Saturday, July 13, 2013

Fire and Water

i couldn't resist..

Ok, so I was a bit uncertain about the plumbing and propane aspects of my little caravan. After spending so much time and effort on the electricity, two new completely unfamiliar tasks seemed slightly daunting. Would it take me as long? :/ The stove had copper pipes still attached, although we had cut them~yeah I remember that day over a year ago-"Just cut them, I will figure out later". How to get propane tank properly attached? Oh, after much research and trips to various RV stores, I was convinced I would have to learn how to flare the end of copper tubing to make work. Then get hard black pipe. Then get rubber hose. Then get regulator. Randy, the nice and extremely helpful man in the photo below, asked me if I even knew if my oven worked. Alas, I did not. And how could I even check without figuring out and buying and attaching? So many questions. He told me to hook up the propane from a barbeque. Sounded easy enough. I was a tad apprehensive, though. What if it went haywire and set Agnes on fire? What if she just went "poof"? I mean everything is really old and I have no idea what previous owners/squatters had done to her...I have really no idea how propane actually works :/

 Had my firefighter brother in law over and a fire extinguisher handy (he humored me). We tested. And everything worked! It seemed too easy. No issues? No roadblocks? No leaks? No-we are going to have to start from scratch with the oven? I jumped with glee as we watched the blue line of flames slowly light up across. Well, hot damn, now I can bake a cake when on my roadtrip! Yippee! And I found out that all I needed was one rubber hose all the way to the propane tank. All hooked up and ready to go.

Randy-Such patience

Old copper pipes

Dirty stove-will clean up later..
Yeah, this is what I was envisioning...

Fire! Fire!

So happy :)

Propane, check. Next up, plumbing. So apparently I left a crucial piece of original pipe at a store the week before. It was supposed to go here >>

...Never fear, Campo has the coolest hardware store-can't believe the had the exact piece I needed

Let the plumbing commence!

For some reason, the fact that the pipe found its own way into what I like to think is an umbrella holder made me's a plumbing rainbow :)

Most fun new tool

My cute little water pump

Water in, water out

Looks about right

Another fun tool for the day- drilling large holes in wood

Chipping off old nut-I was really happy to save original piece

Bits and pieces...

no leaks!! :D

Saw this little gem up the street. Knocked on the door to ask if I could take a look inside. I swear the woman who answered was at least 75. She said she fixes up trailers to sell. The next week the metal was fixed. The week after that it was painted.
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The tiniest of hitchhikers <3

Um, the tarp is slightly sun deteriorated. In better news, Agnes has a pretty new frame...
Star and Cali stay cool

Friendliest donkey