Home Is Where We Park It: Talin RV
January 7, 2021
Temperature 71 Degrees
Ah, another morning in the parking lot. Tiny Tim is keeping us warm. Coffee and muffin in hand I’m ready to face another new day.
Yup, we’re still here. I honestly didn’t expect to be here this long. But then again it is partially my fault. What I mean is, going with Plan B in terms of the new patio awning left us with a substantial credit on our account. Sure, I could have put the money back on my credit card. But not me, instead my first thought was let me see what else could we possibly fix, repair or upgrade.
First up, stipping all of the old silicone caulking out of every seam on both sides of the coach and recaulking them with the proper caulk. This alone took a full day.
Next up was replacing the old sewer vent caps with new ones.
This is where we got a bit of a surprise. Mike discovered that the one sewer vent cap was definitely sitting on top of a vent stack. But the second one, it was just screwed to the roof with no vent stack beneath it! Did someone forget to drill the hole in the roof for access to the vent stack? Not sure but since we’ve never had a smell inside nor any issues with dumping the tanks Dustin didn’t believe it would be wise to go drilling a hole just to find out. I’m with him.
Then there was the slide seal on the front passenger side slide. It was ripped and torn in several spots. This is the old that was pulled out.
The new one back in place. An examination of all the other slide seals revealed no tears or rips so this was the only one replaced. The key is a liberal dose of 303 every month to keep them flexible. I can do that.
On to the beltline. This is the seam where the roof meets the side wall. All the old caulking was scrapped out and then it was recaulked. Thankfully, there was no separation anywhere so no further action was necessary.
Then it was time to replace the slide rollers on the drivers side slide. Ever time I moved it in or out I kept finding ball bearings on the floor. Not a good sign. Dustin put a jack under the slide, lifted it ever so slightly and that was just enough to get to them. The first two that he removed came out in pieces. The bearings were completely gone and the rollers themselves looked like someone had been chewing on them. The last two were not much better. As for the rollers on the other slide, no issues yet but I’ll keep my eyes on them for sure. No rollers on the back slides so don’t have to worry about them.
One more item to address, the real reason that led us here in the first place, replacement of the patio awning. Tomorrow, tomorrow, you are only a day away.
As for lunch, we decided to treat everyone to pizza. Oh boy was it good. We must have been thanked a hundred times by all the techs and employees in the shop. Just our small way of saying thank you for the wonderful way they’ve been treating us and the quality of work that they’re doing.
That was our day on The Road of Retirment. Tomorrow morning the patio awning will be installed – if the weather cooperates. As for tonight, Mexican Train and another book to read. I mean, does it really matter whether we do that here or back at Paradise? Not really. So we’ll just put our warm PJ’s on and enjoy the evening.
Thanks for checking in with us today. We always appreciate your company, your comments, and your 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!