Solid Comfort is in her new driveway, albeit somewhat perched on the port side. In the introductory photo (above), I was popping-in some supplementary rivets into her belly skin to prevent flapping on the tow home.
After a quick learning curve with the Reese "EZE-LIFT" W/D hitch, and with the help of my "twin Brother of a Differant Mother", we negotiated our way through the sheep droppings in a rough pasture and began to haul ass -- S-L-O-W-L-Y.
About a mile before Cortez ..... POW! I believe they're referred to as "China Bombs" on this Forum. (Don't be alarmed, NSA; it's a reference to imported trailer tires.) No spare.
This required a visit to the wallyworld stupor center, and I bought a pair of Goodyear Marathon ST225/75R15 "D". (Wanted to ensure rear axle had good boots.) How's about those jack points on the AS? Thanks to Duane at the ww service department. Did you know that if a ww employee accepts a tip, they're fired?!?
Hi-ho Silver, as 'streamers seem wont to say, and we hauled back to Durango through one of this Summer's first miraculously-ludicrous "gully washers". Got the rest of the way home without a hitch --ha-ha ...
First order of business was to get the carpet and upholstery cleaned and deodorized. Solid Comfort came with all her linens and towels, which all took a spin or two in the machine, and I hired a carpet guy I've utilized many times for the carpet, the couch -- and the mattresses! The jury's still out as to whether the -- ahem -- olfactory challenges have been successfully alleviated ... (Speaking as a Professional Licensed Plumber with decades of experience, may I strenuously advise AGAINST carpet in a toilet area!)
Next task: the cancerous clear coat. It appears as though a H/A'd attempt was made to begin addressing the exterior finish, with resultant odd-looking streaks and stripes. I'm planning a very gently-aggressive assault, and will likely journal this phase next -- with photos, of course.
I also have a 100W PV module which I'm considering mounting on gas struts as an awning in lieu of the front window protector -- which I'll otherwise need to repair by melting the Plexiglas flat again because it is badly warped.
Thanks to Paul and Lois, prairie-dog hunters extraordinaire, for their long years of loving and meticulous care of Solid Comfort. The journey which they are embarking upon calls for wishes of ease and grace, and we would be so grateful for any such wishes floated into the heavens.
I'm also grateful for this Forum and the measureless wealth of information herein. You'll find me an eager miner, and perhaps I'll be able to share a nugget or two that I may stumble across.