The Adventure Begins

Friday we were able to get Winnie in to General RV to have the outlet in the bathroom replaced, along with the dinette slide out cleaned, adjusted and lubricated.  Hopefully we are all done with needed repairs for a while.

Saturday was spent with family.  I have mixed feelings about leaving.  I am anxious to get going and see what we can see and enjoy our retirement, but I will really miss my weekends with family and all the other times together.

Day 1:  Sunday morning in Michigan was cold.  We got up early so that we could get on the road and begin our new adventure.  After packing up and getting the motorhome ready for travel, it was time to hook up the car to the motorhome.  We had only done it the once when we bought the hitch.  Would we remember how to do it this time? As it turned out, we knew what needed to be done, but couldn’t figure out how to accomplish it.  We called our grandson Tristan who came right over to help.  He showed his grandpa what to do and how to do it.  It just takes some muscles and a little luck.  Tristan was able to help grandpa get us all hooked up and on our way.  Thanks Tristan.  I don’t know what we would have done without him.

We then went to breakfast with Tristan and his mom, our daughter, Melissa.  We said our goodbyes and were on our way. The adventure begins.

Our goal was to make it at least half way to our daughters in Kentucky for the night.  As we were only looking for a place to sleep and then head out early in the morning, I decided we would try stopping at a Wal-Mart for the night.  We stopped in Middletown, Ohio which was 262 miles total for the day.  We arrived a little after 4pm.  There were already a number of truckers stopped for the night.  After we found a place to park, we went into Walmart for a few items and to get something to eat.  When we got back another motorhome was parked for the night too.  I felt completely safe and comfortable there.  It was a busy Walmart but it did quiet down in the evening.  It was a free and convenient place to stop.  I think we may do it again.

Loving the lifestyle.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

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Playing Catch-up

We have now been FT RV’ers for 53 days.  I need to catch you all up on what we have been doing.  I haven’t posted because we haven’t done anything exciting lately, but I’ve been told to post anyway, so here it goes.  I will update you in segments over the next few days.

First up is where we’ve been camping.  For the most part we have divided our time between Brighton Recreation Area and Proud Lake, spending the maximum time allowed of 2 weeks in each park.  Both campgrounds are Michigan State Parks.

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Brighton Recreation Area-Upper Level-site #24

We spent our first free night in General RV’s parking lot with 50 amp electric hook-up the night before we had the hitch put on the motorhome and car.  More on that experience in a later post.

We also spent a few nights in Saint Clair, Michigan while visiting my sister and her family.  While there we camped at the St. Clair Boat Harbor which was officially closed for the season due to the boating season being over, but we happily were given permission to spend a few nights.

I figured out our camping fees so far average about $24 per night, $720 per month.  I hope to be able to lower that amount when we take off in a little less than 2 weeks by adding more free nights, staying longer in one place utilizing park discounts for extended stays or in our National Parks using our senior passes.  I would like to average no more than $15 per night ($450 per month).

As I mentioned before, I miss my washer and dryer.  Doing laundry in a laundromat is expensive.  I figure doing laundry costs us an average of $12.50 per week or $50 per month.

For our LP usage, we are going through a lot more now that the weather has turned cold.  One thing we did learn is that for our motorhome the electric heater is only for taking the chill off on a cool summer morning.  It is not meant to heat our unit 24/7 on cold days. I haven’t figured the cost of LP out yet.  I do know we used about 5 gals over the 3 day weekend which was about $19.  I guess that would be about $190 a month if we used the propane heat 24/7.  Time to go south.

More updates tomorrow.  Loving the lifestyle.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

 

 

 

 

We Did It!!

We are now officially full-time RV’ers.  The closing on our house was Friday the 15th.  Which makes it 5 days as full-timers.  Although, we have been sleeping in Winnie since the previous Sunday.  That is because we emptied out the house of everything, including our bedroom set.  Being we still owned the house and used its shower, I’m not counting those days as being a full-timer.  As you can see it has been a very stressful and busy couple of weeks. But WE DID IT!

We still have to stick around this area for a while to finish up my treatments, along with other doctors, optical, and dentist visits. Meanwhile, we are enjoying visiting with our children and grandchildren here.

