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November 20, 2020

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Those Pesky Steps – Now We Know

Let There Be Shades

It was oh so nice not to have anywhere to go early this morning.  We didn’t have to rise at the crack of dawn.  We didn’t have to be on the road oh so early.  We just took our time waking up.  Cup of coffee in hand we just sat back and relaxed and enjoyed the beginning of the new day that God had given us.


Remember those pesky steps that would neither stay in nor out?  Well, we now know what the problem is.

Lippert Components 379167 Step Motor (for 42 Series Step) | eBay

The problem is the step motor.  More to the point it is the internal plastic gear assembly.  The gears are stripped and therefore will no longer lock the step in either the out or the in position. The nice thing is, I have go to parts specialist that specializes in parts for older Newmar’s.  A quick call to him this morning and within 30 minutes I had a new motor on order.  In about a week we should be back in business.


Till then I have the steps locked back in the open position so that we can get in and out.

I finished one more project today.


It was time to put the new shades up.  At least one of them since I only had enough brackets to put the smaller one up.  More brackets are on order.


Down came the valance with the old day/night shade.  The old shade was frayed and missing the bottom rail.


Next, I removed the old shade from the valance.


Time to mount the new slow rise day/night shade and adjust how far up it goes and how fast it gets there.  In essence after it is down, you tug once on it and it slowly begins to go up and stops at the exact same place every time.  Really neat.


All put back together and back up where it belongs.  The really nice thing is the colors perfectly match the other older day/nigh shades.

One more day/night shade to put up.  As soon as the brackets arrive I’ll take care of it.


The scheduling coordinator in The Republic of Newmar.  She has been diligently working to get my MRI scheduled but dealing with the VA takes persistence and patience.  Unfortunately, I don’t have much of the later so I’m not allowed to make the necessary phone calls.  I get a bit uptight and tend to take my frustrations out on whoever is on the other end of the phone.  Thankfully, my other half has the patience of a saint.  So in between doing the laundry she spent hours on the phone.  Unfortunately, it is still not scheduled.

That was our day on The Road of Retirement.  A nice relaxing day.  One problem was diagnosed and a fix is in the works.  One shade is up.  Phone calls are being made to the VA and hopefully a few more will bring some resolution.  The weather remains an absolute delight.  Thank you Lord for our wonderful life.

Thanks for stopping by today.  We always appreciate when you stop by to say hello, and we do appreciate your comments and suggestions. Keep safe, keep healthy, live to the fullest the days that God gives you.

These are the voyages of  Elvira and her 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!



  1. Elvira is looking pretty sharp in that first picture. And good job getting her into tip top shape. How nice to have your better half handle the VA phone calls. My brother deals with the VA for matters related to my mom. He gets that job, and I am glad. Enjoy your day!


  2. Now that’s the way you are to move in the morning when retired. I know about working with the VA. I had filed for nursing home assistance for my Aunt and the man told me she wasn’t eligible because her husband didn’t serve during a conflict. He served from 1947-1964. I called him on it and he reversed his comment and she received it until her death. Grrr!!!


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