Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Learning Curve 101

So the house is sold and the new owners have taken possession.  I am finally on the road in my RV, but the last two weeks have definitely been a huge learning curve.

YES, you can clog up an RV toilet.....

YES, you can overload the breakers using a commercial grinder making Charly's food................all was good, just flip the breaker.

YES, you can overload the breakers using 2 air conditioners, 1 big screen tv, a computer and the kicker was the printer.  Yes, the printer was the culprit..................flip the breaker?  Nope...........have to reset the batteries and all the breakers and start everything again.

YES, you can get attacked by dogs because their owner is irresponsible and has them off leash.  Leaving you with a black eye from protecting your dog.  And his headbutting you because he is trying to protect you.

   

YES, you can have issues loading your car onto a tow dolly.  Not happy that the dealership was showing me how to do it and failed to remove a very important piece which ended up damaging my car.  Just had her painted and now she needs body work!


Considering that I am basically the size of a semi, I have surprisingly had no issues driving or making turns - that includes towing my car.  Gas mileage is around 7 mpg using the generator and towing a car.  Will be interesting to see the difference not towing the car.  The generator will always be in use for the air conditioning.



YES, you can overload the breakers again boondocking.  Refrigerator and AC are out...........flip the breaker?  Nope........................reset the batteries and turn all breakers back on?  Nope........................................................................................Pull out hair because you think that you have totally killed the electrical system in your RV?  Just about........Finally, there are also breakers in the generator.  We are finally back in business.

Except the refrigerator............everything gets thrown in the garbage and a cooler is purchased to save Charly's food in the freezer.  Call an RV repair company in NC and they are booked and cannot be here until the 14th!  So I gear up to buy ice every day.  The RV company calls me to have me do some trouble-shooting.  Don't know why I had checked before their call, but NOW THE FRIG IS WORKING!!!  After 2 days it is back on.  EVIDENTLY, the fridge has to be COMPLETELY level to work.  Don't know why unless it is a draining protection.  So I wait for a day before un-icing Charly's food and returning it to the freezer.  I now have levels glued over the refrigerator - at the stove and will be getting more.

Charly is my baby and loves his mommy more than anything.  After the incident with the two dogs in Okeechobee, he is at full attention to every dog in the park and EVERYONE in this park seems to have a dog.  A large dog!  So there has been a lot of detouring in a tight place to keep order.  We are in the mountains, so there is not a lot of free yard space and a lot of embankments.

He has never been this touchy, but I have to remember...........In two weeks he has lost a 4600 sf home and moved into a large motorhome.  It may be the size of a small apartment and plenty of space, but NOTHING compared to what he is used to.  And instead of almost an acre of run room, he is now restricted to a leash at all times.  Everyone is having a learning curve.

YES, you can bottom out your 38' RV on a gravel road in the rain.  In defense, I have to say that I did not overshoot the entrance by mistake.  The access road is only large enough for 1 vehicle and I thought the entrance a few feet away was the entrance.  WRONG!  I knew it as soon as I turned off the road.  Scraaaappp.   Tried to back up, but the wheels were just spinning because of all the rain recently and couldn't get a grip.  RV people tried to put supports under the wheels but nothing but more spinning.  Finally got a tow truck to lift up the back of the RV so I could back up.  Nothing like learning to back up under fire.




But I found that backing up is a piece of cake and I was also able (with some assistance from behind) to back into my site.



So besides a few errands the last two days I have been enjoying the creek right outside my window and getting much needed refreshing sleep.  No-one to take care of but myself.  Finally.......just me and my pets.


I always imagined myself as a beach person.  The sound of the waves is so relaxing, but I have come to realize that my healing spirit is not the ocean but the mountains.  Driving through the Smoky Mountains a few weeks ago healed my soul and now surrounded by nature and listening to this creek right at my window I know that this is where I am meant to be.  The mountains.

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15 comments:

  1. Love reading your blog as the adventure continues....stay safe!

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  2. Learning curve is right but so worth it right now, Wait for the next one.......property owner in the mountains. The best part. You are your own person now. :)

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    1. Yes, there is a lot of work ahead of me, but I am so excited!!!

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  3. Im following. Very cool adventure and yes its a learning experience. You'll get it in no time

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    1. Thank you, Daniel! I have been following you, too! Those kids are absolutely beautiful. I see my quarters have gone to good use LOL!!!

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  4. One of our favorite places. You will be able to write 'how to' book for new RV owners. Look forward to seeing your adventures.

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    1. I can definitely write a "DON'T DO...." book LOL

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  5. I'm enjoying your RV adventure. I don't think I'd tackle it alone, I admire you.

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    1. I guess since I have always traveled alone and for most of the year, due to my ex-husband's job, I was also alone it doesn't seem like much. So many people say that they admire me for doing this alone, it just seems normal to me. Just a different type of home and travel vehicle.

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  6. Every bump in the road, every mishap, every lesson learned are building blocks for you to create your story. Enjoy the ride. One day you will look back on this and with a chuckle you will hear yourself say out loud, I did it!!

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    1. It's an everyday occurrence. My granddaughter high-fived me several times when I was scared I wasn't going to make a turn and I nailed it :)

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  7. The sounds of flowing water over river rocks is so therapeutic. Sit back, relax and enjoy nature. Your adventures have started. Yes RVing is quite the experience (not for everyone). There is so much to learn and yet so much to enjoy also. I have met many people who have down sized and became fulltime RVers. They love it and you will too. Take care of yourself and enjoy life.

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  8. Flowing water over river rock can be so therapeutic. Sit back, relax and enjoy nature. After what you have gone through you need to find peace. RVing is not for everyone but it can be great. Yes there is so much to learn and yet so much to enjoy. Before too long the workings of your rig will become second nature. Take care of yourself (and fur babies) and may your days be brighter.

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    1. Thank you! I have been getting some much needed rest and it is so easy to fall asleep with the water flowing over the rocks. AC is off and the windows are open. Can't do that in southern Florida!

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