I finally came to accept that Juno is never going to be done.  There's always going to be another project. And, that sooner or later I have to get on the road "imperfect".  Don't chuckle so hard, this was difficult for me to come to terms with!

So, sooner is better than later.  Next week a shakedown cruise over to Tennessee and then that weekend, if all goes well, I'll get on the road west.

She's currently at the new mechanic's for a last bit of work.  My mechanic didn't have the equipment to get her lifted to take care of the rear main seals–my new mechanic didn't lift her either, but he's thirty years younger :-)  

Hopefully she'll be back tomorrow but it's been one of those things - seals came in wrong twice and then, because the place I found to do this work manages a fleet, fleet emergencies get priority.  They are at least checking out my tires to save me that trip to the tire store to make up for the delays.  The PO said they were new, and I think if I'm reading the DOT number right they are, but I want to be sure and also have them check the inside duallies as well.  Also weirdly, the RV fixit place recommended a tire pressure that, after doing some research, turns out to be underinflated, so having that corrected.  Door says 60, tires have 80 psi max, and since I don't know my weight and we're going into winter the consensus seems to be 65.  The RV place had set them at 55...  There's one of those weigh/scale opportunities at an event in Kansas-if I can make it there before the 18th I can get Juno properly weighed, all four corners, and will adjust from there.  

The new mechanic also recommended I replace all my ball joints because the boots are cracked - big expense that would have had me dipping into my emergency fund before even getting on the road so I went back to my old mechanic and asked why he didn't recommend it.  I decided after talking it over with him I'm just going to keep them greased until I need to replace them (the joints themselves are showing no signs of wear - it's just the boots for now).  If I'd had extra money in my budget I might have gone ahead and had them replaced but for now just going to keep an eye on them.  Hey - if Pippi Peterson can wield a grease gun, so can I.  Um, just as soon as I figure out where to grease exactly...:-)

So down to the short list ... things like replace the awning saver (already have a hole in new awning as I thought the rv place fixed it and apparently that didn't happen - oops) and add the ability to secure the camper chair while in transit.  There's more than that, but things in that vein.

Last weekend I washed her, went over her completely with a couple of clay bars and then nu-finished her. My arms about fell off, but at the end of it she looks much peppier than before.  So far have been unable to find the right size rigid insert trim (screw cover trim) to go around the genny bay and the door.  If anyone has any ideas let me know?  Seems I found something close but it costs $15 to ship and it's not close enough for me to want to take a chance.  Any alternatives to that stuff?  Just silicone seal the screws and leave it alone?

I'd hoped to have interior shots and a video by now, but best laid plans...!!

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Comment by Dawn Michelle on October 23, 2017 at 12:23pm

Thanks John.  I'll take  a closer look at the tires - I have no ideas which ones I have but there is a "caveat" written on them about the 80 lbs.  

Comment by John "T" Nordhoff on October 23, 2017 at 7:09am

  Dawn, one of the WORST enemy of tires other then weather checked and cracked, is HEAT caused by under inflation causing the sidewalls to flex and generate heat. In my opinion its safer to OVERinflate versus UNDERinflate. Load Range E tires as you say are labeled for  MAX load at 80 PSI and Id rather carry more then less air. Also if the VR  came with Load Range D tires  they DO NOT carry 80 lbs so maybe that's what the door labels indicate??? If I had Load Range D tires Id run at 60 or 65 but if Load Range E Id run 70+ or even 80 SUBJECT TO THE ACTUAL WEIGHT. Don't drive up n down the road UNDERinflated 

 I agree if there's very little play I wouldn't worry with replacing the ball joints just yet  

 In an older RV I insist on like new tires properly inflated,,,,,,,,,,,,new belts n hoses,,,,,,,,,,,good battery,,,,,,,,,,,,,,good brakes especially calipers that DONT STICK N HANG CLOSED..

 John T

Comment by Dawn Michelle on September 30, 2017 at 10:46am

Richard - I'm going to remember that story, for sure!  I knew about the required tilt when out, but it NEVER HURTS to remind.  That image of you trying to get 500 lbs of water off and out and the camper leaning is priceless.  And, also need to remember to not leave it down unattended (esp out west) even for a short short.  We lost the awning rails on our Bounder to such stupidity.  

