I got out early this morning before it got hot and put some 303 protectant on my slide out seals. It's not a hard job but it does involve getting out the ladder and getting up on top of the slide out. I don't know how often I'm supposed to do that so I just do it when I feel like it which so far as been a couple of times a year.
I also put the motorcycle up on its rack on the back of the Arctic Fox so I guess the Yamaha knows that were going somewhere now. It seems to be getting harder and harder to push the Yamaha up the ramp onto the rack and I don't know if it's because it's getting heavier or I'm getting weaker, or maybe I'm getting heavier and weaker and the Yamaha is staying the same. Whichever it is I've been thinking of ways to get it up there that is easier on my back.
Maybe there's a way to hook up an electric winch and pull it up the ramp while I just guide it. The bike only weighs about 270 pounds so it shouldn't take much of a winch to pull it up a slight incline onto the rack. Since I have to be able to take the Yamaha off either side of the ramp I would have to be able to move the winch to the left side or the right side depending upon which side had the room to roll the bike off. The winch would have to have a remote control so I could use it while guiding the bike up the ramp, and a high enough speed so I didn't get bored waiting for it to get loaded on the ramp.
I've seen some winches at Harbor Freight that look like they would work for the job but I've always been a little leery of Harbor Freight's electrical stuff. There would also be some fabrication and welding involved in making this thing but it shouldn't be too difficult.
It would give me a feeling of security if I knew I could load the Yamaha back up even if I wasn't feeling my best. So I'm going to give this some thought and see if I can come up with a way to do this before I get to geezerly to load it up myself.
This is what I use to keep my seals in good shape. 303 aerospace protectant, an old sock to apply it with, and a butter knife to lift up the seal.