We haven’t been doing too much adventuring the past couple of weeks. The fire on the east side of Glacier Park closed the main road and caused a lot of smoke cover (the Going-to-the-Sun road is currently open and people are allowed to travel sparingly through the east side of the park). We avoided the area the last several weeks due to the congestion of tourists and low visibility. Even though we haven’t ventured into the park, other than to jog the bike trail at Apgar a few times, we still have projects around the R.V. to keep us busy.
-Side note – Before we left on this adventure we had some work done on the R.V. to get it in tip-top shape. One upgrade was our roof, and the other was the bedroom slideout. We won’t get into the whole problem we’ve had with the dealership where we bought the R.V. and the “repairs” they said they made before we drove it off the lot. There is still a bitter taste from that whole experience, so we won’t discuss what was SUPPOSED to be done and what were items we “didn’t need to worry about” when we got the R.V.
We periodically check the outside of the R.V. for any signs of wear and tear or damage, and we noticed recently that underneath the kitchen slide the material was wearing off where the rollers touched the surface. This is the same problem we had on the bedroom slide we had repaired before we left. The outer slide floor is particle board with a thin coating. We’ve noticed many of the newer RV’s have a sheet of fiberglass over this to protect it from any moisture. If we left it the way it is, the roller would eventually chew up the particle board under the slide and give us even more trouble. The bedroom slide was fixed by applying a layer of fiberglass sheeting and reinforcing the edges with corner pieces. Sean did some research and we decided we could take the project on as a DIY. After all, he brought along most of his tools, they have to get some use. We found sheets of fiberglass at Home Depot and Sean made a list of all the materials we would need. http://www.homedepot.com/p/Unbranded-4-ft-x-8-ft-White-090-FRP-Wall-Board-MFTF12IXA480009600/100389836
We decided to do both the kitchen slide and the living room slide. After we got all the material, we had to trim the pieces to fit (Sherry’s job). We wanted the fiberglass to fit under the rubber weather striping, but not too close to where the floor lifted to slide. That slide lifts up on a long plastic or pvc material. The wood floor literally slides along the material until it is full in. So, we wanted to make sure that the mechanism wouldn’t be obstructed when it started its sliding and checked several times to see where the lift actually occurred. Sean wasn’t too worried as the fiberglass board is very thin and shouldn’t cause an obstruction. The piece fit perfectly and all we had to do was screw it into the bottom of the slide. THAT was a lot of work. The sheet is 8 ft. long, so it wanted to bend and fold. Sherry did her best using both arms and her head to keep it from dipping and holding it in place, while Sean held the other end with his head and put in screws with a drill attachment. It was a sight to see! Nevertheless, we got it all secured! We were very careful to make sure the piece was even and secured along the edges with self tapping wood screws. We had to use two pieces of fiberglass to fit the width of the entire slide. The second piece was cut to 4 ft. and was much easier to hold in place. We still have to caulk and add trim, but the slide moves beautifully in and out over the rollers. In fact, it seems to slide easier, with much less friction than before.
Speaking of slides…
We also had some fun the last week. Sherry’s friend from high school came to Glacier to hike with her girlfriend, and we were all able to get together. We have been wanting to go to Whitefish, MT to the ski resort and do the Alpine Slide they have there. It is like a giant water slide with sleds and no water. We had a fun time riding the sleds down the hill and then riding the ski lifts up the hill!
We are in love with some of the whiskeys at this particular distillery. They are not big enough to ship or market nationwide, but when they do, the products will no doubt be popular! We were incredibly disappointed that our favorite bourbon, Cabin Fever, was completely sold out. It will be another year or TWO before they have another batch ready to bottle. We had made up our minds to get several bottles for Christmas presents this year! Needless to say, we were bummed and some people on our list are not getting presents. Lol. (Luckily for us, we have a little left of our own personal bottle that we will cherish.)
We are looking forward to our final weeks here in the Glacier area. We have several more hikes planned now that the park has reopened the main road. Our most exciting hike is going to be the Highline trail near Logan Pass. It is highly rated, so we are excited to try it out. We have our next several stops after here planned and are looking forward to moving on to what else this country has to offer. To adventure!
P.S. We realized that our post about togetherness and tattoos was missing a shout out to the tattoo artist and owner of Dancing Bones Ink in Columbia Falls, MT. She was so wonderful to us and made us feel so comfortable. We meant to give a shout out and realized after re-reading the post that we didn’t mention WHO did the tattoos! So, Barb, thank you so much for your wonderful spirit and artistry! http://www.dancingbonesinkinc.com/Home.html