[It has taken me much longer to get this posted than I expected since my internet service was quite intermittent “on the mountain”. That is about to change as I will be getting my very own internet service in a few days!]
As I start to write this it is the beginning of the week leading to one of my favorite holidays – Thanksgiving. And tonight (Sunday evening) finds me nearing completion of the move into my new (to me) RV. On Thursday Brian, the seller, brought the new RV to the same site I’ve been on for the last three months. First the old one was moved out to make room and then it was moved back, behind the new one. This made moving all my stuff a bit easier since both doors were on the same side.
The two RV’s end to end, doors on the same side, with my car in the foreground.
Brian got here earlier than expected on Thursday, well before noon. That gave me a bit more time to get started with the move which was good since I had no choice but to sleep in the new RV that night. The old one had no utilities so no heat, water or electricity. It was no longer level either which could probably make sleeping a bit funky! I didn’t think rolling off the bed in the middle of the night would be fun but it would’ve made getting to the bathroom quicker! Prior to Brian’s arrival I admit to having been a little nervous that morning wondering if I was totally crazy or what! But once the RV arrived that all evaporated.
Brian was here quite a while which I found surprising. Part of the deal Brian and I had was to have new decals installed on the RV before I would get it since many of the original ones were peeling off. The decal issue was a well known problem for this company for those model years. While the inside of the RV was in good shape, the outside left much to be desired. When Brian drove up with the RV I was blown away by just how great it looked with its new decals! He commented, not complaining, about what a difficult job it was to get them done, never wanting to do it again even though it probably added at least $2,500 to the value.
The side of the RV.
All the peeling decals had to be removed first. Afterwards, the adhesive was removed using some kind of really nasty product designed to remove the adhesive as well as layers of skin! Finally, the decals were applied, a process that required perfect weather so the decals could properly dry in place. The decals themselves were actually composed of many different little ones and had to be put together much like a jigsaw puzzle. I believe it was something like 50 decals in all! Summer would’ve been the best time to get this work done with the extended daylight hours and warm temperatures. Well that wasn’t happening and the rains kept coming, totally delaying the application of the decals. While I can normally be fairly patient under these circumstances, my timeline was getting pretty crunchy given the fact that I had to drive (in my car) to Indianapolis for Thanksgiving and there was much work to be done prior to my departure.
This is a close-up of the decals. Each one of those mountains is a separate decal so you can imagine how challenging it was to get them up correctly!
When Brian finally got here we all admired the great job that was done on the decals. It made a huge difference. I never took a single photo of the rig with the peeling decals but it was not pretty. The RV then was moved into its new location, leveled and the utilities hooked up. One of the more important issues was getting the heated water hose installed so that while I was gone the water wouldn’t freeze in the hose if the temperature went below freezing.
Not long after its arrival, Jim and Kathy (owners of the RV park) excitedly came over and asked if they could go inside and check it all out. Afterwards Jim took me aside to tell me that I did a good job with this RV. I think he was a bit surprised. Yesterday he told me he admired me and that he was proud of me! You never know the impression you make on people unless they decide to share their thoughts. To be honest, I never would’ve guessed he felt that way! Jim also told me that he really liked Brian and later was busy picking his brain about his own rig. What I haven’t told Jim about yet was the fact that I also got a screaming deal on this RV. Brian bought it for a really good price since Camping World, having taken it in on a trade-in, wanted nothing to do with peeling decals. I was the recipient of this good deal since Brian passed on the savings! Brian and I did an even swap of the two RV’s even though the wholesale price of the new one was $5,000 or $6,000 more than the one I was trading! It’s funny, I didn’t think about it until now but it reminded me of a house that needed a bit of rehab work done to it. While others couldn’t see the potential, I could and, in this case, it really has paid off!
Eventually everyone left and I was alone with my new home. Wow! I really did it! I was floored by the wonderful views! Well, enough enjoying things! Time to get to work! The first thing I did was get my mattress into the RV (thank you, Jim) and I then had to open the box. I got a latex mattress and I’m always amazed at how small a box they can get those suckers into! But now that the box was upstairs in the bedroom I had to open it and get it situated on the bed. Believe me, this was no easy task! The mattress, by Jim’s estimation, weighed somewhere around 100 pounds! Believe me, my back wasn’t at all happy either! Try as I might I couldn’t get the box open! I finally pried off the staples from both ends but there was still no getting it out at that point! I finally took my scissors and began to carefully cut down the side of the box where it was seamed. It took forever since I had to do a little bit at a time so I wouldn’t accidentally cut the mattress. When I eventually got it out of the box I then had to get the box out from under the mattress! Now the next task emerged – getting the mattress out of the plastic wrap that kept it from exploding into a queen size mattress while being shipped! (What a visual!) That plastic was quite thick and in several layers. Again, care was important! After I got nearly half way done it appeared to have its own life as it began to expand and rip the plastic that was left intact. I briefly wondered how I was going to manage if the mattress was upside-down. Realizing that was exactly what was going to happen, I quickly reversed it before it finished coming to life! Fully open I never would’ve been able to flip it by myself. Now I had to remove the plastic from beneath the mattress, a slightly easier task then the cardboard since the plastic was much more slippery than the cardboard had been. After arranging the mattress on the frame it was time to make the bed.
