We've given out #090 Pendleton a bit of a workout over the last few weeks.
First on the southern forestry trunk road in Alberta, then to Glacier NP and Flathead NF in Montana.
We had a few issues in the unpaved, gravel roads, that we've now fixed:
- The catch on the microwave drawer wasn't installed correctly, leading to the microwave jumping out of the cupboard. Luckily, it fell onto the conveniently / randomly placed dog bed (minus dog). We fixed the drawer / catch and decided to remove the microwave, as we rarely use those things anyway, and could use the extra space. Instead we built a wooden frame in the gap, and now use it to store groceries etc.
- Dust. So much dust, after travelling on backcountry roads. We initially thought this was due to vents being open, but aft making doubly sure everything was shut, the airstream was still filled with dust the next time we travelled. Turns out there are big gaps in the floor, and the wheel well covers are not sealed. Quick trip to Lowe's and half a roll of Gorilla Tape later, we're not expecting to have any more issues (we also installed some plywood over the bigger holes). It was a pain to remove the cupboards, oven, fire board, and seating areas to reach the gaps, but we're happy we did it, as we have a much better appreciation for how the AS is constructed. Plus it was super dusty back there, so glad we got the opportunity to clean up.
- The fire extinguisher fell off. It now lives elsewhere (permanent place yet to be found)
- The strip in the door (about halfway up in the outside) is coming loose. AS will need to repair that.
- The shower bar wasn't attached properly (screws were missing).
- We cut up some old garden hose, and attached it to the gas pipes underneath (externally) to protect them from stones and rocks.
- We bought a rock-guard "truck moustache" to go on the back of our Ram 1500
. Paintwork on the A-frame still needs touching up due to stones thrown up by the truck wheels. Speaking of which - does anyone know where we can get some rock guard window stickers from? I'm sure they'll get dinged, and it would be nice to keep the National Park commemoration stickers.
- We installed a Trimetric 2030 batter meter. Just finished installing it, with the panel now housed below the awning control panel. Next step is to work out how many solar panels we will need to buy.
- Removed the TV from the bedroom. We don't have one at home, so why have one in the trailer? We left the TV in the seating area for now... Time will tell how much it doesn't get used.
We're really enjoying our new travelling vacation home.
Hope you all are too!