Camp Red Bay Report – Day 2
6:00 comes early when you have a 7:00 start time in Repair Bay 4. Especially when you're retired and like to sleep in.
But our original list of fixes still needed to be addressed by the two Dave's, so I make the ultimate sacrifice and haul myself out of bed at that ungodly hour. After all, I not only need to get me some breakfast to start the day, but I have to disconnect our power, sewer hose (after dumping, of course – because they might start working on our wet bay depending on how the day goes on our list of items), bring in slides and retract our jacks in order to drive the few hundred feet from Site #8 to Bay 4.
They, and we, are very pleased with the results of the previous day (covered in my last report) after sealing up the many holes in our motor home, thus preserving a great deal of heat and propane in the process. But this list isn't getting any shorter, so it's off to the races!
We had some staple holes developing along the vertical in our bedroom. Rather than play around with matching stain and sanding things down, they simply shifted the Spyder controller inward a ½ inch, then added a thin strip of molding stained to match from floor to ceiling to cover the staples jutting out. Easy peasey! The back wall of our master bath also had an irritating problem. Instead of making it from one solid panel stretching from side to side, Tiffin puts two smaller panels together, and joins them with a strip of tape which matches the color and pattern of the wallpaper in the wall. Problem is, the tape doesn't hold the two pieces together very well, especially if the walls do not meet up flush with each other. A thin piece of super sticky double-sided tape inside, and a couple of screws drilled into beams in the top and bottom of the walls, add some new wallpaper tape, and you have a nice flush back wall.
During the Liquidspring failure, our stacked washer / dryer combo got tossed around pretty good on a very bad stretch of I-81 running through Harrisburg, PA. It damaged the cabinetry inside, broke a cover on the bottom, and tore our dryer vent hose when it pulled away from the wall. The solution: lock the combo down with a couple of L-brackets, after finding a replacement cover and updated dryer hose. The two Dave's had to use an appliance jack to lift the unit up and out before doing all the back end work. Replacement woodwork was ordered and reattached. Beautiful! And the new dryer hose is made of a tear-resistant fabric, so even if the dryer does move, the hose won't get torn. Upgrade!
Both bathroom sinks had problems. The ½ bath drain pipe had separated from the gray tank due to the pounding we took on the road. I had temporarily repaired it using Gorilla Tape, and even though David said the Gorilla Tape would have probably lasted just about forever, they removed my temporary fix and reattached the pipe properly. Also under the ½ bath sink is a plastic air admittance valve attached to the hose which feeds the black tank flush. When flushing / cleaning the black tank, the fresh water being used would leak out into the bathroom before heading to the black tank. Replaced with a brass one.
The full bath sink had a cracked seal right at the drain plug. Replaced with a metal drain plug instead of the original plastic. More upgrades!
Our sliding screen windows have rubber seals, none of which actually seal against the glass when sliding open. Kept us from using our screens to enjoy some fresh air either driving down the road, or sitting in a campground. The space was at least 1/4”, which would let in any enterprising bugs who wanted in. They used a sticky-sided rubber tubing to expand the seal to keep out any and all creepy-crawling things. Lord knows what type of bugs we might encounter on the road, but our windows are now ready for them!
Day 2 has now been completed; internally and externally our coach is as close to perfect as one can be, and all that is left for the two Dave's is to replace our melted wet bay. Wait 'til you see how this was approached, and how good it came out. Stayed tuned for our Day 3 report!
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We're Dave and Barbara Richard, and we're living the ultimate retirement experience - traveling the U.S. and Canada in style in a Tiffin Open Road 36LA Class A motor home, playing golf and stopping at every weird and wacky roadside attraction we can find.