Friend

Today, I went out to the other RV park and emptied out my friend’s car that she had been loading with stuff when she had her heart attack. Wednesday, I will take her car and drive to the airport in El Paso to pick up her sister and brother-in-law, who will be staying with her for a while. The Docs want someone around her at all time for a bit. Likely a very good ideal.

Thinking of my slump, I guess that I have always been like this with projects that are never ending, such as, repairing old vehicles, or old houses. They just go and go, and then you realize, OK, this is never going to get finished. Repeating task are not so bad, at least you get done with them for a while, such things, like laundry, cleaning, mowing, setting up a new computer or figuring out computer problems, and so on. Unlike, when you move into an old house and realize doing all the repairs by yourself is going to take the next 10 years. Task that take a couple of days or a couple of weeks are not bad, however tasks that run into months or years are not the ones for me. So … to get done with these long-winded tasks, I do believe that I’m going to have to take a break from them occasionally. I just flat do not want to work the same thing every day, endlessly, even if I need to. The other day I kind of enjoyed cleaning up the RV lot, and today I enjoyed going out to unloading my friend car. Come next Wednesday I will enjoy going to the Airport, I like doing stuff, I just hate never ending stuff!
Okay, it’s this dang RV roof, that is wearing me down, might not have been so bad if the repairing before me had not been such a mess, because the work was done in such a sloppy, lazy and unintelligent manner that it is costing me a lot of extra labor getting it cleaned up to a point, at which I might have a decent chance of getting it done right myself.

Okay, enough of my nonsense. Hope everyone had a fine weekend.

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8 thoughts on “Friend

  1. Tasks that don’t seem to end, that’s a drag indeed. The good thing is perhaps that you don’t really need to put all your time in such tasks. I mean, if it takes a bit longer to finish it don’t matter that much. Unless your roof is leaking of course. 🙂 Good you are able to help your friend! She’ll be needing some assistence I guess, so her family will be welcome!

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    1. I think you are right, also I think in my younger years, I could get much more done, much quicker, and maybe that’s part of it too. Thankfully, there are no leaks in the roof, 👍. I am going to take my time with it, and spread things out a bit more.
      Yes, helping out is something I don’t mind doing, because one day I know it will be me that needs help and I hope someone will be around that might step in for me. Also, there’s been times in my life I’ve gotten a little help, and I remember how much I appreciated it.

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    1. That’s a fine question, that I may not have all the answers to. A roof coating is kinda like having a car painted, regardless of the quality of the job when it’s still fresh, it looks good. But given a few months you might see cracks, pilling, and fading start to show up here and there.

      To answer your question, if you buy an RV with a fresh coated roof, about the only way to be sure of knowing it’s a good job, is to know the source that did the job.

      There are other hints to look for, and I didn’t, because I got the thing so cheap that even with all this it was a good deal. But there are hints to look for, like any sign of cracks along all seams, look for any build up along seams indicating that a lot of old caulking got covered up and not cleaned up. Look for small bubbles in the coating on the flat parts of the roof, indicating that the coating is not sticking well. And then … for RVs that are older, it’s really hard to know what one, two, three, or four owners’ back may have or have not done. These rubber roofs are difficult to repair, and likely the proper thing to do would be to replace it, but in my case that would cost more than what I paid for the RV.

      I looked up the cost of replacing a rubber roof and this one site give an estimate of $325 per linear foot. My RV is about 34 feet, so that would be about $11.050. My RV is booked at about $15000 average retail.

      So, where does that leave me … well … I’m just a grumpy old cheapskate of a fellow that is going to do the best I can with it, as cheap as I can, (but to the best of my ability). However, I’m going to keep my old man’s privilege of fussing about it, all along the way. 😀.

      I also guess part of the answer to your question, would be, the more I expect to pay for an RV, the harder I would inspect it. I didn’t pay much for this one, thanks to my friend who give me a very good deal.

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