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, February 16, 2009

Not the best day

Today was a challenge for us. It all started sometime early this morning while we were sleeping. The wind started to blow, REAL HARD. Then the rain started to fall REAL HARD. Then the power went out. No big deal I thought. I got up and shut off the main breaker inside the motorhome just in case there is a glitch with the power coming back on. Don’t want to blow anything like the refrigerator circuit board. I woke this morning and the wind had subsided but it was still raining pretty good. I switched the breaker back on and the motorhome came to life…except the refrigerator. When the rain died down enough I went outside to investigate. The gas valve would kick in but the igniter was silent. I could smell plenty of LP so I stuck a match to the burner and it lit. OK I thought, as long as it is running we can travel and not worry about our food getting warm. We packed up and hit the road. Susan went back a couple of times and the refrigerator was still on. After driving through some pretty nasty weather, we arrived at the Santa Barbara Elk’s lodge where we had made reservations. First thing I noticed was there was a motorhome in the spot we had reserved. I headed for the office to see what the deal was and found they are closed for President’s day. OK I guess I will just take another site, hope it’s not reserved. Susan switched on the water heater and it lit but the igniter kept sparking and it shut right off. Now what, I thought. Our water heater is gas only, a power glitch should not effect it. I pulled the board thinking water must have gotten in from the drive in the rain. Nope, Dry. I reset all the connectors with no change. Finally I did the last step in troubleshooting. Beat on it. I thumped on it several times and the igniter shut off and it stayed lit. I will deal with that later. Now it’s time to move on to the refrigerator. I took the cover off the board and checked the fuses. Darn, they are good. I traced wires and found the igniter and checked the connectors. AH HA, a loose connector. I reset the connector and switched on the refrigerator and it lit immediately. Wow, I had thought last nights power glitch took out the board. Well it seems everything is working again. The rain has stoped and the sun is shining. Now as long as someone doesn’t come by and try to kick us out of this site, we are good.


  1. I'm glad your fridge works, they can be a real wallet zapper to get fixed.
    You must be living right, keep it up.


  2. Clyde7:51 AM

    Ah, RV refers...good times...good times. I've replaced both the board as well as the ignitor once. I'm about due for a second round. Nothing like paying $100+ for a $10 part...
    See ya at the track! I'll be there Thursday.

  3. All I can say is, it’s a good thing I am pretty handy with troubleshooting and fixing things. I am sure both the refrigerator and Water Heater would be at least a $100 bill each for what I did.

  4. Do you carry Duck Tape and Bailing Wire too? You could be a Maintenance Man for Jimmie Johnson.

  5. Duck Tape and Bailing wire is a must. One good thing about living in our RV is I don’t have to wait until I get home to fix it. I carry everything right in the motorhome.