Riggins with little brother Charlie and little sister Sadie.


Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Wednesday Doings

Up as usual, got Donna off to the truck company, then Adam was up and after a shower and sprucing up he was off to school. So first I want to show off my bride on her night out last night. Thanks for all the well wishes on our Anniversary, we really appreciated them.
Sam & DonnaHappyAnniversary05-18-10
Look’s to me like she is aging like Fine Wine, I on the other hand resemble that glass of beer with no head.
Remember Monday I said I ordered a new flat screen TV for the bedroom in the trailer, That was at 9:00AM and by the time I got home I already had an E-mail stating it would ship that day and I could expect delivery between Fri 5-21 and wed 5-26, I was happy after all they were giving me free shipping.
Anyway while I was getting ready for my date yesterday afternoon, the Fed-Ex truck came and unbelievable delivered the TV less than 24 hours since I ordered it, the tag said it was shipped from Bentonville Ar. to Dardenne Prairie (O’Fallon) MO.
I was pleasantly surprised with one day shipping, it takes longer than eight hours just to drive from Bentonville Ar. Plus it was free shipping.
After inspecting it i found it did not have the wall mount, which I thought was included, so I went to see the lady at Wally World, as usual I had misread the sign and it said Don’t forget a wall mount, not wall mount included, But my luck held out as they had a tilt able mount for $29.99 versus the $49.99 regular price. So I was home free.
After getting home I carried the boxes and the implements of destruction that I thought it would take to mount it on the wall into the trailer. I called the RV dealer to see if they knew what kind of centers the studs would be on, his reassuring answer was depends on who put it together, your going to find different spacing in the same wall a lot of times, just depends on the guys putting that wall up.
Not having a clue I figured if I looked right above where the factory had mounted the old TV shelf I would find a solid stud. Wrong the factory had just put six screws into hollow wall space I noticed when I was removing the shelf that it had started to pull away from the wall.  So much for quality control. Next I took the covers off the antenna and power receptacles, and about a half inch to the right of the antenna was a stud, plus it was only an inch or two to the right of where I really would have centered the TV on the wall. So I took the drill and Walla hit the stud with both screws which looked like they were long enough to support the weight of the trailer. After mounting and tightening it down it is rock solid and surprisingly the whole thing mount and all doesn’t weigh as much as the little old one it replaced.
                           The old setup
                          The new setup
The shelf is gone now and I will put a small wooden shelf near the ceiling for the DVD player.
The best was when I fired it up and it got about 14 channels with HD clarity off the new roof antenna. Oh and that train in the picture is a DVD which comes in now in digital if it’s a digital disk. All in all I can’t wait till Donna spends the night in the trailer as she is a night TV a-holic and has to have it on to fall asleep.
I still can’t believe how easy it was as I am not a carpenter by the nearest stretch of the imagination, I can do motor’s and compressors and weld but if it wood look out I end up burning more scraps than what I use when I try to actually build something, I will go looking for a premade small wooden shelf rather than make it.
Well that’s about it for today, waiting for Adam to come roaring through the door to tell Grandpa how many days he has left till summer vacation starts. Then he will be off on his bike because it’s a sunny warm day and we haven’t had many for awhile, but now rain is predicted for tonight and tomorrow. Rigg’s is doing fine he has a bunch of people around to pester with his toys.Be safe out there. Sam & Donna


  1. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!! You both look like giddy teenagers...We have a date night every Saturday..have had it since we were married 40 years ago. It makes me get cleaned up once a week, and Den says I clean up real nice.. Hey, we just got a Vizio flat screen HD TV for our living room..We LOVE ours!! Dennis really likes the NASCAR on it...Keep on bloggin!

  2. Looks like you got the job done just fine and dandy, Sam. That new TV is a beauty. It is nice, too, that it sits closer to the wall than your old set-up allowed. I'm sure Donna is going to love it.

  3. That certainly was fast service!! The new TV looks very nice and I am sure you all will enjoy it alot. :) Nice job on the installation.

    Mike & Gerri

  4. What a fantastic looking couple!!!

    And a great job on the tv mounting, you sure look like a Handy Andy to me!

    Karen and Steve
    (Our Blog) RVing: Small House... BIG Backyard

  5. Good job on getting the new TV mounted on the wall - it sure looks good! And, I'm sorry Sam, but I have to agree with you that Donna has definitely aged a lot better than you have!! Same goes for me and Paulette, though!!

  6. Sam, thanks for the hints on driving the bigger rig. I was shocked when I went over the curb. I am a very careful driver, but I think I was distracted by the yacking of the saleman. I normally don't have anyone talking to me when I drive. :)

    So, was the anniversary meal good? Since I had a new Vizio installed in my present MH about a year ago, I'm reluctant to give it up. I'm wondering if I can switch it out with the TV that is in the new rig. Not sure I'll have the time or talent to do that though.

  7. For sure you will like your new flat screen. No comparison to the old technology televisions. We were really impressed by the HD clarity this past winter on stations we picked up with just the rig's antennae.