Icky Yicky Sicky

Whelp our first sickness has swept through the RV. One person started off with a cough and fever, then I got body aches/fever/congestion and then last kid gets fever and upset tummy. Three people, 3 different illnesses?

It wasn’t really any different being sick in a large house as opposed to our new close quarters. It was in ways a little easier, less air I needed to try to keep diffused, clean up after went way faster and you can tell how everyone is feeling cause you can hear every sneeze,sniffle and cough.

Video of all the dishes I had to wash after letting them pile up after being in bed for several days. Days like those I miss having a dishwasher. Normally I don’t mind doing the dishes after every meal but 3/4 days of them piling up and still not feeling well was not awesome. https://youtu.be/DDB180doqGM

We made a new list of things that we want/need to try and accomplish before getting on the road.

Truck

  1. Tag
  2. Hitch
  3. Steps to get in truck
  4. Tool box
  5. Kayak/paddle board rack

RV

  1. Generator
  2. Dehumidifier
  3. Stabilizers
  4. Back cage/rack
  5. RV hitch lock
  6. Motion lights
  7. Water pressure adaptor
  8. Wii cable
  9. Ladder
  10. Grill/mini fridge
  • Make reservations
  • Health ins
  • Business plan
  • Pay off debt
  • Computer
  • Escapees

I love how our lists have evolved over the past 18 months.  I’m excited for less of these kinda lists and ones that involve where are we gonna stay this Summer and business oriented ones.

And for those interested as to why your looking at a picture of an onion?  Well onions are really healthy to eat but also help absorb all the bad yucky germs in the air. Cut one in half then quarter and let it set out for 2-3 days. We also diffuse essential oil,this week it was DoTerra OnGuard,our go to healthy healing oil. I’m also going to sage the house any day now to help clear any negative energy this illness swept in. Yes I’m a modern day witch, and I love it:)

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Fulltiming and it Feels So Good!

It’s official, we are in the thick of Full-timing in an RV. So much has happened this week I don’t even know where to start. Lots of highs and lows and everywhere in-between.

We got to spend our last weekend in the Mountains with family and went jet skiing, swimming, camp Labor Day luau, had a camp fire (first one of the Summer we weren’t sweating at) and went back to our daughters favorite rib place, Rib Country!

So packing up the RV wasn’t too difficult, we put pretty much everything away or down low that was sitting out. The day we exited took about 3-4 hrs to get everything ready to launch. Hubs did great with pulling out of our campsite only to be stuck in a traffic jam only a few short miles along due to a wreck!  We headed to a weight station first and got that task squared away, let’s just say the numbers were not happy, to be continued…

We were able to fit our rig in our parents driveway, good to know. Fun fact, we have had zero pest control issues all Summer inside our rig in the tree filled rain forest like climate in North GA. 12 hours in the suburbs and we had ants everywhere, what the bleep? I put a few drops of DoTerra peppermint essential oil  http://www.mydoterra.com/hippiehoopla/ on a dozen cotton balls and spread them around the rig and by the time we got to our next camp spot they were all gone, witchcrafery for the win!

Ok, so our official launch day was not as smooth as the previous soft launch the day before. I was up at 5:30am to fit in an emergency dentist appointment at 7:30. Well there was a car fire on the highway and it took me 2hrs in morning commute traffic to get to my appointment 30 min late. My Dentist office is so amazing they were still able to fix me up. Dr. Cann Dentistry is amazing in Atlanta, GA if your ever looking for a holistic gentle dentist. http://www.canndentistry.com

I was back home by 9:45 and was in go mode to get us going. It was time to pull our slides in and the mid-bunk would not retract. It came in a few inches and would go wonky and just stop. I immediately got on my Grand Design Facebook group to see about help. We watched a few suggested YouTube videos and apparently our motors were not in sync. We had to do a manual over ride then a re-syncing and the slide finally went in, 2 hours later! At one point I thought the day was a total loss and would be calling out a tech to look at it, pushing back our launch!

“We left after lunch and the ride itself went great, only a few dozen are we there yets!”

