My goal today was to get the awning and add-a-room up and running. Easy peasy, right? For most peeps, I reckon. I couldn’t even find the dang pull strap to pull the awning out. I frantically ordered another one, thinking my awning just didn’t come equipped with one. Then, I realized I didn’t have the goofy sumpn sumpn all the way up to “open.” Fixing that did the trick, and viola, the pull strap appeared. Thankfully, I was able to cancel my replacement order.
OK, so I dig out the add-a-room pieces and manual. I made it to step 4, where it said, “Zip the short zipper insert onto the door panel. Zip the long zipper insert onto the front panel.” Hmmm. Ok. I found the door panel as well as the front panel already attached to one another, but I could not for the life of me find a short or long zipper insert. I finally figured out they were already attached. WTH? For my own sanity, I deduced that I was sent a returned item, and the previous owner had completed step 4 already. Yea, that’s the ticket.
It took me awhile, but as you can see in the pic above, I was able to get the front panel on. Note that it is in “rain mode.” The white panels roll up to reveal a screen. Then the directions got all mathematical on me, AND they included the use of a drill. Crap. Well, at least I had Sammie around to help me:
Ya, I dunno what I would’ve done without her. Woo wee!
So the mathematical stuff … every time it said to measure “in” or “up” and mark the spot, I went the wrong way. Does “up” not mean north, and “in” not mean toward the center? Not according to the pics in the manual. And the drilling stuff, well I didn’t dare drill in the wrong place. I did, however, search for and find the necessary 5/16” drill bit. Did you know that some drill bits have their sizes engraved on them and some don’t? However, the ones that do you need a high-powered magnifying glass to read? I did end up finding what I needed after breaking into my neighbors’ garage. They are away … nobody will ever know.
But then, I had visitors … Miss Julia and Good Golly Miss Folly Freak Dog:
I had to entertain; rudeness is just not my nature. Sammie took care of the rudeness by growling at this poor li’l pup who is 1/100 of her size. Earlier in the day, Sammie had let Folly lay across her neck. I guess it’s a love/hate relationship.
So I did my good deed for the day, and then I decided to put the add-a-room project on hold and work on the plumbing. I got as far as printing out instructions on how to “de-winterize” a motor home. Then mother nature took over and the rain came. I was so sad. Time is running out. I feel like I did in grade school when a book report was due the next day and I hadn’t even read the book OR bought the Cliff Notes.
Not really. I don’t really care. It will all work out. Life’s too short to sweat the small stuff. I ain’t gonna let this add-a-room beat me or the plumbing. Every campground I made reservations at has showers and bathrooms, so if worse comes to worst, I will use them. Everything else seems to be working, so I betcha the plumbing will too.