The folks at Xtreme seem like they can do miracles. And everybody knows it. There about 10 people who work there and people come from all over the country to have them work miracles. Most are scheduled, some are not. There is another older full time couple here getting there coach repaired after a serious crash. They have been here since the beginning of December and have a couple weeks or more left. All unscheduled. So our work is progressing, I hope we are on schedule, seems like maybe just a bit behind but it is hard to say.
The area on either side of the joint is ground down about 1/8″ and feathered out in both directions. New resin is brushed on, glass mat is added, more resin brushed on and the rolled out to fully wet out the glass and get rid of any bubbles.
Sort of looks like whiskers. One more layer of resin and glass and then it gets sanded out. Automotive body filler is added and the sanded out until it is smooth. And then they spray on gel coat. Rance, the fiberglass guy says they start with 320 grit paper and work up to 600 or more sanding out the gel coat. Then it get polished.
The step is installed. It is a much larger step area than the original. I think we will like it very much. It will get painted to match the coach. There are trim pieces that fit around the edges. Still away to go. It is set up to slide put when the door is opened and close when the door is closed or to open when the engine is not running and close when it is. A switch changes the way it works.
There is an extensive recreational trail system here in Nacogdoches. At the north end of town there is a forested area, maybe 40 acres, called Tucker’s Woods. Paved trails wind around through different parts of the landscape. There are oaks, maples and giant pine trees as wellas many others. Along side small creeks there are ferns of all sorts. Part if it is on a hill side anspd part a sometimes wet lowland. At on side is the Piney Woods Native Plant Center. There is quite a bit of imformation about which plants do well in different ares and how to make a fire safe defensive area around your home. Thi area is also the home of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Demonstration Graden. In another month or so it will be lovely.
We got our bikes out rode through all of the areas we had walked through. For our first time out on the bikes it was a good ride.
Lots of art in the gardens. This is a big raven on top of a pump are from an oil well. The raven is made of old tires and found objects. It stands about 4 ft tall.
There is a Children’ Garden in the same area. There is a really nice gazebo with nicely done timber framing.
So there is plenty, well almost plenty, to do while work proceeds. We keep meeting more Foretravel folks. Two folks from the ForeForums web site drove up to Xtreme, got out and said, “We know who you are!” Lots of fun. They’re coming over tomorrow for cake and show and tell. We met a couple from Illinois down here looking at Foretravels. They are new retirees and want to buy a motor coach and go full time. So we spent a good part of one day witl them and a couple other Foretravels folks helping them look. They were focusing on a 2003 U320 40ft. It had a nice floor plan, very well maintained and all that they were looking for including price. They had it inspected, worked with the dealer (Motorhomes of Texas), ironed out the details and made the deal. Yesterday they joined the Foretravel family.
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Today was an every day day in Nacogdoches. Just 30° in the morning but warming to over 60’s in the afternoon and then upper 60’s for the next several days.
Off we went down the trail for a mile and a half and then over a couple blocke and back through an historic district in old NAC. There was a couple of really nice homes.
We are now at Xtreme Paint and Graphics. They have an apartment for folks who are here for stuff that is going to take awhile. The people who were here before us were having repairs done after a crash and as is not unusual, theirs is taking longer. We understand.
We have found several really nice areas for walking and will try to get out everyday. We had lunch today with four other Foretravel owners. They find out you are in town and that TX hospitality comes a running.
So we are staying in our coach at night for a few days. That is OK with us. We are very comfortable. But they got started working today.
Repairing the damage done in September.
They just cut off everything they don’t want and make new parts and replace them.
They are replacing the headlights and the door over the generator. The driving lights in the generator cover are moving to the outer panels and they will be a license plate recess in the new door.
The front will look like this. (This is someone else’s coach.). This mod is a major and common upgrade to night time driving ability.
Cut out the tail lights.
New ones will look like this. Much brighter lights and the upper ones will be above the top of the Jeep and much easier to see from behind.
And we are changing the front step. Like this.
Two wider steps. This will be a nice safety improvement especially as we get older.
Probably will take another two weeks or so.
Roger and Susan
My sister and her huband, Bruce, live in Portland, OR. The both went to a small college just west of Portland and have spent almost their entire married lives there. They had two wonderful children, Eric and Sarah.