Sadly, the van has been put away for the next month or so. It will see sunshine, warmer temps, and ocean breezes further down south but not until the New England weather is in full swing. For the next few weeks it will be spending it’s time in the city, in the cold, buried in snow and waiting. Forecast shows temps below 0F in the coming weeks. Yikes!
We live in a rural area with some steep hills, and without 4 wheel drive the van would be locked in for the winter once it snows. So we stored it at a friends house in the city with easy access to the highways. A quick getaway assured between snow storms.
Prior to storing it, I did a full winterization, clean up, and prep for the trip south. My first few days of the trip will be boondocking while it’s still winterized. This presents some challenges but most are easily dealt with. Water will be restricted, but all other systems such as heat, stove, refrigerator, propane, and generator will be operational.
Boondocking without running water isn’t hard but does take a different mindset. Conservation and waste/water disposal are the two key issues. Anything put down the drains will freeze and could crack pipes and cause leaks. Disposing of used water anywhere but the internal drains is important.
I’ll use store bought water for cooking and drinking, and paper plates and cups to avoid the need to wash dishes. The bathroom is the real issue, specifically showers and toilet use. I can use public restrooms, so the toilet probably won’t be needed save the early morning wake up when I just don’t feel like getting out in public. And in those cases I will just flush with RV anti-freeze. Otherwise, I’m usually traveling and within easy reach of a public restroom.
I can wash up and shampoo my hair from a basin in the sink thus skipping a full shower. It’s only for the two days it will take to go from New England and enter into the southern region. If I really need a shower during that time, a Planet Fitness gym comes in real handy, where I can get in some exercise and a shower at the same time.
Once out of the New England cold and into warmer temps, I can revert to normal water use for the rest of the trip. I’ll winterize again as I approach the cold weather on the return trip.
The L-39 is back together and tested. It only needs new landing gear cylinders to be ready for my trip. I plan on doing a lot of flying and taking advantage of the warm weather and sunshine.
In preparation for the trip I’m also preparing the RC airplanes. Routine maintenance, preparation for a maiden flight, turbine run ups, and a new engine for the Yak. I completely gutted the L-39, took everything out, closely inspected all equipment, and put it back together and tested all systems. Once I replace the landing gear, she is good to go.
Kingtech K85G1 turbine on the Navy Cat sport jet.
I basically did the same for the new acquisition, a Falcon 120 sport jet with a Kingtech 85 turbine. It’s a great every day ‘go to jet‘ for general flying.
Last snow before moving the van to the city resting spot.
As much as I enjoy winter in New England, I am looking forward to putting the snow in my rear view mirror for a spell, but I want to make sure I get back in time to catch the tail end. I love winter the best the first few weeks of snowfall, and the last few weeks before spring arrives. But I could easily pass on February and early March.