If it seems like our posts have been a little spread apart this summer, you are correct in that observation. Our plans for our time in Michigan this year included a few renovations with our rig and finishing up Diana’s mom’s business. We also hoped to spend more time just enjoying Leelanau and sharing our discoveries here on exploRVistas. We did accomplish what we had planned, but there were a few obstacles thrown in to make life interesting. Top that off with an extremely full resort and…well…there wasn’t much time for writing! Things are settling down though, so here’s a summary of our past few months.
After spending the last half of April and the first week of May in Grand Rapids (doctor visits and working through Mom’s business), we headed north to Wild Cherry Resort near Lake Leelanau. We knew that we had two renovations we wanted to get to this summer…new carpeting and a new kitchen countertop and sink. Before I could get to either of those, Diana and I were looking at our entry steps, as there was a loose piece that needed some attention. As we were inspecting them, Diana noticed several cracks in our frame. That lead to having quite a bit of welding done to our rig, something I covered in detail on our post, A Solid Foundation. When I was finishing up that job, I noticed that one of our leaf springs was completely worn out.
That’s the new spring on top of the old one. I purchased four new springs and, with the help of my neighbor Tom, we installed them in an afternoon. It sure was nice having his help, along with the use of the resort’s tools! Just about the time that job was completed, we were hit with a doozey of a hailstorm.
A solid 10 minutes of marble to golf ball sized hail. Both of our vehicles sustained damage, along with all three of our slide room toppers. Several people in the park lost all of their roof vents, but those of us with MaxxAir covers did just fine. Unfortunately, my tonneau cover on the truck looked like someone had taken a ball peen hammer to it.
Thank goodness our insurance covered it all. In the midst of getting the vehicles fixed, I decided that I’d better get going on the countertop, if I had any hope of getting it done this summer. I used to make them for a living in a factory setting; this was going to require field work. Fortunately the resort has a table saw in the barn. Jim let me build the top there and I had it installed in short order.
We are happy with the way it turned out!
As soon as that project was complete, we called a local flooring installer and started the process of having our carpeting replaced. I had been worried about a soft spot in our floor that I wanted to fix, so I told him I would remove the old carpeting. Upon doing so, I noticed that the RV manufacturer had cut a hole in a perfectly good, one-piece subfloor.
Not sure why they did that, but they evidently thought that putting a hundred staples around the edge would hold it in place. The portion over the heat duct had nothing supporting it. I removed the board and built a support structure below it with square aluminum tubing. After re-mounting the board, the repair was as solid as the rest of the floor. Problem solved.
The carpet installation process took a week, as the installer had to subcontract the binding on the edges that hang off the slide rooms. That meant cramming our vehicles full of the stuff that normally was in our rig. We kept the Escape driveable, but the truck was completely packed. Jim let us store our loveseat and dinette on a utility trailer in the barn, which was a huge help.
Again, we were really pleased with the results! Nothing like soft carpeting between your toes! 😀
So while it’s been a busy time, it’s been a great summer in Leelanau. Autumn is fast approaching, and there are several things we would like to do before we leave. Stay tuned to see what’s next!
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