Blog update

I haven’t posted much on the blog lately. Mostly because right now we’re stationary and not much has been happening related to RVing.

Our motorhome has 8 tires. And I think they were the original ones.

When we had the blow or on the way to D C we had four of them replaced. Since they’re so expensive, we were waiting to replace the other four until we got back to Florida. On the way back to Florida, after spending a month in North Carolina, we had another blow out. The tire company that came to take care I’d is on the side of the road, only had two, so that’s all we could get replaced that time. We just had the last two replaced this last week . The manager said he had to order the tires so they all matched and he was surprised how much they cost. Together the two cost over $800. But now we have 8 matching tires and all almost new so that’s good.

The other RV related issue we recently had was in our shower. Thanks to recommendations from the Workcamper Facebook group we were able to get that fixed fairly quickly. The shower is basically made out of plastic, I think. There’s about 8 inches between the shower floor and the bathroom floor. The plumbing and the drain is in that space and it’s shored up with 2×4s. While stepping out of the shower once day, I noticed a hairline crack in the floor. Right away I’m thinking “How are we going to get this fixed?!”, Where?? And is this going do be a costly fix. After trying to figure this out for a day or two, I thought about the RV groups we’re a part of and I posted on the workcamping one. Apparently, this is not that uncommon. Several people responded with solutions they used, as well as some things not to use. The best advice was to do something now even if it’s temporary and don’t use the shower until you do. We found a product called Peel and Stick that is good for showers, pool liners, skylights and other things. So that’s what we used. Dave had it fixed and shored up more in less than an hour and we were able to use the shower the next day.

There’s always something to maintain, repair or that you want to change when you’re full- time in an RV. It’s really helpful when you have others to check in with to see if anyone else has had the same issues. I’m part of workcamper dreamers, RV Humor and Escapees. I’m sure there’s more. I’m sure you can Google RV groups to find more.

I’ve written before about some of the places we’ve visited and the campgrounds we’ve stayed at. Since we’re going to be here, at this KOA in Milton for awhile, and not much is changing, I’ll be writing about some of the places we’ve visited around here as well as some random things.

So, see you next time.

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Guest Writer

Robyn’s away so I’m writing this time. Never done it before so we’ll see how it goes.

Oh, I almost forgot to tell you… My name is Sarge. And, By the way, today’s my birthday and I’m 11 years old. I picked out Dave and Robyn to live with when ….I’ve never seen that squirrel here before…when I was 4 months old. I like Dave but I like Robyn more. She listens to me when I tell her stuff. But, Dave takes me on nice long walks so I like him too.

Sometimes, I get to go to places with them, but not all of the time. This time they took me to that place with our own little rooms and a big yard to play in outside. Miss Theresa treats me very nice… There was this one dog there that peed in places I like to pee … They went to New Orleans.

From Pensacola, Florida it’s only about a three hour drive to New Orleans, but as long as we all lived here, none of us had made it over there yet. They said I can’t go to New Orleans. This trip was only for a day and a half but they said they enjoyed it and they walked a lot… and it was very hot.

The Blake Hotel in the commercial district is where they stayed. Since they were there for a vacation package presentation the hotel was paid for but the parking wasn’t. The parking for guests staying in the hotel is $30 per night so it costs them $60! They told me they decided not to buy the vacation package.

Since they were there only a short time, they didn’t do any of the tours or see much of the history. Maybe the next time. They took the trolley from the commercial district to the end of the line at Frenchman St. and explored that area a little. Instead of taking the trolley back to the hotel, the walk back gave them the opportunity to see a little more of the Frenchman street area, the French Quarter and walk down Bourbon street. Bourbon street was narrower, and dirtier, than expected. They also had a lot of street repair going on at the time.

Here’s some pictures and a little video they took.

This is from Cafe Beignet. The cafe was full of statues of famous musicians and there were some live musicians playing on the small stage in the center of the cafe. Of course, the beignets were wonderful!

Marie Laveau’s on Bourbon Street.

To learn more about Marie Laveau, click on this link https://allthatsinteresting.com/marie-laveau and play the song by clicking on the link below.

Marie Laveau by Bobby Bare

Miss Teresa took these pictures of me when I visited her. She owns I Love Lucy Place dog boarding. You can click on this link to look at it. http://www.ilovelucyplace.com

Robyn will be back soon, so I think I won’t be writing any more posts.

Workcamping and Savannah

On this rainy day in Savannah, I’m sitting here at the table in the motorhome looking out the front window watching people tear down getting ready to pull out while Dave is changing out some of our lights. We’re replacing the overhead lights with LED lights. 

