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Not Dead in a Ditch - Take Two - Part II - Curtains, Upholstery and Plumbing

While Juno is at the mechanics, mom and I are tackling the curtains and upholstery.  She'd finished one side of the dinette prior:

She used the old cushions as a template, and we salvaged the vinyl backings and the zippers.  That's five inches of high…

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Added by Dawn Michelle on June 18, 2017 at 11:46am — 4 Comments

Not Dead in a Ditch - Take Two - Part I - Mechanical Update

Apparently my previous post was lost when I did a couple of edits, so going to try again and split it into two parts.  If you think you've read it before, then you probably did! LOL!

Just wanted to give an update as it's been a little while and while progress is slow, it has been happening.

Most importantly Juno finally went to the mechanics!!  WOOT WOOT.  

My guy is awesome - he even came and got it for me since I was nervous about taking it on…

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Added by Dawn Michelle on June 18, 2017 at 10:05am — No Comments

Just a short update, no pics :-(

It's been awhile, but fixes have been progressing at the rate of Methuselah.  

Mostly because of my lack of skills and knowledge.  How could plumbing be so complicated you ask?  It's actually not.  My rig is 21 foot - there's a couple of short runs and everything with a connection is accessible.  A couple of back twisters but only because I don't move quite like I used to :-)  For Lakota's young buck in the WalMart parking lot it would be a breeze!  And, seriously, my…

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Added by Dawn Michelle on May 17, 2017 at 6:40pm — 11 Comments

And the major sealing is done!!!!!!

Can I say yeehaw!  I'm finally off the roof!!  

The new ac shroud came in last week (Camping World order took about a week direct from manufacturer).  Fixing the old one became an exercise in futility.  I did learn a lot about fiberglass, though, from my mistakes.  I don't regret my decision - it looks great.  The old shroud is going to become a little goldfish pond.

So, confessions.  I have come to despise dicor with a passion.  Stuff didn't set up fast, I was…

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Added by Dawn Michelle on April 30, 2017 at 7:50pm — 2 Comments

Rigging a Vent Fan - Cheap Mod

Because I have a lot of things to sort out on my new-to-me-rig, as well as a limited budget, there are some places I'm going to have to make some compromises, at least initially.  Juno came with two ceiling vents, but no fans.  Decided that was something I had to modify, and I did consider replacing them, but ultimately decided for now to rig fans into the opening.  This is by no means either pretty or convenient, but it's workable and will save me about $400 I can spend elsewhere.…

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Added by Dawn Michelle on April 22, 2017 at 8:09pm — 1 Comment

Playing with Power Tools (& Step Solutions)

Pretty day today, but rain tomorrow so postponed (yet again) un-tarping to start cleaning off the corner trim to reseal.  Some progress however - our handyman put in a new gate this week to make it easier to get in and out of the yard and he's going to quote me to put in a gravel pad and a carport.  

Today I tackled the steps.  The bottom one wants to sag forward, and it would take some serious metalwork to try to fix that at the pivot, so I bought a simple metal step brace…

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Added by Dawn Michelle on March 25, 2017 at 6:28pm — 3 Comments

First Wiring Project & Lessons Learned

I have a list of wiring projects to tackle, but being a complete novice when it comes to electrical work, I thought it best to start simple.  I've been youtubing for weeks making sure I have a basic understanding of wire gauge, types of connections, and concepts such as grounding.  I've been filling my toolbox with gadgets, a multimeter, heat shrink, a pair of rubber gloves and the like. 

Today I finally took the plunge.  Everything starts with a first step, right? And sharing…

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Added by Dawn Michelle on March 11, 2017 at 8:30pm — 4 Comments

Owners Manuals I Could Upload

If of any use to anyone just let me know (assuming all are mid-80s):

  • Coleman 6727 Mini Mach Roof Top Air Conditioner Operation and Maintenance Instructions
  • Coleman Installation Instructions for All Roof Top Air Conditioners
  • A&E Systems 8000, 8500 & 9000 Fabric Roller Tube Assembly with Universal Hardware Operating Instructions, Installation Instructions and Installation Supplement
  • A&E Elite/Deluxe Plus/Deluxe Window Awnings with…
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Added by Dawn Michelle on March 6, 2017 at 10:26pm — No Comments

Meet-My-Engine-Battery Day and Should This Be Hooked Up Somewhere?

It wasn't an ambitious weekend.  Undone schoolwork is catching up with me.  In some ways going back to college at this time of life is gratifying, and other times I just feel like I can't be bothered.  Wait!  I felt like that back in my twenties and that's why I didn't finish.  Guess it's not an AGE thing - LOL.

Yesterday my fixit guy came over with his air compressor and fixed the valve stem and aired up that inside dually.  I think he just pried it a little to open it up,…

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Added by Dawn Michelle on February 26, 2017 at 4:33pm — 7 Comments

Weekend Update

Unfortunately I only had this afternoon to get out and work on Juno.  Earlier in the week, though I did learn all about topping up batteries and how to test with a multimeter (my house battery is subsequently in fine shape) –so that was something.

