Upon returning to Leaburg, Oregon I found my home on wheels completely torn apart on the inside.....a very good thing! Joel had been hard at work repairing the water damage to the J couch frame and reconfiguring the entertainment center over the cab area.
Below, is the original couch frame and end cap that was water damaged. You can see the water stains adjacent to the inverter. The damage also affected the end cap on the kitchen counter. The inverter was located on the floor and previously I had two AGM batteries installed next to the inverter as well as two batteries in the exterior battery compartment. The batteries were relocated to Joel's rig last year for our trip back East. There was also water damage on the opposite end cap due to water leakage coming in from the storage bay. The remote controls were located on the sink end panel, which was also water damaged. Joel determined the water damage was not repairable and made a new couch frame and end panel for the kitchen cabinet.
A lot of thought went into figuring out where to put the inverter and batteries.
The entertainment center frame over the cab was reworked and a new TV installed on a new, large door.
The new end panel on the sink cabinet is flush. The old one looked like a door. This is much cleaner looking and now with the remote control panels relocated, I don't have to worry about accidentally turning on/off the inverter.
The new TV, a Samsung, is much larger than the old one and can be viewed from different areas with no distortion. I can even watch it from the bed way in the back.
I have solar panels again! We decided to "down size" to 250 watts vs 450 watts I had before. I've found that I really didn't need 450 watts with two batteries and 1000 watt inverter. Plus, if necessary I can put a spare tire on the roof in the luggage carrier or other items in a dry bag to make use of the additional "real estate".
Well, the "Little House" is pretty much put back together. I'm so lucky to have such a talented guy as my partner. Thanks Joel!! There are few more minor things to do to it, (shelving and a better TV antenna), but we are going to take the Born Free for a "shake down" trip beginning Monday (June 4). I spent two days cleaning and thinning out stuff so there would be room for the two of us. (Joel has tools after all !!) and hasn't spent any time in the little house, so this will be a practice run. There are many campgrounds that are too small for his rig to fit into, so we plan on using the Born Free for shorter trip and smaller campgrounds..."a vacation home on wheels"??. Our first short trip will be to Bend, Oregon to the Thousand Trails Campground near Sun River, so check back and see how we do.
Joel's rig is now torn apart....big time The radiator has been pulled off and he is in the process of repairing it and some other damage, so any trips in the immediate future will be in the little house.
Oh, I almost forgot to mention, after I returned to Oregon and during the restoration, we had a visit from our WIN friends Wanda and Ernie. They had just gotten back from an Alaskan cruise and were having some work done on their Monaco in Colburg. What a nice surprise and it was so good to see old friends! We had a Bar B Que on the river and explored the Monaco service center.