It was with some trepidation that I loaded up my build blog only to note that it has been nearly three years since I last posted. I know that I have been absent without explanation and for that, I apologize. The good news is that I expect to get restarted in the coming months when I finally place an order for the much anticipated (for me) Finish Kit.
As you might suspect, there were some hurdles to overcome during the last three years. Such hurdles included a relocation, job changes, and other life priorities. As a philosophy undergrad, there was a joke. "How do you make god laugh? Make a plan." The bottom line is that life happens and I'm excited at the prospect of getting back on track with my RV build and posting for you good folks!
During my leave, I successfully moved my build project from my garage in Saint Paul, MN to a storage unit in Eugene, OR, to an airport in a temporary hangar share (an unfortunate story there!), then to its current resting place in my own hangar! The change in available space from a single stall garage to a T-hangar is simply jaw-dropping.
Is there such a thing as too much space?
At some point in 2015, I received two cowl plate replacements. It appears that the original cowl plates were too thin, so Van's replaced them with beefier versions. The good news in my delay, I suppose, is that several early-adopter kinks have been discovered and addressed. This is clearly one of them.
In order to get back in the swing of things, it was the perfect time to drill out the rivets of the original plates and replace them with the revised pieces. Easy!
I look forward to posting more in the coming months!