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I Have One Solar Panel- is it working?

IMG_0018I have one solar panel. Not sure if it is doing anything for me as I don’t know how to read the gauge. I think it is a simple thing to do but I haven’t read enough about this type of monitor to understand how to use the meter yet, but I will soon, it’s on my ‘list of things I need to learn’ soon. together with  my hot water tank, why some lights don’t light and did I ruin the whatchamacallit, does it  matter that I removed the TV?

My baby needs to be washed and waxed, that’s going to be tough to do as she is taller than I am.

GG needs repairs to the damaged exterior that I made getting too close to something.

I’ve knocked down two mailboxes and backed into a park electric and water post. That was dramatic, I was almost in tears, didn’t notice anything until I got out of the truck and saw the water spewing up in the air. I do have a backup camera but it was almost dark and didn’t help me.
I had a tire monitoring system for my tires but both men that worked on my rv laughed and said all I needed was the simple air tester and sold me an extra long one to reach the inside tires.

One less thing to think about, plus I have brand new tires.

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Questions I ask Myself about RV living

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Regrets I sometimes feel:
Buying my RV
I should have waited a little longer and gotten one not so old or needing so much upgrading.

The good thing is the low miles for its age. I paid too much and I’m needing expensive upgrades to get it to where I felt confident to drive and live in it.
Why am I having so much trouble painting the RV? I don’t like what I’ve done so far.
I need to learn about the propane why it doesn’t work? is it empty?

How does the fridge work on propane?

Where do I get it?
The dark tank is stuck, can’t empty need a new fixture? Probably an expensive fix.
Sew curtains ?
Move mattress up top?

How to start the fridge?
What do I do about the water?

Why don’t I have water,

how to clean to water tank ?

Should I switch my light bulbs?

So when I’m hooked up to a campsite I have running water but it doesn’t fill up the fresh water tank?

That is a separate tank?

What have I done to the furnace, is it recoverable?

How am I going to finish the floors, he started replacing the carpet (thank you) with wood but didn’t finish the job and all the hard parts aren’t finished.

I’ll need heat, no where is there a 70 degree temperature where I can live and not need heat or cooling.

I only have cold water, reminds me of living in Darien and waiting for the sun to heat the water before showering, that won’t happen here……..or maybe it will. But not where I am now.
A world of questions, but I’ve done difficult things before and I’ll figure all this out too.

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Angry Trucker Wants My Parking Spot!

My first long distance trips to Virginia and South Carolina were made to see family, show them my rig and my determination to live this nomadic life style. I wanted to see them to tell them I love them but probably won’t see them for a few years as I’m going  west. They were able to see my rig and I was able to reassure them I would keep safe.They can see when I am moving via  this app 360 on my phone.

I stayed with them while visiting but getting from here to there I stayed at truck stops and corp of engineers campgrounds. and once I parked at a busy intersection parking lot knowing it was a busy traffic area and doubted anyone would care about this little RV parked there. I’ve considered all the things that can happen  on the road and that I am comfortable with this decision. And now they are too, not that I tell them everything!

It hasn’t been easy or cheap to get this rig road ready. When I first drove it home the alignment was so far off the steering wheel was upside down, very scary to drive and expensive to fix but all is good now and I have 6 new tires, and good brakes.

I had somethings removed and other things added. The couch that opened up for sleeping was impossible to sleep on and was removed leaving a space I wanted to use for storage or book shelves. But removing the awful couch left me with another problem.  The coils of the furnace laid on top of the fresh water tank which was under the couch    As I plan to look only for 70 degree weather (where?) I tore them out , book shelves seemed more important than warmth…of course that was what I thought while  sweating in the heat of Dallas TX.   This has been the worst problem   how to brace shelves to the wall of the rv. and not have them falling apart whenever I turned a corner.

This problem of everything getting tossed around  while I’m driving is  is ongoing and I  need to pack stuff up tighter.
Finding places for my stuff has lead me to have less stuff and I can still weed through stuff.. I’d rather have less clutter than more stuff.

Driving without a plan makes finding a safe place to park for the night chancy. So far I have had an idea where I wanted to stop but on several occasions I left it for too late and felt a bit of anxiety before finding a spot.That and keeping the gas tank half full at all times have contributed to my major moments of anxiety especially when taking the scenic route instead of interstate highways where there are plenty of gas stations along the way.

