Monday, November 3, 2014

A little RV screen door mod and Goodbye to Leasburg Dam SP

We're settled in for the week at a new campground - more about that next time.  For now, I wanted to show you a little mode I did while at Leasburg Dam State Park - or I should say, Denise and I did. 

It's a knob in the middle of the slider on the screen door - for those of you who don't have an RV screen door, you have to slide the door to the left to access the locks and handle on the actual motor home door, so every time I go in or out the door, I need to slide this piece.  If The Palms isn't completely level, it takes two hands to open the slider, and with this knob I can open it with one hand when needed.  It's a lot easier.

First Denise charged up her drill and drilled a hole in the center of the slider.

Then she hacksawed off the end of the screw that came with the knob - it was made to fit through a wood kitchen cabinet and this is a thin piece of plastic.  She actually had to do this twice because the first time I had the wrong length.  :(

Then we screwed it in and I have a nice knob on the door - I'm going to look as I travel for a really cute decorative knob, though.  This was the nicest one I could get at Wal-Mart that wasn't metal or plain round white.  I want a fancy knob.  Pretty nice, huh?  I love it.  :)

Thanks, Denise, for the idea and also for drilling the hole and trimming the screw.  I love my new screen door knob!  :)

Below is Katie on one of our walks.  This is what she looks like when she gets a goathead sticker in her paw.  She just stands there with her foot raised until I take it out.  Poor baby!

With her own bed and Benny's bed to choose from, which do you think Katie will choose?  

Benny's, of course! 

Katie tried to get into Denise's rig every time the door opened.  Last year we sat inside visiting and Katie saw all Benny's toys and chew toys - and Denise gave her one.  These little guys have memories like elephants!

Where's all the toys?

I can't help trying to get photos of butterflies when they come by.  This year it seems like there are lots more butterflies.  This was a pretty one.

And of course, the same with lizards.  I always grab my camera when one is sitting still outside the window.  This little guy had a really long tail.

Not a lot of birds to be seen in our overflow dry camping area, but there were some mockingbirds in the bushes a few times.  I was able to get one good shot.

View of the mountains from our camping area.

I wanted to show you the difference my new ALFA antenna made while I was at Leasburg.  The bars on top show the free wi-fi with my old antenna system - two bars and I couldn't get it to "hold."  It kept dropping me and I wasn't able to get onto the park's free wi-fi:

The lower reading on Wi-Fi 2 with the ALFA Antenna was five bars, and continually 4 to 5 bars while I was there.  I got a ton of downloading done, and hardly used my own Verizon data at all.  Denise tried my system, and even though she got the same readings, she wasn't able to connect.  I don't know why not, it was frustrating.  But I couldn't have been happier, and I'm having the same experience here at our new location.

We left Leasburg on Saturday, late morning and spent the night in Lordsburg at the Flying J/Denny's along I-10.  It's always nice to be on the road again.   

From me and Katie, have a great Monday, everyone!   :)


  1. I enjoy your adventures. Love Katie! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Give yourself a big pat on the back. It feels so good to figure out a change that works out well. I am woman....Hear me roar!

  3. What a great idea for that slider. I hate mine, but am getting used to it. Hope to see you in a couple of weeks. Hope all is well. :)

  4. I like your idea for the slider. We have a slider that you push down on and it opens the screen door all in one motion.

  5. great idea for the screen door! Your wifi signal sounds very good! Travel safely!

  6. Poor Katie,,,those nasty burrs. LOVE the photo of the mountains. Can hardly wait til we get out there. And LOVE the glass knob you got! Very classy! :-) Sheila

  7. Yep, they do have long memories, we can go two years without seeing Ellie and Jim but once in their motorhome, Emmi remembers right where the toy box is kept back in the bedroom!

  8. Of all the great pictures today, I like the lizard the best! It looks like he's consciously posing.

  9. I dunno but it sounds to me like this Denise person did all the work !! hehehehe

    But then again YOU did the hardest part by going out shopping for the new knob. LOL

    Such a mystery why that antenna didn't work for me ? I'd buy it in a heartbeat if it had.

    1. Yeah, that Denise person has some great tools. And I got to do the fun shopping - works for me! LOL

  10. Nice solution for your slider door. And that Katie is always so cute. Riley sure liked Bennie's beds too!
    Safe travels!

  11. What a clever solution for your door and great team work!

  12. Isn't it nice how the community of RVers come up with great solutions and then help each other work them out! Pretty country...and Katie is a doll!

  13. You have an adorable pet, Barbara! Just like humans, I’m sure your pets have their own set of memories that they’ll treasure until their last breath. I do hope you’ll be able to maintain their health even if you’re always on the road. Keep safe! :D

    Charis Amen @ Island Veterinary Group

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