Just a quick note to say that we left Milwaukee on Friday, Aug. 1, and are on our way home. We spent 2 nights in Fremont, NE, visiting one of Lorna’s cousins. Tonight we are in 90+° temperatures that will be the norm all the way home. We expect to be back in Spring Branch on Thursday or Friday at the latest. I expect Lorna will write up a summary of the past few months for posting later.
We arrived here on Saturday, May 31, and will be here for only 2 months this year. We had our friend Lisa over for dinner last night and this morning Lorna headed for the Twin Cities for her granddaughters’ and a nephew’s graduations. She’ll be back on June 12, I hope. We don’t expect anything exciting to happen while we’re here, but if it does, we’ll post about it.
After a relatively uneventful winter, we headed north from Spring Branch on Monday, May 19. The first 2 days were pleasant, with tail winds and warm, but not uncomfortable weather. On Wednesday, we stopped for breakfast at the Cracker Barrel in Springfield, MO. Leaving the Cracker Barrel, the motorhome started but the speedometer wasn’t working. After a few miles we pulled off and shut down the engine. We had seen this a few times in previous years and a brief shutdown and restart always fixed it. This time the engine wouldn’t even turn over, let alone start. The short version is we were towed back to the Cat dealer in Springdale where we got 2 new chassis batteries and were on our way again about 6 hours later.
Tonight we’re in Lanesboro, MN, for an RV Forum rally with some friends we’re just meeting and some old friends arriving tomorrow. We’ll be here until Saturday when we’ll be coming to Oak Creek for the next 2 months. If anything exciting happens we’ll post it here. I have also been posting occasionally to my Google+ account so you can find me there as well.
Lorna has some interesting news too, but I’ll let her write about it and post it later.
If you looked at the gallery earlier, take another look as we’ve added some better pictures of the inside of the house. The gallery is here.
The photo gallery on the right labeled “The installation of our new house” has some photos of the delivery and assembly of the house and a couple of not very good pictures of some of the interior. We’ll have more when we can take some better photos.
We’re fully moved into the house. We ordered beds about a week ago and were expecting them this past Thursday or yesterday, Saturday. We were sleeping in the motorhome until they arrived. However, on Thursday we were having frozen pizza for dinner and noticed that the pizzas weren’t fully frozen. I checked the temperature of the freezer and it was 31° and climbing! So we quickly emptied the freezer and refrigerator into the house refrigerator and turned off the motorhome fridge. Friday morning we noticed nothing unusual and went to our usual stint at the local library. We returned home just after noon as we were expecting Don and Mary Ann to arrive in the afternoon, which they did. Friday night we again slept in the motorhome but on Saturday morning there was a distinct odor of ammonia. We all know what that means, so we now had to move completely into the house as we weren’t sleeping there with that smell. A call to the mattress company and we were told our mattresses were on back order. Lorna told them of our emergency need so they delivered the bed frames and 2 loaner mattresses for us to use until ours come in.
Besides the refrigerator, on the trip south last month, it was quite hot and we started the generator to use the roof air conditioner. After several minutes, still no power. Apparently the transfer switch is stuck in the shore power position. So we suffered in the heat for the rest of the trip. Also, over the past month or so we’ve noticed our hot water wasn’t as hot as it used to be. In fact, we can shower with no cold water mixed in at all. Don’t know what’s causing that.
We think the motorhome just knew we were moving out and is shutting down one bit at a time. The list of problems, large and small, is getting bigger every day. Fortunately we have a good RV repair service not too far from us and now we can take the motorhome to him and leave it there to get fixed.
Don and Mary Ann have been very, very helpful in getting our stuff from the motorhome into the house and we’ve enjoyed their company these past few days, as always.
Here’s a couple of not too good photos of the inside:
Frank and Barb left on Thursday and we’re starting to move furniture into the house. Yesterday we ordered new beds and today we pick up the items we bought from friends near here. We still have to furnish the office and order a television. We still have to decide what we’re going to do about DirecTV, either stay with them or move to Dish. It will depend on what kind of deal we can get from DirecTV on changing from an RV account to a residential installation. We’ll post some inside pictures when we get some furniture in place.
RV Forum friends Don and Mary Ann are expected next Saturday for a visit.
After the house was delivered on Wednesday, things starting happening really quickly. Various crews have been working all week putting the two halves together, then putting the siding on the ends, hooking up the electric, water, and sewer and adding the skirting. The inside painters finished up today and the house looks almost livable. Still to be done are the front and rear decks, some inside trim on the marriage line, and hooking up the appliances.
Here’s what the front of the house looked like yesterday evening.
Yes, we have a house being delivered today. We bought a Clayton Homes manufactured home to put on the lot. It will cover up one of the RV sites but we still have the other available for storing our motorhome and for our friends to park on when visiting.
More to follow, with pictures.