In addition to this blog, I write short stories and books under the pen name Michael Avraham (based on my Hebrew name).
My first book, Sin’s Shadow, is available in both paperback and digital format on Amazon (and digitally on Kobo).
However, if you sign up for even the lowest tier on my Patreon–only $1 per month–you not only get access to all of my short stories, but all books that I self publish as well! Sin’s Shadow is uploaded and fully available for download in PDF, EPUB and MOBI formats.
A major misconception about life on the road is that you lose out on all of the comforts of a sticks and bricks, like a yard or a garden. Well, we’ve already proven that you get a yard; now we’re going to prove that you can have a garden.
I can hear your thoughts now. “What!? No drama today!?” Quit you’re whining and enjoy the good things instead of our suffering!
Our first stop on the adventure to Vancouver Island in 2019 was Little Manitou Lake; AKA the Dead Sea of Canada. Little Manitou Lake has a mineral content about half that of the Dead Sea, about 4-5 times the salinity of the ocean. Like the Dead Sea, you are so buoyant in the mineral rich water that you easily float.
The world is opening up again, and many of us full timers are going to be looking for places to go and things to see. Plus, we all struggle to find places to stay when on the road.
Single nights in a campground are costlier than they should be and finding a good place to boondock can be difficult if you don’t know what you’re looking for.
My family has tried several free or near to free camping options while traveling longer distances. Our favourite by far is Harvest Hosts. It is inexpensive to sign up for; the classic membership is only $79USD/year and the plus membership is only $119USD/year and both provide unlimited free 1 to 2 day overnight stays.
September 1st, 2019. The great journey was to begin.
June was spent getting used to the trailer, July doing some travelling around Manitoba and volunteering, and August was our time to say goodbye. September was the beginning of the adventure west, with two friends tagging along for the ride.
It was raining that morning. Of course, right? Start a trip hauling a trailer across the country by hooking up in the rain. Not so bad, but definitely a little annoying. Annoyances built into problems.
So, you’ve decided to service your RV wheel bearings yourself. Good for you, but no cheating! What do I mean?
To properly service wheel bearings, they must be removed from the hub. I know what you’re thinking. “My RV has a grease nipple right on the outside under the centre hub cap. All I do is simply take my rease gun and pump it several times every year!” Yeah, okay. That grease nipple and the internal grease porting was designed so that the owner would not have to remove the wheels and hubs and disassemble and get dirty and all that stuff… but there is a price to pay.
If you already live this life, you understand just how much gets tracked into your RV. If you don’t, this is very important to understand. You will be going in and out of your RV many times per day, far more often than you go in and out of a normal house. You will track an absurd amount of dust and dirt inside and a proper vacuum is an absolute necessity.
We have gone through four vacuums since moving into our RV. That’s four vacuums in less than a year.
There is a saying that I need to remind myself of more often. “I’m too poor to be cheap.”
I broke down in Bozeman, was questioned by police, got towed to an auto shop and clogged their toilet, they were booked and I needed to be towed to another shop, then found out I’d been outside the other shop before the original tow. Because my life is a comedy.
I previously made a post on a Sunday Review about a quick and dirty path to greasing your wheel bearings. As it turns out, I was grossly misinformed! While the “cheat” works if you are in a pinch (and got us across mountains and a couple thousand kilometres when we had no other choice), it is definitely not recommended and is very risky. I will be doing a complete service of my bearings this year before moving to my next destination. Proper wheel bearing service is a necessity for travel trailers and 5th wheels.
So here to correct me is licensed automotive technician Dale Constantine, whom you can find on LinkedIn. This post is an explanation of the wheel bearings. Next Sunday’s post will explain why you should never cheat!