Today is a “downtime” day for us. We’re doing a little bit of maintenance, some packing, sending out some mail (snail), planning our next stops, etc. We hit the Keys on Tuesday and ran through the Everglades to Flamingo yesterday. We’ll probably track down a decent Internet connection tonight so we can post about those.
I added some tail lights to the motorcycle rack, did some other minor Jeep maintenance and may do some stuff on the roof of the RV later. Dasy did laundry and will be doing some “road food” preparation a bit later. Tonight we’ll sit down and plan out our next major stop and the most entertaining way to get there.
Whew! That pretty much sums up everything since the last update. Sorry for the lack of updates, but we’ve been really busy and that has pretty much left us in a state of perpetual exhaustion. The result of which is that I’m now kind of under the weather. Nothing major, just a lot of flu-like symptoms that I won’t go into.
However, we’ve gotten a lot done and are almost ready to switch our living quarters to the RV. The FJR is sold and done. The Jeep is in relatively decent condition, but still needs some minor front-end work (new drive shaft and ball joints). I’ll get that done fairly soon. All the wiring and stuff needed to flat-tow the Jeep are done and she should be good to go. The RV is in pretty good shape. All the mechanical stuff that I’m aware of is taken care of. I still need to install the TV and computers, but it’s otherwise livable.
Also, we have a renter! It turns out that a bunch of circumstances all lined up and we found a friend who needed a place quickly. All our other potential candidates bottomed out, so everything is good for our friend to move in. The lease is signed on our part and there are only a few minor details to take care of before we’re out of the house.
The consolidation of our “stuff” is nearly done. We have two piles of stuff we want to get into the RV, but I’m pretty sure we’ll have to cut them in half before that’s going to work. There are some minor things in the garage that will also have to be sorted out, but the majority is complete.
We have to be back in the area for personal and family events by the 15th, so there’s basically not much point in us going anywhere. However, we have to be out of the house before then, so we’re probably going to move into the RV and get a site at a local regional park I found. It’s big, not too far away and peaceful. :) We’ll probably be there for about two weeks before we head off.
The good thing about that is that it will give us a chance to actually live in the RV and determine what we need to fix or change before we really get out on our own. I’ll still have tools and friends in the area so I can hammer out whatever needs to be done before I have to “give up” everything and make do with whatever we can fit in the RV.
We’ll post again if anything odd occurs, or when we actually get into the RV… whichever happens first. 😉
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. 😉
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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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. 🙂