We’re feeling guilty – even though we visited Crush and started her up a few times, she’s a mess. Amazing what an RV looks like when you finally draw the shades after a long storage (since late July, 2012 after work was done in a shop). It started last weekend, when we couldn’t get the RV started. Okay – we’ll just jumpstart the RV…or not. We took the battery to O’Reilly’s and had it jumped. Verdict – battery was dead. Since it was an Interstate battery, we decided to take it there to have it replaced since it was under warranty. After a full day of charging on their end, they pronounced it good to go. Today we tested it and the engine started right up. Whew! The generator also started right up. Two things off our long list.
When we visited last weekend, we also realized a strong smell that reminded us of cat urine. Now, stupidly, we left one litter box in the RV for most of the storage time but that was removed about a month ago and smell didn’t improve. Last weekend I febrezed the entire RV and while it made a small dent in the smell, it’s not liveable. Yesterday it was finally nice enough to draw the shades and open the windows & I got to see where the smell was coming from… mold & mildew. Ugh.
Seems that one trip during the winter we had wet enough feet to leave tracks and now the floor in front of our bathroom is a wet mess of nastiness. Except that there is more water there than which would have been left with wet feet, which means we may have a leak somewhere. Nothing visible from the windows or the ceiling…so who knows what awaits us when we put out the slides.
Oh, and let’s not even talk of the fresh hell that was inside the toilet bowl. The rest of the RV…well, I am sure we will have more surprises.
The moral of this story? If we have to leave Crush again when we work, we need to clean her up & take better care of her. We never did a thorough cleaning when we stored her, as I was already working & Keith got a job very quickly…and stupidly it didn’t occur to us that we might have problems down the road. While we didn’t leave it trashed, we didn’t make an effort to continue the care we did while we were living in it.
Our plan was to take Crush out for a test weekend next weekend, then put it back into storage until the 15th, allowing us a marathon sprint to move out of the apartment & into the RV by the time our lease is up the 25th. Silly plans. We decided that instead, we will start paying the monthly rate on the 2nd at Roamer’s Rest which is only a few miles from our storage place, and extremely close to stores that we may need for parts/cleaning supplies/etc. This gives us more time to steam clean, treat for mildew/mold if we have to…along with giving us some additional time to ensure all the basics work. We’re a little concerned about the fridge, as we had work done on Crush after we moved out & haven’t had full hook ups to test everything. Not that we think the guys at B. Young didn’t do a good job, but it’s always been a what if in the back of our minds. If things progress smoothly, we may move out to a quieter place at the beginning of March, but our first concern is getting Crush road ready.
Anyway – we have a really busy month ahead of us. We both gave our notice at our jobs and we both will be working until March 29th. This means full time work during the week, sorting & tossing more stuff at night in the apartment & on the weekends spending a crazy amount of time fixing a laundry list of items in the RV.
Let the fun begin!