RPG Tour Prep Status Update September 16, 2018

We're very close to hitting the road this Wednesday! Here is the latest update on the preparations.

We start the tour this Wednesday!

The RPG Tour ( http://www.rpgtour.com ), beginning September 19th through October 13th, will be traveling across 8-13 western states in the USA.

Specific times and locations are now updated for Day 1 (September 19th), including Idaho & Washington locations. Exact arrival times will be updated on our Twitter feed: @rpgtour.

  • Spokane, WA
  • Pullman, WA
  • Moscow, ID
  • Lewiston, ID
  • Walla Walla, WA
  • Kennewick / Tri-cities, WA
  • Yakima, WA
  • Ellensburg, WA
  • Everett, WA (AFK Tavern)

I will be updating Day 2 (September 20th) specific soon!

Tour Route & Schedule  

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RPG Tour Purpose

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The RPG Tour's ( www.rpgtour.com ) purpose is to raise awareness about accessibility & inclusiveness, the power of role-playing games, music & recreation therapy to improve lives, and a fundraiser for the non-profit 501(c)3 research & community services charitable organization RPG Research ( www.rpgresearch.com ).

RPG Research's founder, Washington State Department of Health Registered Recreational Therapist Hawke Robinson, will be driving the wheelchair accessible RPG Bus ( www.rpgbus.com ) and wheelchair accessible RPG Trailer ( www.rpgtrailer.com ) prototypes across the country, meeting with people from all walks of life.

You can request a tour visit in your area using this form: http://www.rpgtour.com/request-visit

Activities may include:

  • Presentations
  • Role-playing games
  • Music
  • Drum circles, and more.

Hope to see you soon!

Status update

Installed the 4kw true sine low frequency Aimes power inverter this week, and added a second battery, but have to pick up some AC lines and outlets. This higher end model does not come with built-in AC outlets as the lower end models do. I will try to pick those up and install them today if I can (otherwise Tuesday).

The built-in vehicle Air Conditioning seems to be holding so far, though I am a little concerned to see the engine temperature rising when it is running. 

I am unloading the entire RPG Trailer, so that I can pack only what I really need. We have used the trailer for a lot of different programs, so it has a lot of stuff in it that I may not need on this particular trip. Anything to lessen what is going to be considerable weight (and potential clutter), before going on this 4,000+ mile trip!

I have already transferred the 22' wheelchair ramp (2x 8' and 1x 6' segments) into the back of the RPG Bus, as well as some of the larger Costco tables. I think I may also put the generators in the bus as well, since I can't ever seem to find a good spot for them in the trailer. I am also considering trying to bring my home generator for some extra umph if running both trailer and bus air conditioning simultaneously if I don't have anywhere to plug into. 

I am bringing my tools.

I was planning to bring my motorcycle as a back up emergency vehicle, but I think it is going to be too much weight and take up too much space. I'm really torn about this, but I think I better leave it behind this time. In the future, if I could put a motorcycle mount on the front of the bus, then I would feel better about it (better weight distribution on the front too), but can't afford that this time around.

I was able to loosen the lug nuts on the wheels. Everyone kept telling me that would be impossible without an impact gun in a shop, but it was easy for me. :-)  So, while I don't have the budget for a spare tire, I can at least remove a tire and take it somewhere to get fixed/replaced.

I do still need to get a bottle jack.

I still need to do:

  • Buy bottle jack
  • Get quote on spare rim/tire from Les Schwab and Firestone
  • Finish Power inverter setup
  • Test electrical Air Conditioner on the inverter
  • Connect the small fridge in the bus
  • Mount/stabilize the cabinets added in the bus
  • Clean up the buss bus wheelchair lift & add fluid to hydralic system
  • Get the shattered rear door bus window replaced by City Glass (scheduled all day Monday).
  • I will be doing another tune-up: check the spark plugs, replaced the spark plug wires, change the oil & filter, check the EGR valve and other engine devices, tune the timing and carburetor. I may be fiddling with the timing & carb along the trip as altitude and temperature changes.
  • Install tachometer
  • Install new engine temperature sending unit and gauge. 
  • Load the RPG Trailer
  • Touch up the exterior bus white paint where flaked off and rusty areas
  • Fix the mounting of the trailer hitch hiring on the bus side
  • Fix the bus to trailer wiring to get trailer brake lights working again
  • Fix the bus to trailer wiring to supply voltage to the trailer battery for the  fridge.
  • Replace the broken backup lights on the bus
  • Install CB, CB wiring, CB antenna
  • Move radio antenna from rear of bus to front, and connect to stereo.
  • Re-Flush and fill trailer fresh water tank.
  • Verify all trailer plumbing still behaving

Latest Photos

coming later today (shortly)

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