Now The Work Begins

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 062017
 

 With only a few more days left before we hit the road, it’s time to begin the work of preparing and packing the motorhome for our summer RV travels.



Yesterday we moved the RV out of the storage lot and over to the big concrete apron in front of our house. We weren’t sure the weather was going to cooperate because just a half a mile up the road it was pouring down rain but all we had were a few sprinkles. I was pleased to see that the Damp Riwe used in the motorhome all winter did a good job of keeping humidity in check. Of course, the fact that I brought a drought to Florida probably helped, too.

Once the Winnebago was parked and plugged in, I drained the fresh water tank and then we poured bleach down our water hose and refilled the tank to sanitize it. Today I will drain it a second time, rinse it out, then fill it about 3/4 full for when we take off. I know a lot of people who travel with an empty freshwater tank so they are not carrying any extra weight with them. But if they run into some kind of mechanical problem and find themselves parked next to a garage for two or three days with no access to water, they will wish they had some onboard. We’ve always done it that way, and stayed under our rig’s weight limit in other ways. Now that were not fulltiming, we won’t be carrying everything we own with us, so it’s even less of a problem.

We also set off a bug bomb inside the motorhome, just in case any creepy crawlies had decided to take up residence in our absence. Today we will open all of the windows to air it out, then vacuum and give it a good cleaning on the inside. We will also turn the refrigerator on so it can start getting cold.

When we moved into our house and became part-timers instead of fulltime RVers we emptied everything out of the Winnebago, knowing that some of it would be going back in when it was time to take off again. We have purchased seconds of some items like dishes, silverware, small kitchen appliances and such because it is a lot easier to then to move everything back and forth each time we take a trip.

So we will be loading those sorts of things in, as well as some reference books I need to take with me, our Kindle e-book readers, tools, clothes, and such. We will also be loading Miss Terry’s small Kromski rigid heddle loom, an Inkle loom, a supply of yarn, and, of course, our kites.

There will be some things that will not go in until the last minute, like our computers, laser printer, digital cameras, food, toiletries, important papers, prescription medicines, etc. We have each been making lists of things to pack, but I’m sure we will manage to forget something. No big deal if we do, we can always pick it up along the way.

Besides all of that, I will be reinstalling the sensors for our Tire Traker tire pressure monitoring system, calling Dish Network to resume our service again after putting it on hiatus during the time we’ve been in the house, making sure our Winegard Trav’ler rooftop satellite dish is working properly, checking out our Blue Ox tow bar, and calling the insurance company to have them take the motorhome out of storage in their records, and put our Ford F-150 on storage status. When Chris Yust from C&C Insurance did that for us last fall, she saved us a ton of money.



Okay, let me check my list again and make sure I’m not forgetting anything. Knowing me, I probably am. But knowing Miss Terry, she’s got it covered.

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  6 Responses to “Now The Work Begins”

  1. How about the sea-eagles?

  2. I keep a list on my computer. Print it out and check things off. I forget fewer items this way. I also put down things to close up the house … like saran wrap over the toilets so they don’t dry out, as well as saran over every drain. Once the water in a P-trap evaporates, smells can come up through the sewer lines!! Haven’t had a problem or a stinky house since!!

  3. Gene, the Sea Eagles will stay here, not a lot of places to use them where we are going.

  4. We are still part-timers but leave everything in the camper that we need such as dishes and cookware. We just load in fresh food and some clothes and off we go. We’ve wondered lately why we have all the “stuff” in the house when we are perfectly happy being more minimalist when we travel. Have fun Nick and Miss Terry. Hope to meet you down the road.

  5. Another checklist item:. Notify credit card(s) and your bank you will be traveling and they may ask for specific states you will be traveling through. You may have kept your Full-timers mail forwarding service but if your? house has street delivery you can put a TEMPORARY FORWARD order on for the house and forward your FLORIDA mail to your other service. Our local Cool post office will only hold mail for one month and so we forward the house mail to our SKP Mail Address in Livingston.

  6. Another checklist item:. Notify credit card(s) and your bank you will be traveling and they may ask for specific states you will be traveling through. You may have kept your Full-timers mail forwarding service but if your? house has street delivery you can put a TEMPORARY FORWARD order on for the house and forward your FLORIDA mail to your other service. Our local Cool post office will only hold mail for one month and so we forward the house mail to our SKP Mail Address in Livingston.

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