Friday, May 27, 2016

Post (almost) Repair Report for the Little RV

We arrived in Junction City, Oregon last Saturday. We had an appointment for repairs on Monday morning at 8 am. These repairs were supposed to be done in February but we had to reschedule due to Rob's hospital stay. 

The circumstances surrounding this trip have been frustrating to say the least. I thought I had all of our ducks in a row but they just wouldn't stay put. 
Since we had to move out of the Little RV we needed to arrive here with enough time to prepare several days food since Rob's must keep to a very strict low sodium diet. So the plan was to arrive Saturday, shop, cook and pack on Sunday and move into the motel on Sunday evening. I had arranged for a ground floor room so could get in and out easily with copious amounts of food and medial equipment. Not to mention the dog's stuff. We also had no idea how long we'd be at the motel. That was the plan...

On Saturday morning when I put the large living room slide in (the one we have been having trouble with) just prior to leaving one of the big, corner trim medallions was torn loose and fell to the floor. 

Poor Murphy got sick on the way down here and threw up on his bed resulting in an offensive odor for the remainder of the day. 

Our JetPack, used for our internet access, died on Saturday afternoon.

Our Dish receiver, used for our satellite service also died on Saturday afternoon. 
Sunset over the Church where
the campground is located.

Sunday morning I got groceries and started preparing our food for the week. Knowing we had a mini fridge and microwave in our room I made sure I packed things well and tried to keep it all as compact as possible. I also started packing whatever I could to be ready to move to the room when we checked in. Unfortunately when I went to the office to check into our room they had put us on the second floor, with no elevator access. There was no way that was going to work so we stayed in the motorhome overnight and got up in time to shower, pack, close up the motorhome, hitch the car and make it to the dealer by 8 am. We arrived at 8:01. Close enough!

After some false starts we finally left the motorhome with the body shop so they could make a small adjustment to the slide trim to make it close properly and stop making that alarming thump every time we open and close it. Around noon we were able to check into the motel and get settled. 
Behind the Church and campground
along the river.

Our appointment with the service department was scheduled for Tuesday at 8 am. Our list of repairs was fairly long and included replacing the exploding sink and the door damaged by the glass, locating our elusive leak and inspection for water damage, issues with our stove burners and replacing the cracked grout in our tile floor. We also had our first routine service done. Now we're ready to leave in August. 

While we were waiting for everything to be repaired we replaced the JetPack and our satellite receiver. 

Update: It's Friday evening of Memorial Day weekend and we are back in the Little RV. It's good to be back in our little home. I can tell Murphy is happy. 

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

A Change of Plans in the Little RV - Because changing plans is what we do.

Last post I said we would be here in Olympia until mid August and that was the plan, until the plan changed. We had a couple of opportunities come up in the Portland area so we asked our landlord if he would be willing to allow us to break our lease and he agreed. 

We are scheduled to have work done on the motorhome near Eugene, Oregon starting Monday the 23rd. We are going to drive down on this Saturday. On Sunday we'll get moved into our motel room for a couple of days. Some of the work requires us to vacate our little home. After the work is done we'll head back up to the Portland area.

I really struggled to find a place for us to stay in the area. It's spring and summer is coming. Everyone is booked for long term stays. Yesterday I must have made 25 calls to different RV parks but had no luck. Today I decided to look just over the border in Washington and struck gold! 
Check out the view!

I'm pretty excited about this place. It's beautiful and our site overlooks the Columbia River. We have a reservation for three weeks and we'll figure out what to do after that.  The downside, it's 40 miles to my daughter's house in Portland. 

Another thing crossed off the list today is training for Murphy. He's really very well behaved for his age but there are a few things we need to get a handle on. I found a trainer in Portland who can work us into her schedule. We are going to do a two week board and train. The trainer actually takes the dog into their home and works with them for two solid weeks. They have a lifetime guaranty at any of their training centers in the US. It's not cheap but after his training I am told I'll be able to let him go off leash and have perfect recall. I'll let you know how it goes. Shhhh, we're going to tell him he's going to summer camp.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Busy, Busy, Busy in the Little RV

Since I completely missed posting the entire month of April I thought I'd let everyone know how things are going these days.  

Murphy had his 1st birthday in April. He's grown up to be a big boy at 70 lbs. He's got about 20 more to put on before he's finished. 

Murphy loves to carry a stick or piece of bark while we are walking and the bigger the better.

He's turning out to be a great addition to our little family. Murphy has never met a human or dog he didn't instantly fall in love with and he's always so happy. A few weeks ago, during one of his more excited moments on a walk he accidentally tripped me and I still have sore ribs from a hard fall on the asphalt street. He's very strong and likes to jump on people but we are working on those behaviors.  

Rob and I went to see the tulip fields last month. We opted for a closer and less crowded area this year. It's a small nursery near Mossyrock, Washington. It was a gray day but the tulips did not disappoint.  

We have finally found the time and energy to get organized. This is an ongoing process when you live in such a small space but with everything that has happened in the past year it's been overwhelming to say the least. 

When we traded our 5th wheel for the motor home in August we moved directly from one to the other in the dealer's parking lot. 

The temperatures were in the high 90s and we didn't have much time so the move happened fast and our packing and sorting was not particularly a quality job. 

I've been planning to go through EVERYTHING inside, sort and reorganize and I'm happy to say other than a few odds and ends that is done. I've already emptied the basement and cleaned and sorted most of the contents. I still need to finish that up and plan to do it over the next few days. Since organize is my middle name, that will feel really good. Sometimes it's just nice to be in control of something.

Next week we're heading to Oregon to get some warranty work done on the motor home. We were scheduled to have it done in February but had to cancel due to Rob's hospital stay. One bonus to heading south is I get a chance to visit my daughter and her family. That makes for a happy Grammie. 
Rob is doing very well. His kidney's are able to function on their own well enough to avoid dialysis for now. He's holding his own and is able to enjoy life again. The weather is getting better and walking outside has been great for him. He needs to have lab work monthly so we'll work that out so we can keep up during travel times. 

We're working on little improvements to the RV. There are two particularly annoying things that need fixed. The water inlet used to flush the black (sewer) tank is cheap and all plastic with no check valve. When I disconnect the hose after flushing the black tanks at least a quart of (clean) water pours out of the fitting into the bay below. It's always a wet, dirty mess in those two bays so I replaced both valves with good quality brass fittings that have check valves. That should make life much easier. 

The other really dumb thing is the cabinet above the kitchen sink. The cabinet is a good size but there is only one shelf about 6" deep and almost useless. Unless you have a collection of really tall vases the rest of the space is wasted. 

I'm installing another shelf which should make the cabinet much more functional. 

Of course our next big trip is just around the corner. We're planning to leave in mid August and head east. We'll be visiting Rob's girls in Connecticut before heading south for our Florida stay over the winter. We are so looking forward to this trip.