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.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Car’s fixed

I crawled under the car and took a look at the starter. As usual it looked like I would have to disassemble half the engine to get it out. I called around and found the lowest price for a new starter was around $150. What ever happened to the $30 starters I used to buy? Well since I have had all service done at the Saturn dealer and have had very good luck with them I decided to let them take care of it for me. This way I will get a full system diagnostic and a warranty. Half a day later and $388 lighter the car is working well. I was a bit disappointed with the Saturn dealer’s service this time however. They called and tried to sell me a new battery at $170 claiming mine tested bad. Now this is the original battery and after 7 years maybe it dropped below the spec in their test but there is no problem with the battery at this time so I declined. After being in Lake Havasu in 115° heat running the air and lights there has never been a sign that the battery has a problem. Even looking at the indicator in the top of the battery, it is green indicating a good battery. I know a lot of service centers will try to sell you something you may not need but I have never seen this at any of the Saturn dealers I have visited. It will be interesting to see just how long this battery lasts. Also, all Saturn dealers have a car wash and after service they always wash the car before you pick it up. I have had the car washed after taking it in for a $40 oil change but didn’t get it washed after a $388 starter change. Now I am not really complaining since I asked for and got a 15% discount, just because, so for the $60 I saved I guess I can wash it myself.

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