Saturday, July 05, 2014



It was nice walking in cooler temperatures this morning.  50F keeps the Mosquitoes & biting flies down.  We could walk along quietly enjoying summer bird songs overhead without wildly flailing our arms about our heads shooing away bugs for a change.  Bonus.

I was anxious to finish my TSP job on the rig today so spent the best part of the morning washing & rinsing, washing & rinsing.  Took a break around 11 to drive into Bayfield to meet a couple blog readers who are in the early stages of building their RV dreams.  It's the annual Vette Fest week-end in Bayfield & all's we had to do was find a black Corvette with the license plate saying, GRAYSGRL.  The Vettes had all congregated on Bayfield's CLAN GREGOR SQUARE & when we arrived they had just checked in the 259th Corvette.  Most popular Corvette color we noticed was red but there were a lot of black ones there as well.  Took us about 15 minutes of weaving in & out the many sleek beasty looking high powered machines to finally find GRAYSGRL.

Sue & Gray from Waterloo Ontario were sitting beside their spotless black Corvette under a big shady Maple tree.  Nice to meet these folks after exchanging a few emails over the last little while.  Both school teachers they are looking forward to a fun summer.  Our conversation mainly centered on the RV life & real estate availability & prices in the Bayfield area.  They knew I was working at shining up the Big EEE's fiberglass exterior so we asked Gray how he kept his car so shiny.  Corvettes are fiberglass as well so he showed us the products used on his Vette.  Gray likes MEGUIAR'S Wax & I was familiar with that name from the forums I have been reading.  It's a popular quality product.  We walked over to one of the booths & looked at the type of electric polisher/buffer he uses to keep his Vette gleaming.  I had noticed Canadian Tire had a couple Simonize polishers on sale this week but was leery of them because of their low price.  After reading the reviews on the polishers I decided I did not need the aggravation buyers were complaining about.  It was a clear cut case of 'you get what you pay for'.  Talked to Sue & Gray for a bit more & then headed for home.  I still had about a third of the rig to finish TSPing & rinsing.  Grabbed a hot dog & hamburger from a vendor & away we went.  Sue & Gray will fit well into the RV community when they both retire in a few years & begin their RV life.  And why will they fit well??  Because just like all the other RV people we have met over the years…………….they are nice people:))

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It was another couple of hours before I was finally able to step back & put the TSP water bucket & garden hose down.  I had probably been up & down my 10' step ladder about 643 times with this project & I was pooped.  Sun had swung round, shade was gone & the heat had built up.  Enough for today & I headed for my recliner to stretch myself out in the cooling cross breezes of my strategically placed fans.  Ahhhhhhhhh:))

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Now my next dilemma is what product to buy & how best to apply that product to the rig.  Kelly phoned 2 equipment rental places & neither one rented the type of polisher best suited for applying & buffing wax.  That surprised me.  I could attempt at applying the wax & buffing by hand but I do understand a polisher/buffer machine is the better way to go for better satisfactory results.  It's the sheer size of the area to be done that lends itself being done by a machine designed to do that specific job.  Just hate to spend over $200 for a machine applicator I may only ever use just a few times.
We talked to Fred the owner of the 04 Sunbird Friday afternoon & he had the A/C topped up in the car a few days ago & said it was working great. Also said he wanted to keep the car over the week-end to make sure it was working properly & not leaking.  We will talk further with Fred early this coming week.


GROANER’S CORNER:((   A few words of wisdom for all you aviation buffs::

-Take-off's are optional. Landings are mandatory.

-If you push the stick forward, the houses get bigger, if you pull the stick back they get smaller. (Unless you keep pulling the stick back -- then they get bigger again)

-Flying is not dangerous; crashing is dangerous.

-It's better to be down here wishing you were up there, than up there wishing you were down here.

-The propeller is just a big fan in the front of the plane to keep the pilot cool. Want proof? Make it stop; then watch the pilot break out into a sweat.

-Speed is life, altitude is life insurance. No one has ever collided with the sky.

-It's best to keep the pointed end going forward as much as possible.

-The only time you have too much fuel is when you're on fire.

-Every one already knows the definition of a 'good' landing is one from which you can walk away. But very few know the definition of a 'great' landing. It's one after which you can use the airplane another time.

-The probability of survival is equal to the angle of arrival.

-Always remember you fly an airplane with your head, not your hands. Never let an airplane take you somewhere your brain didn't get to five minutes earlier.

-You know you've landed with the wheels up when it takes full power to taxi.

-Those who hoot with the owls by night should not fly with the eagles by day.

-A helicopter is a collection of rotating parts going round and round and reciprocating parts going up and down - all of them trying to become random in motion. Helicopters can't really fly - they're just so ugly that the earth immediately repels them.

-Learn from the mistakes of others. You won't live long enough to make all of them yourself.

-Trust your captain .... but keep your seat belt securely fastened.

-Good judgment comes from experience and experience comes from bad judgment.

-Aviation is not so much a profession as it is a disease.

-There are three simple rules for making a smooth landing. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.

-The only thing worse than a captain who never flew as co-pilot is a co-pilot who once was a captain.

-Be nice to your first officer, he may be your captain at your next airline.

-It's easy to make a small fortune in aviation. You start with a large fortune.

-A fool and his money are soon flying more airplane than he can handle.

-Remember, you're always a student in an airplane.

-Keep looking around; there's always something you've missed.

-Try to keep the number of your landings equal to the number of your take-offs.

-You cannot propel yourself forward by patting yourself on the back.

-There are old pilots, and there are bold pilots, but there are no old, bold, pilots!

-Gravity never loses -- the best you can hope for is a draw!

-You start out flying with a bag of luck and a bag of experience, the trick is to get your bag of experience full before your bag of luck is empty.


  1. CHEERS AL! So nice to meet you two!

  2. Now that's a lot of corvettes!

  3. I have never seen a chrome car, sure looked nice. That Bayfield has a lot going on in the Summer.

  4. Always fun to meet Blog followers.
    I have found Meguire's so easy to use on our coach and lasts a long time too.
    I bought a 6 inch polisher/buffer at Canadian tire on sale a few years ago and have had no problems with it, does a great job.

  5. If you buy a good buffer, the job will not only be 100% better it will go faster and easier. Consider being prepared to put the buffer upfor sale on Ebay when you are finished. With that in mind your total cost will be much less and you won't have a tool sitting around unused. I'm sure with your large following, a buyer for the buffer would be easy to find.

  6. Al, I got my polisher / buffer from Sears and was really happy with it. I could never have done our motorhome without it. I did notice that when I was too tired, It would take off without me. That was when I knew it was time to rest.

    One thing I learned was that you can never have enough applicator, polishing and final wool pads. Not one bad mark on the motorhome.