CreekFire RV resort is less than a mile off I-95, it seems most of the campers here only stay 1-2 days. Since part of Dave’s job here is to escort campers to their site, he gets to talk to some of the people that come here.

A couple across from us just pulled out. They’re full timers, driving a motorhome and pulling a car, similar to us. They’re a young couple that work from the motorhome. He does some kind of consulting work and she writes a blog. They told Dave they’ve completely redone the inside of their motorhome. I would have liked to meet them and get to know them a little, but they’re gone already.

The couple next to us, who are not workcampers,are here for a couple months. They’re also full-timers but are from here in Savannah. She has to have surgery and wanted her doctor here to take care of it. As soon as she’s cleared by the doc, they’re back on the road again.

We just met a woman from Ohio who is a traveling nurse. She travels by herself with her small dog and is here for a few months.

I’m watching another couple load up their golf cart. I think they’re going further south for the winter.

Dave met another couple from Ohio. They planned to travel with their friends also from Ohio. When the Ohio weather report called for a major cold front moving in the couple Dave met called their friends and suggested that they needed to go now. Since the friends said they couldn’t go yet, the couple Dave met told them I’ll see you there and took off. Their friends arrived two days later.

Another couple we’ve met here are workcampers too. Well, at least he is. They’re also full-timers. They have a son here and another one out west somewhere. We’ve only seen her once. CreekFire requires couples to work 32 hours a week in exchange for a full hookup campsite. So he’s working all the hours. (Anything over the 32 hours is paid.) They don’t seem to do anything or go anywhere when he’s not working, I asked him if they’ve toured Savannah and he said they only go to visit their son and his family whenever they aren’t working. If his son is working, he said, they just stay here.

Such a shame. There’s so much to see here. So, let me tell you about one of them, The Pirate’s House Restaurant. The structure of the Pirate’s House building now is actually several buildings put together. Inside the buildings is the oldest house in Georgia. Built in 1733, it’s a white little 2 room house with a fireplace between the rooms and a sleeping room above them. Over time this little house evolved and more buildings were added. It’s been restaurants, serving no alcohol, a ladies tea room, restaurants serving alcohol and bars. Now all the buildings are under one roof with a gift shop and dining throughout the several rooms. The location of The Pirate’s House is just off River Street. As the port became busier, privateers started arriving hoping to make their fortune. Following them, the pirates came in. This area became a very scary part of town. The owners of The Pirate’s House at that time decided the restaurant absolutely needed to serve alcohol to all these sailors coming in off the ships. The placemats at the restaurant tell the history of The Pirate’s House on one side of the placemat and on the other side, it tells about the house being haunted and Robert Louis Stevenson getting his inspiration for the book Treasure Island.

Remember, the tunnel I talked about earlier so that sailors and merchants could get up to the city? Well, the tunnel also came up into the Pirate’s House. This made it a quick route to the alcohol.

Many, many, pirates sailed into this area. And, many, many, drunk young men sailed out of this area unaware they were going to be part of the Pirate’s ship’s crew. When the captain was in need of crew members, he headed to the Pirate’s House found a few local young men, got them drunk, carried them out of the tunnel and when they woke up, they were at sea. They could either stay or swim back. Many of these men were never seen again.

Again, I have to add my disclaimer about doing your own research. This information came from the placemats, the tour we took at the Pirate’s House and some Savannah tour books. Our tour guide, dressed as a pirate, was also a history teacher, so most of our information came from him and from the guidebooks.

Here’s a few pictures and one more bit of random information. Whenever your walking on the sidewalk in the Savannah squares and the sidewalk changes to slate, that means you’re in front of a historical building.

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River Street – Savannah

River Street Old Town Trolley Tour Stop

Stop 10 on the Old Town Trolley Tour is River Street.  Appropriately named since it’s the street beside the Savannah river. This was probably the first street built in Savannah since it was used to deliver commodities to the city from the ships that sailed up the river from the Atlantic ocean. The Atlantic is only 18 miles from Savannah’s River Street.  The city sits up high with a significant drop off to the river.  This created a major problem for the sailing crew to get their products and supplies from the ship to the city above.  Because it made a good look out point for the military Savannah was built at this location

Originally, they tried to carry supplies up the cliffs to the city. That failed. Another attempt was to make some sort of a hoist system with ropes and pulleys. Because of the sandy soil, everything kept coming loose and that failed also. They couldn’t get any leverage to carry anything up.  One solution was to dig a tunnel which worked and I’ll write more about that later. Another solution was to use the stones they had used for ballasts on the ship and make a road up the hill.  The pictures below are ones I took showing the ballast road, some street views and some of the steep crooked steps.

