Rite of Passage

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So, a friends blog about little boys and rites of passage made me laugh and reminded me of some Zeke has also gone through.  And well, this blog is all about remembering these little events.  A few months ago Greg took Zeke with him to the mountains to collect wood.  When the men returned home many hours later Greg asked Zeke to  tell me what he got to do in the mountians.  His face lit up and his eyes widened as he turned to me and proudly anounced “I peed outside.”  I think he walked a little taller that day.

He has risen!!!!

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There is many things that could be said about today but these simply words say it all.  MY  Lord Jesus the Christ has risen and is alive and well!  I wanted to share with all of you one of my favorite part of this amazing story:

“And behold, two of them were going that very day to a village named Emmaus, which was threescore furlongs from Jerusalem. And they communed with each other of all these things which had happened. And it came to pass, while they communed and questioned together, that Jesus himself drew near, and went with them. But their eyes were holden that they should not know him. And he said unto them, What communications are these that ye have one with another, as ye walk? And they stood still, looking sad. And one of them, named Cleopas, answering said unto him, Dost thou alone sojourn in Jerusalem and not know the things which are come to pass there in these days? And he said unto them, What things? And they said unto him, The things concerning Jesus the Nazarene, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people: and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him. But we hoped that it was he who should redeem Israel. Yea and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things came to pass. Moreover certain women of our company amazed us, having been early at the tomb; and when they found not his body, they came, saying, that they had also seen a vision of angels, who said that he was alive. And certain of them that were with us went to the tomb, and found it even so as the women had said: but him they saw not. And he said unto them, O foolish men, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! Behooved it not the Christ to suffer these things, and to enter into his glory? And beginning from Moses and from all the prophets, he interpreted to them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself. And they drew nigh unto the village, whither they were going: and he made as though he would go further. And they constrained him, saying, Abide with us; for it is toward evening, and the day is now far spent. And he went in to abide with them. And it came to pass, when he had sat down with them to meat, he took the bread and blessed; and breaking it he gave to them. And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight. And they said one to another, Was not our heart burning within us, while he spake to us in the way, while he opened to us the scriptures? And they rose up that very hour, and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together, and them that were with them, saying, The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon. (Luke 24:13-34 ASV)”

He has risen indeed!!!


Our Travel trailer remodel…Part 2



Before D Day

One of the biggest things I learned from taking everything out of our unit was how poorly the overall construction of travel trailers are.   It encompassed everything from how poorly they glued the walls together and how poorly the furniture was made.   The furniture was made with what looked like left over pieces of lumber and used plastics in weird and “unnatural” ways.  I do understand the reason that you use some of those materials is to decreasing overall weight.  But the problem I have is that if anything happens its hard to repair and will in the end break.   You can take it to a shop and spend tons of money or you just live with it and trade it off to someone else.  Which is probably what happened when we bought ours.  The crack was probably really small when it first began and was repaired poorly because we didn’t notice it wjhen we bought it.  When they sold it to us the repair failed and that crack just kept growing.  I am not bitter about it just saddened by the overall construction of the of the unit.  It just felt cheesy.

Before Merriann and I decided to remodel we first wanted to go purchase a brand-new trailer.  We didn’t want any more of those problems that you can have from a used travel trailer.  We went down to the Seattle RV Show.  But what we found was even with the newest and larger RVs the same level of poor construction existed in addition to what I thought were crazy prices.   To be honest with you when it gets to about $80,000 the quality issues all but go away. But below that price you get lower quality stuff with more shiny bells and whistles that try to make you forget the poor quality.

Let the destruction begins!!

Okay enough with rants, let’s began with de-construction.

Removing most of the interior of the travel trailer was just time consuming.  Take the millions of screws out of the walls, floors and furniture.  Then I first off scaped off the insulation from the inside of the wall panels to get to the crack in the fiberglass.  Here, I learned that the walls were vacuum sealed together. Meaning the manufacturers make a sandwiched of a materials to build the walls. Glue them together under pressure usually by placing the walls in a large vacuum sealing device similar to what we would use to preserve meats for the freezer.  The makeup is 5mm thin plywood, foam insulation, then another 5mm sheet  of plywood.  You need to be careful when you are taken off the old foam insulation not to make another hole in the other wall (if you are dealing with fiberglass..

Once I got that done, next up I fixed the crack itself in a none conventional way.  I used 3M™ Marine Fast Cure 5200 Adhesive Sealant.  The reason way was because I don’t have a shop, and here in the Great Pacific Northwest it is rainy most of the time during this part of the year (you know between January to December).   This product cures in or out of waterso rain was not a problem. Plus it is flexable  But this was expensive stuff 8 oz for about $30.  But it sealed the crack wonderfully, the only thing that I messed up with I should have fixed the fiberglass then used this underneath the patch for a better over all strenght. But with that said I am still heappy to know that this leak will never leak again.

After fixing the leak and letting it cure I place the foam insulation and glued it back together.  I took out the windows in order to fix this so while the windows were out I resealed all the chalking with this Marine grade Sealant.

While waiting for the adhesive to dry I installed a new door to the bathroom,(or head) for you navy people out there.  Our old door has always been a pain be cause of the placement of the rear bed.  We could never fully open it.  It could only be opened about a third of the way. (And yes it was designed that way).

Another before picture, Please notice the door.

Can you imagine being 7 months pregnant , your husband dragging you camping and having to “slip” in to this door a hundred times.  I must say Merriann was a real trooper.  I am not sure I would be able to bare it.  But she did.

So what we did to make the space more people (especially pregrant people) friendly is to install a accordian door.  So far it has been a welcome addition to the trailer.  It was lighter than the old door and way easier to go into and out of.