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The long way to Gatlinburg

By , August 15, 2009 12:44 pm

We’re currently about 20 miles outside Gatlinburg, in a log cabin on the side of a mountain.  SANY0022 We’re here for a family reunion and to just get away for a bit before we have to get back to managing the house and RV. 

We did about 40 miles on Skyline Drive, then about 5 miles on the Blue Ridge Parkway.  Apparently the RV really liked the BRP because it decided to spend the night.  The rear caliper started sticking, so we pulled into the visitor center and checked with the rangers.  There wasn’t much they could do and no tow trucks were available until the morning.  The rangers were fine with us staying the night, so we settled in and had a nice, peaceful night on the BRP. 🙂

The next morning we got towed back to Waynesboro. IMG_1378 Rice Auto took excellent care of us and spent most of the day either working on the rear brakes or finding replacement parts.  The mechanic eventually drove about 40 miles to get a new caliper for us.  Mr. Rice was nice enough to put up with us asking silly questions, poking around his shop and generally being underfoot. They’re really an excellent shop that would rather do something right than to do it fast.  If I’m ever in the area again and need work, that’s where I’ll stop every time.  I can’t recommend them enough!

We got underway around 6pm and headed south on I-81.  We eventually stopped at Fort Chiswell RV park.  Power, water, wifi…  was good for tired drivers.  The next morning we made it the rest of the way and parked at the bottom of the mountain where the family had the cabins.  We were pressed for time and didn’t know if we get the RV up the mountain in time for to make it to a family event. 

The event was zip-lining!  It was pretty cool, but I would have preferred some longer runs.  IMG_1430Still, it was time well spent with family we don’t see very often.  It was a new experience for most people there, but everyone had fun and screaming was at a minimum. 😉

We headed back to the RV, and I hustled it up the hill.  No problems, just toss it into a low gear and step on the gas.  Getting down will probably be slightly more interesting, but I don’t expect any problems.

We’ll be here until Monday, then we head back home so we can do more to get the house ready and to fix a few more things on the RV. 

‘Till next time!

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.

Two steps forward, one step back.

By , August 3, 2009 8:40 pm

I guess it’s actually three steps forward…

First, I took the beastie out to a friend’s in Leesburg today.  I needed to run the engine for a bit to get the batteries charged back up and to see if the engine charged the coach batteries.  I found out that it does.  That’s a good thing. Of course, I think it should also charge when plugged in, so I’m still working on that.

While in Leesburg, we managed to get quite a bit done.  We junked the old radio and installed a new one.  We also replaced the front speakers and added rear speakers.  Much better now. 🙂

Another friend who also happens to be an electrician stopped by (mostly to check out the beastie), but we convinced him to tackle some electrical work while he was there.  He quickly and easily installed a new surge supressor for the RV.  Considering that it’s a 30 amp 110v circuit, I’m glad he did it and not me. 🙂

Unfortunately, on the way home, the front brake started overheating.  It’s probably sticking and needs to be replaced.  Unfortunately, since it now overheats (quickly), we can’t drive it anywhere to get it fixed.  So, I’m going to take a look at it tomorrow and see if I can noodle through it.  If I can’t, then I guess we’ll be making use of that new AAA plan real quick. :S

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