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.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Can’t move on

One good thing about being a Fulltimer is if we don’t like where we are we can move on. The weather has been crappy here on the coast of California. We have woken up to drizzle for the last 2 mornings and everything is a muddy mess. It should get better as far as the drizzle but the weather is still supposed to be overcast, damp and cold. Also other than family we have no reason or desire to visit southern California. It is too crowded with obnoxious people, too expensive, and I have probably mentioned the Hispanic population before. The problem is we can’t move right now. We have to fulfill our commitment to dog sit our daughter’s dog.

This is not something that is difficult since she is a really cool dog and she is happy to be with us.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Man am I sore

While here near the coast in California I have been shining up the motorhome. It is too hot and dry in Havasu right now to do it so I waited until we got here where it is cooler. So far I have spent 4 days and still am not done. I probably got another 4 days to go. Of course I am only spending a couple of hours a day on it. If I had all the fancy power equipment the professionals do I would probably be done by now but I’m doing it all by hand. It’s pretty hard work by hand.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Huh, Good thing I checked

Today, since I am in town, I took a drive by to see my parent’s grave. While there I checked mine, since the last time I saw it they hadn’t placed the headstone yet. Yes Susan and I do have a gravesite. We took care of all our arrangements so our kids don’t have to worry about it during their grieving. It’s a good thing I checked…they got my birth date wrong.

It should read Feb 24, 1953. I went in to let them know they messed up and they pulled out my records. Turns out I signed off on that date so it looks like I will have to pay for the new one. The guy said he will see what he can do and if not free maybe we will split the cost. He also asked me if I wanted the wrong one or have them destroy it. I gave it some thought but couldn’t come up with a good use for the wrong one. Susan said since I am so good at fixing things that maybe I can fix it myself. I don’t think duct tape and felt pen will last very long though.

Also today I finally found the Virus on my computer. For quite some time now, when I opened Internet Explore, then closed it, it was still showed as running in my task manager. And if I opened it again, there were now 2 running in task manager. Sometimes my computer would not turn off because of the running process. I tried several virus scanners and registry cleaners with no change. I combed the Internet for others that had the same problem and a possible solution with no success. Finally I heard of “Windows Live OneCare” at http://onecare.live.com/site/en-us/default.htm and gave it a run. It identified a Trojan virus and removed it. Problem solved! Although it didn’t seem to cause any problems other than the ones I mentioned, I am glad to be rid of it.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Huh… Recall

Got a “Pre” Recall Notice on the motorhome today. What is a “Pre” Recall Notice, you say? It is a notice that workhorse recognizes there is a problem and will issue a recall as soon as they figure out what to do about it. Seems a lot of people have been having problem with the brakes dragging. There have been enough complaints that Workhorse is issuing a recall. The causes of the brake failure are lack of use, driving in damp conditions, and riding the brakes going down hill. Since I do neither of these and have had absolutely no problems I guess I am ok until the recall is issued. I need to get tires first.

Thursday, May 21, 2009


Well since Arnie decided to just about double the vehicle registration in California and I now own property, and have an address in Arizona I decided it’s time to register our vehicles in Arizona. Along with the registration I knew I would have to insure them in Arizona also. So I called the insurance company to see how much the insurance will be in Arizona. DOUBLE! WHAT THE… Yes it is double and it turns out the increase in insurance will cost me more than the increase in registration fees. Damn, I thought I was going to be able to rid myself of California but I guess not.

I set out today to line up some tires for the motorhome. The place I called a couple of weeks ago is gone, yes gone. I called the other day and the phone has been disconnected so today I did a drive by. It looks like an old abandoned warehouse. WHAT THE… No sign of there ever being a business there. Now this is no fly-by-night business. It is one of many and even Michelin recommended them as an authorized dealer. So I headed on down the road to the next authorized dealer. Well this place is still in business but none in stock. They called Michelin and none available there either. Seems they are building them as fast as they can, and are backordered by about 500, they are not taking any new orders. Before I left Havasu I talked to a place that said they could get me some so I will have to trust the old tires to get us back to Havasu and have the new ones installed there. This is more convenient anyway because they will come right out to the resort and install them.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Dog sitting

We left the party last Sunday and made our way down to Encinitas California. We are now setup in our daughters yard for the next 3 weeks. They are heading for Italy and we are going to dog sit their dog.