This street now still has most of the original buildings and consists mostly of gift shops, souvenir shops and restaurants.  You can also get on one of the river cruise ships here. They offer dinner cruises and sightseeing cruises. I believe the tour guide said originally the river was about 14 feet deep, but now is 42 feet deep and there is a plan to make it deeper. It is now the 5th busiest port in the U. S.

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Savannah, Our first visit

Since  we are going to be in Savannah for the next couple months, most of my next blogs are going to be about Savannah.

On our first visit to Savannah, we parked in the Whitfield street parking garage as was suggested to us by the folks at CreekFire R V resort. It’s an underground parking lot that costs $5/day and opens into Ellis Square.

The city of Savannah was designed to be built in 24 squares. One of those squares was Ellis square. At one time the city tore down Ellis Square and put up a 6 story parking structure.  Recently, I’m not sure of the exact time, the city “reclaimed” that square. They tore down the structure and built an underground parking garage. They are in the process now of rebuilding and replanting the center square.

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What’s the best R V for me?

What’s the best R V for me?

There are many types of Recreational Vehicles to choose from so how do you know what is the best for you.

I looked at several R V websites, R V forums, R V group sites, dealers and from personal experience, I combined some information and suggestions to help you make a decision on the R V you want to buy.  Don’t forget there’s also tent camping for those who like a little more nature.

Remember, whatever you buy you have to learn how to drive  it or tow it. So make sure you’re going to be comfortable with it or are sure you’re going to be able to get comfortable with it. You’ll be backing it in sometimes, too, so you’ll need to learn how to do that.

Here’s some questions to ask yourself.  We’ll review a little more about  these later.

  • Why do you want an R V?
  • Do you plan on going on short trips or longer trips?
  • Do you plan on staying in R V parks or go boondocking?
  • Do you want to haul motorcycles, bicycles, ormaybe ATVs?
  • How many will be traveling with you?
  • Taking any pets with you?
  • Will you fit in it?

This questions are important to help you choose the right one.  First, why do you want an R V?  Do you want it just to park it at a lakeside park you are very fond of that has utility hookups and you’re planning on leaving it there?  That helps you decide if you need to be concerned about getting a gas or diesel model, how much power you need, how much storage, and maybe even how large a model you want.

If you’re planning on taking it on longer trips you may want a model with a lot of storage.   Basement storage (the compartments under the motorhome carriage) would be important in this case.  We have several storage compartments. The doors on ours open up from the top. I would much rather have the doors that open to the side. Some of them hit me in the head when I’m trying to get stuff out.

If you’re boondocking, camping in remote locations with no utilities, your motorhome size is a concern. The larger motorhomes require more space and more level ground which may not be available if you’re camping in remote areas.  And, you have to carry everything with you. You will need to have the largest water tank, gray water, and black water tank you can get.  Your water tank holds your water coming into the motorhome and is your drinking, toilet flushing and washing water. Gray water is the waste water from that and Black water is the sewage water.  To find how long you can go on full tanks, it’s a good idea to do a couple practice runs.  You’ll know when you run out of water and many of the campers have warning signals when the waste tanks get full. That will tell you how many days you can go before you have to find a dump station. The fuller your tanks are, the heavier your camper and the more possibility of additional swaying.

Are you planning on taking motorcycles or an ATV with you? Or do you want a party deck?  If so, then you may want to consider a toy hauler. These have a storage area, with ramps, and can convert to a little  outside deck.

How many passengers will go with you and how tall are they? Will you fit in the shower?  How about on the bed?  Most RVs come with what is called a “short queen”.  It’s the width of a queen bed but shorter. Most of the 5th Wheels have a king size bed. I’m not sure if it’s short or not.  Do you have enough beds for all your passengers?  If you go with a small camper or Class B RV it may be one where you have to assemble the bed each night. Such as pulling out the couch or lowering the table to make the bed.  Are you ok with that or would you rather have a permanent bed or bedroom?

If you’re going to be traveling cross-country or long distance, you may want a larger unit. If you want to pull it, you’d be looking at a 5th wheel, travel trailer or 5th wheel toy hauler. If you want to drive it, then you’d probably want to look at a Class C or Class A.  Class As come with either a diesel or gas engine.  Class A diesel pushers have the engine in the back.  They have better mileage and last a little longer than gas engines, but they require more oil and repairs are more expensive. And it’s harder to find someone to work on them, especially, if you break down somewhere on a trip.  Class A gas engines are less expensive, don’t last as long, and get slightly less mileage than the diesel.  Since diesel engines are in the back, the cab is a little quieter when you drive and there is no “hump” between the driver and passenger seats.  Gas engines, since they’re in the front, have that hump between the two seats and the cab is a little noisier.  

