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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Overhaul... Continued......

When I last posted (a week ago) the repairs were well underway.  Bill and Victor had got enough done that Bill knew what all he had to order from Lazy Daze.  He made the phone call and talked with Vince, then back to the person who processes the orders.  Lazy Daze does not accept credit cards, so we sent our check "overnite" by the US Postal Service, and they received it before 3pm the next day.  That cost us $20 but by them getting it on Thursday, we thought they'd send out the needed items the next day.  By this past Tuesday, Bill was ready for some of the ordered materials....  but on Wednesday they hadn't arrived.  Another phone call to Lazy Daze...  well, yes, they had received the check the week before but hadn't sent the materials yet.  
Here's the rig.....  Bill has replaced all the rotted wood areas, and has installed the insulation.  Now they are ready to start replacing the siding.

But before it can be put back on the rig, it needs a lot of work.  The siding itself is very thin and flimsy.  But it had been backed by 1/4" plywood.  That plywood had been glued on.  Victor took a hand grinder and cleaned off all that plywood...  nasty, dusty job!
Then they laid the aluminum siding on the porch floor and replaced the wood that Victor had taken off.  Not all of it needed replaced...  only the water-damaged areas.  But it was still quite a job.

They used contact cement to secure the new plywood to the siding, but also painted it with a rust-resistant paint.  

Now the first sections of siding are back on the rig.
The lower section will take a lot more time because of all the cuts.  There are several bays, the water tank area, the gasoline tank area, the (generator) battery area, and the water-dump area.  But the windows could go back in if they had the order from Lazy Daze.

When Bill called back and found the order hadn't been sent yet he inquired about the quickest way to get the stuff.  Well...  for $60 it could be expedited by UPS.  It would come COD since Lazy Daze doesn't do credit cards.  We opted to do that and yesterday afternoon UPS delivered a small cardboard box with the necessary gasket and tape materials.

This view of the rear corner of the rig shows where the finishing strip of siding will go to cover the raw edges.

Here's Bill....  checking out the progress.....

Meanwhile, we were living in our daughter's vacation rental next door.  It's been a real treat staying there, but since it was rented for Valentine's Day weekend, we moved out yesterday.  Not a problem....  Victor and Celeste have their huge 5th wheel RV parked about 20' from where our rig is sitting.  We moved into it for the weekend.  (they welcomed us into their home and guest room, but we decided to stay in the RV).

If all goes well, we should be back in our own place in a couple of days.  One good thing...  I've had the opportunity to do some "deep" cleaning...  even took off the dinette cushion covers to be dry cleaned, I'm shampooing some hard to reach places on the carpet and various other housekeeping chores that get neglected.

Of course I'll post photos of it all when it's finished, and also a list of parts, cost etc.  We'll be checking into what kind of a "life time warranty" that Lazy Daze will honor.

That's All For Today!

16 comments:

  1. What a huge job. Those two sure our patient. Looking forward to seeing the completed project!

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  2. Wow, is all I can say. Master craftsmen, both Victor and Bill. And you doing all that work too, it will be like new. You are more than awesome!

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  3. Wow, is all I can say. Master craftsmen, both Victor and Bill. And you doing all that work too, it will be like new. You are more than awesome!

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  4. That's a lot of work. It takes some serious skill to tackle this. I like to think of your Bill as my brother Walt--he could make anything, fix anything, replace anything. And, he was good with show the youngsters how it was done. Not saying Bill is responsible for Victor's skill, but I'm sure the two of them have traded tricks.

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  5. I should think Bill was getting a little frustrated with Lazy Days. It's a good thing you don't have to be anywhere, and have such great accommodations while waiting.

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  6. I haven't blogged in about a week - you folks have been really busy in that time! Won't you be glad when it's all finished and you can move back in? LOL

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  7. Such a big project. Too bad Lazy Days isn't a bit more modern (or a LOT more modern) in their business practices. Overnighting a check seems ridiculous. Even if they added a surcharge for credit card orders it would have been less expensive.

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  8. Wow, that sounds like a huge job. Can't wait to see the finished product!

    www.travelwithkevinandruth.com

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  9. Given that Lazy Daze made the initial errors in construction, I think you've both been amazingly tolerant. I would have expected them to bend over backwards to accommodate you. I didn't expect that you'd have to pay for any of the parts, given that it seems to have been their original mistake. You truly have been very patient. I expect you'll soon be itching to get rolling again though. I'm looking forward to hearing where's next for the two of you.

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  10. You're making good progress. We have the same challenges when we need parts or speciality supplies. We live in rural eastern Oregon and if you can't buy it at Walmart, it's not available locally. Sometimes we wind up driving the 200 miles to Portland to get what we need in a reasonable amount of time...it's almost cheaper than shipping charges!

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  11. Wow...that is one major job order. You guys are amazing.

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  12. Man, if I lived close to you, I would be there to help. I have a 97 Rear Bath. The experience would be fantastic for me, since I probably have a leak on the front window near the entrance door on the other side. I have paint bubbling. I am hoping I can fix it by removing the window and from the inside. We shall see. Thanks for putting up the pics!

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  13. Yes, an accounting of the materials and suggested practices would be very helpful. A big question is how to properly remove the end caps and aluminum siding (bottom first) properly. Thanks!

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  14. Overnighting a check? What century are they living in? Not this one, that's for sure. That's just plain backwards.

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  15. Looking forward to hearing all about the entire process since our Maggie has so much dry rot that we would love to repair but are very unsure of the cost, time and is it worth the time and expenses.

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