Now you have to understand that this was the first real mattress I’ve had in over six years having slept on either a futon or a sleeper sofa. There’s a whole lot more to making a real bed! First the heated mattress pad went on followed by the waterproof pad (my insurance that Picasso won’t mess things up. He’s been good but, who knows?) After that, the bottom sheet then the top and then getting the duvet into the duvet cover as well as the pillows into their shams! Let me tell you, prior to even moving anything my back was already getting quite grumpy about the situation. But, hey! My bed looked great! Better yet, it feels great! I did a good job of choosing and I’m quite happy with it. Yay! Thankfully mattress pads don’t have to be done all the time. Oh, and that heated mattress pad? Just a little bit of heaven!
My trusty moving helper! couldn’t have done the move without it!
About a week prior to the move I picked up a foldable wagon that I had originally seen in Florida at Bed Bath & Beyond when I was there last month. It’s one of those with chunky, fat tires that enable it to go through sand and good for up to 150 pounds. I figured it would work well for what I needed. I cannot carry much without risking back pain so this would be my transport between the two RV’s. The best $80 I’ve spent in a long time since it literally saved my back and allowed me to get the move done! I wish you could see how I have to move things! I used big plastic containers to put stuff into and then slid it to the door. I slid it down the steps while using my knee to keep it from getting away from me and then slid it into the wagon. I then pulled my little blue wagon over to the other RV and did the whole process the opposite direction, careful the whole time not to stress my back any more than the bed had already done. I am happy to report that my back survived thanks to my crazy ingenuity!
But life hasn’t been without some drama, naturally! What would my life be like without drama! First issue – I blew a circuit breaker and it wasn’t even more than a few hours after I was in the RV! I made some tea for myself and had the heater on the same circuit. I didn’t realize they were on the same breaker and – boom! Circuit breaker flipped! Thankfully I knew where the breakers were so it was an easy fix. But later I plugged into a different circuit only to have that breaker also flip. Hmm…I called Brian who told me he figured the circuit had too little amperage to support the heater. I was a little worried since the breakers were relatively warm. He told me he would check the breakers when he came back on Monday to pick up the old RV, the day the swap is totally official.
Okay, issues over, right? Well, I couldn’t get the main door to close easily. It took some really nasty slamming before it would latch and I was actually getting concerned that I’d destroy something in the process. Another call to Brian who told me it probably needed a good dose of WD-40. When I found it and sprayed it on it was like magic. Suddenly the door closed normally although we determined it also needed some weather stripping, something they didn’t have at the time.
The first night was more or less uneventful. Well, almost. I went to set the thermostat because heat was an absolute necessity. Well, another issue! It seems I could set the temperature at any setting I wanted as long as it was in the 70’s – 90’s or in the 40’s. The digital thermostat evidently didn’t like the 50’s or 60’s which was a bit of an issue since I wanted to set the temp for 55 that night. I didn’t think 71 was a good sleeping temperature so 49 it was! I forgot to put on Picasso’s sweater so the poor little guy must have been a bit chilly but no complaints from him! When I realized I turned on our little space heater so we were all toasty once again! Not surprisingly, there was another call to Brian that morning! He will replace the thermostat when he is here on Monday!
I did a little work around the RV and decided it was time for a shower. This shower is a bit larger than my last one and has a glass enclosure. I was looking forward to my inaugural shower. I got in and ran the water. I was a bit surprised that the hot water was more lukewarm but given it’s distance from the hot water heater I wasn’t particularly concerned. About halfway through my shower while I was all soaped up and had conditioner still in my hair, the lukewarm water turned icy cold! AHHHHH!!!! I practically cried with the idea of having to rinse off in water that was frigid but I managed, just a little worse for wear! Brr!!! Another call to Brian. He explained how when they are showing the RV sometimes they run the hot water heater either with no or little water and the heating element then dies. But that doesn’t makes total sense to me since I had hot water prior to that. I have this weird idea that it really isn’t the rod in the heater but rather something with the circuit breaker from the day before or something else. It’s just one of those feelings and I could clearly be wrong but I’m too often right to not pay attention to my thought. I will make sure Brian checks out those circuit breakers well. Better safe than sorry!
Stay tuned for part 2!
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