First let me start by sharing that we all survived our first overnight camping trip! By we I mean my mother, the dog, the cat, and myself. Juno still has a long list of things to do, but we had water, fully working electric, a working toilet, good bedding, a fridge, and mechanically needed to put her through some paces so when I take her back they can try to track down the oil/transmission fluid leak (I think it's the former from the cardboard spots).
So we headed a whole eight miles over to Lake Powhatan and set her up, enjoyed a drink and dinner, and then the next morning took her all back down again with only a little drama (tip #1 - just throw out the PO's stinky slinky and start new, no matter how well it tested in the backyard).
The dog enjoyed herself, but the cat only made one appearance (captured below) and then disgusted went and hid back under the passenger seat where she remained the entire time and expressing her ire refused to eat or use her litterbox until we returned home.
Of course - now in that picture you can see the carpet and understand why it had to come up! So as soon as we came home, my first order of business was to completely unpack so I could start on that and touching up paint in a few places. Very discouraging to do that, but I knew that was going to have to happen.
The good news is that the subfloor, despite being stained, had no soft spots - even around the toilet and shower. The carpet and padding came up easily and I found a canadian penny under the doorsill (which I replaced - but it wasn't from the manufacturer as that date is clearly marked as 10/16/84 - and the penny was from 1988 :-)
I choose floating vinyl plank flooring from Lowes - $55 a box for two boxes. I'll put carpet back up under the dinette as you apparently can't have that flooring touching any vertical surfaces so I can't reinstall the dinette leg foundations unless I put carpeting there. This was the most frustrating and difficult projects to date as there is not a square line in the RV and an unbelievably stupid number of corners, angles and vertical trim pieces.
It took us four days total to do what - 11 feet? Ah well. Mom and I teamed up on this (thankfully or the floor wouldn't have gotten done by the first snow) We figured we averaged about forty five minutes per plank. The flooring was finished just in time for me to get the loft cleared out before taking her back to the fixit place. We still have all the trim now to cut and put in (shaking my head in fear).
So why clear out the loft you say?
All summer the rain has been sporadic and actually haven't had much since I've untarped her and sealed the roof - I found some leak evidence in the loft but since I'd sealed and thought the front trim looked okay I thought I'd dodged a bullet (I did reseal the back trim).
Well, no. I came in the morning after 8 hours of soaking rain to discover the ceiling bubbling where the ceiling meets the front panel above the window.
So while I THOUGHT I was just taking her in to finally get the awning fabric replaced (got wrong sizes sent the first time - but I still recommend - Shade Pro in California offers custom awning size which I needed for same price as precut one) I'm biting the bullet and having them take out those panels and see what we got. While at it the trim on the front sides isn't as sound as I thought and I've got delamination between the cab and truck roof - didn't think it was that serious, but since we are opening it up...let's look at it fully. Better be safe than sorry. Of course I am expecting this to completely destroy what is left of my budget and puts me well off schedule (had hoped to be on the road by Sep 15th).
So, that's the bad!
Once she's back I'll be painting the loft, finishing the floor job by putting down trim and finding carpet for under the dinette, still have to reno the bathroom, trim around the fridge and frame out the new storage space above, still have electronics to install (2-3 12v plugs, backup camera, better weboost antenna, wifi booster, tps, some sort of fan in the cab...), a gazillion light box trims to repaint and the exterior to work on. And she has to go back to mechanics yet - yeah, I'm not getting out of here on the 15th of next month - LOL. Not unless some dwarves, fairies or elves show up in my yard to pitch in! I can always dream, right?!!!