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Thursday, February 19, 2015

The Lazy Daze..... 99.9% Done

As promised, today I'll finish the saga of the RV repairs....

The windows went back in last Saturday.  No problems - that went fairly smooth.  The felt gasket could have been replaced...  and Bill might do that later, but for now, they are in and working fine.
 That's Victor holding the outside while Bill's working on the inside.

That left putting all the bay doors back on.  They all needed the gaskets replaced to make them close snugly.  Below all are back on except the big one just in back of the driver's seat.  
Before Bill could get in touch with Lazy Daze, he and Victor started from the top and were working their way down.  They changed their method after talking to Vince, but since they had started taking that strip off the top, they had to finish taking it off, clean away the old glue and caulk, put it all back on again.  But it's just as well, because they replaced rusted screws with stainless steel screws and secured it all with fresh caulk.

They're moving right along....
Monday was way too cold to be working outside and Tuesday we all had other plans for the day.  Wednesday Bill worked on cleaning up that top strip.

 Today (Thursday), both Victor and Bill were hard at it again....
The last of the bay doors is back on...  now comes the "finish" strips.

Oops...  not quite yet...
A section at the very back, at the bottom had rotted out.
Bill cleaned it up and they filled it with caulk.


Good as new!

Bill "fine tuning" this part...

And the strip across the top...  that took a lot of time because it all had to be recaulked and all new screws.

Around 5:30 or so this evening they put away the ladders and the tools.
It all still needs some finishing touches.  The excess caulk needs cleaned away in some places...  one of the bay doors needs a new gasket...  but these are minor.  They are nothing compared to the work these two guys did in the last 3 weeks.

I have included a spreadsheet of what we spent.  There were some things, like boards to make new framing, and some other items that they already had on hand.

Date Supplier Parts Cost Tax Total Cost
2/2/2015 Home Depot  Bar Kit 9.97 0.82 10.79
2/4/2015 Lazy Daze Window gasket - 33' 33.00 0.00 33.00
2/4/2015 Lazy Daze VHB Tape - 70' 140.00 0.00 140.00
2/4/2015 Lazy Daze Bag Door Clips (12) 6.00 0.00 6.00
2/4/2015 USPS Next Day Delivery 19.99 0.00 19.99
2/7/2015 Home Depot  1 1/4" screw 9.37 0.78 10.15
2/7/2015 Home Depot  Wht Sealant (6) 35.1 2.91 38.01
2/7/2015 Home Depot  sheet metal screw pan (2) 8.82 0.73 9.55
2/7/2015 Home Depot  GE WD Paintable White (2) 16.44 1.36 17.80
2/7/2015 Home Depot  Unv Satin White (2) 11.52 0.95 12.47
2/7/2015 Home Depot  2" brush 2.97 0.25 3.22
2/7/2015 Home Depot  3" flat brush 1.48 0.12 1.60
2/7/2015 Home Depot  Philips stnlss 8x5/8 4.97 0.41 5.38
2/7/2015 Home Depot  Contact Cement (2) 23.94 1.98 25.92
2/7/2015 Home Depot  Hex Screw 8.24 0.68 8.92
2/7/2015 Home Depot  Hex Screw 8x1 7.53 0.62 8.15
2/7/2015 Home Depot  Hex scrw oab 10x1 stnl 5.94 0.49 6.43
2/7/2015 Home Depot  4x8 Utility Panel 9.97 0.83 10.80
2/8/2015 Home Depot  Insulation (2) 9.96 0.82 10.78
2/9/2015 Home Depot  4x8 Utility Panel 9.97 0.83 10.80
2/9/2015 Home Depot  Insulation 4.98 0.41 5.39
2/9/2015 Home Depot  Unv Satn White 17.28 1.43 18.71
2/13/2015 UPS 2nd Day Delivery 64.17 0.00 64.17
2/14/2015 Home Depot  Rivets 5.98 0.49 6.47
2/16/2015 Home Depot  Lacquer Thinner 7.46 0.62 8.08
2/19/2015 Home Depot  Caulk/Screws 36.76 3.03 39.79



511.81
20.57  

532.38

The total cost for materials was $532.38,  If we had to have paid to have it done, I don't know what the labor would have cost.

Bill did call Lazy Daze and ask about their "Lifetime Guarantee".  Apparently this is for such things like the cabinets falling off the wall.  Well, this all started because the window blind over the dinette fell off the wall, which led to finding out that the framework had rotted...  because of water damage...  because of an error in workmanship in construction.  