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

First, I finally figured out how to use the new environmentally-friendly piece of garbage that qualifies as a modern gas container so it doesn't leak gas out of the…

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Added by Dawn Michelle on February 19, 2017 at 7:24pm — 11 Comments

Beautiful Sunday To Tackle A Project - Part #2

The squished out butyl tape didn't trim as neatly as I'd hoped.  I tried the putty knife, but finally settled on a flathead screwdriver.  I'd love suggestions on how others do this!

After that I used the best option I had on hand to protect the butyl tape - which was a white latex caulk. Hmm.  It's old and and seems to set up more quickly than I think it should.  Best to use a clear next time (and note to self - don't be cheap - just get some new stuff) - then I can…

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Added by Dawn Michelle on February 12, 2017 at 4:31pm — 1 Comment

Beautiful Sunday To Tackle A Project - Part #1

Alrighty then.  A nice day, and butyl tape in hand, I finally decided to tackle one of my first projects. Resecuring a marker light and the license plate that fell off on the journey over.  Remember, I'm taking baby steps.  What probably is like nothing to most, simple stuff, is all new to me. But thanks to advice from here (especially Rich and Lakota - but others as well), youtube, camping world and numerous hardware store employees I think it came out alright. Time will…

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Added by Dawn Michelle on February 12, 2017 at 4:06pm — 4 Comments

My Favorite Stain Lifter - Spot Shot

Have used this for years - excellent for pets and carpet. This stuff often gets up stains where nothing else works. It didn't completely clean the carpet in the cab - there are still some stains, but it really freshened it up until some day in the future when I might pull it out and paint.

I find Spot Shot at Ace Hardware or KMart.

BEFORE:…

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Added by Dawn Michelle on January 25, 2017 at 1:14pm — No Comments

Sprucing Up

Today I added some seat covers as I start revitalizing Juno. I'm still taking baby steps. Had hoped to get her to the mechanic's this week to look at the accelerator pump issue but we just aren't getting a break in the weather. Today is lovely but it's been rainy and more rain and snow coming our…

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Added by Dawn Michelle on January 25, 2017 at 1:04pm — 4 Comments

Finally, I Get Acquainted

Today I didn't have to work, and the weather cooperated, so I could finally give Juno a once-over.  There's some work ahead of me, that's for sure, but overall I was pleased that she's about as solid as I could hope for.

I washed off the road grime - she'll shine up nicely with some elbow grease.  Needs new decaling and touch ups, but overall, pretty pleased with the paint considering she's an 84 (or maybe because she's an 84 - not fiberglass).  The gorilla tape, though,…

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Added by Dawn Michelle on January 15, 2017 at 8:50pm — 2 Comments

Holding My Breath

Juno is not quite here yet...but getting so close. Today's stretch is from Memphis to Knoxville. Seems short, I know, to then just make it over to Asheville, but the cold temps are creating havoc with what Reins Auto in Hays, KS told us is probably an accelerator pump that needs to be replaced.

Before we left Denver we found a shop that specialized in carbs and they did a good bit of tune-up work - replaced (or added - they seemed to say it was missing) an electric choke and lots of…

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Added by Dawn Michelle on January 8, 2017 at 1:00pm — 9 Comments

Random Bits

So. I still haven't seen her in the "flesh" so to speak. Juno is still in Denver while the better half works out some kinks before getting her across country. Had hoped he'd be here for Christmas but that's half the fun of RVing, right? Life is no longer in your control.

I have gotten some great shots on skype of under the seats while I'm perched next to same better half as he changes out fuses. Very clean under there. She has been well-maintained.

That said, we found some…

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Added by Dawn Michelle on December 21, 2016 at 10:17pm — 2 Comments

A storage rant!

I want to start off by saying that I am not a newbie to the whole "if your rig is older than ten years you're not welcome here."  When we full timed eight-nine years ago, we had a 37 foot Bounder that was just at that 10 year limit.  We were actually never challenged, but it had started to become worrisome to me.  The fiberglass had faded and the design sure did look "square" compared to all the new motorhomes with their shiny flash and dash.

Fast forward to yesterday.  So, we…

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Added by Dawn Michelle on October 19, 2016 at 3:43pm — 4 Comments

Our New Rig

Back in April, after 12 months of looking for a motorhome I was so despondent!  I had this "vision" list that seemed so out of reach.  The summer continued to be disheartening as I explored rigs with entire sides delaminated, sagging ceilings, and taped and painted seams–rolling money pits.

But now we've found her!  Now, I was skeptical at first - the ad didn't show the ceiling (hmm what's he hiding up there?) and it was advertised as 'great for a hunter'.  I've come to learn…

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Added by Dawn Michelle on October 5, 2016 at 7:58pm — No Comments

Just a place holder.

One day I want to look back on this date.  I want to remember that time when months had passed when I missed opportunities or for whatever reason the right rig was just out of reach...just a little too much, a little too far away, had too much going on, I held off too long, the weekend I broke my toe...

So I want to mark this with a blog post to look back on.  That there are moments in the search when I want to give up and spend hard saved money on something I just KNOW is not…

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Added by Dawn Michelle on April 8, 2016 at 7:04pm — 3 Comments

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