Hooray!

So we had lots of wonderful help today! The rain held off until we’d loaded the truck and unloaded at the storage facility! Hooray!

Everything fit into the storage unit just fine. We were a little concerned that everything would not and we’d need an additional small one. Hooray!

Jessi and Brandon had a scare with their car; potential issue with the ignition that turned out to just need a reset of the security system. Hooray!

Still waiting for a part for the RV but they have assured me that I can pick up the RV the evening of the 27th. This works as our money will be in on the 27th! Hooray!

Mom moves the 28th! Hooray!

Sue enough! Life is good! Hooray!

Continuing saga of the RV

A part has to be ordered so until the part is received between the 25th and 28th or so we won’t know when the repairs will be completed.

We are taking the opportunity to do some additional work and maintenance that was scheduled for sometime in July. It occurred to me during church today that this is God’s timing. If we waited until July we might not have a place to live while the work was done and if we were already in the RV we’d be going to BC the 20th through 24th. As it is I’ll be moving my Mom to assisted living during that timeframe.

RV Troubles part III

things are better.
The RV is at Camping World for repairs. A mobile RV repairman was able to get the slide in so I could drive it to Camping World.
Tomorrow we’ll have an estimate.
We do have an extended warranty which will cover repairs to some extent with a $200 deductible and may cover all beyond that.
Tomorrow we will also know when the repairs will be completed.

RV Troubles

As many of you know from previous emails and blog entries, we are moving into our RV full time. We own it so can live in it cheap rather than continuing in an apartment and, of course, the ministry of RV Ministries depends on the coach!

Well our RV home has troubles. My husband served on the spiritual team for Cursillo this weekend and due to health issues slept in the RV rather than on the floor. The RV had to be moved from where I’d parked it as the church needed to remove a tree. Glen does not drive the RV but found some help. I don’t know that the following caused the problem but….he started the engine without pulling up the jacks. This appears to have caused the jacks to pop up quickly. They then moved the RV a short distance without pulling in the slide. I did not think about it at the time but on the flat this should not have been a problem but the coach was on a severe slope. When Glen tried to lower the jacks they failed to function so he just lived with the heavy slant. Saturday evening when Jenn and I arrived the jacks would not function and Sunday as we prepared to leave neither would the slide. We left it there and went back to the apartment we will be leaving before the end of the month.

Monday we drove back down and tried stuff – put a solid charge on the batteries, cleaned the terminals, checked the fuses, etc. even talked with a repair tech who confirmed we’d tried all the things we could. Now we will need to call a repair person out to the Tacoma location of the RV some 50 miles from the apartment.

We have no idea what this may cost but do know that our extended warranty will pay for most to all of the cost but this is a reimbursement and we don’t have the funds to pay for the repair while we wait to be reimbursed. We will have money as of the 27th but really need to move out of the apartment the 23rd as we can get help to move that weekend and need to be able to live in the coach to move out!

So… we need urgent temporary financial help as we can repay any loaned funds no later than July 1st.

Please pray…this is an easy inexpensive fix that is completely covered by the warranty and finally, that the repairs can be done quickly so we can get moved into the coach before the end of the month. If the coach cannot be repaired on location, it will be in the shop and we won’t be able to live in it. EEK!

RV Troubles

As many of you know from previous emails and blog entries, we are moving into our RV full time. We own it so can live in it cheap rather than continuing in an apartment and, of course, the ministry of RV Ministries depends on the coach!

Well our RV home has troubles. My husband served on the spiritual team for Cursillo this weekend and due to health issues slept in the RV rather than on the floor. The RV had to be moved from where I’d parked it as the church needed to remove a tree. Glen does not drive the RV but found some help. I don’t know that the following caused the problem but….he started the engine without pulling up the jacks. This caused the jacks to pop up quickly. They then moved the RV a short distance without pulling in the slide. I did not think about it at the time but on the flat this should not have been a problem but the coach was on a severe slope. When Glen tried to lower the jacks they failed to function so he just lived with the heavy slant. Saturday evening when Jenn and I arrived the jacks would not function and Sunday as we prepared to leave neither would the slide. We left it there and went back to the apartment we will be leaving before the end of the month. 

Monday we drove back down and tried stuff – put a solid charge on the barries, cleaned the terminals, checked the fuses, etc even talked with a repair tech who confirmed we’d tried all the things we could. Now we will need to call a repair person out to the Tacoma location of the RV some 50 miles from the apartment.

We have no idea what this may cost but do know that our extended warranty will pay for most to all of the cost but this is a reimbursement and we don’t have the funds to pay for the repair while we wait to be reimbursed. We will have money as of the 27th but really need to move out of the apartment the 23rd as we can get help to move that weekend and need to be able to live in the coach to move out! 

So… we need urgent temporary financial help as we can repay any loaned funds no later than July 1st. 

Please pray…this is an easy inexpensive fix that is completely covered by the warranty and finally, that the repairs can be done quickly so we can get moved into the coach before the end of the month. If the coach cannot be repaired on location, it will be in the shop and we won’t be able to live in it. EEK! 

Oops! I broke it

Well it is my turn. First trip with the RV Glen broke the shower which required professional repair. This trip has been my turn to do stupid stuff.

On arrival at Moses Lake Jenn helped me put up (hmm should that be pull down?) the awning. I forgot the step to tighten the stabilizer knobs. No issue until the wind picked up Saturday evening and the whole thing started flapping pretty seriously. A friend across the way noticed it just as I stepped out to put the awning up (back in/away). It was nice to have his assistance as the wind was strong. Handling an awning in the wind is not easy. Fortunately no damage to the awning.

