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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