|Driving down the Columbia Gorge|
When we set out on our new lives as fulltime RVers, we knew we wanted to have adventures. Well, we are certainly having our share of adventures, though I don’t know how excellent they are. The question at this point that begs to be answered is: RV having fun yet? The answer depends on what your definition of fun is.
If you think skidding all over
streets the morning we left is fun, then we are having fun.
|Waiting to be rescued|
If you think spending four hours in a car repair waiting room while they try to figure out why you are only getting 3 mpg is fun, then we are having fun. Note: if your car ever breaks down in
, we can recommend
Car Care Specialists. Though they had a shop full of vehicles in various stages
of being worked on, they gave priority to our truck, and at very reasonable
prices, too. While we were waiting for the repairs to be done, we had lunch at
a sexist Subway. It’s sexist because it has two bathrooms: one labeled “men”
and the other labeled “handicapped.” Lincoln
If you think having the generator almost fall off the back of the trailer is fun, then we are having fun. The RV dealer where we bought the trailer said we could mount a platform that could hold
500 pounds to the rear trailer
bumper. We had less than 300 pounds,
and it broke the bumper; another few miles and we would have been picking pieces of the generator off
the highway. So we had “fun” for a couple of hours, taking the platform off the
bumper, and getting the generator into the pickup bed which was already filled
with two motor scooters, one motorcycle and tool boxes. We managed to get
everything to fit, though we now have tool boxes in the bedroom and “living
If you think getting ready to pull out only to find the trailer batteries are dead and you can’t put the slides in is fun, then we are having fun. Luckily, the security patrol at Spirit Mountain Casino where we were staying was able to jumpstart the trailer battery enough so Jon could raise the front jack up, unhook the truck and then swing it around for a major jumpstart so we could charge the batteries enough to get the slides in. Note: if you’re looking for free trailer parking, the casino is great. Every employee we encountered went out of their way to make sure things were going right for us.
If you think getting a frantic call from the young man who bought your house is fun, then we are having fun. He didn’t have any heat in the living room, and I told him we never had it either, and reminded him that we had told him about this before he bought it. This will probably be the last winter the house is like this. He works in HVAC and plans to put in central heat and air this summer. Other than this, he likes our house a lot.
And if you think me trying to sell Jon’s newly-restored vintage motorcycle is fun, you are correct. Jon doesn’t think so, however. We had been planning to spend two nights at one place, but after I told Jon someone was coming by after he got off work to make an offer, Jon decided we should hit the road.
And this is only how the first three days went.
Day 4 went well. "Day 5 was great until we blew the brakes coming down the steep grades between Arcata and Redding, California. We will welcome in the new year in Redding.