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Fall is in the air in the Denver area, days are comfortable, and nights are chilly.
I really didn't have a plan, because plans don't usually work for me so it's a darn good thing I didn't have a plan this time because I would have had to cancel my plan.... if I had one.
I thought I wanted to go to the train open house in Como Colorado today to get some pictures of the roundhouse and the turntable, but last night I decided against it because there appeared to be a better way of doing it.
So instead of going today I'm thinking about going the end of this month when there's another open house, and I can combine the trip to Como with a mini-vacation to Alamosa Colorado since I have to drive right by Como to get to Alamosa. And late in September, I believe there will not only be a better chance of running into some Sandhill cranes resting up before continuing their migration to the Bosque Del Apache, New Mexico, and, Whitewater Draw Arizona. But about that time the leaves in the mountains may be changing and Como, would be a great place to see them.
I always enjoy my mini-vacation to the Alamosa area. And it's not just because I enjoy searching for the wiley Sandhill Crane, I just enjoy being in the area of the San Luis Valley at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, which also happens to be at the doorstep of the Sand Dunes National Park.
KENNYD made a suggestion this morning that maybe I could make a cubby on the outside of the Lance that I could put the propane cylinder in so it would be down low and outside of the living area....Then Ken Hufnagel chimed in saying that his Lance already had a storage area down low and maybe I did to. Upon reading this I said to myself, self? Isn't there a cubby down low already on the Lance? And self said, absolutely there is. So I hopped outside and lo and behold there is a cubby where some of my junk is stored and its approximately the size of a propane cylinder.
Now I knew it was too good to be true that the cylinder would fit, and I was right, I tried to put a cylinder in their and its plenty wide enough but the storage cubby is an inch or two short of allowing the propane cylinder to stand up. But I don't give up that easy, because if I could make this cubby work for the propane cylinder I would only have to lift the full cylinders waist high which would make a huge difference in ease of changing cylinders, and my personal safety.
So I'm in the process now of tearing up the bottom of the junk storage cubby and seeing if I can get a couple of inches more height out of it. And if I can it will be a solution to a difficult problem, and make me wonder why the factory didn't make that cubby hold the propane tank instead of the cubby that's head high.
here you can see the propane cubby open on the left of the camper, and another storage cubby down low on the right.
the low storage cubby is not quite tall enough for a propane cylinder, but I'm working on it.
I've gained about 2 inches of space by removing the floor of the low storage cubby. And even though I haven't removed all of the floor yet I was able to stand up a full propane tank in the space I've cleared out, so this is actually going to work!
So now I've got to finish taking out the foam sandwich board, which is not easy to get out piece at a time, and put in a jack-strap to hold my tank in place, extend my propane line from the regulator to the tank's new location, and changing out the tanks will be a whole lot easier now.
I want to thank everyone who offered their suggestions, and encouragement. And I especially want to thank Ken Hufnagel, and KENNYD who got me to walk outside and actually look at the storage areas I already had.