We are at Brighton Recreation Area, site #138 which is very close to the restrooms.  That’s the plus.  The minus is that it is a very un-level site, but we are making it work.  We picked this site because our daughter Karen and her family came up for the week-end from Kentucky and they like being near the facilities with their large group.  We had a very enjoyable weekend.  It was so nice getting together with her and her family along  with our other daughter Melissa and her son, Tristan, and our youngest son Kevin and his triplets.

Grandpa had fun playing games with the grown grandchildren; Kayleigh and Meghan and the little guy, Wyatt.  The triplets; Xavier, Brooklynn and Zachary loved playing with their cousin Wyatt.  It’s too far and few between visits.

We had relaxing campfires too.

After all the excitement died down, it was time to get to everyday chores.  Laundry was first on our list.  We haven’t used a laundromat in years.  My are they expensive.  We had 6 loads and the total cost was $24.00.  Can you say Ugh!

Next stop was for groceries.  I now have to watch what I purchase, due to the fact that my pantry and refrigerator only hold so much.  I have to plan my meals and stick to it.  No more impulse buying.  Right now my pantry is overflowing with food from our S & B home. I am trying to use up what I have on hand.  Too bad I have so much odd assorted items that don’t go together very well.

Monday I noticed the chassis battery was very low.  It’s a brand new battery.  This shouldn’t be happening.  Kevin went out and bought us a trickle charger.  He hooked it up and guess what, it had a safety feature that wouldn’t allow it to charge because of how depleted the battery was.  He went out and got a second trickle charger thinking that a different one might due the trick.  No such luck.  Same thing.  I then called Cummins Bridgeway where we purchased the battery.  They suggested we disconnect the battery and bring it in.  They exchanged the dead battery for a fully charged one.  They also said they believe something else is going on for it to run down so fast and asked us to make an appointment to have it looked at. That is our next step.  There’s always something isn’t there.

With no Wi-Fi at the campground, I am able to get on-line while having treatment.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

 

Labor Day Weekend at Proud Lake

I spent Wednesday at General RV having our problem with the hot water heater repaired.  It turned out to be a $20 part that had gone bad.  While I was there I bought the 50 amp extension cord I talked about in my last post and a round container to store it in, along with some silicone spray for the jacks.  The carbon monoxide detector came in.  It is smaller than the old one, but I think we can make it work.  I’ll have to talk to my handyman son, Kevin.

From General RV we went to Proud Lake State Park which is very close to them (maybe a 10 minute ride).  The weather for our stay was exceptionally cool for this time of year.  Great campfire weather though, which we took advantage of.  We stayed in site #6 with 50 amps.  We have had this site before and like it, even though it is a hike to the public restrooms and showers.  I did remember to take some pictures this time.

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Site #6 – Proud Lake State Park Recreation Area

While the grown-ups went canoeing, which is a main attraction for this campground, grandpa and grandma babysat.  Although, I was told by Xavier that they are not babies and therefore we are not babysitters. Out of the mouth of a 4-year-old.

Grandpa kept the 3 of them entertained the entire afternoon with play dough, a favorite activity they ask to do often.

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When the adults got back from canoeing, Aunt Tina took her turn at the play dough table.

It was then time for the kiddos to get rid of some energy.  Daddy helped with that by running up and down the hill, looking for pine cones and just having a good time.

Daddy bought them each a “grabber” that they had fun using to pick up anything in sight; rocks, pinecones, dirt, paper bags, you name it.

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I think everyone enjoyed themselves.  We sat by the campfire, ate pie iron pizzas, roasted marshmallows, had s’mores, played games and watched the University of Michigan football game on our outdoor TV. Tis the season. The cooler weather wasn’t going to deter us from having a good time.

Now it’s time to finish cleaning out our S & B house before the closing.  Only 11 more days until we officially become full-time RV’ers.  Can’t wait.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

Short Getaway

With a couple of home inspections scheduled for Monday and Tuesday we decided to take off in Winnie to Brighton Recreation Area, nice and close to home.  We arrived Sunday evening and chose site #62 with 30 amps.  This was our first time on this site.  Bad me forgot to take a picture of it.  I guess our rainy weather might have had something to do with it.  The site is rather large with both the side and back of the lot being wooded.  This is the first site that we would have benefited from having another extension cord.  We would have liked to have been in the back of the site instead of the side by the electric box.  Maybe another time.  First I need to purchase that extension cord.