We made 2 stops at trucker gas stations. Once to weigh the rig at the “pin” (again, to be continued…) and a pee/snack break and again for gas and dinner. Completely forgot the sun was not setting at 9pm anymore and while driving through Charleston we were losing light fast. At 7:45 we finally pulled into our campground and checked in. My hubs backed into his first RV spot in the dark, rock star!!

I got the RV unpacked and in semi livable condition after parking in about 45 min, while enjoying a tasty beverage. Hubs worked on all the hook ups outside. 2 things that didn’t get done that first night, the Black tank hose was not close enough to the pipe to fit on and we could not get the RV level. Both things we addresses in the am and there was no issues waiting until then to address them. It was so good to wake up and see how perfect our new RV spot was.

So we did it, Launch was a success!  Had its bumps along the way but it’s in the past and they were lessons learned. Our week has been so exhaustingly filled with so many fun adventures here in the low country, I think I’ll wait until next week to catch you all up on them.

 

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All Systems A GO in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1…. Launch!!!

Hi there, remember us?  You may have noticed we took a little break during August. But happy to report we are back and gearing up for a big week. Labor Day is Monday and it’s moving day. Technically we don’t have to be out of our current location until Tuesday but we rearranged our plans some so Monday is our official launch day!

So here’s the low down, we have been in the same spot since we bought our RV in June. This week we tested all the slides to make sure they all still work and have adequate clearance. We still don’t know how much all the stuff we’ve filled this rig with weighs so that will be our first stop after we pull out, truck stop weigh station. Our next leg of the adventure is in Charleston, about a 5 hr drive from us if we were in a car doing 75. Taking into consideration we need to hit the truck stop to weigh it first and that we don’t know what we’re doing we are thinking this leg of the trip will take double the time.

OK, with the prospect of our travel day being 10 hrs long we decided to split up the journey. Our parents house is about 2 hrs from us and we figured we could hit the truck stop then head to their house. This would make for an easy short inaugural first trip.  We can get a look inside of it and see what needs to be secured more, practice backing up with our new back-up camera and all that fun stuff. From this location it would normally be a 4 hr trip but again sense we gots no clue about pulling RVs and all these kinda things it will be closer to 6-7, which is better then the original 10 hr tour.

We have purchased all the wants/needs we think we have to have for this next leg of the trip. The last few items were things like bike racks, cargo racks, ladder racks and chains/locks to secure them all. We washed the rig sense it sat under a large tree all Summer in a rainforest like climate, it was pretty knarley up on the roof. Tanks have been cleaned, purging of final items have been made and I’m sure there is much more purging in our future.

I feel like we are NASA conducting a systems check before we launch.

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Truck Ya!

We bought a truck, sold our house, hubs put in 2 week notice and kids started dental work. All the things I wanted to accomplish this week!  So go ahead and substitute the TR in Truck for an F cause that’s how this week feels!!!!

The house sold I can’t believe it actually happened, but not without headache up until the end. This buyers agent is just an incompetent person and at 15 min before our scheduled closing he wanted our lock box code to do a walk through. We were like dude your supposed to be at the lawyers office not the house, face palm!

Right after closing we went to look at a truck near by. It was everything we needed and didn’t have to drive 4 hrs out of state to get it, just 20 min down the road. It’s a Ford F-350 Dully crew cab long bed diesel, she is a beast. The seats are 1 long seat and you really could fit 4 small humans across each.

We bought the truck with a loan from a local credit union we were not members of. But $10 later I was and they granted us the loan, under 2%, ahh ya!  So we were able to keep the good rate cause the house most likely hadn’t showed up as sold yet. With a truck and an RV we no longer needed hubs job to obtain a loan for anything else so he put in his 2 weeks notice. I would had loved if that day they said see ya later. But they actually wanted him to stay until the end of the next month. That wasn’t gonna happen but he is riding out the 2 weeks as promised.

After that took girls to dental consult and dr. was way more optimistic then the first. At the next appt when he got in and got old filling out he said new decay was not as close to roots as X-ray showed so no mini root canal, yea!

In between all this we managed to go to 2 birthday parties and BabyLand General so it wasn’t  all work and no play!

