Morning Walks

I’m back. I can’t believe how fast this summer is flying by. We have been at Brighton Recreation Area for the last 15 days. It has been extremely hot and humid. One of the perks of high humidity is that my hair curls very nicely. Just wash it, fluff it and I’m ready to go.  But on the down side, with the park in desperate need up an electrical updating we have not even had the 30 amps the park is supposed to have. That means no air conditioning and at times no fans. Ugh.

We have really been enjoying the beach. The grandkids spend as long as they can in the water and playing in the sand. We take a picnic lunch down so we can spend the day. It was so cute when our little Zack asked if we could “do this every day” (go to the beach). Don’t we wish.

One thing I started to do is getting up early, about 6 a.m., and going for a walk. I’m trying to get in better shape or condition as our swim coach used to say. Before I got sick I used to go for walks. I had been missing the fresh air and good feeling you get from a little exercise. I started out slow, going for about 20 minutes each morning. I am now up to over an hour and walking at a brisk pace. I am getting the recommended 10,000 steps in a day which I thought was impossible for me to do. My daughter bought me a Fitbit and I love it. I can track my steps, heart rate, miles I’ve walked and more.

I started out wearing my sketcher slip-on shoes. They were fine for the short walks I was doing, but the faster I walked and the longer I walked the more I noticed I needed new shoes. I started to get blisters on my feet. I also do not wear socks with those shoes which two of my children scolded me for. So, we (my son, daughter and granddaughter) made a trip to Costco where I bought a pair of shoes appropriate for walking and a new outfit to wear. Now I will look like a real athlete. All I need is earphones and music. I was going to say a Walkman but that would date me. I think they stream music now (whatever that means).

When you go for early morning walks you walk when it is calm and quiet. Very few campers are up and about. I may see an occasional dog walker or two, a runner, a biker and maybe another walker. I will sometimes see a someone sitting out by their campfire drinking coffee or in a lounge chair reading a book. You give a nod hello as you don’t want to wake other campers or break the peace and quiet. On the water I might see a fisherman casting his line. This morning a swimmer was in the water doing laps. By the time I am done and ready to head on back the campers are up and about getting breakfast ready or heading to the showers. I am ready for my bowl of oatmeal and blueberries.

This is Sunday. Today we watched the park empty out. All of the week-end campers had to go home. I can remember when it was us who had to go home and I would think how much I really didn’t want to leave. I wanted to stay at the campground. Now I watch as the other campers are packing up and think about how lucky I am that I can enjoy this lifestyle.

Tomorrow morning we pack up and head back over to Proud Lake State Park. But first we have an appointment at General RV to get some work done. We had Winnie over there a few weeks ago to have some needed maintenance done. They needed to order a few parts which are now in. So we are making a stop there first thing in the morning to have the work completed. Meanwhile, the latch broke on our screen door and the closing latch on a drawer broke so we will need to order both of those parts. It seems like maintenance and repairs are never-ending. But, then again it is no different from when we owned a home.

I’m moving along on Sue Grafton’s, Kinsey Millhone Series. I am now starting “W” is for Wasted. I love a good book and I love my library. I would much rather hold a book than read it on a tablet. But, I will read it whichever way it is available.

That’s about all for now. Have a good week. Loving our lifestyle.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

One More Trip to General RV

We thought we were done with repairs on Winnie.  Nope, not quite yet.  When I went to plug in my blow dryer into the bathroom outlet, it wouldn’t work.  We checked the breakers, reset the switch and still nothing.  Hopefully Jennifer can fit us in sometime this week to have it looked at before we leave on Sunday to head south.

As long as we are at it, I will have them look at the dinette slideout. It is making a lot of noise going in and out.  I hope it won’t be anything major.

Loving the lifestyle.

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

Repairs and General Maintenance

Good Morning everyone.  We haven’t been able to do any more camping, but we have been working hard to obtain our goal of being full-time RV’ers.  It sure is a slow process.

We took Winnie over to Cummins-Bridgeway to have the air conditioning looked at.  When driving we had no cool air at all.  Ugh.  It was a good thing we did take her in.  They found a few other repairs that needed to be taken care of.  The sway bars were broken.  Whatever that is.  No idea how they break.  They might have been broken when we bought her a year ago.  There was also a leak in the oil cooling seal or there about.  And, as we knew already, we needed a new chassis battery.  They mentioned in their notes when we picked her up that the 2 coach batteries were in poor condition.  If they would have said something to us we would have had them replace them also.  Maybe they didn’t have that type of battery in stock.  Who knows.  Anyway, it was as rather expensive visit.  It’s a good thing we had purchased the extended warranty which covered $970.  It still cost us $1,300.  I’m just happy to have her back and repairs completed.

The next week we took her to General RV to have the left front jack looked at.  It would go down but not back up.  We had to assist the process with a board.  The other repair we needed to have looked at was the stove igniter switch.  It wouldn’t light the stove.  I needed to use a match.  The jack they said wasn’t anything major.  The stove igniter switch needs replacing and they had to order the part.  When it comes in we will pay for that.  They told me there would be no charge for them to install it.  While we were there we had them replace the 2 coach batteries.  Another expensive day – $550.  But, I am really happy to have the peace of mind that the repairs are done.  We just have to get the stove part in and installed.

