Friday, January 20, 2017

Level..

We bought a house, well, a 37' 5th wheel to leave on our lot & call it a house.
It's been awhile since either of us had a proper home of our own. 

Backing the house in to the lot

We were about ready to head for Arizona when this deal came by, and we couldn't pass it up even if it was going to require time & money that had been earmarked for something else.
The RV gathering in Quartzsite  will be there next year.

I am sure there are some who would poo poo the notion that a 5th wheel RV could be a home but it has everything the two of us want.

Ceiling fan

Deep sinks in 'just' enough kitchen
An electric fireplace



It does take more than just a house to make a home, that took some time & a little money.

We had a friend come over with his pickup to pull the 5th wheel 14 feet forward into the perfect spot. We had a truck load of gravel delivered to the driveway/parking area out front. He did a fine job spreading the load out and we finished it with shovels & a rake.

The 5th wheel in it's spot & gravel spread out

I needed to get the weight off the wheels/axles/springs & needed to get it level.
When you crack an egg into a hot frying pan and it slides to one edge of the pan the house is not level. When you move fast from one part to another (like chasing your naked wife <g>) & the house bounces a little.... it needs some support.

Concrete bricks & lumber were the answer.

Using the built-in manual scissor jacks at the end of the 5th wheel, with the built-in electric hydraulic jacks at the front (they move in tandem), a torpedo level at the stove and a six ton hydraulic bottle jack we were able to get the house high enough that it did not bounce on the springs as you walked and it was level.

Six concrete blocks & a 2 x 6


Bricks were stacked at three different places on each side. Lumber was used to shim the stacks as close as we could get to the metal beams that support the structure.
Then the house was let down onto the supports. The level was checked at the stove, the center of the house at the kitchen, the forward bedroom and the far aft reading table. The doors were positioned to see if they swung on their own.
A frying pan was put on the stove & a small amount of water was added to the pan.  It just sat there! Success!

LEVEL!

I did make a few observations in this whole process. Re-learned a little even.

The concrete bricks seem heavier than they were some years back :-)
A minivan can have too many bricks in it.
No matter how easy it is to pick up a single block by hand & walk with it, it's still easier on everything to put 4 blocks in a borrowed wheelbarrow and move them like that.
Red Georgia clay is slippery when wet & can make a mess on the floor.

It's good to have a home & I'm now ready to travel!  I've been trying to get to Key West for some years now... maybe this is the time?