We were up at 7 AM and left at 7:45 to drive to Coach Supply Direct in Edwardsburg, Michigan. On the out of town we stopped at Teeko’s Coffee and Tea for coffee and bagels to go. The coffee was single origin Kenya and was very good. We drink half-caff at home so I will check with Jeff to see if this also comes in a decaffeinated bean.
We took I-96 west towards Lansing and then took the Lansing Road cutoff to I-69 south. We exited at M-60 and headed west towards Three Rivers. Our plan was to drop down M-40 to US-12 for the final run into Edwardsburg but M-60 was closed in Minden and the detour took us south on M-66 towards Sturgis. We were about half way to Sturgis when the detour turned west back towards Three Rivers so we continued on to Sturgis where we picked up US-12 and continued our westward journey. We stopped at the McDonald’s in White Pigeon for a second cup of coffee and then finished our trip to Edwardsburg.
Coach Supply Direct is located on Elkhart Road just south of US-12. It was easy to find and Josh greeted us as we pulled in. We looked at his Lambright fabric samples again and were just not finding exactly what we wanted so Josh suggested we check out the selection at Pro-Forma (?) on the southeast side of Elkhart. They are a major supplier of surplus yard goods in the area and he often gets fabric from them for projects. He offered to go over with us but we did not want to pull him away from his work more than we already had. He called to let them know we were coming without him.
We took US-12 back east to M-217 and dropped into Indiana where the road becomes County 17. Just before US-20 we turned west and about 1.5 miles later we turned south onto Hall Road and pulled into Pro-Forma’s parking lot. Bob (the owner) was out but we found Mike back in the warehouse. He took us to the room with the sample books and we looked at a sample of every fabric they had but did find anything even close to what we were looking for. Bob returned from his errand run and we commented that apparently plain off-white upholstery cloth was out of style. Quite to the contrary, he said it is very much in use and as a result there is very little, if any, surplus coming out of the Elkhart-based RV manufacturers.
I took a different route back to Edwardsburg, driving through Elkhart on some streets I had not driven before. After talking with Josh some more we had him do a final estimate (quote), sans fabric selections, as follows:
- Two (2) Flexsteel 529 Class C captain’s chairs with skirts, adjustable arm rests, 8.5″ swivel pedestal with 20″ seatbelt bar, tan seatbelt, and slide tracks.
- One Flexsteel 591 Class A driver’s captain’s chair with skirt, adjustable arm rests, and power lumbar option.
- One Flexsteel 591 Class A co-pilot captain’s chair with footrest, skirt, adjustable arm rests, and power lumbar option.
- 15 yards of additional fabric TBD.
- Seven (7) MCD Duo Shades with dark out fabric TBD.
- An estimate of a 2 to 6 hours labor to install everything.
Josh converted the estimate (quote) into an invoice and Linda wrote him a check for the requested 50% deposit. He then let us select Lambright fabric samples to take with us. We removed six from the binder rings and also took one of his sets of MCD dark out material samples. I had planned to stop and visit with Michele Henry at Phoenix Paint but had not told her that we were coming so she was not expecting us. By the time we left for home it was 3 PM so we waved as we drove past her shop.
Linda had packed food for the trip so she ate her vegan yogurt and got out the grapes for both of us to munch on. Instead of retracing our route from the morning I stayed on US-12 all the way to Coldwater. By the time we reached I-69 I was hungry so I pulled into the Walmart. I ate my yogurt in the car and then we went in to buy Snyder’s sourdough pretzel nibblers, Blue Diamond Wasabi Soy almonds, and some mini-strudels (apple and cherry) that did not contain any animal products (according to the label). We got on I-69 going north and I exited at M-60 for fuel.
We got home around 6:45 PM. UPS had delivered the order I placed yesterday with Amateur Electronics Supply so I brought that in from the porch and set it aside for tomorrow. I opened one of the boxes of Armstrong floor tiles, removed a tile, took it to the bus, and set it on the floor in the kitchen. We took the Lambright fabric and MCD dark shade samples to the bus and had an initial look at all of them together with the walnut woodwork, floor tile, and existing wallpaper (which is going to get replaced with something). We left them to look at again tomorrow in better/different light and went in to have dinner.
Linda reheated the potato-kale curry leftovers and served some fresh watermelon. I checked e-mail and responded to some that related to the SLAARC website. We relaxed by watching two episodes of “First Peoples” on PBS and then went to sleep. It was a long, tiring day with somewhere between 350 and 400 miles of driving and 7 to 8 hours of sitting in the car. We were glad to have the chairs and shades ordered, and to have decided (for now) to go with the custom made sofa cushions, but we were frustrated by still having the fabric and shade materials undecided. We told Josh we would have a decision by Friday so tomorrow will be final decision day.