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    Still tinkering. Had to replace a damaged siding panel, found an unrelated plumbing problem underneath... fortunate they were in the same place. Taking advantage of the super-dry summer to seal some weatherstrip seal gaps with caulk. But the big upgrade this year will be a new awning which should help keep heat off the south side. Original has never been used the 4 years i have had it because the lower struts are missing and not practical to replace... taking the opportunity to upgrade fom a 15-foot to a full length 21 foot model.

    Replaced ac shroud cuz old one cracked and shattered taking jt off to inspect ac unit. New one was $250 ouch. Came nekkid as a jaybird... 2 coats primer, 2 color and 2 clear with uv protect. "Heritage white" as tbe the ivory i tried first was nearly a beige and didn't look right. Still haven't installed the hard-start as i haven't figured out the wiring yet.

    Still working on fridge... got the furnace installed except wiring and final test. Then new floor for fridge compartment. Soaked all the rusty fridge chrome in ox acid, looks great... going to give it a coat of clear paint to seal it. Trim looks good.

    Been really hot here and i don't care to beout working in it if i can avoid.
    Last edited by bruss01; 08-23-2017 at 05:36 PM.
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    Still tinkering on it? I figured you'd have moved to dynamite by now! Lol
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    Hope you got thing insured.
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    Skeet they say if dynamite won't solve your problem you clearly aren't using enough! Haven't had to resort to it yet though!

    We are planning a fall campout for the mag and some friends... working on getting the old girl looking presentable and working 100%.
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    Busy with a lot of small/cosmetic repairs.... window trim, caulk, marker lights... speaking of lights I came up with an interesting idea to put a trailer socket in the propane tank housing with juice to all the circuits except brakes... would make for nice "decorative" or "party" lights... I know, not very "survival" oriented but understand, if I can make the rig seem friendly and fun, it will be much more accepted rather than someone emotionally sensitive looking at it and seeing death and destruction (implied). We often neglect or forget the emotional or morale component of our preps. Hopefully this offsets some of the "worst case scenario" preps that have been made. I can feel the wife shudder every time she sees the geiger counter and dosimiters or iodine pills, for instance. I try not to let that happen too often for obvious reasons. She's glad we have them, but what they represent on an an emotional level can easily overwhelm her.

    Truth be told, it makes me shudder too, only inwardly. I grew up in the cold war, when they taught about nuclear weapons and fallout amd shelters... not the romanticized post - apocalyptic fit for tv stuff, the real deal... the horror. It's real to me and to her. I know, we here are big strong men with iron wills and it is our job to look danger in the eye and sneer... to see or think of such things energises us to action. But not everyone is tasked/blessed/cursed with having/serving such a robust constitution. It is us who ensures that our families survive... but never forget it is many of THEM who ensure a life worth living. Shouldn't we have a care they get to the other side with that precious gift intact?

    If making old Waltzing Matilda a little more festive it puts more of a feeling that she represents life, joy and thankfulness... rather than doom and despair... then that means if we ever truly have to rely on her hopefully some of those vibes will linger and give a rosy tinge to whatever sadness or fear we are riding out at the time. They say, " happy wife, happy life" and in so saying, it's implied that having an unhappy wife is no life at all... at least not one most of us would want to live.

    Spent probably 2 hours and $100 bucks today sorting some purely cosmetic issues related to tires/wheels. IMHO it was well spent as part of an over-all "sprucing-up" of the exterior. Probably will include another hour tomorrow, and another hour+ installing new marker/clearance lights to replace cracked, faded, weatherworn originals (another $100). Want her to be thought of as a happy and safe place... so that feeling carries over if someday she becomes a "refuge" of sorts.

    Work time is limited... was 106 here today. Can't do that too long in the midday sun.

    Sure, with everything going on in the world, there will be plenty to say I "wasted my day" doing cosmetic repairs on a 30-year old trailer. I think I am ok with that. It is something I feel compelled to do, part of an unspoken, half-understood primal urge and I beg your indulgence for reading this. We all have them, these drives to do things that don't seem to make a lot of sense in the common mode of thinking. Maybe we are a bit "tetched". Maybe we hear the voice of an angel. Maybe we are just reacting to random neural signals triggered by what we ate for lunch. Can't say which of them this is... but for right now it is what I have to do.
    Last edited by bruss01; 08-27-2017 at 02:48 AM.
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    In response to that last paragraph, it's the same reason we are all on this site. To most we're wasting time and money on an imaginary scenario, but it gives us peace knowing we've done what we could, just in case.
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