One thing you can count on in Arizona during late winter through summer is wind. Lots and lots of wind. And yesterday was another very windy day here in Tucson. I was sure glad we were not out on the highway. But we did see a few RVs leaving Voyager RV Resort and new ones arriving, so some folks had to deal with it.
I was grateful for the new slide toppers we had Shade Pro install on our motorhome at the Escapade rally last week. When we purchased our motorhome several years ago the original slide toppers were worn out and loose, so we had a mobile awning guy in Mesa, Arizona replace them. He did a crappy job and never returned as promised to fix it, and every time the wind blew it sounded like somebody was pounding the top of the bedroom slide, right over our heads. Then it began to rip.
The nice folks at Shade Pro installed new toppers over both the living room and bedroom slides and they are a much better material and don’t flop and rattle all night long. Nice job, guys!
We seldom used our big 20 foot patio awning because the motor was weak and to retract the awning I would have to stand on the step and push the power button with one hand while pushing up on the awning arm with the other, while Miss Terry was at the back end pushing the arm up on that side. Even then it took a while. We always worried that someday it would fail altogether, or in a sudden wind the awning would be damaged before we could get it in.
Steve, the young fellow who replaced the slide toppers, suggested that we might want to upgrade the patio awning, and since the fabric was still in excellent condition, he said all he would have to do was replace the arms, which included a new motor. It took him a couple of hours but the work was done right and we are very pleased with the result. The awning goes in and out easily, and instead of the big clunky arms you see in the top photo, which I always seemed to walk into, the new arms are up out of the way and look good.
The guys at Shade Pro do excellent work and don’t leave a mess for you to clean up afterward. They are vendors at most of the larger RV rallies in the western part of the country and I recommend them if you need any awning work.
In yesterday’s blog I mentioned the shingles shots we both got and said that we had no discomfort or ill effects from the shots. About midnight, as I was getting ready to take my shower, I noticed that the area around the injection was red and a bit swollen, but it didn’t hurt. By morning it had reduced in size and color, but was still there. I guess that’s a small price to pay to avoid a full blown shingles outbreak.
Congratulations to Jan Couperthwaite, this week’s winner of our drawing for an autographed copy of Miss Terry’s Kitchen. We had over 300 entries this time around, which may be a record for our drawings. Stay tuned, a new contest starts soon.