We are fortunate...  Bill & Victor did all the work.  Our daughter and son-in-law gave us their vacation rental to stay in while the work was done.  We didn't have to stay in a motel or rent a place.  The weather was reasonably decent...  at least no rain (or snow) during this time.

Bill says he learned a lot about the construction of this place...  and I can sure believe that!

One thing...  sometimes folks ask us if we're going to upgrade or get a newer motorhome...  we've lived in this one 14 years now...  full time.  Seems to me we just added a lot of future years to this one....  heck, it may outlive us!

That's All For Today!  


17 comments:

  1. After all that work, it would be crazy to get a different RV. You are very fortunate that Bill and your son-in-law could do the work. So much for lifetime guarantees.

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  2. Wonderful job by Bill & Victor. You might have to add a zero after the 2 in $532.38. That might be closer to what it would have cost you if you had and RV shop do the job. What a savings.

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  3. Why would you trade in something that has obviously met your needs for such a long time? I hope we find a fit like that some day.

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  4. The power went off here and before I could get my rig unplugged from shore power, it came back on. There must have been a surge because when I turn the key on, nothing happens. If it ain't one thing its another.

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  5. Sure is nice that you had a place to work on your coach. pretty decent weather and help, now better than new.

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  6. Great job! Our coach is a 1995 with no slides and I don't see any reason for a newer one--we have plenty of room, but then we also don't full time. :)

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  7. So LD isn't going to reimburse you for your materials? It seems to me it doesn't matter how old the rig is or how many miles it has - this was a building error on their part and they are lucky you aren't asking for reimbursement from an RV shop with all the labor included. Thank goodness Bill and Victor knew what they were doing and were able to fix it the right way. It looks really great! :)

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  8. Bill and Vince sure did a great job on the repairs and that saved you a pile of money. It looks as good as new and now you can continue on enjoying the RV life knowing that the motorhome will stand up to the test of time for a long while yet.

    www.travelwithkevinandruth.com

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  9. Great job!!!! It's now in better shape than when new!!! We went through your blogs step by step and admire all of your work. Glad its done and done right now!

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  10. Wow...that is a 'missed opportunity' on Lazy Daze's part. Upper management needs to rethink this. Numerous blog posts on how wonderful heir product is, and they don't even cover the materials.

    Nice work on the rig, guys!

    Jim

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  11. That was an amazing adventure (?) you went through. It sure pays to be handy, but your worker bees are beyond handy! Now you have peace of mind it was done correctly. :c)

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  12. That is an amazing amount of work for relatively little money. It would have cost a fortune at an RV repair facility, and wouldn't have been done as well. 14 more years!!

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  13. Fourteen years to fulltime in an rv is a long time! Looks like you're getting your money's worth. It looks pretty brand new to me! I wonder how many screws we have that have let moisture in and the devil's work has already begun. Lots of work you guys did, I know it would have cost me a fortune because I don't have those skills. Enjoy your home!

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  14. Thank you for taking time to document this process. I've just had the same "window shade string screw pulling out of the wall" problem and this was very disappointing. I was already in conversations with Lazy Daze about restoring my 26.5 Midbath coach, the end caps on the left side's front back ends are all warping, cracking and coming unglued. This is something I would much prefer the factory to repair.

    I mist say that you're rather sanguine about this, I paid extra for Lazy Daze quality and we've had a number of other issues with our coach that would really make me think about buying another. The User Manual that LD supplies is quite thorough, but they make no mention of sealing the end caps, checking for leaks around windows.... and it certainly would have been very nice to receive an e-mail or letter from the factory telling owners how to prevent some of the problems that are obviously popping up.

    By any chance do you have your photos available in higher resolution?

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  15. Thank you for taking time to document this process. I've just had the same "window shade string screw pulling out of the wall" problem and this was very disappointing. I was already in conversations with Lazy Daze about restoring my 26.5 Midbath coach, the end caps on the left side's front back ends are all warping, cracking and coming unglued. This is something I would much prefer the factory to repair.

    I mist say that you're rather sanguine about this, I paid extra for Lazy Daze quality and we've had a number of other issues with our coach that would really make me think about buying another. The User Manual that LD supplies is quite thorough, but they make no mention of sealing the end caps, checking for leaks around windows.... and it certainly would have been very nice to receive an e-mail or letter from the factory telling owners how to prevent some of the problems that are obviously popping up.

    By any chance do you have your photos available in higher resolution?

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