Lots of improvements to the Mothership for 2019. Late last summer I had new Michelin tires put on. This Spring I’ve put some hours into: 1. an appropriate license frame for the Pacific NW; 2. A Weathertech rock guard for the front hood ( after I repaired 6 rock chips); 3. new faucet and plumbing for the galley sink Faucet; 4. New interior LED light fixtures and entry light ( labor intensive); 5. A screen door. Next week the mechanic who helps me is coming by to replace the black water discharge valve ( it has been sticking since we bought the Mothership). Hopefully we’re set for a few adventures over the next few months. We are taking the annual trek to Seaside, OR. on July 1st through 6th with our grandkids.
Since we are going to Scotland for much of August, the next outings will be weekends to the ocean or Eastern Washington. My wife retires on June 28th ( officially Oct. 1st, I think), so hopefully we’ll have some time this Fall to wander about on the weekends.
From the Mothership
docked in Seattle!
We left Port Townsend and headed south on Highway 101, making our way to a family cabin just south of Brinnon, Washington, along Hood Canal. Above are two images of Hood Canal and one of our son, Ian, cleaning off the roof of he cabin. I usually have the roof duty, but this Spring I didn’t make it up for cleaning, etc. The cabin is surrounded by tall evergreens.
Safe travels from the Mothership
docked in rainy Seattle!!
A few weeks ago I purchased a retractable coach step from Etrailer.com. This particular model is made by a company called Lippert. This one has a piece of steel, which you can’t see, running between the two mounting brackets. That extra sideways support, I thought, would help stabilize the step. This was both a safety concern as well as a convenience driven modification. Coachmen, in their wisdom, did not think the coach entrance needed a step to enter and exit the coach. We have been using a foldable, plastic step the past two summers and it was a bit dangerous as well as a pain in the ……
After I bought this retracble step ( seen in the operating position) my nephew and I had to find a way to engineer it so it would actually be safe and work for some time. Most RV’s that come with a retractable step have a metal box just underneath the first coach stop so you attach the new step on top to the brackets and on the sides to the metal box it fits into. We didn’t have that box, so…..
What we did was get a piece of 3/16th steel to place on the top of the first coach step ( underneath the grip tape you see) attach the steel plate through to the step brackets underneath ( where you can’t see in this photo). Our thought was that the steel plate would carry the load across the step, making it strong enough to handle foot traffic. Most of the stress/load on the retractable step is downward, so using the galvanized carriage bolts and lock washers it seemed like it would be more than ample to handle the load or stresses we will put it through. The steel plate was painted with a black, matte primer to keep rust away as long as possible as well as the underside of the step. When retracted, the step you see locks into position so it doesn’t vibrate to the open position when traveling.
So, I think we are ready for the first voyage of this summer, coming up on July 9th, when we take two of our grandkids with us to Seaside, Oregon, about a five hour drive from our home. Hopefully both the new step and our sanity will be intact at weeks end!!
From The Mothership
docked in Seattle, WA.
Just doing some repairs before we launch this year. The step up on the drivers side of the cab had become dislodged from its bracket. My wife’s nephew was able to reattach it with a carriage bolt so that is ready to go. The next project, with the help of the same nephew, will be to install a retractable coach step. Coachmen’s design didn’t include a step up into the coach itself. We have bee using a small, foldable step stool. It’s small, not very stable, so I felt it was time to try some after market step. Most of the best after market items can be found on Etrailer.com. They are great to work with and have quite an inventory of parts. The step should be here in a few days as it comes from their headquarters in Missouri. The step will have to be strengthened with additional pieces of steel on each side to spread the weight of the load over the width of the bracket mount. Will post some before and after photos after it is done. Sometimes you have to get creative to make changes! Having bone issues, I’m excited to have a solid step to use to enter the coach.
From the Mothership
Docked in Seattle!