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!