We are at the town of Coulee Dam at an RV park now. On arrival we went to activate the slide out and a noise caused Jenn to stop the slide as both Glen and I said stop! The lock box was blocking the slide! EEK! Unfortunately there is some breakage but not too bad. The bottom foot or so of the decorative trim broke off as the metal underneath bent. Glen was able to use metal screws to pull the metal strip back into place pretty close to normal and then glued and screwed the decorative piece back in place. The slide out works which is the really critical thing. Also discovered while setting up that I forgot to pick up the galley floor mat which now is jammed under the front edge of the slide in the galley space. not critical but a nuisance and no idea how we’ll get it out!

I guess it was just my turn to break something.

In spite of the trials we enjoyed the Samboree in Moses Lake although Glen wasn’t feeling particularly well and are looking forward to exploring the Coulee Dam area. We will be here tonight, June 3rd and tomorrow night then head for Bellevue and the apartment on Tuesday the 5th.

Weekend visitor

Jenn came down Friday night after work. She had to go back after dinner Saturday as she has the lesson for the Rite 13 class at church today. Her dedication to that class is amazing! Saturday afternoon we were sitting here, Glen was napping, Jenn was doing something on her computer and I was cutting pieces for a quilt. Pretty normal stuff for our family on a Saturday afternoon. Jenn commented that this was just that…normal stuff… But it felt different here in the coach than in the apartment and yet very normal. We decided we liked what was to be the new normal!

Saturday Jenn helped Glen put the Family Motor Coach emblems on the coach and Jenn and I took a good, fairly long walk. I’ve been for a walk every day, even in the rain! But it was lovely to have Jenn for company. I’m going to encourage Glen to walk with me for short periods too.

Oh! Wonderful news! Glen no longer has sleep apnea! The initial 130 lb weight loss has erased that issue! Praise God! By the way if Jessi reads this before Glen has a chance to tell her I apologize but he’s had some days and keeps forgetting to call!

Not sure what we will do about church today. We were not able to plan ahead so there will not be a worship service here at the park. We night even take a Sunday off and just have our own little worship service. “Where two or three are gathered together…”

May you gather in joy!

Elma, WA

We are out and about in the RV. We’ll be out for not quite two weeks. Not traveling but rather perched at the Travel Inn in Elma, WA. This is the longest we’ve been in this coach.
We don’t have any big plans but are doing some maintenance while out. Somehow trying to plan fixing just never happens when we are in the apartment! So
Rearrange the video cabinet which includes removing the original metal box so the Dish DVR and the DVD player will fit in there. Eventually the Wii will be in there too. The metal box was for the original controls which split to allow the rear TV to be on a different channel. This is totally different from the way Dish handles this. Of course the box also handled the switch between VCR and TV but the TV we’ll be putting in here accepts multiple inputs directly so again no need for the box! For now we are using the original TV but we’ll move our TV from the apartment living room to here as we are moving out of the apartment.
Fasten jackknife sofa down. We knew the sofa was loose but had no idea what a poor job was done putting it in! The RV was somewhat refurbished. Generally the carpets are replaced when refurbishing and that is where the problem is here. They put the new carpet on top of the old which meant the screws for the sofa were only going through the two layers of carpet and the foam padding! Duh! Of course it was wobbly! I tried some months ago to put longer screws in but was only partially successful. Today Glen cut the carpet – all layers – and the foam padding, pre-drilled holes and then was able to get the screws in properly. All this while crawling around on the floor with his prosthesis off!
Just before we left home, I worked on the kitchen faucet. The handle would not stay on and you had to hold your mouth just right to get the water to turn off. Works much better now!
Later I need to re-stitch the front curtain to the pull tab as the one side has come apart. It was partially off when we bought the coach.
I bought cording so I can rehang the stained glass Madonna which will add to the “we’re home” atmosphere. My kitchen is well organized but I need to finish organizing the bathroom.
It all takes a bit of work to get fully organized but we are getting closer and closer to being fully ready to live in the RV full time!

RV Rally

The week of July 10th Glen and I were at The Good Sam Rally in Redmond, OR. Redmond is just north of Bend. Beautiful location; Mt. Hood to the north, The Sisters to the South West. Most of the week was beautiful too! It rained the evening of the Vince Gill concert so the start was delayed by an hour and fifteen minutes. The following night was Peter Noone and that start was also delayed but not by as much. Otherwise we could not have asked for better weather.

I was a volunteer so Tuesday – Friday I worked registration from 12:30 to 4:30 and Wednesday – Saturday I worked the evening concerts from about 5:00 to “everybody is gone and the grounds have been picked up”. I got very tired especially when “everybody is gone and the ground have been picked up” was late and I was soaked through to the skin! as I was the evening of the Vince Gill concert. The next night I was smarter and had my rain poncho with me! You know? That rain poncho is an REI product that is some 25 years old! Wow!

Glen and I went to some seminars, explored the vendor booths, picked up plenty of information and some new friends too! Friday there was a dog show. Ginger and I played “Musical Chairs” dog style – a water bowl for each dog and the last one to sit and stay when the music stopped was out! Ginger did well enough to earn a purple ribbon and a dog bone!

Sunday the 17th there was a non-denominational service. The fellow who was supposed to be the speaker could not be there for some reason. I found this out on Monday the 11th so offered Glen’s assistance. This was readily accepted so Glen did the devotion/homily. It was well received and he thoroughly enjoyed it.

We left Redmond on Monday the 18th, stopped for the night in Randle, WA then arrived home Tuesday. All in all a delightful trip!