It was an exciting month for GORV's May. that is,, and into June to be fair,
What I have lernt,(non politically correct spelling mind you) is You can secure a wobbly antennea on a class C by finding a spare lag screw in the ole tool box and driving it into the front corner and then affixing a zip tie to hold it. That in itself is a feat of engineering. Can you imagine the time it must have taken them to sit down and using their algebra and trig education along with a 1st year college engineering class to come up with the concept? They had to figure the formulas of the tensile strength of the antennea mast itself, The strength of the antennea mounting and the amount of variables in wind sheer and vibration factors. Calibrating barometric pressures under several scenarios, fluctuations in outside ambient tempatures, the impacts of the variables in sea levels while traveling and if Jupiters moon is in alignment. Having to locate a compatible corse screw to hold a correct tensile strength bracket.. And finally the exact location for optimal performance. And the final formula on the correct tensile strength of the zip tie.
Now in the design of said configuration, it would have taken said person approx, 3 years, 4 months and hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants and donations.
BUT here on GORV,,, the whole concept was brain stormed in less then a 12 oz cold one and 10 minutes with the cordless drill and a wrench. Topped off with the zip tie,
(Please note,, this is not to beliddle any engineer out there,, this is for humor purposes only).
Next on the list, is lets just peel back this piece of wood and find that **little drip leak**. Remember,, small little leaks hardly ever do major damage,, Said No One Ever,, So,, that little piece of wood is peeled back, and hmm there seems to be a little water damage. I better pull these cabinets down,, shouldnt be that big a deal,, couple screws, and viola,, they should come right down,, easy peasy... total piece of cake,, right? Ok after using about every explative that has been used and a few more made up along the way,, the cabinets, that,, was supposed to be a simple removal job, do finally come down,,, but not exactly fully intact. At this time, it is realized that the cabinets was put in first and the rest of the RV built around them. Apon further inspection of the *slight water damage,, we see the high quality of the manufactuers installation of the windshield, Their motto must be,, To Much Silicone is NEVER ENOUGH,,, add more for good measure,, then a little more just to finish off the last tube,,, then, well, add a little more. Now as a little more paneling is removed,,, wait, scratch that,,, as a LOT of paneling is removed,, that small teansy weansie leak did do a little bit more damage then once thought.
Then the explanation is right before you as why the sides of the RV look like jello wobbling in the wind, The technical term is Delamination,,,, But the real term is,, the sh** came unglued because it was glued to something that wasnt supposed to be glued and was glued to anyways.
I bet the design team spent months designing that concept.
As the tear out continues,, the realization of a small teansy weansie leak is not as teansie as once thought.
Its suprising to know that an empty cereal box had more stability then your rig. But here at GORV,,, we aint quitters,, we take the old and fix it better then new. And to think way ahead,,, when the project is complete,, it will survive a Zombie apocolypse.
And to end this totally useless blog,, Installing new plumbing fittings with the idea that it will cure any and all leaks,, well thats just insane, never gonna happen thinking. Even after trying different, and expensive connectors etc,, you finally resort to using the cheapo, its worth a shot fittings, and somewhat cure the leak,, only to again see a drip,,, then being all redneckish,, you dig out the ole tube of RTV black sealant,, used to hold valve covers on a 454 Chevy V-8 engine,, and well,, it worked. You slobber it on nice and thick,, visualize, using Silicone,, slather it on really thick. let it dry, and put everything back together,, and the drip stops. Bringing up the thought,,, will it come apart at a later date? or will a cutting torch and hacksaw be implemented?

This is ONLY humor,, to take our minds off the road blocks that seem to pop up before us at the worst times.
Be safe, make memories and enjoy the ride.

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Comment by Daniel Long on June 13, 2017 at 5:02pm

The Colorado River was once called "the little drip" and look what that did!! As for all the engineering, this post does tend to feel more like a "hold my beer, I got this" moment. Not that there's anything wrong with that! Sometimes the best solutions (get the pun?) come about from lowered inhibitions. Or additional family members....

Always glad to read your posts. Heck, you should be officialized on GORV's and become an editorial contributor! daniel.

Comment by Dawn Michelle on June 13, 2017 at 3:39pm

No longer depressed - I knew I needed a GORV/Lakota blog post fix to make me feel better about the LONG list of things I have yet to do (including chasing down the water damage I discovered) when Juno is back on her pad.

Comment by Tina on June 13, 2017 at 9:10am

I antenna thanks you for allowing the humorous side of this idiotic engineering. ROFL! Let's not forget that tying that antenna down caused it to rub continuously on an aluminum panel and resulted in a very weak spot that is now a pinhole that needs a-fixin'.
So glad we can all find some humor in our trials and tribulations.
Thanks Lakota. :)

Comment by M K Wilkie on June 13, 2017 at 4:10am
Excellent!! Nailed it. Hahahahahah. Great way to wake up, smiling. Thanks!



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