Why the title?

"Pioneers take the arrows"

Oh, wait. I should be upbeat and taking arrows doesn't sound like an upbeat thing to say.

So, let me amend that statement.

It was courage and vision that led the pioneers to leave behind a comfortable, settled life and trek West to begin a new life in a new place. Many of those from the East that went West found a strength within themselves that they didn't see while they were in their old life. Instead of being one of those that just kind of went along with the others in the old life, they became leaders and visionaries in their new lives.

The sentiments of that last paragraph come from a favorite author, Louis L'Amour, in many of his books. So, I can't really say that it is an original thought from me. However, what he said is truthful.

Welcome to being a pioneer. Look ahead and ignore the "barking dogs" that give you negative opinions and comments. Louis L'Amour also spoke of the barking dogs.

In some of his stories, it was usually a father or older man telling a young boy how it was that when the Westward bound Conestoga wagons rolled through towns, the dogs came out to bark at them. His character then told the young listener that the barking didn't stop the wagons from going on to their destinations.

Following the advice of the Louis L'Amour characters, may we all forge ahead with our plans, after carefully considering all consequences and leave the "barkers" behind.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Replacement of Ceiling Fan with a Hunter Fan

Considering that the ceiling fan that came with our Mobile Suites was beginning to make noise, we decided to replace it with a Hunter ceiling fan. We had been thinking of this idea for some time, but we just hadn’t done anything yet because the original fan wasn’t bothering us.

As you will see, this one is a 42’, five-blade fan that is a low profile “ceiling hugger” style. However, this one comes with a light kit. In case anyone is interested in what kind or model it is, here is a picture of the box it came in, complete with name and model number.

One thing to mention is that this fan did NOT come with a plate to cover the bottom should one decide to NOT put the light kit on. So, if one wants to buy a clean looking fan without having the light kit, one might need to see if they can find a similar style and size without a kit.


When we decide to travel, we will have to do two things with the fan before pulling in the slides. One will be to remove the globes from the light kit and the other will be to turn the fan so that an inverted “V” made by two blades faces the “point” of the cabinet over our desk, which are both visible in the picture below. (Our Mobile Suites is a 38TKSB3 with the desk, and the desk has an overhead cabinet that sticks out from the rest of the cabinet.)


The next two photos give an idea of how the fan blade is in relation with the point of the cabinet. It really isn’t much different from the old 4 bladed fan that was in there. We will just want to take extra precautions so things don’t hit each other.

Lights off.


Lights on.


Being a Hunter fan, it is very quiet and smooth running and there is darn little wobble in the two pull chains hanging down. That is an indication of how well balanced the Hunter ceiling fans are. We’ve had experience with about 10 or 12 Hunter ceiling fans and have never had to balance them. I doubt that there is much more than ¼” of “swing” in those chains.

This last photo gives a better idea of the color of the metal.  As with all ceiling fans that we have dealt with, the blades come with a dark side and a lighter side.  We chose the lighter color.


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