Woohoo! Figured out how to add myself as an author to the blog! …this is Joe by the way.
I just clicked “Place My Order” on my huge Amazon order! The order contains almost all of my cool RV mods! I have to go to Home Depot for a few items as well. The mods are mostly power and water related. We’re adding a Power Inverter (so we can “boon-dock” a little), RV waste tank rinse valve (way better than dragging a hose inside the RV to rinse out the black water tank), Air Compressor/Digital Tire gauge (pressure on the truck tires is 80PSI cold)…ever tried to put that much air in something that big? Also getting a water pressure tank (so water pump runs less often), Drinking Water filter, Some new upholstery for the Dinette (vinyl for easy cleaning), Curtains (RV decor sux!), and Couch (currently matches RV decor).
WOW! The maiden voyage in the rig is HERE! Yes! It is raining and it is supposed to do this continuously until Saturday night. I don’t care though! I’m bring the fishing rods, some night crawlers, and a big umbrella! The lake is a boat-motor free lake, so the fishing will at least be peaceful (with a chance of 4 year old). Wish us luck!
Last Thursday we went to Houston to pick up our new home! After a minor hiccup with the hitch and few extra bills, we were able to drive her home! We got the RV from PPL in Houston. It’s a consignment place that only sells used RV’s and they have a TON of them!!! Everyone there was so nice and friendly, even when I got a little crazy when told our hitch was not going to work. They really work like a family there and helped us to come to the most cost effective option. So they will be getting a lovely post card from us once we’re on the road (grin).
Driving her home was an experience! But Joe did great! As a passenger, I couldn’t even feel the difference driving with the RV attached. You should have seen us trying to back her into my mom’s tiny little parking place at night! Joe and I both needed a few drinks after that!!! But she’s all tucked away and waiting for our practice camping trip next weekend!
Now I’m faced with WHAT TO PACK?!?!?! I’ve seriously googled “What to pack in an RV”. Joe has some good advice though, start with the kitchen, then to beds, then go from there. Too bad I can’t get passed thinking that I need to buy smaller salt and pepper shakers. I know there’s got to be more to it then that!
Thinking of filling up the RV has FINALLY led me to start packing up our house! OVERWHELMED!!!! There’s more than you think, every time! And it doesn’t help when your 4 year old comes right behind you and unpacks every box to either play dress up with your old cloths or to sit in the boxes and play house. My first trip to Goodwill is tomorrow. I’m finally getting rid of the graduation gown and “the green dress”. Also purging the girls toys and saying goodbye to all VHS tapes!
Of course we are also trying to lease the house out, so we can’t exactly have rooms torn apart and boxes laying all over the place when people come to look at the house. So we are “neatly” packing. Ha! Like there’s such a thing! But really, WE NEED TO LEASE THE HOUSE OUT, quick! Just vamped up the internet marketing on it today. Fingers crossed!
It will all come together…..right?
We are getting SO CLOSE to leaving!!! Now that we have found our RV and have the truck, we have the WORST (packing) and BEST (planning trip destinations) ahead of us!!!
Tonight we will pack and rummage through Camping Magazines like most nights here at the Shaw house.
Our departure date is now set for March 4th! MARCH 4TH!!!!!
We pick up our RV this week from Houston and take our first and ONLY practice camping trip the weekend of Feb 17th. Not sure where we will be taking her yet, somewhere near by (Suggestions Welcome). Hopefully we find all the kinks on that trip, cause it’s the open road from there!
We still need to sell our investment property (Closing this Friday?) and find a renter for the house, but it will all come together.
We’ve mapped out trip and so far, here’s what it looks like…
3/4- Big Bend
3/11- Albuquerque (Some State Park Near There)
3/18- Grand Canyon (South Rim)
3/25- Grand Canyon
4/1- Zion National Park in Utah
4/8- Vegas BABY!
4/15- Disney Land
4/22- Yosemite/Death Valley
4/29- Yosemite/Death Valley
5/6- Lake Tahoe
5/13- Ashland Oregon (Redwood NP)
5/20- Portland OR
5/27- Olympic NP in Washington
6/3- Olympic NP in Washington
6/10- Seattle WA
6/17- Spokane WA
6/24- Glacier NP in MO
7/1- Great Falls MO
7/8- Yellow Stone
7/15- Yellow Stone
7/22- Yellow Stone/Grand Tetons
7/29- Estes Park CO (Rocky Mountains NP)
8/5- Lake George CO (The Lodge)
8/12- Homeward Bound
8/27- SCHOOL STARTS FOR LORALAI!!!! Ahhhhh…..