fully two feet deep–you can barely reach to the back of them–and while room light spills into the upper two of the five shelves the lower three are dark and require a flashlight to see into their recesses. The wardrobe closet in my RV is also impossibly dark inside much of it. See how I added some lights. [READ MORE…]

CAMPGROUND REPORT: RED BLUFF RV PARK, RED BLUFF, CA

Red Bluff RV Park
Substantial tree coverage should mitigate the hot sun in summer months at Red Bluff RV Park.

Red Bluff RV Park was a one night stopover for us and it fit the bill nicely. It was far enough from I-5 that noise from that freeway wasn’t a problem but close enough that access to the campground wasn’t problematic. There was some local road noise but we weren’t disturbed by it inside the RV at night.

The campground was mostly full when we were there November 23, 2020. I don’t know how much of that had to do with the Thanksgiving holiday. It was a COVID-19 year. I got the feeling there were quite a few long-term campers there and I can understand why. It’s a relatively pleasant place as far as commercial RV parks go. I noticed some barbecues and other things that people tend to leave around outside when they are long-term residents but there was no sense of trashiness to the place. [READ MORE…]

WHEN IT’S NOT JUST YOUR RV’S WHEELS THAT ARE SPINNING

Full article reading time excluding linked videos about 15-20 minutes.

IMAGINE: you wake up in the morning and as you get out of bed all of a sudden the room starts spinning violently; it’s nothing but a whirling blur. You can’t tell up from down, left from right. You have the sensation that you are being pushed over and pulled toward the floor. You lose your balance fall. From your position on the floor, or bed if you were lucky enough to fall in that direction and not split your skull open on some piece of furniture on the way to the floor, you see the room whirling around you, jerking back and forth violently as it does, and you’re nauseated. Your world is completely out of control, a swirling blur to your eyes and you just want it to stop. This is perhaps the worst and most frightening feeling you’ve ever had. “Make it stop, please God make it stop!” you think to yourself. Luckily, in a minute it does…but only until you begin to move again. “What’s wrong with me? Is it an infection, a stroke, a brain tumor?” These are things that may cross your mind.

What you have just experienced is called vertigo. Something like 40% of people will experience vertigo at least once during their lifetime. One study published on the National Institutes of Health web site suggests that about 73% of BPPV cases affect those between the ages of 31-60 which of course makes up a large percentage of RVers. While it’s not painful it’s one of the worst feelings and most frightening experiences a person can have. I know. I just lived it.

It’s bad enough when this happens at home, but when you’re on the road in your RV where medical care may be more difficult to obtain, the surroundings and medical personnel unfamiliar, it presents an even more worrisome situation.

Since many RVers are likely to run into this problem I thought an article about it might be of some interest and importance by way of a providing framework to cope should the situation arise. [READ MORE…]

PROSSER FAMILY CAMPGROUND, TRUCKEE, CA

Prosser Family Campground
In order to fit into campsite 23 completely it was necessary to park the pickup at an angle in front of the fifth wheel.

With 29 campsites Prosser Family Campground, A.K.A. Prosser Campground, not to be confused with Prosser Ranch Group Campground next door, is a small, Forest Service campground in Truckee, CA which is in the Sierra Nevada mountains at an elevation of nearly 6,000′. It is set amidst tall pine trees which create quite a bit of shade for most campsites, yet some sites get enough sun to allow solar equipped RVs such as ours to generate enough power so as to be able to avoid running generators (except to run air-conditioners). Typical, summer, Sierra mountain weather with temps in the 70s and 80s and low humidity would make that seem a less likely scenario. We experienced a heat wave the last time we were in Truckee with temps up to 90º or so and while it was quite warm in the RV we got by with running our Fan-Tastic fans without running the dreaded generators. (These roof-vent fans have multiple speeds, thermostats, rain sensors that close the lids automatically, remote controls, and airflow can be reversed at the push of a button so with one blowing in and one blowing out you can establish a circulation pattern through the RV.) [READ MORE…]

CAMPGROUND REPORT: FRENCH CAMP RV PARK, MANTECA, CA

Squeezed into site 117 at French Camp
Squeezed into site 117 at French Camp

We stayed at French Camp for one night as it seemed the best option for us as we were passing through from the Sequoia-Kings Canyon area on our way to Truckee, CA. Others may have made that drive in one day but we don’t like to travel for as long as that would require. Knowing that we would be coming from a week of boondocking and passing through California’s San Joaquin Valley which is often quite hot in the summer knew we wanted full hookups in order to have air-conditioning; empty our black and gray tanks, fill up on fresh water as we were headed to a campground without hookups, and to enjoy some nice long showers. [READ MORE…]

ARCTIC FOX 29-5T FIFTH WHEEL USER REPORT – REVIEW

Milo McGiver State Park Campground
Our first campsite ever in our new 2018 Arctic Fox 29-5T: Milo McGiver State Park in Oregon. What a beautiful place.

This post is just to let you know that I have just published a User Report about the Arctic Fox 29-5T fifth wheel travel trailer. I am not including the report in in my blog email update simply because it is much too long and might be a bore for disinterested readers. Truth be told, there are numerous tidbits of information within the report that may be valuable for any RVer or would-be RVer. Even so, I will let people who are interested click through to the report.

I will, in brief, say that in general, when I write a User Report that’s what it is, a user report, not a fluff piece that simply quotes a manufacturer’s literature or points you to a page where I can profit from you making a purchase. It’s based on actual experience. After 6 years of RVing experience and having lived in RVs for something akin to three years I may be in a better position to tell you about things from the perspective of an RV owner than many if not most RV salespeople or manufacturers.

Within the report I compare the 2018 model year I own to the current 2020 unit pointing out some changes, some small and some large. I also make some comments more reflective on the RV industry as a whole. If you are considering the purchase of an Arctic Fox 29-5T I would consider my report a must-read. I also think there is useful information within the report for anybody considering the purchase of any RV. Hopefully, anybody who reads the report for any reason will find something of value.

Lupine Leaves

Lupine
Lupine leaves with raindrops. This image is copyrighted property and may be used only as specified: Feel free to use this photo on your personal devices for personal, private, non business uses. If you wish to share this photo or others I may post please do so only by using any Share buttons that may be available on the page or by providing the page URL to those with whom you wish to share. Thank you.

I remember making this photo. It was exhausting. Not because I spent hours lighting and shooting dozens of frames from different angles to make a focus stacking shot. Unlike my studio flower shots this one was made outdoors, with natural light, with one exposure: click…done.

While walking I came across some lupines in a neighborhood garden shortly after a rain shower. The little beads of water on the leaves really caught my eye. Click or tap to enlarge and you’ll see what I mean. I knew the droplets wouldn’t last, that they would soon dry up. I was maybe a half mile from home which is where my camera was at the time. I knew if I was to be able to catch the droplets before they dried up I was going to have to get some exercise…and so I ran home to snatch up my tripod and camera.

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