We did this last year around Christmas time also.

They are still in the process of rebuilding their house

so they are also living in their Motorhome at the house.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Wine and Balloon Festival

We just spent the weekend in Riverside at a friend’s house for their 3rd annual Wine and Balloon Festival. They call this the Home Wine and Balloon Festival because it is a private affair at their home. Each year they have hosted the party at a different house.

There were 10 motorhomes and trailers here this weekend. They managed to fit them all in on their property.

We each setup a booth with a theme and offered wine and appetizers to go along with the wine. We first did one round of white wine and later a round of red with a break in between.

Later in the evening we had a band to entertain us.

And a fine band it was. As usual we had a great time and look forward to next year. You can see more photos by clicking the thumbnail in the left hand column.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Getting ready to hit the road

We are preparing to get back on the road. This Friday morning we are heading on over to California for a weekend of Wine Tasting. Some of you may know I don’t drink and think this may be a bit unusual for me. We have been invited by some good friends to participate in a fun weekend. A friend is having a private wine tasting festival at their house. We will be setting up booths with a theme and provide wines to match the theme along with munchies. Our theme? A Surf Shack.
After the weekend we will be heading toward our daughter’s house for 2 weeks of dog sitting.

They are heading for Italy and we get to take care of their dog while they are gone.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Computer repair again

Yesterday morning I pulled the laptop apart again to repair the power jack. This was about the 3rd time I have repaired the computer for the same thing.

This is not an easy job since EVERYTHING has to come out before the motherboard.

If I were still working my electronics job I would take into work and repair it right the first time. I needed to take it apart anyway to clean the dust out of the CPU cooling unit because it has been running a little hotter lately. It’s up and running again. I’m thinking I need to find a donor computer or at least pickup another motherboard. If anyone has a Dell Inspiron 1100 they would like to donate let me know.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Nice boat ride

It sure is nice to know some that has connections with a boat shop. Yesterday a friend called and asked if we wanted to go for a boat ride. The weather was perfect and the lake was glass so he hooked onto a boat in the showroom and away we went.

It was evening and no one was on the lake but us. As I said, the lake was glass so he opened it up and reached about 60 mph before backing down.

The boat ran so smooth and quiet you wouldn’t even know we were going that fast. He said next week we will take out a faster boat.

Today the temperature pushed over 105°. Tomorrow is supposed to be the same then it will cool a bit for the weekend.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

The century mark

Today we went over the century mark. Temperature wise that is (104°). The casita has come in handy since I have a covered patio to sit under for shade now. If there is a breeze blowing it is very tolerable.

If there is no breeze I turn on the ceiling fans in the patio and it is also tolerable. We can still get by with running only one roof air in the motorhome. It stays pretty cool inside. We will see what happens when the temps reach 120° as they have been known to do here.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Nice Place

Just thought I would share this photo of the London Bridge here in Lake Havasu City, Arizona.

Can you tell why we like it here so much.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Getting lonely around here

It’s that time of year again. Most owners have left the resort and gone home.

We are just about the only ones left at our end of the park. Susan and I took a walk this evening and noticed even the rabbits have come back. We noticed an absence of them and figured it was due to the amount of dogs in the resort. Seems most RVers have dogs these days.

We will be heading back over to California in a couple of weeks. We have a wine party to go to and then we are going to dog sit our daughters dog again for a couple of weeks. After that we plan to pick up our grandson and come back here. He wants to see our place here in Havasu. We have no real plans for the summer. We are just going to wing it.

My Aircard Internet has been giving me fits here the last couple of days. I don’t know if it has anything to do with the heat since it’s been pushing 100 lately or if Verizon is doing something with the towers around here. It has slowed considerably and sometimes it just cuts in and out. I sure hope it gets better soon.