GETTING READY – UNDERNEATH – PART 4
By Barry Zander, Edited by Monique Zander, the Never-Bored RVers
The breeze passing by us this morning had a hint of chill. My appraisal: “This is not the time ‘to chill’ on getting ready for the winter trip southward.
I began my prep for getting under our RV by rounding up all the sprays and gook I might need. I had wisely spread them out in various plastic bins and closets so I would slowly work my way up to the uncomfortable tasks: 1) get the cans,
etc.; 2) wash the undercarriage; 3) decide on the easiest jobs to do; 4) take a two-day break; 5) ATTACK!
The easiest job turned out to be spraying white lithium grease on the bars under the slide and then applying the white grease from a tube to the ratcheted parts. Then, I took the black grease and stuck it to the leaf springs.
That’s when I noticed two repair jobs needing attention. A factory-installed box below the electrical hook-up cord was loose. When this same thing happened to us while camping in the wilds of British Columbia in 2010, it was an invitation for mice – 9 of them – to invade. Eight nights of interrupted sleep, but excellent fodder for my Sept. 7, 2010, blog: “EEEEEEEEEEEEK!”
Not wanting to rewrite that article, Monday I high-tailed it to the True Value store and bought a can of the filler spray material (I usually call it the “horrid filler spray” because I tend to get it on my clothes, no matter how careful I try to be). With that in hand, I first squirted away and then duct-taped around the now-sealed creviced opening.
Another patch job – a long strip of light shows under the slide bays. For this task, while at the hardware story, I purchased a roll of waterproof foam weather stripping and applied it over the gap. Job done.
While under the carriage, I checked out all the wiring and looked for daylight around where wiring and pipes enter through the floor. No problems found, so I maneuvered my way from the underworld back into the light, rounded up all the gook, etc., and stored it all in one place, ready for a future step in the preparation, selecting what to take with us on our long venture cross-country.
Once my back has recovered, I’ll take on two more exterior functions: 1) tires and 2) the batteries. Not much time left “to chill.”
DISCLAIMER: It’s probably obvious to the more mechanically minded among you that I am in the handyman category. We are surrounded by real knowledgeable folks, who know RVs inside and out – like Mark Polk [rveducation101.com/] who is a regular on this blog site and who’s e-magazine is helpful and very sophisticated.
My first technical advisor, once I realized I had lots to learn, was Bob Livingston, whose “RV Repair and Maintenance Manual” is the standard for our lifestyle. He now writes the “techsavvy” and publisher’s columns in Motorhome and other Good Sam Club magazines.
Two more names to know – Ken Freund and Jeff Johnson, who make up the Tech Team for Trailer Life’s “RV Clinic.”
As always I welcome and encourage your comments, questions and suggestions in the “Comments” section below.
My motto is: “Try it myself, unless the risk is greater than the reward.”
From the “Never-Bored RVers,” We’ll see you on down the road.
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