Category: Introduction

Short update and a quick tour

By , August 17, 2009 2:52 am

First, a quick update…  we’re in Christiansburg, VA, about 4 hours from home.  We stopped for the evening because we didn’t feel like rolling in to our neighborhood and having to do 12-point turns to get parked at 11 o’clock at night. 😉  We’re not impressed with the campground, but it was there and fairly cheap.  It’s got power and water and we can dump our waste tanks in the morning before we leave.

The trip down the mountain in Gatlinburg was relatively uneventful, except that Dasy hadn’t fastened the front curtain very well and it came loose.  I had to do a quick stop for that, as it was near impossible to concentrate on not falling off the mountain while getting smacked in the face with a floppy curtain.  Otherwise, the RV handled it just fine.  I think our brake issues may finally be behind us, as we’ve noticed no other oddities in that department since leaving Waynesboro a few days ago.

The family reunion was fine, but we didn’t actually do much other than the zip-lining.  That was fine by us and we got to spend a fair amount of time with a bunch of the family we don’t see too much of usually.

Since I’m awake and harvesting various pictures from several of my digital cameras, I figured I’d give you a really short tour of the inside of the RV.  Basically, I wanted a couple of reference pictures before we did too much to change anything.  They’re not great shots, but they show the inside fairly well.

The first view here is from the “hallway” looking forward into the main living room area (click on it for a larger view).  StormInside1 It’s a bit messy, as this was taken after the brake issues on the Blue Ridge Parkway and we were just kind of shuffling stuff around while we waited.  About the only things you can see here that we’ve already changed are the speakers and stereo.  They’re all relatively cheap (on special at Crutchfield), but they’re WAY better than the junker system that came with it.  The rear speakers (you can see one laying on the couch) aren’t mounted into anything.  They’re just boxes with long wires.  I can run them to the bedroom, stick them outside for patio listening, or stick them in the cabinets above for movies.  I just wanted some flexibility instead of cutting dedicated spaces for them.  The next major changes are going to involve the TV system.  It’s an older tube TV, so it doesn’t accept the digital signals and it takes a lot of power.  I’m going to switch it out with a small LCD.  The mounting kit arrived right before we left and I didn’t feel like dealing with it.

StormInside2 This next shot is from the main living area looking backwards towards the bedroom (I’m standing next to the living room table).  The main door is on the left, followed by the small pantry, the fridge, a closet, the bathroom sink, then the bedroom as you look towards the back.  The kitchen is on the right, although it’s not pictured very well.  It has two steel sinks, a microwave, a three-burner stove, an oven and a ton of little cabinets.  The black box on the wall is the main sensor panel that tells us when our various water and waste tanks are full or empty, plus the status of our water pump, propane supply, battery voltage, and a few other things about the RV’s current state.  Behind that wall is the shower and the toilet, which is separate from the bedroom.  I’ll diagram or photograph the whole bathroom area eventually.  It’s kind of neat how it was designed and is one of the things we really liked about the RV when we were looking at it.

I’ll probably do a video walkthrough of the RV eventually.  I found out that my laptop doesn’t have enough guts to handle the video from my camera, so all video will have to wait until I can get time on the home system to do some editing.  I may also have some decent footage of the zip-line stuff, but I haven’t gone through it all yet, so I’m not entirely sure. I’ll let you know when I get some editing done.

A note about the site and The Beastie

By , July 26, 2009 2:16 pm

Hey all,

Just wanted to give you a quick update on the site here.  It’s not really “public” yet, so don’t expect a ton of updates.  A few of you have gotten preliminary notices and have found us here, and you’re welcome to stick around.  But, I’m going to wait until I have some more content built up before I “publicize” it and start spreading the word. 

Also, I got a ton of spam on my other site, so I’m using a different anti-spam process here.  Hopefully you won’t even notice it, but if it gets in the way let me know and I’ll make some adjustments. 

Finally, I guess I really should show you what we’re going to be in…

Storm

That’s our new little beastie.  She’s a 30 foot Fleetwood Storm with a Chevy Vortec gasoline engine.  Fridge, stove, air conditioner, water heater, generator, vent fans, etc.  She’s a little faded, but mechanically in great shape.  I just wanted to post up a picture for those who have been asking, I’ll have several posts about her a bit later.

‘Till next time!

Welcome to WeGoFar!

By , July 23, 2009 9:36 am

Welcome to our new home on the web!  We’ll be documenting our travels as we go, including how we manage everything, what we do to keep going and any “bumps in the road” we run into along the way.

To learn more about us, check the “About Us” link in the menu bar above.

We’ll be travelling around the country in a 30 foot RV, a 1999 Fleetwood Storm.  It seems pretty reliable and is mechanically in excellent shape.  It does need some “loving care”, but most of that is cosmetic or minor fixes.  As an example, I had to fix one of the leveling jacks yesterday and there are a few electrical switches that are “finicky” that I need to replace.  Nothing major, just wear-and-tear items you’d expect from a 10 year old vehicle (or house).

We’ll be spending some time cleaning up our current “root-based” life, which involves a lot of getting rid of stuff, arranging for care of our “regular” house, streamlining our schedules, alerting family and friends that we’ll be paying them a visit and determining where we’re going.

We also have some customization that we want to do to the RV, so we’ll be posting about that as we go.

Welcome and thanks for joining us!  Expect more as we prepare. 🙂

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