Archive for March, 2009

Origami disk holder

How to Make a Folded-Paper CD Case is a step by step guide to making a paper folder for CD’s or DVD’s. This can be an easy, inexpensive, and space saving way to store DVD’s you might carry in your RV.

One of the comments linked to a paper cd case website that has a has a form to fill in about the disk. The data from that form is used to prepare a PDF document that has folding guide marks and your form data on the cover- take care, though, as it appears this website needs browser plugins that may cause problems. They even has some pre-prepared covers that you can use as is or as a basis for your own data.

A bit tricky to figure out the folding but the result protects your disks and provides easy to read labeling.

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A hypothermia story

Now that winter is turning to spring, it might be a bit late for a warning, but it is never too late for a reminder. describes the cold hard facts of freezing to death in As Freezing Persons Recollect the Snow–First Chill–Then Stupor–Then the Letting Go. It could happen to you.

– lowest core for an adult is 61F but anything below 77 is usually fatal. You tremble violently at 95F

But for all scientists and statisticians now know of freezing and its physiology, no one can yet predict exactly how quickly and in whom hypothermia will strike–and whether it will kill when it does. The cold remains a mystery, more prone to fell men than women, more lethal to the thin and well muscled than to those with avoirdupois, and least forgiving to the arrogant and the unaware.

People can learn adaptive mechanisms to help deal with the cold. Some interesting things happen when core body temperatures drop – and also when they recover. Read the story to learn about what could happen to you.

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SNU March Newsletter

SNU Folks,

The March 2009 Newsletter has been posted. Links to photo galleries and additional information mentioned in articles in this newsletter can be found at there, too.

Topics in this newsletter include:
* February lunch at El Charro
* Gower’s Airstream project
* A message from the SNU President
* March Rally at Weed Heights

See if you can find Melissa’s fun message in the header of this month’s newsletter. Here’s a hint… what is better than a pot-o-gold to a SNU member? _use your mouse as your detector_ This only works on the pdf version with certain plug ins. It won’t show in print….

*>*> March Rally at Weed Heights Full service RV Park

Thursday March 26 – Sunday March 29, 2009. The park is off Hwy 95 West of Yerington, NV. Board meeting Saturday open to all.

*- We will have a special Crock Pot Pot Luck Friday for dinner. -*-

Fees: $5 per night SNU Rally Kitty plus $20 per night individual campground fee with Good Sam or AAA membership. Arrival time – anytime after noon on Thursday March 26, Hosts: Wes and Roylain Warn RSVP’s much appreciated. Email or call 775 972 5011.

Note: In addition to the amenities mentioned in the newsletter article on the rally, there are some good off-road opportunities right behind the RV park.

> Check Zephyrs to find out if there have been changes in the March 2009 rally and also find out what else is new on the website


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DST Warning for this weekend – spring adjustments

Take heed! If your clocks don’t set themselves you will need to run them up an hour in most places to keep up with everyone else. Consumer Reports has the story With March 8 start of daylight-saving time, it’s time to spring ahead.

Note that this clock adjustment timing is also considered a reminder for a number of other periodic maintenance tasks. See Changes to daylight-saving time for a list that includes changing batteries in detectors and alarms, inspecting vehicle lights, updating the family disaster plan, and other such things you really really ought to do now and then.

So be prepared to have ‘rise and shine’ time move back to darkness in trade for supper in sunshine – This weekend!

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Karen Weideman desribes an Easy Ziploc Omelet Recipe that has some features of interest for the RV lifestyle. Bagging your eggs could save some space in the refrigerator and reduce odds of egg breakage (especially if you forgot to secure the door before you head out!). Then there’s the convenience of doing most of the prep at home. The cooking method has its benefits in reducing the dirty dish count and cleanup needs, too. Check it out and see what you think.

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Bearing races removal trick

Spring is coming (daylight savings ‘spring forward’ on the clock this weekend, too) and that means it is time to get with the annual RV maintenance and prep for a bit more active use. Wheel bearing repacking is one of those tasks. It is probably better done in the spring as that is after the weather conditions that are most likely to cause condensation inside the hub. That condensation is a primary reason you need to repack travel trailer wheel bearings more often than automotive bearings.

But when you repack the bearings, you may find that some need to be replaced. Any time you replace the bearing, you should also replace the race. That race is a ‘press to fit’ item and rather difficult to remove. Fortunately most RV hubs allow you to get behind the race to tap it out with a brass drift. Hemmings Auto Blogs had a bit more difficult a situation. A neat trick for removing bearing races describes a solution to a tough problem where you can’t get behind the race.

The most usual temperature difference technique is to put a new race in the freezer for a few hours before putting it into place. The cold temperatures will shrink it a bit making it easier to press into place. In the Hemmings tip though, the idea is to use a hot welded bead that shrinks as it cools dragging the race that it is welded to with it. Interesting idea. If you have easy access to welding equipment it might be something to try.

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Lunch: the SNU at Cabela’s and El Charro

Since the weather can make things rather hazardous for RV travel (2 semi’s blown over in Washoe Valley last week), the SNU does lunch.

See the photo gallery!

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