Getting ready…

By , August 11, 2009 6:50 am

Not a whole lot of technical info about the RV for you this time… We picked it up from the shop last night and drove it home during a wicked storm.  The front brake caliper slides had rusted a bit and the guys at the shop pulled them apart, cleaned them up, greased the slides and slapped it all back together.  They also fixed the emergency/parking brake for us.  Good timing, because we’re heading out Wednesday for a short trip down to Tennessee to meet up with a bunch of family.  That’ll be a “shake-down” for the RV and should give us a slightly better feel for it and what needs to be done than the three day haul back from Texas.  We’re still having charging issues, but I’ll check on that today and take enough tools and cables to jump it or charge it if needed.

As far as getting ready for everything else that goes along with this…

We’ve pretty much let all friends and family know about our plans.  The reactions were completely from one end of the spectrum to the other.  I expected that, but Dasy was a little taken aback by some of the responses.  We’re fine now though… everyone is different and has their own opinions.  We take a little bit of good advice away from everyone we talk to about our future travel plans. 😉

LockBox We now have a “get moving” motivator…  Our house is now listed for rental.  We had our real estate agent over to get her assistance in renting out our place.  She was incredibly helpful and gave us a lot of details about how to get decent tenants.  In short, the rent we’re asking (for a quite large house) is a bit on the high end of the spectrum.  Add to that a qualification of two incomes and that helps narrow down the list a bit.  Finally, they’ve basically got to have three months rent available to move in (deposits, real estate company fees, etc).  That may rule out some people who otherwise would consider it, but if it ensures a decent family who will take care of the place gets in, I’m all for it.

There are tons of other little things keeping us busy…  Getting rid of furniture, repairing bit of the house, arranging for someone to refinish the deck, power washing the siding, getting the Jeep ready, getting two motorcycle ready for sale, arranging to have the RV windshield replaced (glass is in, just waiting to get the RV back from the shop), getting rid of my fish, etc.  We have a LOT of stuff, a LOT to do and not a LOT of time to do it.  Today’s task is the patio furniture.  I’ll be spending the morning clearing off my trailer to make room for it all.

We’ll keep you posted as we go and I’ll let you know how the RV is when we next get it rolling.

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3 Responses to “Getting ready…”

  1. Karl P says:

    You’re looking for a two-income family with a decent amount of disposable income who wants to rent? With home price so low right now, why would a family with those qualifications rent instead of buy? Are you also looking for good credit? The only scenario I can envision is a family who purchased a home that was beyond their means which they have now lost, so they have no choice but to rent. That would probably have destroyed their credit though. I wish you all the luck in the world, but it sounds like it might be tough to find a tenant that matches your qualifications in this housing market. Hopefully I’m wrong.

  2. Jonathan says:

    We live just outside of Washington, DC. That helps, as we tend to get a lot of government and military families moving in for a year or two. That’s really what we’re hoping to get. “Transfers” really aren’t in a position to buy, but are still looking for a nice neighborhood to be close to good schools, parks and other families.
    We’ve already had other realtors bring people for a walk through, so that’s a pretty good sign (IMO) that we’re in the right ball park. We’ll see… If this doesn’t work out, we’ll adjust as needed.

  3. Roger Rojas says:

    Well, you know Camila and I just think it is awesome! There is so much to see and experience in the states. As far as the “Beast” goes, let’s hope this is the only problem you have. As far as Dasy goes, just as long as she has her flax seed and a 5 mile run a day… she is pretty easy to get along with!!!!
    Can’t wait to see you all when you get back from Jack Daniel’s-ville TN!

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