On the home front, we had a garage sale the week-end after the 4th of July.  It was a perfect weekend weather wise.  We managed to eliminate a few things from our pile, just not enough.  Many items ended up being donated.   We’ve been working hard giving away and purging items.  We are getting there, slowly but surely.  Hopefully we will soon be ready to list our home and it will sell quickly.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

 

Maintenance and Repairs

It’s that time of year when we all start to get the urge to go camping. But, first, we have to de-winterize our motor home, make sure all the routine maintenance is completed and everything is in good working order.

We knew we needed to have the generator maintained as it has almost ran the maximum number of hours on the meter.  We have owned Winnie one year now and we have no idea when the engine motor oil was changed, so that was also on our to-do list.  A call to Cummins Bridgeway was made.  The nice people there said yes, along with being able to service our generator they can also take care of our gas engine. They would be happy to set up an appointment for next week to have that done, but if we needed anything more done, appointments were being made for a month out.  We are glad that is all she requires right now.  We scheduled our appointment for next Wednesday.  Check, one item off our list.

Next, de-winterizing and getting the ice-maker leak repaired.  Last fall, when we took Winnie in to be winterized, the service people at the RV center where we bought our motor home found a leak at the shut-off valve to the ice-maker.  Instead of fixing it then, they told us it would have to be repaired in the spring when we de-winterized her.  We made a call to the service department on Friday and asked for the same service rep we dealt with the last few times.  As usual, we were sent to his voicemail.  We left a message telling him exactly what we needed.  As we expected, no return phone call.

The next morning (Saturday) we called as soon as they opened and told the gal at the service desk what we needed.  Why leave another message to someone who never returns your calls.  She told us no appointment was needed to have our unit de-winterized but to have the leaking valve repaired we needed to schedule an appointment.  The soonest they could get us in was a month and a half away! We asked why they couldn’t just replace the valve at the same time they were de-winterizing her.  We were told they would have to see what part was needed and order it.  We knew what part.  It was written on the winterization receipt.  Why pay $80 to de-winterize and then pay again who knows how much to install the part.  We were then told that we needed to order the part through the parts department and when it came in we could schedule an appointment to have it put in. Really?  (Deep breathe).  We told her to put us down for the next available appointment now and transfer us to the parts department please.

The parts department told us we would have to call back Monday as what we needed was a special order and they didn’t work week-ends.  (Exhale).  As you can guess we really wish we didn’t need to use their services.  We will call back Monday, order the overly priced part and have it installed.  Those of you who are mechanically inclined are fortunate in that you can do it yourself and bypass the hassles we must endure.

We are hoping to figure out the de-winterizing process ourselves and save us the $80.  One of our concerns is if we put water in the tank, how do we keep it from filling up the ice-maker and leaking all over?  Should we just camp without water for now and wait until the ice-maker is repaired?  We would really appreciate any advice from you seasoned RV’ers.   Thanks so much.

Until next time,

Kathryn

Winnie’s Year-End Check-Up

We made an appointment to have a few things looked at just to make sure everything is as it  should be.  We want to keep Winnie in the best condition possible.  We asked to have the slide-outs checked, the awning, and the roof.  We have the extended warranty and hoped that whatever needed fixing would be covered except for our $200 deductible.  Good news.  All of our issues were minor and the total bill was less than our deductible.  I’m so glad we took her in.  Next spring we will have a few other issues to take care of, but for now she is ready for a long cold Michigan winter.

For the next few months we will continue to purge our belongings, readying ourselves for selling our s&b and become full-time rv’ers .  Some of it is easy to let go of, others-not so much. The process is taking much longer to do than I had imagined.  We have a ton of pictures.  I’ve decided to scan them and keep them on a thumb drive.  I’m not sure I will ever be done, but it is fun to reminisce.  Another issue I have is what to do with all my craft supplies.  I knit, crochet, embroider, sew, and craft. I have a lot of supplies.  We are not planning on renting a storage unit and I know it will not all fit in Winnie.  So what to do?  I am trying to decide what projects I will work on and take with and which supplies to store at one of our grown kids.  Lastly;  To keep? To toss? To donate? To sell? To give? and if to give, to whom?  Those are the questions we are asking.  Decisions, decisions, decisions.

Until next time,

Kathryn

Winterizing

We decided it would be best to take Winnie in to be winterized by professionals rather than doing it ourselves for a couple of different reasons.

  1. We aren’t confident enough in our abilities to know that everything that needed to be done, would be done.
  2.  We have other issues we wanted to have looked at.

It’s a good thing we did take her in. They found a problem with the a hose to the ice maker that we will have taken care of next spring when we de-winterize her.

After bringing her back home I noticed that the fresh water tank still was at a half of a tank.  We had emptied the gray and black water tanks after our last campout.  But, we did not use up all of the fresh water.  I just figured emptying the fresh water tank was part of the winterizing process.  Wrong.  After calling and asking them, we were informed it was not part of their winterization procedure.  Now to figure out where the plug was to empty it.  Remember what a time we had getting the water to stay in the tank!  Now to figure out the reverse.  Ugh.  We did it, but it sure took a while.  It took my son Kevin and I a couple of phone calls, reading the manual and searching every cubby inside and outside of Winnie. We found it! It was tucked away in the same basement compartment as the propane tank and not easily accessed or seen.  But at least now we know where it is and we can successfully sanitize the tanks in the spring.

Until next time,

Kathryn