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Almost Ready to Roll Again

July 19, 2015

IMG_5085We’ve had the “C” for a little over two months now. It has sat in storage for most of that time, but because we have an oversized RV site, we are able to move it in next to the fiver for a day or two at a time to work on it. This allows us to plug into the 30 amp outlet on the utility pedestal (the fifth wheel is 50 amp) and have the AC on while we work.

We just had all six tires replaced. The old ones were close to five years old. They might have been okay for a while longer, but we wanted that extra peace of mind and confidence that new tires provide. Tomorrow, an RV tech will come and do some roof work to deal with a couple of small water leaks. The roof itself has been declared solid, but there are a few small tears in the rubber. I’ve also started re-caulking around the windows, and that will continue on to the edges around the front overhang.

Once the roof work is done, we’re scheduled to take the rig to a mechanic (recommended by locals). He does RV work, so he knows what to check out on a unit that has done a lot of sitting still in its lifetime.

Meanwhile, we’ve been busy working on the interior. Nell had a vision for this “home away from home” that we will be travelling in, and it involved color. LOTS of color!


I know there are people who wonder why we put so much into redoing the interior of a “camper”. We have found that we are not alone in wanting something other than the bland sameness that has been part of RV interiors for decades. And since this is a 20 year old rig, it needed some freshening up.


When Nell said she wanted color, she was serious! She recovered the dinette seats and back cushions, and put a slip cover over the sofa. She also made curtains for every window. While she painted, I removed all the existing window coverings and valances, replacing them with mini blinds and curtain rods.


The loft area needs some rehab work around the window, but that will have to come later. I’ll re-caulk around the outside and the interior work will have to wait for cooler weather. Meanwhile, Nell made curtains that cover everything, and we hung them back up on the existing expandable rod, then attached them at the bottom with Velcro to hold them in place. A red sheet and some colorful throw pillows will make this a good spot for grandkids, and will serve as storage space when we travel to shows and festivals. A telescoping closet rod, held in place with the round end pieces, is fitted with black privacy curtains that push back in the daytime and close out the world at night.


Looking toward the back, that same “blah” look was almost depressing, especially in a twenty year old RV.


It’s amazing what a coat of paint (primed first with Kilz) and some colorful fabric does to liven things up. For those of you who are cost-conscious, as Nell is, that bedspread was found at Target, on sale for $23 in the Clearance section. The paint, by the way is the same paint that was left over from re-doing the fifth wheel. Being beach lovers, we added the hat hooks and the “Beach” hanging that we bought from our friends Alicia Boles and Nikki Thompson, at their newest venture: Affaire d’Art Gifts & Gallery, located on The Strand in Galveston, Texas. The artwork is one of our own Whimsitecture pieces. We removed the ugly old accordion door into the bedroom, and replaced it with a simple green curtain on a tension rod. This should allow better air flow, even when the curtain is drawn. We always carry small fans when we travel as well.


I didn’t get a good shot of the half bath, but this gives you an idea what it looked like.


And this is Nell’s transformation. With the hot orange paint, this is the coolest space in the motorhome, in my opinion. When she said she wanted to paint it orange, I was pretty darned skeptical, but I really like it now that it’s done.


Meanwhile, I’ve continued the cleaning process on the exterior. I’m using a variety of products, including a homemade mixture concocted by friends Leon and Anita Kirby. That works well on newer, already shiny paint, but takes some doing to clean up older surfaces. For ease of just plain cleaning, I’ve become a fan of Awesome, a cleaner that seems to be available primarily at Dollar stores.


I started out using Awesome straight from the bottle (spray on-wipe off), but found that it works just as well when watered down. I also used a mixture of bleach and water to clean the heavy plastic surrounds where the bumper connections protrude at the back.


I’ve also discovered that the bleach/water combination cleans the trim where the cab and box join together. Those strips were pretty ugly, and they are cleaning up nicely. A few more applications on the bottom sections should do the trick.

We’re anxious to get the mechanical things checked out (belts, hoses, brakes, tune up, etc.) next week. If time permits, we plan to go for a couple of nights to a nearby Corps of Engineers campground for a trial run before making a trip to Ohio in August.

Take care out there.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. July 19, 2015 2:42 pm

    Looking good Ralph.

  2. gypsy41 permalink
    July 19, 2015 3:26 pm

    Love the “new” C. Love all the color!

  3. July 19, 2015 3:31 pm

    What a difference!!! Looks GREAT!!! Enjoy!!

    • July 19, 2015 5:27 pm

      Thanks, Dick! We love the transformation, and we’re anxious to do some travelling in it.

  4. July 20, 2015 12:32 pm

    ❤ the colors of the interior! Great choice.

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