Thanks for the helpful suggestions!
DH says the RV is loaded and the car is ready, so there is not much else to do. Yeah, right! Haha! Honestly I think getting the house ready and paperwork/mail under control is a lot more work than the RV. I do appreciate the voices of experience telling me to relax. Yes, I probably should let a few things slide. The last time I was away from home for months was college, and I didn't have to give a thought about mom and dad's house because they were home.
For my friend who'd like a list, here's what I have left....I think.
Forward mail, empty fridge, turn down water heater, put lights on timers, empty and scrub outdoor garbage cans, give away house plants, pay bills, switch newspaper to online, get pine needles out of gutters, get jet pack for cellular, fertilize perennials and bushes. Sprinkler woman will be here to blow out the system for winter, and the furnace man is doing fall service.
Get filing caught up, make sure monthly calendar of bills, etc is up to date, type list of website passwords to take along, organize hobby stuff and load in RV, make house shutdown list for DH for the few times he'll return home, pick up prescriptions, call CoachNet
Go over weekly house check with house checker, go over snowblower with yard kid, consider drinking heavily, wash the last laundry, clean the house,
Finish the items above that didn't get done. Get groceries for the first 3-4 days. Load last minute items. Spend the night in the RV.
It's my first extended trip. This last week of getting ready looks like it shouldn't be a problem, if I can give up sleeping. The RV and toad have been serviced. Have arranged for lawn care and weekly house check. I'm using a good packing list, too. But the other stuff -- sheesh! Getting paperwork caught up, last get togethers with friends, more practice parking the RV alone, tying up loose ends at the store, fall yard work, cleaning gutters, emptying fridges....
Anyone else feel the pressure before you leave?
Any encouragement for a newly hatched snowbird??
Cream of Tomato
2 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp flour
2 Tbsp finely chopped onion
In a large saucepan, melt butter and add flour and onion (increase flour and butter by 1-2 Tbsp for thicker soup). Cook, stirring, for three minutes on medium heat. Add:
3 c. Milk
3/4 tsp salt
While milk heats, (do not boil), in a small sauce pan with medium high heat combine
1 1/2 tsp sugar
1 15 oz can petite diced tomatoes with about half their liquid
Bring tomatoes to a boil, cook for 1 minute, stirring.
Stir tomatoes into hot milk base. Serve.
For a time saver, I cook the roux with onions, cook the tomatoes with sugar let them cool. Then I put them in Food Saver bags and freeze. When we want homemade soup, it takes just a few minutes to chuck the frozen mix into a pan of milk and heat it up.
Hi, Rick. Wanting to RV is one thing. Really looking into it, if it's a new pastime, can be pretty overwhelming. We've been in your shoes. I love RVing because our 2nd home is with us. There is no packing/unpacking suitcases, no digging toiletries out of a bag. There's food I like in the fridge, a comfy bed/pillows, and a great big windshield with a easy chair for enjoying the drive. We like the feeling of being home wherever we park, whether that's a patch of grass with no hookups at the State Fair or a deluxe campground. RVing is not cheaper than hotels/cars for us.
We dove right into the deep end with only a few nights tent camping experience. I read a whole book about RVing, and did about 70% of the basics it covered by spending one night in an RV. There are a lot of details to keep in mind, but it's not like you're building a space shuttle. There are many checklists already floating around on the internet for what to pack, how to set up, what to inspect before you hit the road, and so on. We don't do mechanical things either, and yes, that help costs plenty, but we know our limits.
I'll do my best with your questions, and I'm not an expert.
Paint bubbles on the door frame aren't necessarily rust. It could be poor adhesion due to improper surface prep. Check underneath the rig and in the propane compartment (where you can see into the chassis) to get a better idea of rust.
Gas or diesel? That's a constant debate here. I'd suggest you first get the floorplan you like, and let that and your budget determine the answer. There are a few tips for knowing if a floorplan is suitable. To see if the dimensions work, sit on the toilet and stand up, stand in the shower, lie on the bed and on the sofa. Have the cook decide if the kitchen layout will work or be a pain. Can you live with the storage inside for clothes and kitchen stuff? How about outside/basement storage -- will it work for your grill, golf clubs, etc.?
