Well, here we are getting near the end of summer. Normally, I'd be more happy about it. I don't really love summer. I'm much more partial to fall and spring but this year I NEED the summer to move slowly so we can get in as many "work on the RV" days as possible before cold weather kicks in. It's just the beginning of August so we have a good, solid three more months of work time. In those three months we need to finish installing the new ceiling panels, install trim, paint everything, install new flooring, install the composting toilet, install lights, figure out what to do about the pink kitchen counter, and maybe then we can start on the fun decorating type items...I think we'll save solar panels until the spring. Seems silly to install them now only to have them sit on the RV all winter in the snow.
So most (maybe all?) the work we've done so far is to repair the areas that were water damaged. The many days Alex spent caulking the roof have paid off. Babs seems dry. He cut out the areas of rotten wood flooring and replaced it with new wood. We looked to the ceiling and realized the insulation was holding a lot of moisture and that the ceiling panels were heavily water damaged as well. Out came every ceiling panel. In went new insulation. Now we (we=Alex and his dad) are putting the new ceiling panels back up. They're not easy. You have to cut them to size, then cut out any vent or light hole needed. Then we put them back up with a combination of Liquid Nails and real nails from an air gun. It's not quick work for novices. One project that was checked off the list today was the installation of the new Fantastic Fan. I honestly don't know what Alex did up on the roof but he installed that thing in about 10 minutes. It's beautiful! It's clear instead of yellowed like the previous one and it works like a dream.
I spent the afternoon removing screws from the walls. Mostly leftovers from the wooden valences and curtains I removed a few months ago. I also took down every cabinet door in an effort to prep for when we can paint.
One of the best things we tried today was bringing Jane into the RV while we worked. She couldn't have been better about it. She hopped right up on the bed and watched us work. I think she'll adapt to RV life pretty well.
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