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...!!