Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Dutchmen Aerolite

Yet again, a long time has passed since a post was published. Some day, our kids will get older and they will keep this stuff fresh. We've moved on and are now spending a lot of time split between our new Dutchmen Aerolite 319BHS, a future house under construction, family, and travels when I'm not cramming for another test (yes...back to school).

We have learned a lot about campers recently. Most importantly, if you've enjoyed time in a 5th wheel, don't downgrade to a travel trailer. They do not have the weight capacity, ceiling height, great towing and most importantly...STORAGE!!!

That being said, the Aerolite was nice if you're not spending much time in it. We got a good deal on a previous year model at VOGT RV. The experience was great, and I would definitely return if they have something we are looking for in the future.

As nice of a very short-term camper as our Aerolite is, it is incredibly disappointing to see more electrical neglect from an RV manufacturer. Yet again, the severe lack of any quality control, inspection, qualified electricians, or any effort spent on ensuring the electrical system is safe in something that families will spend time in is appalling. Here are a few photos.

This was fantastic!!! (sarcasm) The panel was actually worse than the cyclone.

Showing over-torqued termination.
Another view showing over-torqued termination.
Why did I look here? The GFI circuit kept tripping when both A/Cs were running. The breakers were pretty hot so I checked to see what the issue was and the photos you see are what I found. So, how would you fix this? To start, you would balance the load (shift some of the circuits to the right side). This would reduce the heating. The best way to fix this would probably be to rewire it. Who knows what disaster is lurking behind the walls and under the floors. I'm not a big fan of more regulation, but this kind of negligence is why codes are developed. I would like to see RV manufacturers start applying code requirements to their assembly lines on a voluntary basis. At least fork out a few dollars and pay for a real electrician or two to supervise the installation.

I would say that I'd like to get rid of this and replace it with something else, but I imagine that all manufacturers are the same since we saw poor installation (especially electrical) in our Heartland Cyclone.

Enough of that... Have a great day!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Check out the Flickr page...

I've posted photos on Flickr since it's a little easier than generating a blog entry over and over. Check it out here...


Tuesday, September 2, 2014


It was a good weekend in Rota, Spain. There were a couple days out getting some sun at the beach and delicious dinners followed by a day excursion to Gibraltar. 

Gibraltar was fun. Apple products still get two thumbs down for being incredibly overpriced and no better than their fraction-of-the-cost counterparts plus the fact that practically all the roads were incorrectly labeled. No, I do not own an Apple product, but was utilizing a friends to navigate our way through Spain to the British colony of Gibraltar. 

The trip was nice, we took a taxi tour to hit the tourist attractions and followed up with fish and chips at a pub. I look forward to going back some time. Enjoy some photos...

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Goings on stateside

When Steve left I intended to keep him up to date with everything here, but I have fallen behind (for anyone who knows me, this is not shocking news). So here is a quick recap from just after he left through July.

Here is Zetta, just a month old.

Mid May we had some wonderful friends come visit. We had a great time checking out Dauphin Island....

And, the New Orleans aquarium

A big thank you to Michele for getting us all in to the aquarium. We had so much fun! After the aquarium we traveled to the french quarter, ate some delicious lunch and the last stop was to Cafe Du Monde for some beignets.

Meeting this little cutie was the best part of their visit! Thank you Adam and Minina for coming to meet Zetta and for letting us meet little Nyah! Just two months old and Zetta already has a bff :)

I can't remember what prompted this sleepover in my bed, but I wasn't short on snuggles this particular night :)

I just love this picture....he's so handsome I can hardly stand it!

I have more to post, but that will have to wait til another day. We love you Scuba Steve and can't wait for you to be a part of our bedtime dog-pile. 


Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sunday, August 17, 2014


Got a chance to get out to Seville today and here are some photos...