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Catching Up With To-Do’s

April 6, 2013

We’ve got a month left of our winter layover.  It’s time to start getting a few things done before before we go back on the road.  Last week we took the motorhome and the Jeep to the local RV dealer for oil changes, lube jobs and Texas state inspections.  Also, the 2013 vehicle registration stickers arrived and are now affixed to the windshields.  We intentionally got all this done at the same time last year, which means we can take care of it all while we’re in Texas for the winter.  We also picked up several replacement items at the RV dealer, and we still need a couple of other things as soon as we check measurements.

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We love our almost 15-year old motorhome, but it’s showing some wear in a few places.  The original plastic latches for the sliding mirrored closet doors were getting fragile, and one of them had broken during last summer’s travels.  We got these heavier duty latches at the RV dealer, and I finally got them installed.

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This window valance in the bedroom had begun to sag, and was on the winter “fix it” list.  I made a couple of modifications and added extra supports to get it hanging properly again.

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These step covers attach with springs under the step.  For fulltime living, ours lasted a year, and were beginning to wear, with holes showing up at the front edge of the step.  I picked up a new pair at the RV dealer, and replaced the old ones.  The old springs were beginning to rust as well, so it was a matter of time before one of them fell off.   They aren’t totally necessary, but we like them for that one last wipe of the shoes, and for the neater appearance.

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I’ve been looking for a way to manage the power cord and the cable wire.  I spotted these orange wire holders at Walmart for less than a dollar each.  At that price, I decided I’d give them a try.  I’d really like a reel of some kind, but for now, maybe these will work.

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We also picked up a new outside stove vent.  The original (above) was chipped when we bought the motorhome, and it’s one of those non-necessity replacements that I’ve put off.  But I’ve hated the old yellow color, which I think is how it was originally, and when we found a white one that appears to fit, we bought it.  This little replacement is for another day next week.  We also found a white replacement for the large refrigerator vent/cover on the passenger side, which is also that old yellow color.  I need to measure the screw locations before going back and buying the new one.

There are a couple of other things that we’ll be looking at over the next couple of weeks.  We’ll probably take the motorhome back to the RV dealer to have the roof inspected, and then we’ll hire the young fellow who’s been washing RVs here in the park the last week or so.  His price is much more reasonable than the guys who were washing them in Houston.  I can wash the motorhome, to a point, but it needs a good professional wash and wax by someone younger and more energetic.

We discovered that, since moving into the RV fulltime, we had not updated our address of record with Social Security and my Medicare, so after phone conversations with some very nice, very helpful people, we now have all that done.

And… Nell has had two very good nights’ sleep in a row, for the first time in quite a while.  This morning, she made reservations at Rustic Knolls Campground in Mount Vernon, Ohio.  That’s where we’ll spend the second half of May.  That’s her hometown, and her family is there, and we have kids and grandkids in nearby Columbus.  It’s also our jumping off point for the 2013 Summer Tour.

The RV park here was full when we arrived in January, but most of the Winter Texans have headed home, and it’s now less than half full.

We’re beginning to get the travel itch.

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  1. April 13, 2013 1:04 am

    Looks like you have several items to correct. I’m also in fix-it mode with my new-to-me RV. Still have a few weeks at the job before officially retiring. So, it’s a good time to get these things done. Hoping to go out painting with our local plein air group this weekend. Take care.

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