Well, I have the week off (well, except for this morning, which I spent at the office), the weather finally has toned down a mite bit, so it's back to the drawing board. Picking up a project after a two month break is hard--but really, there was no humanly way to work inside that trailer without fans or air conditioning. But now the temps are in the mid 80s, forecast is for a nice week, so we should get a bunch of work done.
But right now I'm organizing. I'm setting out all the things we intend to do. After mucking around with the welder a bit, we agreed--neither of us feels confident about welding on a new coupler. So, we are going to reassemble the hitch, leaving an access panel so that Rick can pull the wiring harness when we take it to the shop to replace the coupler.
That makes the rest of the hitch reconstruction easier. We will replace the sway bar clamps (for some crazy reason one is further forward than the other). Other targets for the week--replace the flooring, redo the plumbing, rebuild the gas bottle carrier and weld in another reinforcement bar into the frame. That should leave us in a place where most of the rest of the work will be in the happy-to-glad category. Oh, yeah--we have a beautiful new fiberglass skylight (from our good friend Steve at airstreamdreams.com), a door handle to fit in, and another Fantastic Vent to install. Nothing for a week, right?
We are in agreement--we gotta get things back to a point where we can get back on the road and really enjoy this thing!