Prepping for Burning Man
I always seem to have a long list of things to do to the MH and prepping for BM was no different. I had to solve the starter problem and I believe changing the "extra" starting solenoid was the fix. A couple months back, I replaced the front roof fan and i got the rear fan changed also for BM. One thing I did was to tape up the windows to try to keep the dust out. I did lots of research on the right tape to use so as not to pull paint off when I removed the tape. I tried a few different tapes and settled on gaffers tape. However, in testing this tape also lifted the paint. Most of my window gaskets need replacing so I know I would get dust inside. So, I taped up the windows from the inside after putting the reflective insulation in each window.
I got a portable Fantastic 12 volt
fan to use inside when the dust was blowing and we needed to close the door and close the roof fans. Before we left, I ran around the house looking for all the extra sheets I could find to cover the dash, seats, upholstery and the bed. I ended up not covering anything. I had spent so much time and effort fixing and prepping for the trip that I was just exhausted with it all. I saw right away that the MH was going to get dusty no matter what. But, next year i will cover whatever I can!
A couple of good lessons I learned as a virgin Burner is that I spent way too much time prepping. Its important to have the MH systems all functioning properly and to have all that is needed to survive the elements, but there is a limit. I also learned that you have to have everything prepped and ready to go before you leave. Dont plan on doing too much setup once you get to the playa. Once you arrive, the event grabs you and you wont do the setup work you thought you would. If you need to setup shelters and shade structures, make sure that it is simple and quick to do. You will want to engage in the event and not engage in setting up. You will also piss off your campmates if you spend too much time setting up!
I had bought some furnace filter material that I was going to put in the refrig hatch, water heater, etc., of course knowing that it would need to be removed from the water heater when it was to be lit. I didnt install the filters. Dust is everywhere, but it didnt affect the working of the systems. I will use the filters next time!
You just need to face the fact that dust will be everywhere...its part of the adventure and experience. I'll do what I can do to keep the dust out, but I won't go overboard. About half way through the week, I did get the vacuum out. I couldn't stand walking on the dust and rocks anymore! Of course the vacuum job didn't last long.
Next year we will take half of what we brought this first year. I will bring the extra water and gas though. The MH fresh water tank is 50 gallons and i brought an extra 40 gallons in 5 gallon jugs. It might be nice to trade the jugs for a 55 gal barrel and i would like to have a waste barrel as well. I would carry these on my trailer. I really didnt need the roof A/C this year so i didnt go through lots of MH gas to run the GenSet. However, I did run the portable 2000 watt generator for extended periods each day and probably used close to a gallon of gas a day. There are honey wagons and potable water trucks roaming around all week. I dont know what the cost of the water is but the pumpers get $60 for small trailers and MHs...pricey!
Anytime we were in or around the MH, I had the roof fans running in the out position. The new Fantastic fans worked great. One night I had them running with the rain sensor turned off. We went to bed about 2am and five minutes later it started to rain. I had to hop up and close the fans. After that I left the rain sensors on. Anytime we left the MH I would close the roof vents and close the door to help keep the dust out. One afternoon we were next door at a cocktail party and we had whiteouts for over an hour. I had forgotten to run back to the MH to close the vents...dust, dust and more dust!