Friday, January 27, 2012

What Have I Done?

We probably have 10 or so people that check the blog, evidently on a regular basis.  They are mostly family.  I have been severely chastised for NOT posting.  Thinking of putting this post up, it dawned me that the more I post, the more people will read, and therefore more complaints when I lag behind in my
posting.  I have created a monster, similar to the cookie monster.

We are currently in Clermont, FL and have been since late December.  We had a second Christmas upon our arrival.  Carolyn prepared a little poem that went with our new lifestyle.  I know it's late, but read first paragraph.

Santa Didn't Come
(Our First RV Christmas)

Twas the  night before Christmas
and all through the coach,
Not a creature was stirring
not even a roach.

Our stockings were flung
on the floor by a chair,
In the hope that St Nicholas
would soon be there.

But, he didn't come...
he didn't show...
Why he didn't come,
we don't know.

We thought he had gotten
our change of address,
And would be able to find us
with his GPS.

So, next year it's going
to be our goal,
To camp a little closer
to the North Pole!!

It has been nice to spend this past month is central Florida.  With temps in the 70's and 80's shorts has been the norm.  Also, being here with no place to go or get back to has allowed for a laid back daily routine with the kids and grandkids.  Involving ourselves with their daily lives and activities had been different for me.  I always had to get back or be thinking of what was going on back at work.  Very relaxing.

We had an AF1 braking system and Blue Ox base plate installed at Creative Coach in Lakeland.  They did a great job and treated us well.  After that we made it by Howard and Linda Payne of RV-Dreams to get weighed.  They perform weighing of RV's for RVSEF.  They were down for the Tampa Super Show and were just 20 miles down the road.  I had wanted to get weighed to give the data I needed for life on the road.

Well little did I know I was operating unsafe.  Our weights on the front axle and tires were over the rating and we were operating at to low an air pressure.  On their recommendation we had the tires inspected at a Michelin dealer and found them OK and inflated to the correct pressures.  At the show I talked with the Spartan rep and found Tiffin reps at the Lazy Days area.  It appears there may be to much pressure being placed on the Tag axle putting pressure on the front axle.  I will get this checked out, more when I find out.

As I said earlier, we have been just hanging out and learning more about the MH and getting together with family.  We cooked Oysters three times with all getting their fill each time.

One of my goals is to eat my way across the country.  We are on our way.

We will be leaving in a week or two to start our wandering trip to Sioux Falls, SD to obtain a driver's license and finalize our residency transfer.  Maybe more will be happening in the future to prompt me to post more.  Got to keep the fans happy.

Life is pretty good.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Jumping the TOC to head South

Last Wednesday we loaded up to head south to the Orlando area.  We felt like real fulltimers/RV'rs.  Well, it wasn't long before I was faced with a newby problem.  Although it hadn't rained, the moisture in the air had pooled on the slide covers.  There was about 1/4" of ice on some of the covers.  We had brought the covers in with two of the slides on the driver's side.  I knew that would not fly, so out they went ever so slowly so as to watch and ensure I wasn't going to rip them off.  With the sun and a little time, and sliding them in a little at a time, we had success.

We finally got underway with no visible damage.  Our travels had several stops and about 9 PM we stopped at one of the Florida Rest Areas.  Got to turn on the generator to get heat. 

We made on down to Clermont, FL to Barry's driveway about noon.  The boys and a couple of friends had cleared the road in front of his house of the neighbors low hanging limbs.  There were a lot, but with the clearing of the road I was able to pull up and back straight in with no pull-ups.  Note here, Barry is a lot better at directing than Carolyn, but she is learning.  It helps when she stays in the mirror. We got some radios and that helps alot. 

Barry had installed a 50 amp plug in, but we needed an extension.  A trip to Home Depot got that done (and no I wasn't in charge of that).  We are going to put in a sewer hookup to his clean out.  It is nice to be here and just be around all of the kids coming and going.  The small ones Landon and Christian got In-Line skates (with pads) and with the 75 deg days it was all hands outside.  I even got on a pair (didn't get a picture of that).  I didn't go far, ran out of Motorhome to hold onto.  I was thinking what would happen if I fell and broke something, don't think Carolyn could do this by herself with me laid up.

Things are going to get a little cool down here the next two nights.  Unlike other parts of the country, when the weather gets below freezing for more than 1.5 hours it damages the citrus crop.  It becomes a major endeavor to keep the groves above freezing.  Tomorrow night they are looking at between 6 to 9 hours below freezing.

That is about it for now.

Life is pretty good.