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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Getting Started

Listen up, grasshoppers. You want to ease into these pit stop stretches. Start off with a few of the less glamorous items, build up some momentum, and only then take on the bigger stuff. 

I know what you're probably thinking – "Are those new rear hatch lift supports, or is that van just really happy to see me?"

It's the lift supports. The van is totally indifferent to every aspect of your existence. Nothing personal. Anyway, I've bumped my head one too many times on a sagging rear hatch, but no more.

And for the first time since I've owned this magnificent chariot, the sliding door is now properly aligned with the rest of the body. Which means it should no longer pop open unexpectedly on bumpy forest roads.

In between bouts with what I think they call "rain" outside of Southern California, I spent the better part of an afternoon the other day wrapping my head around the five adjustment points for said door. Not my first attempt at this job by any means, but for some reason, it all came into focus this time. Every now and then, persistence really does pay off.