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With temperatures in the 100’s this week, preparing 48 Ugly* for travel again has been taking place during dawn and dusk rather during the heat of the day. I began the yesterday trying to seal a couple leaks on the roof. It’s still a guessing game. I’ve had these things narrowed down to specific patches for quite some time but I still can’t find them visually. Will this be the time I finally get em’?
The rest of the morning I took inventory of all my cleaning products. It turns out I had plenty and only needed to purchase some tire polish.
I then picked up my “lawn” shortly before a neighbor came by with a compressor to air up the tires.
In the evening I began scrubbing down the rig. I realize it’s been over 15 months since I last did this, but I found myself a little discouraged with the grime that has collected around the caulking. I want to apply a trim, or some sort of tape to cover up this unsightliness but I just don’t know that this product exists. Anyway, it’s not like it was difficult to remove the grime with a little Goof-Off, but it was frustrating nonetheless.
Additionally, the “fender-paneling” that I had installed a couple years ago is beginning to warp and stain — particularly around the hookups and fixtures. Even despite most of these fixtures being less than 2 years old, I swear that whole back panel on the drivers side is getting too unsightly for my taste. I’d really like to find a solution for this within the next year. I do call her 48 Ugly, but it’s still not to my liking…
This morning I reorganized the van. My primary objective was to find a way to handle the poker table. Without a carrying case, I worry that it will eventually get scratched or torn if I don’t find some way to attach something to protect it. Eventually, I found a way to attach a bedspread to it — a good temporary solution, at least.
Tonight I’ll apply some more elbow grease to 48 Ugly.
I’m now debating if I’ll get up to Fish Creek Canyon on Saturday. If I go, I won’t have any opportunity to rest before taking off on Tuesday (I work Sunday and Monday night). I guess I’ll determine how I feel tomorrow night…