Anybody else feel a little guilty sharing travel pics? Maybe that’s part of why I’ve slowed down with posting every little thing.. Baja is amazing and I don’t want to rub it in your face. But I guess that’s why there’s an unfollow button. Just remember you are only seeing the highlight reel. 😅 
So here’s where we’re parked right now, and this is high tide. It’s pretty wild how far out and close up the water comes.

You can spot miss Trixi in the passenger window.. she loves the beach and watching the waves just as much as the humans do!

We’ve been completely spoiled traveling in bae’s new rig for this trip. It fits all 3 dogs dogs + 2 humans pretty fantastically - but now that I’ve been here and seen the beach camping, I’m dreaming of downsizing to a perfect Baja-ready tiny rig. Something bigger than a van, but smaller and more nimble than my 27 footer old beast! Maybe a truck camper? Maybe just a smaller class c? Or a custom 4x4 passenger van? So many dreams to dream 😍

Anybody else feel a little...

This is my front step right now! 😵

I’ve been in San Felipe for 2 weeks and we’re heading south soon to hit Guerrero Negro, Mulege, and every other part we can feast our eyes on throughout this beautiful peninsula*

I know I’ve barely scratched the surface and this has already been one of my favorite RV adventures. The pace of life here is whatever you make of it. The culture is a brand new experience. The food is crazy cheap and delicious.

Next up are whales, maybe some hot springs, orange filled groves, and hopefully catching up with friends who are all over the Baja peninsula ahead of us! *must have cell service ;)

This is my front step...

Hello, I am a poncho with legs and this is my cactus friend, Big-Prick. 😛

Hello, I am a poncho...

Family photo 🤦🏻‍♀️Trying to get my dog to look at the camera on the beach... futile. 😂 It’s windy today but we’ve have some perfect weather and I’m in fricking love with just lazing here - Trixi is too.

Family photo 🤦🏻‍♀️Trying to get...

My beach baby 💜

My beach baby 💜

✨THOUGHT EXPERIMENT✨Can you imagine, for a moment, that we’ve traded physical bodies?
That you now live in mine and I now live in yours?
How would your assumptions and preconceived notions about me feel, if you now lived in my body - one I didn’t choose?

And how would you feel about me knowing your body as well?

I encourage this trading-places experiment because, in the last year, I’ve really felt the weight of how a preconceived notion can impact so many little areas of life, and the beach has helped to reflect on this a bit more and figure out how to say this.

Sure, I often feign goofiness and fun to avoid intimidating others (because that’s what we’re conditioned to do, when us vag-owners are capable of such scary things as installing solar and changing tires, right?) but let’s be serious for a second - please evaluate how you view young women (yes, even you, my fellow chicas) - and whether you think of us as peers or as [insert assumption based on your own fears and insecurities and conditioning.. pick your poison.] Millennial women are a valid population whether you like it or not. 🤷🏻‍♀️ Yes, even the partying, the too-pretty-to-be-friends-with, the too-quiet-and-weird, the dont-wear-enough-makeup, the wear-too-much-makeup, and the constantly-instagramming women.

I guess my point is really that whatever crutch you use to write us off, is your issue... not ours. Sure it’s easy to validate your projections when you make them someone else’s problem - esp. when societal norms back you up - which is why I really want to ask you to try to trade places with me and whatever assumptions you have about my life as a millennial, female digital nomad, and ask yourself if they still feel valid.

I didn’t choose this age or this body. So is it still fair to be respected or taken seriously any less than anyone else? Ex.. a 45 yr old white male lawyer? 🤔

Just something that has been on my mind. We’ gonna live a satisfying life either way. So are you gonna join us in having fun, drinking margs, etc while still rocking business and technical shit, or do ya just wanna sit in your blindfold and keep acting surprised each time we display multifaceted capabilities?

✨THOUGHT EXPERIMENT✨Can you imagine, for...