Unfortunately Clyde had to work during the day.  I would have enjoyed being outside but it wasn’t conducive weather wise.  It has rained on and off here for the last few days.  I did enjoy watching the sandhill cranes.

I also finished a series I was reading, Sara Booth Delaney by author Carolyn Haines -17 books in that series.  Now I have to find another good author and series to read.

We are back home now getting our laundry done.  Tomorrow morning we take Winnie back to General RV to have the ignitor switch put in.  Hopefully the right part was ordered this time.  We also had no hot water while camping.  No clue as to why.  I had to use the campgrounds shower and heat water for dishes.  I will have them look at that too.  And, more problems with our back jacks not going up or down all the way.  They seem to have a mind of their own and only work when they feel like it.  A lot of good the auto level does.  It’s a good thing we made the appointment.

After Clyde gets off work we will head over to Proud Lake Recreation Area for the holiday weekend.  We will be on the same site we had last time, #6 with 50 amps. I’m looking forward to another fun time with family.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

Camping at Proud Lake State Park

General RV and hubby’s work are both in Wixom, Michigan.  Proud Lake State Park is only a hop, skip & jump from them.  It only made sense that after taking Winnie in for more work to be done that we should test everything out and go camping.  Besides, the house was just put on the market and we would have to vacate the home for showings anyway.

We set up camp in site #6, which has 50 amps.  The site is very close to the camp hosts, the check in station, and the sanitation area. But, it is also far enough away from each of those that it didn’t bother us.  We had a level site with a tree that gave nice shade.  For those of you who need or like to have the restroom close by, this would not be the site for you.

The site backed up to the public parking area, which would be ok if people didn’t think it was just fine to walk through your campsite.  Get some exercise.  Walk around.  It’s not that far.  I think it is inconsiderate to walk through someone’s yard at home or a campsite and would never do so myself.  I guess it just didn’t dawn on them.

For those of you who enjoy fishing and canoeing, this park is for you.  They have a local canoe rental right in the park.  And, I’ve seen many fishing boats and poles throughout the park.

We had nice weather for the most part and a good time.   One night our daughter Melissa and her son Tristan came for hobo dinners cooked on our Weber Q grill.  Can I just say one more time how much I love our new grill.  It cooks great and is so easy to clean up.  Dinner was delicious.  We also enjoyed bratwurst and hot dogs cooked on our grill.

Another night we had pie iron pizzas and s-mores cooked over the campfire with Melissa, Tristan and our son, Kevin and his triplets.  There is nothing like a nice cool evening sitting around a campfire.  It’s so relaxing.  We were able to enjoy those for a couple of the evenings.

Proud Lake lacks of a nice beach area.  There is no sand.  Last year the area was a huge mud pit. This year that area is grassy. There is a very small beach area marked off.  The water is clear and shallow for quite a ways out.  The triplets didn’t seem to mind the lack of sand.  On Saturday they played in the water with their buckets and shovels.

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Until next time,

Kathryn

Ice in the Bucket

Remember last week I was telling you about the ice maker in Winnie not making ice and I couldn’t figure out why?  Well guess what!  We have ice!  I have no idea why or how that happened.  I’ve looked at it a few times, wiggled the bar, moved the bucket around, talked to it, nothing.  Now all of a sudden there is a bucket full of ice!  I’m not complaining, not at all.  I’m just baffled and very happy.

I have the appointment made for next Tuesday to bring Winnie in to General RV and have the ice maker looked at, along with having the igniter switch on the stove installed.  I won’t need to spend money on having the ice maker looked at, but I still need the igniter switch installed.  And, as long as I am there, I think I will have them fill up the propane tank.  It is reading 1/2 full.  I am also going to ask them to look her over good to see if she needs sealant, especially the roof.  Neither of us can or should be up there.

As long as we have Winnie out and about over that way, we might as well go camping.  Right?  I made reservations at Proud Lake Recreation Area.  It’s the state park we went to last year.  It is very close to Clyde’s work, as well as my daughter Melissa and grandson Tristan’s home.

On the home front, we are moving along nicely, going through everything and readying the home for sale.  Hopefully we will be able to get it listed this Sunday or Monday before we leave to go camping.

Until next time,

Kathryn