Saturday, October 3, 2015

A Few Months Later.....

Oy vey.....I remember reading another RV blog that touched on the idea that no matter what you think repairs will cost, it will always cost more.  And this is where we find ourselves.  Once the carpeting was pulled up out of the living room, including the big slide on the passenger side and the smaller slide on the driver's side, we found way more wood rot than we expected.  We also found where there had been a leak around the water heater.  Bottom line is that there was so much of the floor that will need to be replaced, that it was way more than we (and by that I mean Kim - I'm rather useless when it comes to repairs) can undertake.  The slides will need to come out, and we just don't have the room to undertake such a project.  We got a few quotes on having someone else do the work, and it would cost almost as much as the rig is worth.  It would be hard to put that much money into something and then only have it be worth maybe even less than that.

In 2008, I talked Kim into quitting his job and moving to Hawaii with me. Divine intervention sent us back to the mainland six months later. Kim then talked me into trying the full-time RV lifestyle. It turned out that I loved it. Who knew! Grandkids came along and trumped fulltime RVing.  In between the births, we were able to do some more traveling, but we are now at the point where the older boys are in full day kindergarten.  So many changes going on for them.  We wanted to be here to enjoy it.  So we decided to put our travel plans on hold to embrace more time with our two younger grandsons (2 ½ and 3 years old) as well as the old boys.  What was even a harder decision was coming to the conclusion that there is no point in keeping a trailer that needed major work. Yesterday, we sold it to a guy who had the knowledge and the room to work on the rig.   I'm having a brief pity party because I loved the floor plan of our NuWa Hitchhiker II fifth wheel. 

This blog will be put on hold for the next few years.  Pretty soon, I will be creating my new dream board/treasure map for a brand new motor home but realistically it will be about three years until we are ready to travel again.  Whether I will start a brand new blog for those adventures, or just resurrect this one, I do not know.  Time will tell.

In the meantime, I post occasionally on my other blog, Betsy's Blah Blah Blog, and I hope you will check it out from time to time.

Happy Travels to all!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

And A Year Or So Later...........

Bedroom done!  Living room to go!

With any luck, there will be no "surprises" when we lift up the living room carpet!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Flowing Lake County Park, Snohomish, WA

A nice county park with boating, fishing, swimming and, yes - CAMPING!  There are rental cabins, tent spots and RV spots with hook ups.  This is only 20 minutes from home for us, so we took a little drive out to see what was there.   My only regret was that I didn't get a chance to take a photo of the roped off swimming area/playground; they were mowing and I didn't want to get in the way.  Also, I missed getting a photo of site D3; it would accommodate a large rig, a boat and a car.  Site #15 was also pretty bit (see that photo below).  You can check on rates and other information by clicking here: Flowing Lake County Park, Snohomish, WA

         This is spot # 15.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

The 100 Day Challenge: Day #14 Hot Air Ballooning in Snohomish, WA

I have been posting my 100 Day Challenge pictures on my other blog, Betsy's Blah Blah Blog, but I thought I'd share this morning's picture here as well.  If you are ever visiting Snohomish, WA, you will learn the area is famous of antique shopping, skydiving and hot air ballooning.  The hot air balloons often take off from a big grassy area near our home.  I was hoping to catch the launch today, but I was about a block away when I heard the whoosh.  I got a few decent pictures though.  The company that owns this balloon is The Balloon Depot .

Friday, April 17, 2015

The 100 Day Challenge: Day #12 - Thousand Trails Thunderbird

We've all explored campgrounds or seen photos of places that look like wonderful places to set up.  I have one of those places just 15 miles from home.  Mind you we have yet to camp there, but I have been out to explore Thousand Trails Thunderbird Preserve in Monroe, WA many times.

The camp ground is split into 3 areas.  The main area with the full hook ups, the bath house, pool, and family lounge is on the south side of Ben Howard Rd.  The other two areas are on the north side of the road, and offer views of the Snohomish River.  These sites offer water and electric only.  There are port-a-potties available, but regular bathrooms, showers, etc., are in the main campground area.

I'm a "view person".  I have wanted to bring our 5th wheel out here for a long time.  The spots are back-in only (in fact all the sites in the campground are back ins), and we have a nice view window out the back of the rig.  These spots along the river would offer great sunrise views (my favorite), bird watching, and so on.  Once our rig is repaired (or we buy a new one, which ever comes first), this will be one of our first stops.

I didn't take any pictures of the rest of the campground, sorry.  Just pictures of future views for my dream board.

Friday, April 10, 2015

RV Show at the Evergreen County Fairgrounds in Monroe, WA

We are probably a year away from buying a brand new rig, but we do spend a lot of time looking at floor plans and checking out different 5th wheels.  There are so many brands, and so many levels of quality.  What we have determined is that if we are going to full time it for 5-10 years (that's the current plan anyway), we are going to want what we want.  While cost is important, it will not be a deal breaker.

Right now we have a 2005 NuWa Hitchhiker II LS.  We love the floor plan and are looking for something similar but with a W&D connection that isn't crammed into the bathroom.

For whatever reason, the dealers did not bring the "new" fifth wheels to the show.  I guess the newest models won't be arriving until June.  Some of the sales people we talked to said they had new rigs at their permanent locations, and we should stop by and see them there.  For the ones we talked to that actually listened to what we were looking for, we will be stopping by at some point.  For the ones that didn't listen, and just wanted to push whatever they had on hand, well, we won't be your customers.  Your loss.

We've narrowed down our major front runners to Forest River, Arctic Fox and DRV.  The Forest River models at the show were not the top of the line, and the ones that were there were used rigs, more than a few years old with floor plans that were no longer available.  Arctic Fox said their new rigs would be coming in this June.  We will be following up with them then.  I'm one of those people that can read reviews and become educated about the quality of the finishings, but I really need to see it and get a feel for it before I can make a decision.  DRV did have one rig there that I liked.  If I ordered from the factory, there might be a few things I'd see if we could customize.  Like I said, if I'm going to live in something full time for 10 years, then I am going to want what I want.

Here are a few pictures I took of the DRV Mobile Suites rig.  I think this was a 2014 model (or maybe even a 2013).  The inside pictures did not turn out as well as I would have liked, but they will do.  At least it did have the rear window that we want.  We would take out the couch and put in swivel recliners, so we can enjoy the view.

Not the best show I have ever attended, but it was free for us with comped tickets from the sponsors website and the parking was free.  The other plus was I got in half of 10,000 steps for the day climbing in and out of the various rigs!

Our rig is still in the state of disrepair.  I praying for a June finish date.  In the meantime, if I can't be camping, I can certainly be dreaming about our next rig!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Tip Toe Through The Tulips

Today Kim and I made the 40 mile drive up to Skagit County, WA to visit the Tulip Festival in the LaConner/Mt Vernon area.  This has been on my bucket list for many years.  If you are in Western Washington in late March or early April, this is definitely worth a visit.  There is a Thousand Trails RV Park in LaConner, and one in Bow (about 10 miles north).

And I found this lovable guy in amongst the red tulips.

And I found this as well

Who leaves a shoe in the middle of a muddy field?  We won't even talk about the pair of underpants I saw (but didn't photograph) in the mud.

Until next time.......