Wednesday, November 15, 2006
The Lance is away for the winter, all winterized and rodent proofed as best we could. Joe cut and fit insulated panels in all the appliance openings and then hung orange flag tape out the grills so we would remember in the spring. We've had very heavy rains and we check the TC often to be sure it is weather tight. So far, okay - that is after the hatch repair. We are away in VA and a neighbor noticed the emergency hatch over the bed almost ripped off. This was during a 65 mph storm and torrential rains. He and the house sitter got up there and duct taped the hatch down. Unreal but the snap on winter insulating cover on the inside of the hatch held the water from soaking the mattress. I bet the wind was so hard the rain was going sideways anyway. The wind had ripped the hatch up and snapped the pop rivets. It's now much more secure with stainless steel screws and nylon washers in place of the rivets. The mattress was propped up and is now totally dry with no mildew. Phew! Sad to see the truck camper put up for a while. Want to bet we cannot stand it by mid winter and just load it on, drive south and de-winterize where the nights aren't freezing? Maine has been in the mid-50s so far this fall and it is really hard not to be out travelling but family obligations keep us off the road for a while.