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.

Friday, November 26, 2004

Party in the parking lot

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I completely forgot about the holiday weekend and failed to make reservations in time so we got ousted from the RV Park for tonight. We are not alone though, as you can see. There are over 15 rigs in this parking lot and probably just as many in the other, and it's still early. This is not the first and I am sure not the last.

We had Thanksgiving dinner at Susan's parents house with our Daughters and Grandson. It's nice to have the whole family together before we head out on the road. Hopefully we will be getting together one more time for Christmas also and this time we should have a new addition to the family, Our new Granddaughter Alexa.

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Sometimes you have to be forced

The Aerbus went into the shop yesterday. We had nothing to do but go exploring. We ended up heading east to Hemet. I have been hearing about a new lake called Diamond Valley Lake somewhere around here but didn’t know exactly where is was. Now we do. We stumbled upon it on our way to Hemet. It was started back in the mid 1990s by damming up a valley between a couple of mountains. It took about 5 years to fill completely and is 265 feet at the deepest end. There were about 8 types of fish introduced and about 4 types that came in with the water. They have a visitor’s center, marina and a view point, what a nice view. I wish I brought my camera. We will have to take another cruise out there with the camera sometime.

Well, turns out that not much got done on the motorhome, Go Figure! They had to order parts so we have to go back. Since we have to find a place to hang out on December 28th we made an appointment for then. Since they got it done in a day we didn’t have to live at the service center. We brought the Aerbus back over to Pechanga and decided to just hang out in the parking lot for a night. Bright and early this morning I got us back in the RV Resort. They still have no spaces available for Friday so it looks like it’s going to be back out in the parking lot again. Some of you might say, “What a hassle”. Nah, It breaks up the routine. The Aerbus and Generator needed to be run anyway.

Sunday, November 21, 2004

What the…?

I woke about 7:00 this morning, rolled over and took a peek out the window. Hey! Guess what? It’s snowing! I mean it was really coming down. The locals said they can’t remember it ever snowing here. The weather forecasted showers. I guess they didn’t count on it dropping to the low 30s over night. It barely got into the 60s today then dipped back down to the 40s. It is supposed to get warm for the rest of the week.

Tomorrow we are moving. We will be living at the repair center here in Temecula. It is so close by that I doubt the motorhome will even warm up by the time we get there. We are planning 2 nights but I suspect it will only be for 1 night. We were going to get the brake recall done but they have a parts shortage. They wanted to cancel the appointment but I reminded them that the original appointment was for the Ram Air Kit Workhorse wants to put on my motorhome in an attempt to cure the sparkplug burning issue. I also need the Emergency Flasher Switch replaced again and the horn fixed from a botched repair by Beaudry RV about a year ago. After that we will try to get back here at Pechange. If not then it’s Camp Wal-Mart.

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Thursday, November 18, 2004

Lesson learned



How many of you have to put away all your knick-knacks, secure everything and move your home when your utilities run out???

Didn’t think so. I did. Suddenly I noticed my water heater was having troubles staying lit. First thing I checked was the propane tank. EMPTY!

We had to pack up our house and drive it over less than ¼ mile to fill the propane tank. I guess this was bad planning on my part. I knew we were going to be here for a month but I thought I could make it on around ½ tank. What I didn’t count on is the temperatures dipping into the low 40s to high 30s at night. The heater gets a good workout every morning to take the chill off.

Saturday, November 13, 2004

Stuck in Phone Purgatory

One of the things a Fulltimer has to do is reduce the amount of junk mail they get. This is easier said then done. It all sound simple. Just call the number on the junk mail or magazine…Awe there is the first catch…if you can find the number. Some hide it in the fine print and some don’t even offer a phone number to call. If you are lucky, Ha!, very unlikely, you will get directly to a human that will assist you. On the other hand you get stuck in Phone Purgatory. You know the routine. Press 1 for this and 2 for that and worst of all para la prensa 1 del espaƱol. What country did I call?! If you are unfortunately enough to press the wrong number…Well, I’m sorry, You have to go back and start all over. All I want is to talk to a human! Most, after a bunch of number pressing, you finally get to talk to a human. Whether they can help you is another thing. Oh sure, they Say they will take you off their mail list. Some don’t even have the human option, or maybe I didn’t press the right number combination to get there. If you can’t get the job done by phone, your only recourse is to write “Take Me Off Your Mail List” on the mailer and send it back. Sometimes you even have to pay the postage for this. I am totally convinced that removing your name off one list causes it to pop up on several others. There seems to be no end. It’s also a shame that I have to be careful who I give my information to or the flood will start all over again.

Tuesday, November 2, 2004

Holidays, OH NO!

Holidays mean something different to a Fulltimer. It means we better get reservations or we will be spending the Holidays in a Wal-Mart parking lot. The campgrounds book up fast. We got lucky and there were a couple of cancellations here at Pechanga RV Resort or we would be out on the streets looking for a place to stay. It probably isn’t as bad as it seems but we didn’t want to wait until the last minute and find the only thing available is the spot in Sleazy Hollow Trailer Park next to Bubba and his howling hound dog. Well we are now set until the Indio Rally on the 12th of January. I am not too happy about staying here for 2 ½ months but at least it is a nice place to stay. We were going to break it up with a few days in the desert but we had the Grandson that we had to get back home. We were also talking about a couple of weeks at the Colorado River but we have a new Grand Daughter coming soon. Then there is the sparkplug wire repair coming up and Thanksgiving then Christmas and New Years. And somewhere in there I need to schedule a day at the Alison Transmission Shop for a transmission program update then over to the Workhorse Shop for an engine program update. There is good reason why they say you should never buy a first years production run, or even the second as in my case.