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Aug 2, 2008 -

Reading. More Reading. Yet More Reading.

Tomorrow will be my first full day all alone with Miranda.

I’ve been reading a lot this week.

Miranda’s various manuals have proven invaluable in making me feel that I can learn her systems on my own, without anyone to help me. The Ford manuals (and, incidentally, I can’t believe I own a Ford), has schematics of the electrical set up which will aid me in installing the backup camera monitor.

Also, I purchased the following two books on Amazon:

Managing 12 Volts: How to Upgrade, Operate, and Troubleshoot 12 Volt Electrical Systems

and

RV Repair and Maintenance Manual: Updated and Expanded (RV Repair and Maintenance Manual)

Neither is the sort of book you want to curl up in bed with (unless you want to be put to sleep!), but they are very informative and will be helpful tomorrow as I start to make modifications to my coach. The language used in both tomes is precise, but doesn’t fall into ‘technobabble.’

Unfortunately, ‘they’re’ calling for rain all weekend, so I probably won’t be able to install my back up camera. I will try to do the inside work, though, and will then focus on getting the study set up.

I plan to spend about an hour with Miranda at the storage place, unloading more boxes, securing what’s been unloaded, trying out the awning, and making sure I know where various components like the water heater and furnace are. Then, we’re off to Home Depot and then possibly Ikea and Lee Valley. I made a list of what I want at the latter and their prices, so that I can compare products at the Home Depot.

Tomorrow’s ‘I hope I can do all this!’ list:

-Properly install Majel (the GPS unit);
-Wire the backup camera monitor into Miranda’s 12V system;
-Remove both beds from the bedroom;
-Remove the carpet from the bedroom;
-Install Allure flooring in the bedroom;
-Reinstall the left-side bed

I doubt I’ll get to the desk, so I’ll probably have to go back to Miranda on Sunday. Since spending the night at the storage place isn’t an option, driving home and back is a more cost-effective plan than would be going to a campground. That’s for next weekend!

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Jul 30, 2008 -

Decisions, Decisions

I went back to the storage place last night with a friend so I could show off Miranda and also get her opinion on which bed to rip out and replace with a desk. My friend also wound up hauling boxes, but that was not my intent for bringing down there, LOL!

So, I wanted to rip out the bed on the left. The bedroom isn’t symmetrical and the left side has a wider wall. I felt that I could tuck both a desk and a chair away and have them not be visible from the kitchen.

Also, the right-side bed has a drop down table, so I felt that it was conveniently set up for use as a couch, even if the electrical plug and heater are on that side.

The previous owner told me that, having lived in the coach for six months, she felt that the right-side bed should be the one to go, pointing out the wider wall and the electrical outlet. I didn’t find her arguments convincing.

My friend also suggested I take out the right-side bed, telling me that I won’t have guests often, but when I do, the wider wall of the left side will make a sort of alcove that will offer much needed privacy in such a small space.

That settled it.

Another decision to make is where to put the litter box. I am seriously considering giving up the space under the ‘sofa’ and dedicating it to the cat box. I had hoped to be able to put the box in the basement, but there are no convenient places in which to do so. My other option is to put it in the storage space below the wardrobe, but that would require removing a door. I think that making a discreet hole in the base of the ‘sofa’ makes more sense. The final option was to put the box in the cockpit, either between the two seats or at the foot of the passenger seat, but that area is carpeted and will remain carpeted, so I don’t feel that’s a good idea.

I had hoped to be able to remove one of the lounge chairs and the bar at some point to replace them with a credenza/bookcase. The chairs are bolted down and I couldn’t immediately see a way to remove them, so I might have to live with them.

Then, I discovered that the material covering the chairs and dinette benches also covers the ceiling of the cockpit. I’ve decided that I therefore have to live with this material. That said, I still want to remove as much of the sage green curtains as I can (I used to love that colour, but now I just see my cubicle!!!) and play up the other colours in the fabric–there’s blue, pink, gold, and peach, so I know I’ll be able to do do something I can live with. I’m also pretty sure I’ll need to replace the mini blinds at some point since Tabitha and Neelix will surely destroy them.

Finally, I feel that the space above the fridge was poorly designed, so I’m going to spring for a cabinet for up there. I’ll be unable to match Miranda’s woodwork, so I think I’ll go for open shelves and use the space for books.

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Jul 23, 2008 -

Friends With a Sense of Humour

A friend sent me a clip of Leonard Nimoy singing a song called… Miranda.

I’d listen to Spock, er, Leonard Nimoy read the phone book, but I have to say this is a catchy tune.

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