Saturday, December 29, 2012

Shelter from the storm

So, much to my dismay, my roof was beyond repair. I had been determined to save it, after all, if I wanted a new trailer, I would have bought one. I wanted all the quirks and flaws of her original exterior. I was stubborn about it as I sometimes am about things. But after talking to a few people, I was convinced having a leak proof, safe roof might be a priority (yeah yeah, I know you told me a long time ago). I am already paranoid about the whole thing flying apart like a house of cards the first time I take her on the freeway, so I thought I would give myself a little peace of mind. And I still have all the other beat up metal that will have marvelous random patches...

Thanks to Larry at Canned Ham Trailers for getting back to me so quickly with expert advice and offering assistance (may take him up on that at some point). And to Steve at Hemet Valley RV for humoring me and trying to help me salvage and eventually driving an hour to pick up my roof himself to make sure I got it in time. Even though he did say I was squeaking...;)

So we made the trek to Hemet about an hour and a half away. Never been there before. Beautiful drive, lots of open spaces. Very open spaces.

What happens to metal seams in high winds... :(

My workshop


Steve. Right after I did a little happy dance.

Drive home

My people!

What happens when you rip wood. I wish it was snow.

I am really excited about the roof...

Let it roll

Bob. Right before the roll popped open like a can of biscuits.

Yeah. I guess it was a good idea.

So I was expecting the roof to be almost impossible for the three of us to lift up. It was surprising light and we popped it up there in a minute. Undid the tape and voila! It was freezing up there. Low 40's~high 30's. I don't even understand those temperatures. At least now I don't have to worry about rain damage. And the timing could not have been more perfect. It snowed there the next day :/.

Oh please oh please don't let me muck up this perfect metal

Tiny injuries
I have been waiting all year to get the top back on. And even though it's not all attached and secured down, I feel like a huge weight has been lifted. She finally looks different! Sometimes so much work is done with very little progress to be seen, all it takes is one piece to help you get motivated to see a bit of the big picture.
Oak volunteer. She chose a very inconvenient spot. Named her Little Orphan Annie Oaktree.