Wow, I can’t believe our stay in Phoenix has already come to an end. The past two plus weeks have flown by. We even extended our stay at Lake Pleasant by a couple of days because we just weren’t ready to leave.As usual, the desert sunsets did not disappoint. Since our days were filled and thus we were kept pretty busy, it was always a treat to relax in the evening and enjoy the view over a drink.
So what kept us so busy? Well, the new couch lead to a few other projects; some necessary and some just for fun. The just for fun projects started with removing the wallpaper border which I found outdated, unnecessary, and simply didn’t like.
Although tedious, it was a fairly simple job that required a little muscle to pull and peel off the wallpaper border. Any left behind adhesive was easily removed with soap and water.
Next up was installing a tile backsplash around the stove. I didn’t feel I had a lot of options as I don’t believe in using ‘real’ tile in a RV. After a bunch of research I went with the “Smart Tiles”. Basically they are a resin/plastic based peel and stick product that is flexible.
I know a lot of RV’s out there have beautiful ceramic tile installed and it looks great. However, the home builder in me emerges and I just can’t help but feel it’s just a matter of time before cracks develop in real tile and grout. A ridged, breakable product installed in a moving object just doesn’t seem to compute in my mind.
Next up, we had some necessary maintenance done which we enlisted the help of professionals. We took the RV over to Little Dealer Little Prices and had the wheel bearings repacked. This is something that should be done about every 10,000 to 12,000 miles or every one to two years and we were definitely pushing it. So I’d say we were a little overdue.
There’s a lot of maintenance Al and I do ourselves, but repacking the wheel bearings is a messy job that we felt best left to the professionals that have the facility and equipment to tackle the job properly.
And while the RV was in the shop, we had the waste tank release mechanisms reworked. Our release levers worked on a cable system, which I think is the most ridiculous asinine method ever developed. It sure is a crappy situation when one of those cables decides to break 😉 The new levers are fantastic and offer piece of mind.
Once out of the shop, Al and I went to work on some other household maintenance. Al cleaned out the ‘basement’ and reorganized. Any items we felt we wouldn’t need over the next few months would be stored over at our son’s home. Let’s lighten the load! While Al (at least part of him) was in the basement, I was on the roof with the caulking gun touching up. After all, our journey would be taking us from the dry arid desert to the moist Gulf coast.
And did I already mention the fabulous sunsets? I could get used to these views.
The Texas journey begins ……