Most of the people reading this do not own an RV. But if you've ever stepped inside one, did you ever think how the slides come out? Or how the automatic jacks work? What about how the cabinets stay closed while driving? In this post, I'll explain the hows of the RV. If you have any other questions about this subject, ask us in the comments section below.
I'll start with my favorite function: The slides. Our RV has four slides: The kitchen table and recliners, the refrigerator/pantry/stove, Nate's loft, and the master bed. The first three I mentioned run off of a hydraulic system. For those of you who don't know about hydraulics, think of it as a system of hoses that act like a straw. When the liquid inside is pushed or pulled, a piece of machinery on the opposite end of the pushing or pulling gets moved because of the vacuum or pressure caused by the moving liquid. The piece of machinery is attached to the slide, so the slide gets moved as well. That's how a hydraulic system works. The master bed slide is electric, so it runs off of a motor. We have a lot of slides for an RV, but it only takes about 90 seconds for them to all go out!
While I'm on the section of hydraulics, I'll mention that our jacks run off of hydraulics. We have a pad that we can control all 6 of the them. The jacks are what stabilize the RV, and we have an Auto Level sequence that runs to level the RV with the jacks. Hydraulics are awesome!
Our cabinets and drawers are special. They have a neat catch on them that is sandwiched between two small rollers when closed. Although this makes it harder to open, it really helps when we're driving to keep the things inside of them from sliding out.
Our refrigerator also has a lock on it so that it doesn’t open during driving.
All of our doors have straps to keep them in place while traveling, including our shower door!
When we hook up to the truck, we attach a special power cord from the RV to it so that the fridge can stay cold, and the RV brakes can collaborate with the truck’s.
The kitchen table folds up a little bit to conserve space while driving. If it didn’t fold up, the slide would crush it against our kitchen island when it goes in!
Hopefully now you understand some of the functions of the RV. Ya’ll are now fully educated for a trip of your own! Maybe.
Mile High Fun Part 2
I left off a few weeks ago having covered our first two days in Denver, Colorado. We hiked, rode, and visited all around Denver in that time, but in the remainder of our trip, we toured the city itself and it's suburbs. Denver is a very nice city, and very kid-friendly.
We enjoyed a beautiful park with 2 climbing apparatuses, and some unique playground equipment. Amazing green space overlooked the Rocky Mountains. The entire family enjoyed our visit there.
Another family-friendly activity we enjoyed was the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. What a well made museum! We only got through 3 of the exhibits, but were impressed at every turn. There was an exhibit on health, where you entered onto a card your health information (age, gender, name etc…), and then went through a series of activities such as pedaling on a stationary exercise bike, or grasping two rods that took your pulse, and then inserted your card at a computer at the end, which printed a health sheet of you! Another exhibit was about space, and another employed hands-on mind bending riddles. Additionally, they had a sun viewing on the roof of the museum where we saw the sun through a very powerful telescope. The Denver Museum of Nature and Science is a must see in Denver!
One night we had dinner with our friend, Clay, at the Buckhorn Exchange, the oldest restaurant in Denver. We enjoyed Clay’s company as well as the food!
Speaking of food, for those of you who live in Denver, or are visiting soon, try the Denver Biscuit Company’s biscuits and cinnamon rolls. In the words of my dad, “That’s da bomb!”. Also, we tried a place at Denver’s Union Station called Next Door which was a farm to table place. After our meal, we took a quick tour of the station. It really is a neat station.
Another cool stop was the city of Golden. Not far from there is Buffalo Bill’s grave, which was a very interesting visit. You read about him in books, and everyone knows who Buffalo Bill was to a certain degree, but to be at his gravesite was awe-inspiring. They placed a lot of concrete over the grave so that no one would rob it. He is buried on Lookout Mountain overlooking 2 huge plateaus and the city of Golden. Yet another Merchant Amazing View! (We’ll just start calling them MAVs.)
Alright, now for the big reveal…
Teddy Roosevelt!!! Congratulations to: Sanika Mody, The Van Valkenburgh Family, Michel Guillet, Christina Garrett, and Sebastian Trost! You all guessed correctly.
Denver and the surrounding area is really beautiful. With mountains, parks, restaurants, and high altitudes, it’s a unique city to visit.
Until next time!
Will is 15, and enjoys running track, writing,