Our New House

It was brought to my attention that we haven’t updated our Blog since 2013. Since we have become stagnant and haven’t really traveled for a while I didn’t have much of interest to post. Not that our life isn’t interesting, there just isn’t much RV Travel going on.

Well recently we have turned another page in our lives. We decided since we like our lifestyle so much that buying a house wasn’t in our plans. However we have pretty much outgrown the RV so…

We bought a Park Model home in the same resort where we have lived for the last 11 years in the motor home. If you are not familiar with a Park Model, it is a small 400 square foot manufactured home. Ours however is a bit more than a simple park model. First off ours is set in the ground so it is ground level, then a 200 square foot addition was added making it 600 square foot overall and the whole thing is stuccoed and the roof is tiled. There is also a 117 square foot building on the property, which serves as a laundry room and a shop. This building is attached to the house by a covered patio with outdoor kitchen. Along with the real residential appliances they topped it off with an air conditioner that can turn the house into a meat locker in the 120-degree Arizona summers. You can see more photos by clicking on the link in the left column.

I have added a link to the photos of our house HERE.

So, although we are keeping the motor home, it looks like we are not Fulltimers anymore.

Best wishes to all our readers and I hope your travels are as enjoyable as ours.

I will leave the Blog up because I know others enjoy reading about our travels.

Monday, May 31, 2004

Where is all my stuff?

Having the luxury of keeping the Aerbus at home while we get ready for our new lifestyle has it’s down side. We didn’t realize how much stuff we have moved to the Aerbus in preparation, until I left it at the shop. There are so many things I needed this weekend that are in there. Susan even made the comment that she was needing a lot of items that are in the motorhome.

Saturday, May 29, 2004

It cost money to sell a house

It’s incredible how much it cost to sell a house. There is the commission to the realtors, the Escrow costs, repairs of the things that you have lived with all these years, ect. Today I had a termite inspection done. Living in Southern California it is giving that your house HAS termites. Along with the termites comes the termite damage. More things to repair.

Too bad I have to waist a holiday weekend working on the house. Might as well, the Aerbus is in the shop.

Oh yeah! I almost forgot to tell you. We have lined up a job as Camp Hosts at Carlsbad State Beach when we come back to Southern California for the Holidays in Nov and Dec of 2005. That’s two months of free living. Christmas will be good. If they like us, and how could they not, we will be in for every year. What a plan huh?

Thursday, May 27, 2004

It's in the shop

Well I limped the Aerbus over the hill to the service center this afternoon to get the engine misfire fixed. I was pulling the toad so it was a struggle. There is a couple of hills between here and there and the Aerbus was like “The little Engine that could”. Fortunately there was a loaded car hauler ahead of me that could only do 35 mph up the worst hill so I hunkered down behind him. I felt better that I wasn’t the one holding up the parade. Can’t wait to get it back!

Pechanga Campground Resort in Temecula, CA
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Sunday, May 23, 2004

OH NO, I got a miss!

We are back in our stick house. While traveling this weekend, the Aerbus engine developed a miss fire. It is not bad and I was able to drive it the rest of the way to the campground and back to our stick house. This is not supposed to happen. It is a new motorhome. Well I guess it is good to get these things worked out before we hit the road. I have read where some people have had some problems with the plug wires. I am considering replacing all the plug wires to see if this will fix he problem.

I got some email asking what type of prep I need(ed) to do to go fulltime. I will be writing a page on the logistics (as I know it) of become a fulltimer.

Stay tuned.

Friday, May 21, 2004

Temecula, CA

We are in Temecula California. We are staying at the Pechanga Indian Casino Campground Resort. This is a real nice place. It a clean well manicured resort style campground. We have full 50 amp hookups with satellite TV. The casino is within walking distance from our home. The trip out was quick but not without problems. The motorhome developed an engine miss just as we were approaching the campground. After a while it went away, but you know what that means. It will be back, and in the least convenient time. We need to take it in to have all the brakes replaced on a recall so I will mention it to them and see if they can find anything.