Towing adds slightly to fuel usage. If you want to tow without putting the car on a dolly (called "flat towing" or "4 wheels down"), you may need a different vehicle. With some vehicles it's a simple process to hook up and go. With others it's best to be a bit mechanical. Horsepower ranges from about 300-425 on diesels. Any of them tow a vehicle just fine. I'm not familiar with gassers, but there are a lot on the road towing.
It's a good idea to look at several rigs to get your bearings. You'll pick up on comparisons right away and start seeing things you do and don't want. It's quite possible that the RV you're referring to isn't the right one for you.
Texas cold and wet is OK with me. It will still be about 50-70 degrees warmer than home in January. I'm leaving the last week of September, date to be determined by wind. Taking in college homecoming with my kids, a little genealogy research, and sightseeing, reaching San Antonio around Dec 1.
My DH will never enjoy travel as much as I do. He lives to work. He has many friends and business acquaintances, while I have a few handfuls of dear friends.
When DH mostly retired a few years ago, we decided to try snowbirding In late 2015. I have been dreaming of seeing America for years. Initially, DH didn't want to discuss something so far off. Then he was uncomfortable with the notion of taking off with the kids just starting college (um, 500 miles from home). Next was the whole conversation about how RV snowbirding really isn't a two-week, 4000 mile round trip to Florida. It's more like being gone for few months. Now, in the last few months he's taken two consulting jobs that will keep him home until spring. Message received: the man doesn't want to snowbird.
So, I'm headed south alone. In truth, I'm disappointed that I won't have someone to share my travels with. But, this is my opportunity to go, and it really means something to me. DH is not comfortable with me going it alone, and would like me to stay home. That's him being protective, I get it. But, dang, it would be nice if he could at least fake being excited for me and my little dream. I spent many years keeping house, raising kids, volunteering, and generally making it easier for him to pursue his dreams.
See you out on the road!
We have a similar situation to yours, OP. We have a business two hours away from home (seasonal), and firm plans to finally snowbird this winter. But now, DH couldn't resist buying into a business opportunity, so snow birding isn't an option for him. Timing is everything, right?
I've decided to head south in the RV anyway, and DH will join me for a week here and there. He's not overly enthused about me going solo. However, he won't be around home for several days at a time, so I'd be pretty much on my own there, too, (snow shovel in one hand, glass of wine in the other - ha!). The circumstance is what it is, and we're going to make the best of it for a handful of months. These are wonderful problems to have really, snowbirding versus a new business.
There are several right answers to the question, what should we do? Best wishes in whatever arrangement you two decide on.
When our kids were 5 and 8, we drove no more than 300 miles per day. It helped to break that up with an attraction along the way. Our kids were not impressed with scenery that young. In a motorhome, they will likely be looking out the side windows, which is fine in wide open places, but there isn't much to see if there's traffic, trees, or lots of buildings whizzing past in a blur. Movies and video games helped us, but sitting in a seat belt for 5 hours is still just that. We limited driving trips to about 800 miles from home, driving a day or two, then staying put for at least two days. For our cross country trips, we bought plane tickets so we had 4 more days of just recreation. Hopefully your crew has more patience and sitability than mine. ;)
Fastpasses may be booked 60 days before arrival for Disney hotel and campground guests. If staying off Disney property, you can book 30 days in advance. I suggest visiting Disney Wotld's website for the most accurate info, for making reservations, and for checking schedules and maps.
I start them in a bucket with half a gallon of really warm water. It takes about one minute for it to dissolve before adding to the tank. Then I use that bucket to add about five gallons of cold water (and rinse the bucket).
DS was in an accident with a similar memory. Impact, car spun, then stopped hard. First thought was "I'm OK but my face really hurts".
Doesn't recall airbay deploying, but it sure did. Must be all that adrenaline plus sensory overload. He was fine, car was totaled.