Wednesday, May 18, 2016
All of our life together my wife and I have moved from one adventure to another, but for the last three or four years we have stagnated.
Don’t get me wrong. Retirement is good. We have a nice post and beam cabin, very few bills and we are able to keep the wolf away from our door.
But there was nothing on our horizon. So last December we purchased (got a loan) a 1998 Four Winds Class C RV that is thirty-one feet long. We have left it sitting in our driveway waiting for spring to get it ready for the road.
It is at least six feet longer than I would like, but it was the right price, has new tires, rear brakes less than two years ago, new ball joints about three years ago and a ten-cylinder Ford engine with sixty-eight thousand miles on it. It is nearly twenty years old so there is some wear; but nothing we can’t patch and repair. It is actually in pretty good shape.
That brings us to why I am sitting here exhausted, back and legs aching, just had a BC powder and sucking down my first Bloody Mary.
The ladder on the back of the unit was not secure and needs replacing. I ordered a generic replacement ladder from Camping World and this morning about nine-o-clock I decided it was high time to start repairs: beginning with replacing the ladder.
No sweat, I told my wife, a couple of hours job.
Then I began: thirty-two screws holding the ladder in place. Sixteen of them rusted and the heads stripped – or I stripped them. After getting tools, losing tools, hanging off my extension ladder, cursing, sweating, cutting up the ladder with a hacksaw I finally removed the RV ladder and all the screws about one-o-clock.
Wife called me in for lunch. Back out after lunch and assembling the generic ladder, but not all the bolt holes line up. The RV itself slopes just below the tail lights so I will have to modify the ladder to mount it. The ladder mounts are different from the ones I had just taken down so I had to fill the holes with caulk and put flat head screws in where the old screws were – must keep it water tight - and will have to reposition the new mounts.
I have never used the special RV caulk before and that stuff is good: It glues my fingers together and the screwdriver to my hand.
It is five-o-clock and I am beat. Fuck it. I’ll finish it tomorrow. It shouldn’t take more than a couple of hours.
Must make a second Bloody Mary.