The Universe is back on track and with these few but major things accomplished we can move on to all the other little  things that still need to be done before this journey can really begin. This week my goal is to secure sites from the 2 months after we exit out of North GA, wish me luck. So far it’s looking logistically trickier then I’d like.

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Everyday I’m Hustling!

Dang suburbia doesn’t want to release its grip on us quite yet. The Real Estate/Bank and Loans industry is such a scam, I may never buy a house again, or at least never sell one again. Super frustrating that 24 hrs before closing the appraiser finally shows up to look at what needed fixing for loan approval. Shortly after we get an extension email to push back closing 2 weeks. Man if you know that sending an appraiser out 24 hrs before closing will not result in the actual closing the next day why not reschedule as soon as possible?  We had a day off work specifically scheduled as well as childcare lined up.  Grrrr, I may have swore at our realtor a handful of times on the phone. I am as nice as apple pie when it comes to business until you mess with me one too many time. My Southern charm quickly turned to my New York roots and all the sassy attitude came flowing out. 

Well our plans to get all the things vacated out of the house did not change. We had already set up utilities to turn off the day after closing so staying in the house would mean several phone calls and it wasn’t worth it. Girls and I are officially Fulltime in the RV while hubs is commuting back and forth to work from his parents house which is closer. He will give his 2 weeks notice once the house is officially sold.

While trying to think of the lesson or bright side the Universe may be trying to throw us with all this we are grateful for the additional 2 weeks and here is why. We still need a truck to pull our beast of an RV. We need to haul 16k lbs around and be able to stop 16k lbs in a timely manner when going over mountains.  We are buying used and want to finance. However banks usually like collateral like houses and jobs to hand out low interest rates. So this is our silver lining, use extra time to get this truck purchased. We were being pretty picky with our wants and needs but since time is short we’ve opened up our minds a bit. We need a Dulley, crew cab, long bed, 4.1, regardless of our make and model wants thoseare the needs without question. 

Girls and I visited a near by waterfall today, this is why we are doing what we are doing!  It was so amazing and I love watching them explore and enjoy nature.

This weekend we have some big plans, I  made a trip to Ikea yesterday and purchased some furniture. We will be turning this rig inside out over the next few days. Stay tuned to next weeks post to hear and see all the pics!

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We Bought an RV

I always think of that movie with Matt Damon, We Bought a Zoo when I hear myself say We Bought an RV!  We love that movie and it’s kinda the same premise, we are looking for a new family adventure.  All the monies have been exchanged, 2 hour tour has been taken, insurance and warranty have been got! Unfortunately it did not come home with us, cause we ain’t got no truck to pull it with or a place to store it, so at the RV dealership it sits!

The tour and the closing paperwork took about 3 and half hours.  The 2 hour tour literally took 2 hours.  I’m guessing if you have owned an RV before it will go a bit faster but for us newbs we needed to know all its ins and outs.  I video taped it so a walk through will for sure be in our future to share with you all.  The paperwork is not as bad but pretty similar to closing on a house.  I’ve never bought a new car before so I cant compare but it may be close to that experience.  While we were there we opted to also get covers for the ceiling vents installed.  Makes sense you would want to be able to use these regardless if it was raining outside and not have to worry about getting rained on.  But also something you would think should just be a standard feature!


Now that we got that one large piece of the puzzle figured out, we really do need to get on the truck and towing it to where logistics figured out. We have put to rest the hunt for the RV and are now actively looking for the truck.  The thing about these 2 purchases is they need to be made while my husband still has a job and we still own our house.  2 key pieces of collateral banks look at when loaning out large chunks of cash.   We just actually secured a site for the next month at our families RV park in North GA.  We figured while waiting for the house to close we can slowly move all the stuff in and get to know our rig, I mean new home a bit better before hitting the open road.

I’m now in a mad dash to get the remaining of our stuff sold or donated so we can get this house officially empty.  Thinking about all the things that will be coming with us I still know we are bringing too much.  My biz supplies will take up a good chunk of storage but besides that all the homeschool/craft/toys are just overwhelming and we already purged so much.  Well the nice thing is having the time to make it all work, I think!

Check out a video of the first day we picked up our Grand Design Reflection 2016 367bhs https://youtu.be/D-61ur4UiZU.

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