Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Pleasant Lake

Here we are in Bradenton FL at
Pleasant Lake is a carefree resort. They have about 59 resorts all around the country and we have found them to be really nice.

This beautiful lake is the reason this is called Pleasant Lake.

Petanque field. What is this? I really don't know but its a game the Canadians play.

One side of the lake has the park models right on the lake with piers belonging to the residents.

Horseshoes is a must at any park.

Shuffleboard right next to the laundry and bathhouse.

Beautiful laundry with lots of washers and dryers. Plus great folding tables and iron and ironing boards.

Lots of birds visit the lake this one is anhinga.

I'm telling you people are so creative. This park model owner has a railroad in his side yard. 

Want to sit and relax around the lake. Chairs are provided.

More birds

Isn't this just the perfect spot to relax and enjoy the view.

Park layout, as you can see the lake is big. 

Some of the activities posted.

Just one of the side streets.

This is the first time I have see a park model with a place to store your RV right next to you. I know there are other places that have this kind of layout but the are usually a stick and bricks kind of place.

This park is located off of I-75 at exit 217. We will be here until the day after Christmas and then we head to Arizona for the rest of the winter.
We are having a great time with our son and his fiancee and of course all the great thing to do and see here on the gulf coast of Florida.  
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Saturday, November 16, 2013

MCD shade installation

When we had the new credenza installed, we realized that the pleated day/night shade would have to be adjusted as well as to trim the side pieces that drop down the sides from the valence. I took the valences down at the dinette and the window next to it behind our chairs. At that point we decided to leave the sides off to let in more light. That was also the end of the day/night shades as they need the sides to attach to. We never liked the pleated shades much as they were a pain to adjust and they were an awful dust catcher and quite difficult to clean.
Long story short, we measured several times and ordered MCD American Solo night shades. The ordering process was easy and straight forward. The next day we got a phone call from an MCD representative to verify the order and take our credit card information over the phone. The shades arrived about 2 weeks later. We ordered them in Indianna and received them at our park here in Florida.
Each shade was marked as to which window as the drop lengths were different. The first thing to do was remove the valences from the window and measure for the location of the clips that hold the shade in place.
Here is the center clip centered on the marks we made.

below the clip is the aluminum extrusion holding the shade in place. It flips over and fits into the clips with a little pressure.
 Here the clips are screwed down to the underside of the valence and the shade is waiting to be cliped in.

Here is the completed installation. What I didn't show was a picture of me laying on my back on top of the credenza screwing the valence in under the cabinets. The really hard part was then clipping the shade into the clips while doing contorsions on my back. Also lacking is a photo of the large bump on my head topped with a gouge from sitting up and hitting the corner of that flourescent lamp fixture. It still hurts.

I did a little better installing the other one. With the chairs removed, it was easy to take down the valence. I placed the shade a little closer to the front and predrilled the mounting screws. With the shade firmly clipped in, we put the valence in place and screwed it in quite easily.

Overall, we love our new shades. We put them down each night and they are quite opaque from the outside at night. You can barely tell the lights are on from the outside. Next year we will get our bedroom windows repaired and defogged. Then we will put these great shades on them. Check out MCD at http://www.mcdinnovations.com/

Sunday, November 10, 2013

We visit Suncoast Designers

This was the view out of our kitchen window before we visited Suncoast Designers in Hudson, FL. We had the same view out of the larger windows by our dinette and living room chairs.

We visited these folks 3 years ago to have the foggy cockpit windows repaired. They are pretty easy to find just off  US 19 in Hudson, FL.

After removing the windows from the coach, they are brought inside and disassembled here. The panes ane separated here as well and all parts are marked.

The separated glass panes then go through this industrial glass cleaning machine. Only high pressure distilled, filtered and de-ionized water is used.

The panes pass through the wall into this dry air clean room. The panes are laid out ready for application of new seal material.

Here are the different sizes of metal backed seal material.

The newly laminated panes are placed on this roller table ready to pass through into the heated press.

The machine is adjusted for the finished thickness of the laminated panes.

The finished panes are reassembled on the back table in this picture. These technicians each take a job through all the inside steps. After the window frames are finished, they are handed off to the outside crew for reassembly, re-caulking, and water testing.

Rigs of every kind are here from small gas rigs to Prevost conversion busses.

Here we are hooked up to water and 50Amp electricity.

Here we are with our livingroom window openings taped up.

This Country Coach was having every window replaced. We were there for 2 nights due to the heavy workload in the shop. If you need these folks' service, be sure to go to their website and call for an appointment.  http://www.suncoastdesigners.com
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Saturday, October 26, 2013

The Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY

We spent a week at the Diamond Caverns Mid-Atlantic RV resort on our way south. We were only a few miles from the Mammoth Cave National Park, but it was closed when we arrived due to the Government shut-down. After a few days, our friends Bill and Kris Osborne arrived in their Allegro Bus. Nice rig!! We went to the Corvette Museum with them. Unfortunately the Bowling Green Assembly Plant across the street did not have tours that day, so we only saw the museum. No problem, we loved the museum.
So many Corvettes, so little money.

This beautiful new red Stingray was only 1 of about 12 new 'vettes being delivered to their new owners at the museum that day.

This white 1957 fuel injected model only had 3.5 miles on it and was insured for $750,000

The 1953 model was the first Corvette. Also the first american mass produced sports car.
An interesting styling variation.
And another.

This is a Lingenfelter aftermarket modified model with twin turbochargers.
I thought this was one of the slickest modified models in the place.

How about a V-12 Corvette?

there really was a 1983 Corvette, but you couldn't buy one. Here IT is.
Here we are out in front of the museum. I thought the sign was appropriate for our blog name.
And here we are with Bill and Kris.
This was a wonderful museum with lots more stuff to see than what I have pictured here. Completely worth the &7.00 admission charge.