Another consideration in the choice of a vehicle is A/C when driving. In most of the units, the A/C doesn’t cool the cab area well enough when you’re driving.  Sometimes you’ll need the “house” A/C running.   With most units this is possible. But, usually, a small fan works fine. 

If you like to cook and like a big kitchen most of the 5thwheels have a big kitchen area with bigger refrigerators and pantries.

There are so many things to consider, right along with the price. I hope this has helped you get started. I would suggest going to R V / Camper shows, possibly even renting one to try it out before you buy.  Rentals are usually  Class C motorhomes.  Don’t rule out a used one either. Just check it out really well and ask for maintenance records. Many times people are just looking to move up to a larger motorhome and there isn’t anything wrong with the one they have or they discovered they’re not using enough to keep it.

Whatever you buy, remember you have to learn to drive it or tow it, fill and empty the tanks and hook up the utilities.

I’ll talk about towing a vehicle in another blog.

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LEGO

A Day in the Life of…

…  A Christmas Shopper

If you ask almost any boy under the age of 12 or 13 what he wants for Christmas I would bet that Legos would be at the top of the list. At least that’s my experience. I got to thinking about how long LEGO has been around. I know my boys used to play with them. The boys at the Boys Ranch played with them and my grandson plays with them.

I did some google searching about Legos and found these fun facts.  Most of these things I didn’t know. I hope you enjoy this. There ’s lots more if you want to do your own research.

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Thanksgiving

A Day in the Life of …

…A Thanksgiving Day Blogger

Like millions of other people, this was another great day with family eating way too much.  And, like millions of others, we watched some of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, some football and played some games while catching up on the latest with each other.

While surfing on my computer this morning I came across some Thanksgiving fun facts I decided to share today.

Here they are!

  • In 1953, Swanson overestimated the number of frozen turkeys that it would sell on Thanksgiving by 26 tons. The company decided to slice up the extra meat and repackage it–creating the first ever TV dinner.
  • One of the most popular first Thanksgiving stories recalls the three-day celebration in Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 1621. Over 200 years later, President Lincoln declared the last Thursday in November as a national day of thanksgiving, and in 1941 Congress established the fourth Thursday in November as a national holiday.
  • Now a Thanksgiving dinner staple, cranberries were actually used by Native Americans to treat arrow wounds and to dye clothes.
  • In 2007, George W. Bush granted a pardon to two turkeys named May and Flower. The tradition of pardoning Thanksgiving turkeys began in 1947, though Abraham Lincoln is said to have informally started the practice when he pardoned his son’s pet turkey.
  • Sarah Josepha Hale (1788-1879), who tirelessly worked to establish Thanksgiving as a national holiday, also was the first person to advocate women as teachers in public schools, the first to advocate day nurseries to assist working mothers and the first to propose public playgrounds. She was also the author of two dozen books and hundreds of poems, including “Mary Had a Little Lamb.”
  • The first Thanksgiving football game was in 1876
  • Baby turkeys are called poults. Only male turkeys gobble and, therefore, are called gobblers
  • The Friday after Thanksgiving is called Black Friday largely because stores hope the busy shopping day will take them out of the red and into positive profits. Black Friday has been a tradition since the 1930s
  • The flap of skin hanging off of a turkey’s chin is called a “wattle.” The wrinkly thing hanging over the turkey’s beak is called a “snood.”     selective focus photo of red turkey head

I hope you all got to enjoy the holiday and spend time with friends and family.                         

 Happy Thanksgiving

 

A Day in the Life of Being Thankful

A Day in the Life of…

… Of a Thankful Person

Most of today’s blog is coming from our church sermon today.

There was a simple man who lived an average life according to today’s standards.  One day he received a notice that a great aunt passed away and left him $40,000. He was happy to receive that.  About a week later, another relative passed away and it was in his will that this man was to receive $20,000.   Then another week later, another relative passed away and left him $85,000.  It was not too long after that he ran into a close friend. The friend noticed that he was feeling down and asked him what was wrong.  He told him about receiving the $40,000, then the $20,000 and then the $85,000. His friend asked him then “Why are you feeling so low?”.  His response was, it’s been about 2 weeks and I haven’t received anything.

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