Popup Camper Mod – LED Interior Lighting

New LED Lights!The new LED bulbs arrived this week! Just in time for a long weekend of doing a few repairs on the Coleman PopUp Camper. It’s incredible how hot the old bulbs would get and it is a wonder they didn’t melt the lens covers. These bulbs do get warm, but nothing like the old 1141 incandescent bulbs. I bet the battery will last a lot longer now!  This has been the easiest mod by far and the only hazard was removing the old bulbs too soon after the pictures without letting them cool.  What will I do with the old bulbs?  Those bulbs are now spare bulbs that will go into the tool box in case we ever have a bulb go out for any of the other exterior lights.  For more information just click on the bulb photos.20141011_175939LED_MOD

Popup Camper Mods (Modifications)

In June 2014 we purchased a used popup camper from a dealer 98 miles from where we live.  I researched the brand, model, year, and extra only to decide it was the perfect camper for us!  Tent camping was fun, but for us this was a step up off the ground and into something more like cabin camping.

Coleman Fleetwood Niagara Grand Tour Elite

Coleman Fleetwood Niagara Grand Tour Elite – after her bath and all gussied up on the inside.

The camper was a deal and the only catch was the 2 hour drive to pick her up and then the same for the drive back. She’s awesome even though I had to clean out enough dog hair for a small sweater. The fun part is changing out her parts and bringing her up to current standards. Next on the block to tackle is lighting. The original lights are great, but they use a lot more battery power and they get hot. I’ve decided to use these: after doing a bit of research. Well they arrived today and will go into the camper as soon as we get everything set up. Battery power should last a lot longer and during the summer the lights won’t give off as much heat. Great service from Amazon and the packing from GRV was great!
New LED Lights!

Camping Food Doesn’t…

Curry Soup

Meals don’t have to be blah when you are hiking or camping!

Camping food doesn’t have to be burgers and hotdogs. Make your next hiking or camping trip special! This meal is easy to make ahead and it’s easy to make once your have your campsite set up. Great when your tired and you don’t want to have to dig out all the grilling equipment, clean the grill..you know what I mean.

Here’s a list of the ingredients so you can make your own.

Rice Noodle Curry Soup 1 Serving

  • 1 Serving Rice Noodles (my packet said it had 4 servings, so I used 1/4 the package
  • 1 ounce Coconut Cream Powder (1/2 the packet)
  • 1/4 cup Dried Veggies
  • 1 cube Veggie Bouillon
  • 1 teaspoon Curry Powder
  • Small sprinkle of Cayenne Powder (more if you like it HOT!)
  • 2 Cups water (more or less to suit your taste)

Directions – Place noodles and dried veggies in a zip bag or container (container #1). Set aside. Place coconut powder, bouillon cube, curry powder, and cayenne powder in a separate container or baggie (container #2). When ready to cook boil the noodles and veggies (container #1) in 2 cups of water. When the rice noodles are tender mix in the ingredients (container 2). Enjoy! Quick and easy!

Candler, NC – An Offline Vacation

A short six hour drive and we finally arrived at our destination.

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We planned on arriving around 3pm but traffic and heavy rain delayed us about an hour.  About 15 minutes out from Pisagh View Ranch my cellphone rang and they wanted to know if we’d be on time for for dinner.  We gave them an update on our location and we arrived in time to eat dinner with the rest of the guests.  See meals are served family style at specific times, so don’t forget to let them know you are skipping a meal or if you are arriving late.  Dinner was awesome!  Homemade pot roast, grilled vegetables, homemade rolls, and polenta.  Stuffed, they surprised us with dessert, apple crumble with ice cream on top.   After dinner we checked in to our log cabin which was built in the 1940s, complete with rocking chairs on the front porch.
The reason behind the title of this post is there are no televisions in the cabins and there is no cellphone service.  WiFi is available at the main house and if you need to use the phone to make a call there is one that you can use for free.

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And it was my first time back on a horse since 1982…
Pisgah View Ranch, Candler, NC

Horseback Riding at Pisgah View Ranch