First shake out trip done
Took a new to us 2008 Palomino Yearling out for our first shake out trip. I have put a lot of work into getting the entire thing brought up to where it should have been. The previous owner let the routine maintenance go for awhile.
I replaced the fresh water fill hose, the anode rod (or what was left of it), the tires, the battery, the grounding wires, all the fuses, and the outdoor shower faucet (leaking from not being winterized). I also had the bearings and bakes serviced, had the roof resealed, greased and lubed everything that moves and more. I removed the fresh water tank, drained the large salad that had grown there and used enough bleach water flushes to sanitize a brothel. I flushed the hot water tank and the remaining lines too. I have resealed some of the wall seams and protrusion and plan on doing more as time allows.
But now everything is up and working as it should.I wanted to test everything out and put it through it's paces. To that end we took it out for a quick two nights at Mauthe Lake in Wisconsin. It was hot and humid and I believe having an A/C unit on this thing was a genius move. We slept well. It rained each night and I am now convinced the camper is water tight too. I still plan on sealing the canvas seams and applying water proof silicone (camp dry) for long term insurance.
It was fun and I'm feeling good about our start to owing a camper. I think the thing is going to be great. There are a few little pestering issues, especially with the dang galley switch, but nothing that can't be worked over. Now on to customization and making it ours.