Saturday, March 24, 2012

Red Bay (CRB), Like Being in the Army

We jumped into the week heading Monday AM to Red Bay.  We had a 1 PM appointment for service at Bay Diesel.  They put 4 technicians on it and was finished in about an hour.  From there it is just a mile or so to CRB.  What a place, about 100 campsites, most with full hookups, and an overflow area plus an area where people bring and leave their MH to be worked on.  We just settled in to wait our turn.  I had talked with the service manager and he said it was a two to three day wait to get into the express Bay (a 3 hour window w/two techs).  I figured more like a three to four day wait and would be happy to get out on Friday.  Well, we got in at 7 AM on Friday, :-) , but found problems :-( , and will be here most of next week.

On Tuesday AM at 7 AM I had an appointment with Brannon Hutchinson, Custom RV, to install Seelevel gauges and while there also had the Aqua Hot serviced.  We got back to CRB about 4 PM.

When you pull in there are three recalls they check for up front.  Front DS floor, it check out OK.  Wet Bay floor, it had been replaced last May by the previous owner and it was good, and the rails on top, they were also checked in May and were OK (then), but now there are cracks showing up and are to replaced.

Proceeding through my minor list of things they were knocking them out.  The washing machine had become unlevel and was vibrating badly. (at least that's what Carolyn tells me) :-)  Evidently a bump along the way had caused one corner to bounce up on a board they had put in to stabilize it.  It took about an hour for them to take it apart enough to man handled the machine back into place.  He put additional boards around and over it to prevent that from happening again.  The good news is that if anyone ever breaks in to steal it, they will have to work for it.

Another item mentioned by again Carolyn was the stove was unlevel and all the oil shifted to the back of the pan while cooking and made cooking difficult.  Now I want to ensure that is no going to slow down production so while not on my list I mentioned it also.  Seems the counter top is 3/4" lower in the back so a trip to the cabinet shop to totally disassemble the kitchen counter is in the works.  Warranty was mentioned for this also since it was a production error.

So here we sit waiting for our turn into the repair bays for the above items.  It has been a refreshing week.  It was like being in Basic Training in the Army.  Get up square up your area for formation, wait for formation, have an appointment, march to the area and back and when you get back to the barracks lay around for the next scheduled event.  Next day do it again.

In between all of the events you meet some very nice people (probably all are nice, just don't have the time).  In all of these discussions you learn how or what other people have done and why you might want to also.  Just a note, this could become a very expensive trip. :)

The weight issue I had back in January was also mentioned, so the mechanics are scheduled after the rail issue is resolved, probably Thursday or Friday.  Getting some cabinet work done by T.J. while here also.  Next week is going to be like being in the Army again, hurry up and wait, but in the end all is good.

To top it off, I've been sick all week and went to the Dr Thursday.  Carolyn has it now.

Life is good!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Not Much Happening

There has not been much going on, but have been going strong.

We left Carrabelle and headed toward Summerdale, AL.  We were going to the Rainbow Plantation (Escapees Park), but ended up going to Emmaus RV Park.  It is relatively new with nice sized sites.  We did the usual thing and drove around the area looking at different RV parks and for the price, $15 per night with a vet discount, we didn't find anything closer to the beach area that we liked.  You could be to any area desired in about 30 minutes.  The only drawback was I thought the street was narrow.  The pads and the roads were concrete and it was out in the country, but was only about 5 miles to Camping World.

After a week there we headed to Calera, AL.  We are getting doctor appointments out of the way this week and will head out next week for a Red Bay adventure.  By reading everyone's experiences it should be interesting.  Nothing major just getting some Seelevel gauges put on and a few items checked out and mayber service.

After Red Bay may go up and spend some time with the family before we head north and west.  Right now no where specific just go.

Like I said nothing happening much, but my adoring fans were getting restless for some kind of information.

Been all I could be, got all I could get, now its time for me (us)

Thursday, March 1, 2012

The Forgotten Coast

OK, OK.  Here it is.

On our last evening at Cedar Key we went to dinner with Mike & Janna from Montana.  It was very enjoyable and ended all to soon. We know we will see them somewhere again.

The next morning found us headed to Ho Hum RV Park in Carrabelle, FL.  Mike and Janna had stayed there one night on their was south. We had both seen Laurie and Odell's post about this park. We made the trip without any problems, except if you don't count me looking back and seeing the DS bedroom slide out about 5 or 6 inches.  Thought I had better stop and fix that.  Not sure how that happened, but we proceeded without further problems.

Ho Hum is a different kind of park than we have been in (number 4) and was entirely sand and gravel. The hosts keep it raked and clean. Only 40 - 50 yards from the Gulf (we couldn't get one of the waterfront lots) it was very nice. Our view was not bad at all.

Several days were spent in the area walking on the beaches and finding a few shells. Below is Alligator Point.

We took two trips to St George State Park and walked on the beautiful beach.  The last day we walked for 4 hours.  We were tired when we got back, but only one person passed us and coming back we met two ladies walking.  Other than that not a soul for probably 4 to 6 miles. Found a few shells too.

They even had restrooms with a view of the beach.

I know why it is called, "The Forgotten Coast".  I sent pictures from my phone by email and received the a day and a half later.  GPS had to really hunt to pick up also  So now you know why this is so late.

Our last night found Rick and Elaine from Canada arriving.  We spent a little time with them and had a delightful time.  We were both leaving the next morning so we had to cut it short.  We were having to much fun and quiet time was approaching, :)  Sorry forgot pictures.

We are currently in Summerdale, AL at Emmaus Motor Coach & RV Resort.  More on the next post.

Been all I can be, got all I can get, now time for me (us)

Getting better every day