I said in yesterday’s blog that the power was supposed to be out for several hours here at the Orlando Thousand Trails yesterday, so I wasn’t sure how much work I would get done on the new issue of the Gypsy Journal.
But as it turned out, about 3 PM two work trucks pulled up on the street near our RV site and used a big boom to set a new transformer box of some kind on the ground, and the power was out for maybe 15 minutes at the most. In fact, with our inverter on we wouldn’t have known it if I had not glanced up at my digital voltmeter and noticed that we were down to 12 volts on our house battery bank. Those guys worked fast and were gone in no time at all.
So as it turned out, I got a lot done on the new issue of the paper after all. In fact, I have one more story to write and then I’ll lay out the last four pages and it will be done and ready for Miss Terry to start proofing.
We were out of several things we needed for the kitchen, so about 5 o’clock I knocked off and we drove into Clermont to have dinner at the Green Garden Chinese restaurant, one of our favorite places in this area. We have not been there in two years, but the owner and waitress recognized us immediately with friendly greetings.
After dinner we stopped at Publix to pick up some groceries and restock on cough medicine and Kleenex. I think Publix is one of Terry’s favorite grocery stores anywhere in the country. The stores are always clean, the selection is very good, and the staff is always friendly and helpful at every location we have shopped in.
Back at home I spent some time answering e-mails, including one from a blog reader I told you about a couple of weeks ago who was shopping for an RV in the Phoenix area. He had found a used diesel pusher that he was ready to buy until the dealer balked at allowing him to have it checked out by an independent inspector, even though he was going to going to be paying the inspector himself. He said they kept telling him they would have to charge him a lot of extra money to allow one of their employees to drive the rig to the inspector’s location a few miles away. I advised him then to walk away from the deal, but he wrote that his wife really wanted that motorhome, so he arranged to pay the inspector extra to go to the dealership and do his thing there.
As it turns out, the dealership would not allow that either and told him that nobody was allowed to inspect any of their rigs prior to purchase. As he said in his email, “Well Nick, the light finally came on and we took your advice and told them to stick it where the sun don’t shine. I’m happy to report that we closed the deal today on a 2012 Winnebago diesel pusher at a different dealership, one that encouraged us to have an outside inspector check it out before we signed the paperwork. We couldn’t be happier. Thanks for your advice.”
Folks, anytime alarm bells are going off and you don’t feel good about things when a business is trying to earn your money, trust me, it’s only going to get worse after they have cashed your check. As I’ve said many times, there’s an RV for sale on every corner in America, so don’t fall in love with any one unit and think it’s the only one in the world that will fit your needs.
Today is your last chance to enter our Free Drawing for an audiobook of Shades of Moloch: Star Borne: 2, an excellent science fiction tale by my friend Sharon Delarose. To enter, all you have to do is click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn this evening.
Thought For The Day – When people complain about my driving, I just turn off the passenger side airbag.