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.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Maintenance day

I spent the day doing more maintenance on the motorhome. I was able to scratch a few more things off my list. Seems like I end up adding items faster than I scratch them off. Today I flushed the water heater and checked the anode. It was surprisingly clean and

the anode did not need replacing. Also today I had to replace another string in one of our day/night shades. I have replaced all the strings at least once in all the shades and some twice. They get a lot of use.

I have enough string to replace all the strings for as long as I own this RV. The other day I did the oil change that came due while on our trip last summer. Since I run synthetic I wasn’t worried that I went a little over my normal 3000 miles. The next item on the list is to fix the water leak at the water heater bypass valve. It is not bad, just a slow drip but is annoying. I wanted to get all this stuff done before we head over to California in a little over a week.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Cold no good day

Today was cold and blustery. The wind blew all day and the chill cut right through your clothes. I stood outside in the sun for a while but it was still cold. I spent most of the day inside doing computer maintenance. I had to bring in all my flowers this evening so they won’t freeze. The wind is supposed to subside tomorrow so it should be a better day. I hope tomorrow will be a better day because I have a water leak I need to tend to. It is actually suppose to be in the 70s by Friday.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Friends for Thanksgiving

This week we had some friends come visit for Thanksgiving. They arrived Wednesday and just left this morning. This is the first time they have been here in the resort and of course they fell in love with the place…

how could you not. They are looking forward to coming back.

Thanksgiving was great. We had about 13 people in our party and the food was great.

Susan was smart and signed up for the clubhouse early because we anticipated the cold and windy weather. We allowed another group to use a part of the clubhouse because of the weather and didn’t want to leave them out in the cold.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

It’s over

For this year at least. I am talking NASCAR. Today was the last race of the season and Susan is a happy race fan.

Her favorite driver took the championship for the 5th consecutive year in a row. This is a record that no other NASCAR driver has accomplished. It didn’t come easy. It was close for the last couple of races.

Susan’s parents have gone back home. They are real interested in buying a lot here in the resort. They are going to hash over some figures and make an offer on a lot they liked.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Sorry no prorate

After pulling the bad battery, I had a chance to check the warranty. Damn, only 2 years. How do they do that? How do they make a 2 year warranty battery last a few months over 2 years. I paid the full price for a replacement and now wonder how long it is going to be before the second one goes. At least that problem is past me, for a while at least.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Battery wows

It was time to check the batteries so yesterday I set out for some battery maintenance. I found one of the two chassis batteries wet on the top. Right a way I figured I had a problem. I popped the caps and found no water showing so I grabbed my bottle of distilled water. After cleaning the batteries with baking soda I started adding water. Oh No, about a quart of water needed in one battery. Not good, I thought. Today I decided to check to see if all was well. No joy, I heard the battery boiling and it was hot to the touch. So I disconnected it and just left the other one hooked up. I checked the voltage on the suspected bad battery and it was around 9 volts. Huh, shorted cell. Well tomorrow I will be taking it back to Walmart for a new one. Since it is just a few months over 2 years old I think I will be getting a free exchange. I kind of wish the other one was bad also since I would like to replace both at the same time.

Today Susan’s parents came out from California to visit for a while. Our neighbors are so cool they said her parents could stay in their motorhome since they will be gone for a few days. While here they are going to look at some lots here in the resort and give some thought to relocating. They think we have a pretty good thing going here and I can’t disagree.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Went to Chloride today

Where is Chloride you might say? It is about 20 miles north of Kingman Arizona. What is in Chloride you might say? Not much! The big attraction in Chloride is the murals painted on the rocks, and

yard art.

Chloride is, as most towns around here, an old mining town. Most of the town has burned down in the past and there are very few original buildings left. It used to boast a population of around 2000 in its days. Now the population is more like 250. Roy Purcell was a miner in Chloride in 1966,

while there he painted murals on some boulders about a mile and a half outside of town.

The road to the murals is a bit rough. His work led to worldwide recognition, which launch him on a professional career that continues today. He returned to Chloride in 2006 to restore the murals after the desert sun took its toll.

To view more photos of Chloride click on the thumbnail in the left column.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Ok Ok

I have been getting a little flack from some of our readers because It has been some time since I have updated our website. Well here is the update.
We have, well, I have been busy, busy polishing the motorhome. I noticed I have let it go too long and was beginning to pick up some oxidation on the drivers side so I got out the polish and gave it a go on a spot. Huh, Not bad, so I continued on. I don’t want to burn myself out so I have been at it for about 10 days now doing a little each day. It still is tough going though. It is getting easier because I am now over to the passenger side, which is not as bad as the driver side. Still a lot of work though! In the mean time I have been fixing and painting a few things around our lot here in the resort.
Most of our neighbors have shown up for the winter and we have been doing dinners hear and there along with going out to dinner in town. Our friends next door brought some friends with them when they came back and we have all been showing them the sights in the area. Susan went on a 5 mile hike the other day that just about kicked her butt. The 5 miles wasn’t a problem but it was up and down hills and through streams.

Here are a few photos I have taken in the last few weeks.

Stormy Skies

A trip to Oatman

Grave sites in the hills near Oatman

Note the crosses at the top of the rocks