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.

Saturday, June 26, 2004


Well it fell out of escrow. For some reason the buyers pulled out. The worst part is they pulled out within the time limit to get there $5000 deposit back. This seems to be just a minor setback though. We have already had two families look at it and are very interested. We will just have to see if they come up with an offer. We are still going ahead with out plans to move into the motorhome the first week of August.

Wednesday, June 23, 2004

I accept!

We have accepted an offer on the house. It is pretty much a done deal since it is a cash offer. It is not contingent on an appraisal or getting a loan. I cannot believe how much houses are selling for in Southern California. We have until the first of August to get rid of all the stuff that will not fit into the motorhome and move out of the house. It is going to be a hectic month but there is a rainbow at the other end.

Sunday, June 20, 2004

Phone’s Ringing

We went looking at phones today. I have decided, after talking to other fulltimers that Verizon is the best choice for traveling. They seem to have the best coverage and have a really good customer service. The only decision was what phone and what plan. The plan is simple. You simply choose a plan that appears to be goods at the time and if it doesn’t work, you simply change plans at no charge. That’s another good thing about Verizon. The phone is somewhat simple for us also. Their 2 least expensive phones are both tri-mode which is what we need for the best coverage and internet use. We have decided on a flip phone because we want to put it in our pocket without punching buttons and calling 911 by mistake. Now that we have it pretty much figured it out we will pick it up when we need it.

Friday, June 18, 2004

Another piece in place

Another piece to the puzzle is in place. The 65 Mustang has just left with it’s new owner. A very nice Father just bought it for his 17 year old son. I wish I had a car that nice when I was 17. Wait, I did. I had a ’63 Ford Falcon Station Wagon, red with shag carpet and tie-die curtains all around. My girlfriend’s mother called it a Sex Wagon. Why? I don’t know…

It is very sad to see the ‘65 go since I have owned it for 27 years and put a lot of time and pride into it. But it just doesn’t fit into our new lifestyle. I know I will miss it but I will also enjoy the freedom of our new life.

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Sunday, June 13, 2004

I love the beach

Doheny State Beach in California is a really nice place. If you get lucky enough to get a beach front site, you are literally on the beach. We were in for a Big surprise however. We reserved our sites, sight unseen. As you can see we barely got the Aerbus in there with enough room to put out the slides. We had just enough room to open the door and walk to the front. Fortunately we had a whole lot of beach to hang out on in front of the motorhome. The weather was great and we had a great time. I love to listen to the ocean while sleeping.

Well when we got back, we had an offer on the house. I am rather disappointed with my agent. She must have forgot how much she suggested and listed the house for because the offer was pretty low. I can’t believe she even came to us with an offer like that. Well it’s still early in the game and we have plenty of time.

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Tuesday, June 8, 2004

How can you just sell everything like that?

It’s funny how we keep getting the same question over and over. “How can you just sell everything.” People don’t realize that we are not merely selling everything and living out of the back of a car. It is more like selling a house and all the furniture and buying a new house and new furniture. Who wouldn’t want that? As a matter of fact, in some ways, our motorhome is better than our house. Our house doesn’t have Corian counter tops throughout, it doesn’t have air conditioning. But the best thing is our new house has wheels. We can change our view and neighbors when ever we want. We will be able to travel this country of ours and have our house and all our belongings with us. Besides, it’s not like we will never have a “stick” house again. When (If) we get tired of the road, we will buy it all back again.

Monday, June 7, 2004

Another Big Step

Well, the house is on the market. See it here. This is another big milestone in heading toward Fulltiming. The realtor says she already has a potential buyer and our Daughter has someone that is interested also. The average time a house has been on the market in this neighborhood has been 5 days. Some have sold in as little as 3. We had better be ready! I also had someone that looked at the Mustang this weekend that looks like a good possibility. I often wonder what I am going to do if we have to be out of the house before the Mustang sells.

As soon as we accept an offer we are going to jump into the motorhome and head for the hills, literally. We plan to spend a week in a nice little mountain community near here called Julian. We love it there and it will be a welcome getaway.

Sunday, June 6, 2004

The trials and tribulations of Fulltiming

I have just added a new section under Interesting Writings titled Trials and Tribulations. It seems that everyone is under the impression that Fulltiming is all fun and games. I don’t know maybe it is. We will have to see.

Thursday, June 3, 2004

It’s Baaaack…

Got the Aerbus back today. Just as I thought, it was a fairly minor problem. The number 1 and 5 spark plug wire was fried.

Although I highly recommend Temecula Valley RV in Temecula,CA, I am rather disappointed in them this time. I told them that I had already talked to Workhorse about this and was informed that there is a known problem with an exhaust manifold gasket leaking and blowing hot exhaust gasses on the wires. But they only replaced the wires and did nothing with the manifold. I mentioned that spark plug wires just don’t go bad in under 3000 miles and asked them what the root cause was. They said it could have just been a freak thing. I said, “or a Leakey exhaust gasket”. I told them I will be bringing it back after our next trip and we will call Workhorse and get the go-a-head to do the job right.

But I have it and it is running like new again. Just hope it will last until I get it back to them.

Tuesday, June 1, 2004

The internet is a great thing

I came across this on the RV.NET and just had to share it with you.

From Gunship Guy, as written on RV.NETs “The Open Road Forum”

Posted: 6/1/2004 6:14pm

I've been reading everyone's stories about their camping adventures this past Memorial Day weekend. I spent my weekend flying combat missions over Iraq and thoroughly missing my wife, sons, and camping.

I'm thankful that we are able to get internet access in this hell hole. I log on once in a while to read about anything related to RV'ing. Your stories have made me a bit jealous, but I appreciate those who've taken the time to share their experiences. If I can't be out there camping with my family it's still nice reading about others who are.

I'm halfway through my 6th deployment over here since 9/11. I'll be home for the last half of my sons' summer vacation. We'll catch up on the camping they've been missing these last few months. Please continue to share your camping stories. Some of us over here who are avid campers really enjoy your shared experiences.