Saturday, June 16, 2012

On the Road with Dead Fridg

Rockwall, Texas
Weather Condition; High 93, Low 72,

We haven’t posted lately due to the fact that I have been fighting with gallstones. That’s right, Gallstones. I’ve had bouts in the past. I’ve probably had three in the past 3 years. Not bad, I can live with that. Last week I had two bouts in one week and it was brutal. Dawn told me if I had another bout she would be driving me to the emergency room.

It has been a week now and I’m feeling much better. Thank goodness, I was afraid she was going to take me to emergency and demand they rip out my gallbladder!

We will be pulling out in the morning heading north. We won’t have phone or internet access for a while.

We did manage to get a few things done while we were on our home turf. We are once again legal to travel the roadways. We paid the state registration fee for the trailer. We had the oil and fuel filter changed. We bought some bad fuel in Rockport.

We washed and conditioned the roof of the trailer. We took a few items to storage. We realized we didn’t need those items and found no need to drag them around anymore. 

We visited with friends and family. Dawn attended a high school graduation and a graduation party. I was too busy fighting gallstones to do any fun stuff!

We have been wrestling with our Norcold refrigerator for quiet awhile and it finally bit the dust. We have replaced the thermistor twice and it just doesn’t want to work. We give up. We will be replacing it with a Maytag residential. We’re not happy with norcold or their products. There have been way too many recalls.

We can replace our Norcold 7.5 cubic foot refrigerator with a Maytag 9.8 cubic foot refrigerator for less than $400.00 and don’t have the fire or ammonia risks.

We won’t have time to replace it until we return from our 2 week planned trip to meet up with friends.

We’ll be returning back here in a couple of weeks to take care of the refrigerator. Our friend Mike said he would cap the propane line and I’m sure my brother will help me remove the Norcold and install the Maytag.

Anyway, that’s all we have for now.

Friday, June 1, 2012

1 Year Anniversary as Full-Timers

Rockwall, Texas
Weather Condition; High 87, Low 62,

We pulled out of Goliad State Park around 8:45 A.M Wednesday, May 16th. We stayed an additional day due to storms. Anyway, we pulled out with nice weather and the drive wasn’t bad at all. We covered 372 miles getting to Purtis Creek State Park in Eustace, Texas.

We made a couple of stops along the way to stretch our legs and walk the dogs. We stopped outside of Hearne for fuel and we arrived at Purtis Creek SP about 4:15 P.M. It was a long day but we were glad to be that much closer to our next destination.

We have a nice shaded back-in site. These sites are water and electric only. We are only going to be here a few days so we don’t need the sewer.

We were able to visit with Dawn’s sister and brother-in-law while there.

We pulled out of Purtis Creek State Park on Monday, May 21st around 10:30 A.M and pulled into Rockwall about noon. It was hot and humid.

We’ve been so busy since we arrived in town. We’ve cleaned the roof, washed the exterior, taken our dining table to storage, got oil changed in truck, picked up registration for trailer, did 2 weeks of laundry, visited with friends, bought graduation gifts, steamed cleaned carpet and cleaned up the truck, inside and out.

We’ve been busy!

By the way, today is our 1 year anniversary. That’s right; we’ve been full-timers for one year. It has really gone by fast. We talked about the fact we haven’t traveled very far but we’ve seen a lot and are really enjoying ourselves.

We have not missed living in a big house with an extra big yard. We have plenty of room in our fifth wheel. The only time I’ve even thought about having a stick-n-brick is during the severe stormy weather.

We have enjoyed the traveling and have made a lot of new friends. We feel like we are just getting started. We have so many places to go and so many things to see.

We’ve learned a lot from other RVers.

We are looking forward to many more miles and years of full-timing.