Saturday, June 29, 2013


Monday - June 24th - Fred took out tow vehicle to the shop as the AC was not working; had to get a rental so a new compressor could be installed in the tow; Russell called - the coach is ready.  Went to Russell picked up coach and then home to load up.  Worked late into the night to get things loaded; got exhausted and just stopped we will get up early and finish - famous last words!

Tuesday - June 25th - up late (who would have thought - lol) just loaded up no organization to it as we needed to get the coach to PPL for warranty work, was suppose to be there at 8:00 and it is now 8:00.  Oh well they will still be there when we get there.  Things to do - 1) coach to PPL; 2) dogs to son's house for babysitting; 3) return rental car and get tow with AC working; 4) back to house to pick up final things to go to storage and Salvation Army and drop off; 5) back to house to get last of things going with us; 6) drop off items going to kids; 7) get EZ tag for coach for toll roads; 8) go get dogs from son's house; 9) stop at store for food (most important); 10) go to coach for night at PPL - work not finish so staying on residence lot.  Wow what a day and it all got done.

Wednesday - June 26th - well clock was wrong and was up I thought at 7:00 but it was really 5:00.  Things to do - 1) wash clothes at son's house; 2) get final load out of the house; 3) generator fixed on coach; 4) WiFi Antenna installed; 5) dinner with Fred's brother  - not to bad of a day

Thursday - June 27th - well tow package is being installed today, so will just stay with the coach and maybe try to get something organized. Got just about everything inside the coach now.  Still have a couple of containers at my son's house that we will pick up tomorrow morning.  Got the tow package installed, got the wifi antennas installed; got the jacks working right.  Grandson came and spent the afternoon with me, it was great to see him and have the time with him before we take off.  Son came later in the evening and got all my computer/wifi all setup and working.  It is nice to have a son that is a computer engineer!!!  Exhausted but excited.  Pull out of PPL in the morning and headed to Westlake RV Resort for the night. T

Friday - June 28th - up early and got things packed and ready to travel.  Finally hit the road around 11:00 but that was okay as we could not check into Westlake RV Resort until 11:00 anyway.  Staying in West Houston tonight as our kids want to have a send off party for us tonight.  This gave us a chance to go check the mailbox for the last time and go say goodbye to some friends we had not gotten a chance to yet.  Westlake RV Resort is really nice, very clean and has a great place for the dogs.  If you are passing through Houston look it up - would recommend it.  Oh, it is a Good Sam park so you also get at 10% discount.  Had a great dinner with our kids and now on to our new life!!!!
Tow in place and ready to go!!

One last check

Fred's favorite Mexican food with our kids

Fred remembering

Monday, June 24, 2013

Finally - the last days

Well the closing on our house is set for Friday, June 28th.  We got word today that we could pick up our coach from Russell this afternoon - repairs are completed!!  Going to PPL for some warranty work and my son will get all the wifi set up and ready to go while there.  Going to close Friday and then we are heading out on our new life.
Camping out in the house these last few days has been hard with a lot of mixed emotions, but we are ready to go and start a new life.  It has also been uncomfortable sleeping on this air mattress for 10 days - lol.
Going to miss some things, but looking forward to new adventures.  We have loved our yard and the wildlife here.  I am sure they are going to miss Fred as he feed them every night, but out with the old and in with the new.  Now we will have a bigger back yard and will see more types of wildlife than just our deer.
Until next week!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Will we ever get back on the road????

Well we are getting anxious and cabin fever.  Have found an auction company that is coming Wednesday to get the rest of our things and will auctioning them off on June 15th.  This will finally take care of everything except what we are taking with us. Finally got this worry off my mind!!
 My youngest granddaughter is taking my great (4x) grandmother's bed that came with her from England.  Fred and I went and set it up in her room today so it will surprise her when she returns from their summer vacation to San Antonio.  Well guess we will surprise her parents also as no one had any idea we were doing this.  This was the one piece of furniture that I was really not liking to get rid of so I was happy when our son said Kylie needed a new bed. 

June 15th - my birthday and the date of our auction.  Went to dinner with Ed and Debi Hurlburt at The Red Brick Tavern in Conroe.  What a wonderful place, we really enjoyed and the food was super.  Went to the auction after dinner to see what was going on.  Things were selling but not at the price we wanted, but I just told them to sell things so things were sold.  Then again things are only worth what someone will pay for them.  At least the last of our "things" were sold and no more worries of having things own us anymore.

Now for the coach - well it is still in the shop.  Winnebago has shipped the fender and it will be in next week.  Repair shop found more damage to the coach and the insurance company has approved those repair.  Plans now - we should have our coach back by Friday.  I sure hope so as we are camping out in the house right now but closing is on June 28th.  Empty house and sleeping on air mattress is getting old. 

My one lesson I would like to convey to all is to make sure of your tires when you purchase a RV - whether old or new.  We have learned that the tires that were on our coach when we purchased it were the original tires with the coach when it was new in 1998.  There is a date code on tires and you should make sure of that date before you go out on the road.  If you look there is a DOT stamp with numbers right after that - those numbers are the month, week during that month and the year the tire was manufactured.  Your tires should not be more that seven years old.  It is best to replace them regardless of usage every five years but no later than seven years.  We had a second tire explode while it was in the shop getting repair from the damage of the first tire exploding while we were on the road. Please take a lesson from us and check your tires before you take off with your coach - you could save your life or someone else's life in doing so and/or save yourself a lot of frustration while your coach is in the shop. 

Safe travels !!!