Monday, August 6, 2018

Another Summer Update - New items

I am amazed at how much money I have saved by quitting smoking, you can't believe the difference. And luckily I have been able to gain some hours to work here at the park which adds a little income - perfect timing.

Repairs and replacements

I have been frustrated since I got this trailer with the microwave - the turntable has been broken and would not go round and so nothing heated evenly, had to stop and turn manually and even that does not solve the problem, so you end up with burnt one side and cold on the other side...anyway it was built in with a trim piece so searched high and low for an exact replacement - it is a Magic Chef and has a trim piece. I finally found one for a reasonable price so ordered and it came - measured same model number - size is different but smaller so besides a little more gap the trim piece works but I could not use the mounting straps, but since the trailer is no longer moving not a big deal...If I tow the trailer when I win the lottery and buy a new truck, I will remove and put on the floor....

So Saturday when it arrived I removed the old one and put in the new one - not a huge job but a little frustrating because I could have bought a ton of less expensive microwaves that would be about the same size and really did not need the exact model - although this one has a few more features which is nice and it works great and the turntable helps a bunch.

So after that I got ambitious and tried to fix the oven on the stove which the pilot light will not stay lit - and to get at it you have to be on your hands and knees, took apart and cleaned and still will not work - so looked up parts to order and decided that a huge toaster/convection oven may be a better way to go and put it in the Oasis and keep the heat out of the I ordered one and it came today - now to unpack and see how it does and get rid of my small toaster oven.

I brought it inside for a couple pics when it cools down this evening will spend some time in the Oasis and clear a spot for it and get rid of the small one, only 111 degrees today so turned the A/C in the Oasis and will clean up a spot and maybe test it out...this thing is big enough to do a small turkey or full sized chicken, may never order the parts for the propane oven in the trailer! I am looking forward to being able to bake again, fresh bread, meatloafs, corn bread, turkey legs, gonna be fun! Between this and my Camp Chef Grill and hot dog cooker the Oasis could open as a gourmet restaurant...also found a nice outdoor furniture set on sale, may have to see about that as well...trellis is next!

Hopefully the wood will be in for the trellis soon, got the sun shade and ceiling fan already...

More later, see my Ohio friends in 36 days...

Capt. Jim - "The Wanderer"

Traveling and photographing the Southwest

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