Tuesday, May 18, 2004

Hard to say goodbye

It is going to be hard to say goodbye to friends and family. Especially the grandson. It will be hard for him to understand where his Nana and Papa is. He is used to seeing us a couple of times a week and asks every time when he can go camping with us again. We have so much fun with him. He is not going to be old enough to fly out to spend time with us for a number of years. Fortunately we plan to head back to Southern California for Thanksgiving and Christmas every year so he can spend some time with us in the motorhome then. He will like that.

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Sunday, May 16, 2004

The Toad

After all I have heard about Saturn from other fulltimers, I decided it might be a good car for us to tow behind the motorhome. See, Saturn is one of the few automatic transmission cars that can be towed with all 4 wheels on the ground.

We went to the Saturn dealer and requested a 2000 to 2003 Silver SC2 with an automatic transmission. We also gave them a max price. Richard said, we will find you one. About a month later he called and said he found one. I went to check it out and it was a beauty. Saturn does not just sell used cars. They sell reconditioned cars. It has new tires, brakes, battery and a complete turn up and fluid change. And then they detailed it. It is the next best thing to a new car. Everything we wanted. This car was about $1000 higher than our max but they agreed to sell it to us for our price. All I can say is, it was money well spent. We have towed it once so far for about 300 miles and it tows exceptional well.

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Saturday, May 15, 2004

Choosing the right realtor

Wow, I can’t believe it’s been almost a week since I made an entry into this log. We have had a couple of realtors over to talk about selling the house. We made our decision and will be notifying the realtor next week. We want to get the house on the market by the first of June. I doubt it will last long but we are going to price it on the high side. We don’t have to be in a hurry so we will see what happens.

I took the Mustang to a rebuilder to see if I have it priced right. Turns out I have it listed for about $1,000 high so I reduced the price. I hope someone buys it soon. I really need to sell it before we have to be out of the house. Use the link to the left to see the Mustangs web page.

Sunday, May 9, 2004

The emotions start

As the time gets closer and we get things in order the emotions start to come out. We can’t help but wonder if we are doing the right thing. We have owned our house for 20 years and it is paid off. Isn’t that the American dream? This makes it hard to give the realtor the go ahead.

Watching the Travel Channel makes it all go away however. After all, it’s not like we will never have it again. For what we can get for our house here in San Diego County, California we can pay cash for a nice place just about anywhere and have enough left over to live on for many years.

New addition to Random Thoughts

Wednesday, May 5, 2004


This, Vintage-Vacations, is a really cool site. It is full of vintage RVs. You really have to check it out if you get a chance.

A Realtor is coming by tomorrow to talk about selling the house. We may list it next month. I don't plan on being out before September so if it sells quickly I will have to adjust the escrow accordingly.

I called Alternative Resources , a mail forwarding service in So. Dakota today, to ask them about changing residency and registering the motorhome before I have to pay California's outrageous fees. They say I have to show up within 90 days to get my drivers license. Don't know if I can make it there by then.

Tuesday, May 4, 2004

New link, Random Thoughts

I just added a new link called Random Thoughts. This is a collection of things that go through my mind. I thought you might find it interesting.

Monday, May 3, 2004

Sure is Hot today

Ha! This heat is something. Blew the radiator hose on the 65 mustang today. At least it waited ‘till I got home and let go in the garage. I wouldn’t have noticed it except I was fixing the garage door opener that seized because of the heat. While that is cooling I replaced the belt in the vacuum that burned up. That’s one advantage of having wheels on your home. If ya can’t stand the heat, MOVE! Ha!

Sunday, May 2, 2004

We have more room

Well I finally weighed the motorhome. I knew I was under weight but was surprised at how much under I was. The motorhome is rated for 22,000 lbs max and it weighed out at 20,500 lbs. That means we can cram another 1,500 lbs into it. We already have most of what we need. The one thing that came to light thought was that I am heavier on the driver side. This didn’t surprise me though because all the heavy stuff is on that side. The batteries, generator, kitchen, bathroom, and the large slide. It didn’t help that I put my tools and six junk drawers on that side also. I guess I will have to do some shifting of stuff around.