The bathroom is scrubbed, the blinds wiped down (they were filthy!), the grass cut, and I’ve gotten ant control that seems to do a much better job of controlling ants. I also made a serious attempt at trying my fancy Reese hitch out, but failed a bit on that (note to self: put stabilizer jacks on RV up before hitching). The 401K stuff has also been settled, just waiting for the check to arrive so that I can deposit it into my bank as an IRA.
Some purchases have also been made. First up was a 6′ tall step ladder (if you’re contemplating getting a fiberglass egg style trailer, this is the size you want!). The other one as you might recall was bought on the way home from Florida back in March the first full day I owned the Casita. I didn’t really know what size I needed at the time, I just wanted something to get to that missing microwave cabinet rivet. It was a 4′, and not really tall enough to reach some things on the roof, like the plumbing vents for instance.
It’s a very good thing that I got that taller ladder. With it, I can look behind the vents and pull the top off and see inside. On the closet side one, I can now tell that I missed a small little gap in the back when I caulked around it. I also looked behind the black tank one on the shower side and discovered a crack, so that one isn’t water tight either. Normally this wouldn’t be a problem with these vents as the PVC pipes are sealed to the roof of the trailer when they’re made with some heavy duty black putty stuff, but 13 years must have been enough time to degrade the putty to the point where it’s no longer making a water tight seal. Here’s an overly complicated diagram of the inner workings of my closet side plumbing vent, exactly what you wanted to see early on a Tuesday morning.
I could get my ProFlex out and reseal the gap on the closet side vent, and caulk over the crack on the shower side one and probably stop the leaks, for now, but since the putty underneath is bad and the plastic vents are themselves crumbling from the intense UV exposure it’s only a matter of time before I need to pull both of them off, deal with the bad PVC putty, and put new fixtures on.
So now I’m thinking I’ll put my big girl panties on and just redo both vents now. Isn’t that the way of things, just when you’re making headway on your to-do list you discover something else that needs getting done. Ah well, not having to worry about it later will be worth the extra effort now. I’ll just need to remind myself of this a couple days from now when I have some time off work and I’m up on the roof cursing because the rivets for the vents aren’t long enough, or the holes don’t match up with the existing rivet holes. Actually I’ll be checking these two things ahead of time, but I imagine something unexpected will come up.
Today’s purchases were from work, a 150 watt inverter that plugs into 12 volt plug, such as the one found in Bertha, and behind the TV mount in the Casita. This will allow me to charge my phone, kindle, or laptop while driving and while boondocking off of battery power in the RV, very handy.
The second thing was a back up portable hard drive for my laptop. Cost $60 even with my discount, but considering everything that could go wrong traveling with a computer – the possibility of it breaking, or if I get a virus or something from using unprotected WiFi connections and lose data or have to reformat the hard drive, it’s good insurance to have. If you’re going to be earning your living from a laptop it’s even more vital.
I also did some shoe shopping. No, don’t look at me like that this wasn’t superfluous shoe shopping, I need a good pair of tennis shoes to wear at Amazon for walking 10 hours a day and I simply don’t own any right now, I have a feeling my VFFs wouldn’t cut it. Didn’t make any purchases but I’m pretty sure I’ll be going with New Balance for the brand, I’ve found them to be comfortable in the past and they tend to have a good selection in wide widths.
Speaking of work, my boss decided not to schedule me for next week (I said I was available through the 10th) so that makes this my last week. So I’ll have a little less money, but a little more time. Now there shouldn’t be any reason why I can’t get the repairs and such done before I leave. I only have two days left actually, Tuesday and then Saturday.
Besides shopping, Julie and I also went down to old Bluffton today and walked around some in the 90 degree heat. It’s going to be so nice to travel with the seasons and avoid this humid mess. Despite the uncomfortable conditions though, we had a nice time. I got a couple shots of a neat looking church down by the water, and a picture of a shoe. Someone had left this tall black glossy pump sitting on the sidewalk, I took the picture exactly as I found it. Now I have to wonder where the other shoe is and the story of how it got left behind, it was still in good condition.
Well, it’s nearly midnight and I open tomorrow morning. Here’s to a productive next few days, and moving closer towards our dreams.