Of course the Bounder we just bought, moved in and tried to figure it out as we went.  Easy come easy go (okay, not really - but I think when you reno something it increases exponentially in value with every curse word and time you pull out the wallet).

Lakota - that's not redneckery - sounds dang creative!!!  

Comment by Lakota Wolf on September 30, 2017 at 9:51am

Hey Dawn,,, Im going to pass on some serious Redneckery solution to your trim around the geny door, (Hope your sitting down and not reading this on your phone while cruising at 75 mph in heavy  traffic).   Are you familiar with vinyl window blinds? Those slats are the bee (elbows) knees,

I could not find trim for any of my storage compartments and windows, without putting a 3rd mortgage on the RV. I think the RV places think its plated gold. It may sound funny, but I just cut the slats to fit with a slight arch and put an adhesive sealant to hold them in place, You can laugh now,,,,  BUT,,, It has lasted 6 yrs now and havent lost a piece yet,,, even under high winds crossing from Ca, to Texas.,, Now take into mind,, this is just a suggestion.. When I got into a pickle,, I applied my Redneckery intuition.....

Comment by Richard W. Cobbs on September 30, 2017 at 9:34am

Hi Dawn, Several years ago, in the early evening, I was lying on the bunk in my camper reading a book and listening to the rain falling outside. After a few hours, one of my roll-out cabinets across from the bunk opened by itself. I got up and closed the cabinet and noticed that the camper was tilted to the side. I grabbed a flashlight and went out and bent down to look at the rear wheels, thinking that the rain may have washed out some gravel and caused the camper to tilt. The wheels were fine, but when I stood up and stepped back something grazed my head! When I shined the flashlight up I saw that the awning was pooling water! I had all that I could do to push the fabric up to spill the water over the edge, there must have been 500 pounds of water sitting there! Moral: always make sure that the awning is tilted so that rain will drain off of one end and not pool on the fabric. Good Luck on your shake down! RWC

Comment by Dawn Michelle on September 30, 2017 at 6:04am

I'll pursue that - it's the "other" brand I could find (although didn't realize walmart had it) but doesn't have measurements even on the pdf that RV & Auto Parts sent.  However does have same naming conventions.

https://www.walmart.com/ip/AP-Products-011-358-Philips-Screw-Cover-...

https://www.walmart.com/ip/AP-Products-011-357-Elixir-Screw-Cover-8...

(not worried about color - can always paint)

Unfortunately not in store or available for pick up in either my area or denver. But might be able to return it to store...and get some money back.  Can get free shipping if I find more stuff to buy :-)

I'm going to head to camping world today or monday to get propane and spend a $15 gift certificate - see what they might say (i know premium candy store pricing) but if nothing else might get some bad advice.

Comment by Robert beesley on September 29, 2017 at 7:30pm

Wal-Mart actually has one for 2.47 not sure of width though

Comment by Dawn Michelle on September 29, 2017 at 7:21pm

Wow, appreciate that Robert ...but I'm thinking that may be to wide? That converts to .875

To give you an idea of the closest I came in hunting:

The Philips style:

https://www.rvautoparts.com/11451-JR-Products-Black-Philips-Rigid-I... - this is the right shape on the sides but it is definitely too wide.  It's .535 and my trim is .5 or a hair under

Then this one:

https://www.rvautoparts.com/11401-JR-Products-Black-Elixir-Rigid-In...

isn't quite the right shape on the sides but I'm thinking it would still work, but it was a thinner at .460

You can see my conundrum.  I suppose I could go smaller and use some sort of adhesive caulk...

Comment by Robert beesley on September 29, 2017 at 6:58pm

I am in Charlotte nc and think I have some extra trim. It is 7/8 and it fit my 421 honey. Email me an address at rbeesley1@gmail.com and I will mail it if you want.

Comment by Terry H on September 29, 2017 at 6:21pm

Best of luck, Dawn. Enjoy your shake down and points west, and most important, be safe.

I get the impression you will deal with any problems down the road.

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