Getting ready to venture to Seaside Monday. The day before usually entails packing and loading and the inevitable forgetting of some important item. The weather in Seaside looks promising, a little cooler than Seattle at the moment.
I’ll try to post as much as possible. May have to utilize public spaces for wifi. Fingers crossed.
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.
We have no extensive travel plans for this Summer, unlike last Summer. I still plan to post images when we do travel in the Mothership. The past couple of months have brought a slew of health issues for me and it seems prudent to take care of them ( or, you can look at as -they are impacting my day to day life).
I’m still wearing a boot, hoping the bone fracture in my right foot will heal soon. Last Saturday I was in the ER, with my wife, for 7 hours, experiencing extreme back pain. A CT scan showed I had a fractured 8th rib in the back, on the left side. While there they did some blood work and one of the test they ran was for an enzyme that is related to blood clots. I had an elevated level of this enzyme. So, this past week I have had a Doppler Scan of my lower left leg ( Edema) and what they call a Lexiscan- a two day procedure of sorts. I couldn’t do a treadmill test due to the boot on my right foot, so what the Lexicon does is chemically forces your heart to ‘race’ while they do an EKG to monitor things. This is followed by imaging. The second day another injection and imaging to show your heart function at a slower rate.
The good news is, my fractures are on the mend and the pain from them is under control. If they can sort out the heart/blood clot issue and come up with a solution, I will be close to being back to my normal self- as scary as that might be :-)!
On my other, older blog, I have been posting images of our backyard flowers and less field photos. Once I get my ‘wheels’ back, I plan to be doing more field images around Seattle, an ever changing city.
Hope you still find this site worth a visit from time to time. We do have a trip, in the Mothership planned,to go to Weiser, Idaho in August to view the total eclipse. So, I hope to bring home some interesting travel images from that Mothership Adventure.
and safe travels
from The Mothership !!