I am having an enormous amount of fun. It’s day two of having my “new to me” RV parked in my driveway. It is a 27 foot 1982 Holiday Rambler Imperial. I’ve spent the last two days exploring every nook and cranny getting to know it so it is less scary. It is starting to get smaller now. I’ve done a lot of small things that needed fixing and are easily done.
I started out with an oil and filter change, air filter change, and added some Transmission fluid. They were all extremely easy. During that time I learned a lot about the engine specifications and locations of things. The engine is now less of a intimidating tangle of hoses and wires. It is still a HUGE engine my my standards. It’s a 7.5 Litre monster. I’ve never owned anything over 1.8L. I am still freaking out about that. I might take it out for a spin around the block tomorrow to get a feel for it. I don’t have insurance yet. I could do that tomorrow too.
There was a a coating of grease on the bottom of the engine and transmission so I bought some degreaser and hit it with some water. It was a stubborn coat so I’m not sure how well it worked. I’ll check it tomorrow after it dries. The top of the engine is pretty clean and dry around the valve covers. That’s very nice to see.
I also degreased the generator as much as possible. It has grease on top. How weird. I got much of it off.
Lets see. I also experimented with removing the cover from one of the foam upholstery pads and ran it through the wash and dry. It seemed to survive nicely so tomorrow I’ll do the rest.
The cooling unit on the fridge is dead. I took the fridge out, cleaned around it and looked for model numbers. None to be found. It is going to take some detective work to figure out part to order. Around $300-600. I might buy a new fridge for around $1000. I might just leave it broken for the first few trips. I don’t really see a lot of need for a fridge right away. An Ice chest will do for now.
It rained off and on most of the day so I did a Mexican wash job. I put on my swimsuit and got a bucket of soapy water and gave it a basic wash job in the rain to see what is dirt, what is rust and what is just oldness. Tomorrow I might try a little wax and polish in a few places to see if the paint can be revived at all.
Between the rain and the hose I found a leak near one of the front top windows. A you-tube video seems to indicate that resealing RV windows is quite easy. I might take a crack at it soon.
The sealing material along the seams on the roof is cracking. It doesn’t seem to be leaking yet but I ordered the proper sealant from Amazon.com to fill in the cracks so I don’t have to worry about leaks. Leaks are the worst thing there is on an RV. Interior damage can be extensive. This one looks virtually un-water-damaged and I would like to keep it that way. Amazon indicates that the order already shipped so I might get it in a few days. It would be nice to get that taken care of quickly. Unfortunately this week is scheduled to be unusually rainy. Figures… Eight months of drought in Texas and when I want it to be dry it is all rainy. At least the clouds are keeping it cooler however the humidity is very unpleasant.
I don’t plan on fixing everything right way but I would like to do more. I am taking tomorrow off from work to spend another day on it. So much fun!
I stopped by a storage place just down the street. They charge $72 per month. That’s more than I expected but I can afford it so what the hell. There are some cheaper places but they are farther away. I’ll pay the higher cost for convenience for now while I am working on it. I think I am going to tempt fate and keep it at my house until either I am finished with the initial work on it or until I get a letter from the HOA with a warning. That will come sooner or later and I’ll hope for later. Might as well get away with it for as long as possible. My neighborhood is massive-huge so unless a neighbor complains it may not be noticed for a long time. Cross your fingers for me.
As I expected, this project is doing me a world of good. I feel like a totally different person. Almost like a normal guy. Having a fun project takes your mind off the stupid things you think about all the time getting you mired deeper and deeper in you own psyche. That’s bad.
It’s also nice to not go to work. I could get used to this. Early retirement might agree with me.
On the flip side, I feel a little like an old man with an RV. That’s weird. But actually, I’m a middle-aged man with an RV and that’s AWESOME!