March 13, 2020
Temperature 74 Degrees
Slide Maintenance and other things
What a difference a day makes. We awoke this morning to dry land and clear blue skies.
So I put my water logged sneakers and flip flops out to dry. Yesterday the water was over the tops of my sneakers as I moved around Elvira. With luck both pair will be fit to wear within the day.
I went back up on the roof to finish caulking. I’m confident there will be no leaks from anything up there. I have yet to pull the AC covers to clean the condensers and drain pans. I’ll do that toward the end of the month.
I lubed the step well cover hinge so that it would move up and down without an issue. It needs to be up when Barbara is in her seat or she would take a tumble if she tried to stand up.
Regarding the slides.
These are the slide locks which when the slide is in hold the top in tight against the side wall. The problem is when the slide is out they are out in the weather. Wisdom says to keep them well lubed so they don’t bind up or rust. So today I lubed each and every one of them. I’m actually trying to noodle out some kind of cover I can put over them when the slides are out. Suggestions anyone?
Deep down in there under the bed is the electric motor for the driver’s side bedroom slide. These motors have a tendency to come loose on their mounts. Yes, I found the lag bolts on this one loose. In fact, one of the four can no longer be tightened down. So I tightened the three and I’ll have to find a way to install a regular bolt and lock nut in the fourth. I may have to remove some of the storage shelf under the bed to drill the bracket out for the bolt. Time will tell but fix it I will.
This is the electric motor for the passenger side bedroom slide. It is a bit more complicated. The motor is bolted to a bracket which in turn is bolted to the walls of the locker. I tightened the actual motor bolts then turned to the bracket bolts. I believe in the past someone had an issue here because there are a few extra bolts already installed. I’ll need to keep my eye on this. I may try to find a way to install some extra L Brackets to further support the main bracket.
The only other project on the list was the electric locker. I replaced the prop rod that holds the locker door up and reorganized the 50 amp cord so I could get it all in and be able to close the locker door. In the back corner is the trickle charger I bought to keep the chassis batteries charged when we are parked. Then I discovered that the coach is set up in such a way that the converter charges both chassis and coach batteries when we are plugged in.
Someone asked me the other day Don’t you get tired of doing all that maintenance? I replied Nope, I enjoy it, it gives me a sense of satisfaction knowing Elvira is being well taken care of. Then again, come right down to it, every homeowner goes through the same thing with their stick and brick home. If, that is, they don’t want it to fall apart.
So another day comes to a close on The Road of Retirement. Once again it was a beautiful day in every way. Some projects were finished. Others were planned. Barbara is slowly getting stronger. We continue too travel along, hand in hand, singing our song. What more can one ask for.
Thanks for stopping by today. We’re glad to have your company and appreciate your comments and suggestions. Till tomorrow.
These are the voyages of Elvira and it’s two intrepid travelers. Our continuing mission: to explore as many new states as possible, to seek out new acquaintances and make new friends, to boldly go where we have never been before
See you on down the road!