My life is a joke right now, here is where my head is at😅 (Hopefully I’ll look back at this in a year and go “aww haha remember when that felt like it was gonna last forever?”) Day 70-something of isolation. I only know because FB friends keep track. Things are starting to get weird. I bought an oversized visor and pair it with my weird Walmart poncho because this Colorado sun is insanely intense. (Never thought you’d hear me say that, eh mom?) I am shopping for crocs. I feel like one of those bears you see in a zoo, mindlessly circling in its little cage out of boredom. I wake up to take care of my dog and click clack away on the computer. And stuff my face hole. I am tired of cooking and thinking of what to cook to stuff in my face hole. Sometimes I lay in the hammock before, during, or after stuffing my face hole. Sometimes I feel like we are all just earth viruses, convincing ourselves that our lives have purpose when maybe we’re all just here to stuff our face holes and pillage more earth? 😳

I miss the views and neighbors from my last spot and wonder how long I’ll last in the woods with nothing but plants to look at. Plants are nice, don’t get me wrong, but... plants plants plants. Pflanzen, auf deutsch. 
I can like actively feel covid-pression settling in. I’m having a hard time remembering what the point of everything I usually do is. Sometimes I half-heartedly plan RV upgrades or bookmark makeover stuff or travel ideas but then I wonder... besides sitting here in the woods, when am I actually going to RV again, as a verb, and is this worth the time/effort/bandwidth? Clearly the lack of travel/new experiences is taking its toll. Or maybe the senior club visor is having an effect on my brain. Sigh. Like, really? Travel/socialization is THAT necessary for me? 
Ultimately I don’t think I’d still be RVing if it wasn’t for joining @xscapers. A year of solitude was fine when I started but I’m not built for that long term. And now that everything is called off, life feels very upside down, like watching an hourglass that’s taking forever without even knowing what happens when it ends.

That odd description is where I’m at right now.🤣 2020.. you bastard!!

My life is a joke...

I feel like this is how you get ticks. 🤷🏻‍♀️ Still hammock heaven!! @enohammocks #outdoors #heaven #hammocklife

I feel like this is...

My outdoor living room is a set of hammocks. Trixi loves to lay near me and nibble on soft grass and shimmy on her back to get some good scratchinz. 🤩
#colorado #tinyliving #rvlife

My outdoor living room is...

Am I dreaming? No? Not a bad landing spot to ride this twilight zone out.

Am I dreaming? No? Not...

Today we left the desert. It was my first time driving for any significant amount of time since New Year’s Eve, since my rig was in storage while in Mexico. Either I have terrible driving stamina, or my rig is really hard to drive, because today’s drive was a struggle. I think both. And not having AC in almost 90 degrees doesn’t help. .
Since getting back 6 weeks ago, we’ve been sitting in one spot trying to secure a safe place to move to next in one go, to avoid unnecessary travel at all costs. This means we way overstayed our BLM limit - 6 weeks instead of 2 - which while I feel guilty about, was the best choice for isolating. I am grateful to the BLM for their lenience during this time - I didn’t see any enforcement. Maybe we just didn’t get caught.. who knows. Either way I am beyond appreciative.
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The desert is the best, most magical, beautiful, peaceful spot to go if you need to unwind from craziness around you. It was perfect and serene and beautiful.
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Out of the past 6 weeks until today, I only interacted with ONE outsider to pick up my mail. Today in one drive day, I had to interact with 3, none of whom seemed to understand “don’t invade my space” and “don’t breathe on me.” I have, however, seen a few thousand bees (holy bee swarms, do NOT keep any doors or windows open in springtime in the desert) and maybe a snake.
I’ll miss the warmth and the flowers and being able to wear a tank top and shorts at 7am.
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It was difficult to drive past so many beautiful places today that I would’ve normally loved to stop at and stay a few weeks. What a different RVing world we’re in now, compared to the carefree years I spent stopping wherever I wanted. 😭

Today we left the desert....

Here is a friendly reminder. It costs you nothing to treat other people with respect.

Here is a friendly reminder....

Is it just me or are noseprints on a window like a love letter from a dog? 😋
I suppose it’s a good time to start sharing old photos here since we’re all stuck in isolation, huh?
The Tetons are seriously one of my favorite places to visit. The mountains are breathtaking. Did you know that the reason they’re so jagged and extreme is because they’re a relatively young mountain range that hasn’t been worn down yet? And yes... Grand Teton means big titties. 😂

Is it just me or...

Hey road family! Today I launched a website @nomadparky aimed at helping full timers find a safe landing pad during this craziness.

The problem? IT’S EMPTY. It needs people like you to get the word out, so people with parking spaces, land, or campsites can add their listings to make it a useful resource.

If you know of someone who might have a safe place for an RVer to hunker down, whether for free or for rent, please share this with them and ask them to become a host.

You can specify everything from max RV size to whether there are hookups (and what kind!) and whether you are hosting ONLY as a COVID refuge, or just in general.

Feel free to share this post and hopefully this turns into something we can all use 💛

Hey road family! Today I...

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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