Buenos dias desde San Felipe 🤩 We had a nice morning walk on the beach and Trixi enjoyed digging at clam bubbles for a bit... until she talked @_skych’s Scout into running around like hooligans and murdering a large seagull in broad daylight. 🤦🏻‍♀️ Other than that, it was a peaceful coffee-and-sunshine laden morning.

Buenos dias desde San Felipe...

Mexico is rough so far. ;) It’s my baby @dustydeezel’s birthday, we’re parked at a gorgeous beach with a bar that delivers breakfast burritos to be RVs via walkie talkie, and a man who delivers pina coladas to you at your beach work office in a frickin pineapple. Not to mention amazing internet speeds (but let’s not talk about the setup frustration. 😅) Life is hella good. 💜

Mexico is rough so far....

My RV Roof Membrane Replacement

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Hi guys. So, the time has come – to replace my RV roof membrane, that is.

As we know, the ol’ gal is a ’91, making her 27 years old this year. I’m pretty sure the roof membrane is original, and I’m also pretty sure they’re not supposed to last this long.

Luckily, the former owner(s?) – one being a marine for sure – took very good care of it, resealing any issues they found over their 30k miles of ownership. Unfortunately, that just doesn’t cut it for a super old membrane, and earlier this year after finding a leak near a vent, I decided recoating it wasn’t worth it because of A) the prep work involved (lots of dicor scraping, ugh), B) the lack of peace of mind it would provide, and C) the fact that I really wanted to see what was underneath in case there were more issues I couldn’t spot. Oh, and in case I haven’t said it enough… D) ROOF MEMBRANES DON’T LAST 30 YEARS. 😀

The only downside to this whole process is the labor. Which I could shell out 3-10k for at a shop. But since the materials only cost 3-400, and I’ve got loads of time and want to do it my way and learn throughout the process, I’ll be handling that. Heee heeeeeeee… yes! I’m as crazy as you think!

Now, I will say, if you are confident that your prep work can be effective, a roof coating or liquid roof is probably a better idea as long as the wood decking on your RV roof is completely solid and issue-free. Unfortunately, I already had a roof coating applied from 2016 that has been flaking off (note: don’t use acrylic coatings, ever, unless you only plan on keeping your RV for a year), and on top of that, I see no way to de-chalk the underlying roof membrane to ensure a proper adherance of a new roof coating. Like really. I’ve tried and tried and the membrane, at this point in its life, basically IS a sheet of chalk.

Now here’s what I’ve done so far….

-Removed all accessories
-Stored the AC
-Removed front, back, and side trim pieces (after removing the awning.. don’t ask about that)
-Tried peeling up the membrane

Here’s a timelapse of getting the AC down:

Now, the membrane is STUCK on the roof decking. Like really, really stuck. It would be back breaking work to peel it all up – and, I think this is evidence that the majority of my roof is already in fantastic condition for its age. It doesn’t need any wood replaced. This is an important factor in following along with me, because what I’m going to do CANNOT be done on a roof with decking that has been compromised.

My plan is to cover the existing roof decking with a new layer of luan equivalent (1/4 in plywood), from edge to edge, instead of peeling up the old membrane the rest of the way.

Why?

-Again, after a thorough inspection involving pulling up all of the membrane that I can, the roof decking on 90% of the RV is in good condition and doesn’t need replacing. No past issues have caused rot.
-If I peel up all of the membrane, it will be back-breaking work, and it STILL won’t give me the perfect surface required to glue the new membrane to.
-My entire roof is only about 1.5 in thick, so I believe this additional layer will remove my problems/barriers of a properly prepped surface while only adding a nominal amount of weight AND increasing the weatherproofing of my roof, in terms of winter cold and summer heat. Not to mention soundproofing. 🙂
-Another benefit: the way my RV was originally constructd, the side trim pieces are flush with the top of the roof as it is now, meaning that once sealant is added, this turns into a water bowl. Based on what I’ve seen at the grand canyon.. you don’t want to let water’s erosive powers take hold. So by adding even a nominal amount of height to the roof, I’ll be able to solve the water-bowl-problem lickety split without additional construction headaches.

That’s my plan for now… next steps are to get wood. Stay tuned! 🙂

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