Truck stops are good though truckers are not happy when rvs take their space and that can be difficult if the truck parking spots are full. I had a trucker swear at me and insult me and my  mother loudly because I stopped at a safe state rest stop  with signs posted where trucks and RV should park, happy to see  one spot left and pulled into it. Minutes later I heard this trucker behind me yelling rude insults for me to get my &^%%$. to get out of his way. Mind you I had a right to the spot but I moved rather than deal with the angry, probably tired, trucker to find some place else to stay the night.
One afternoon it was getting late and raining and from the highway I saw a sign for a Crackle Barrel that allows RV’s to spend the night in their parking lot. I turned into a busy city to find the Crackle Barrel but I couldn’t locate it and found myself driving into an area best avoided and got back on the road and found a nearly empty truck stop. I wish I could remember where I was, maybe Mississippi. It was clean and pleasant and I’d give it a 5 star rating, I can look at my gas receipts to find it, other than wanting to rate them I have ignored my gas expenses because they are out of my control.

Why stress about the cost of something you can’t do without.

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Whatever made me think I could do this?

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Whatever made me think I could do this on my own? Money or lack of it made this living style a perfect solution. I have enough income living modestly to be comfortable. When I’m able to pay off my credit cards I’ll be just fine, baring any unexpected upsets that can happen anywhere.

I’m living on my own terms, free of needing help from anyone.

Freedom to pick up and go with all my worldly possessions contained in one small package. GG my Gas Guzzling RV

I’ve only been on the road for a short time and there are moments that I look around myself and wonder if this will be enough, this small space that holds everything I need, will it be enough?

How long will it be enough?

Will I get lonely?

I need to keep myself healthy and strong,

I’m already 75. I figure I’m good for at least another 5-10 years in this rig,

I love this space!.

A tailgate artist on the road.

Exciting!

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Dumb things I’ve done in my RV….so far

IMG_0016Dumb things I’ve done in my RV …….so Far

1st dumb thing I paid what he asked for without a counter offer. But it was the size I thought I could manage and with the low miles on it I had to have it.
2nd dumb RV wouldn’t start it cost me $350 to have it towed to where I wanted it to be inspected (this after I bought it)
When I picked it up I asked what was wrong that it didn’t start, he looked confused and said it started just fine.

Didn’t start because I needed to turn the key farther to start the engine! It starts just fine except when I forget to turn out all the lights. It has been jumped quite a few times so far.
Talking about jumping my truck, it’s not a big deal anymore because now I have this handy devise that I can keep charged to charge my phone and with the alligator clips I can charge the truck battery too.
I’m pretty sure I’ll do more dumb stuff but now I have knowledgeable people to ask for help and while they may smile at my silly questions I know they will not laugh directly at me and will give me grains of advice that will help me grow.

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HELLO NEW MEXICO

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Not everything planned goes as planned.  I knew this from the start so am not surprised that I have no hot water and the fridge isn’t working on electric power. It is working on propane now so doesn’t matter much except I’m paying for electric so I’d like not needing to use my propane

I’ll probably have to ask for help.   I’m not real good at asking  for help but I’m sure there is someone here that has the answer for me and probably its something simple that I’m missing, like when I couldn’t get the water hose hooked up with out dripping water or spraying myself, I couldn’t get it screwed on tight. A man walking his dog stopped to see if i needed help and noticed right away that I was missing a rubber  gasket inside the hose and found one for me and fixed it just like that. ‘ along with them.

I need a toad!

All this and more will be resolved soon.

I’m sure.

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I Loved Him for a Moment

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I loved him for a moment until the common senses arrived.

walk behind me he said, you will be safe there.

why are you walking behind him they asked

because he asked me to, to be safe

you are a fool, he wants to control you, not  protect you

I know, said I with a foolish smile

How can you think you love him

he is not appropriate for you

He will hurt you

But it was only for a moment

How can he hurt me

He is far away and he has no will to hurt me.

He will hurt your heart

your dignity

He will ask much and give little

yet I do not step away from heart-break.  IF  my heart is broken

it means I have felt love, the most beautiful pain of all

Renounce a love that might have been fearless

is to be a coward, afraid to love

Who are you

Have you never been struck by unsuspected love

Even for a moment?

Be fearless and grab for heartbreaking love

It’s the only way a heart can be broken yet heal to love again.

Get Old become an Inconvenience

Get old become an inconvenience

My mind feels heavy, sluggishly languishing here  empty

my thoughts have no weight to  hold them in

they are forgotten before they  are recognized,

lost in the  void that is  my mind with no exit,

To embrace only half a thought is useless to me,

Get old become  an inconvenience .

 

 

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Am I Loving It Yet? Almost

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So far I have had work done on the engine, alignment, brakes, new tires, a solar panel, a back up camera,  and so many more things to get my rv road ready.

Then I worked on the inside, painting  removing what I found to be the most uncomfortable coach/bed I’ve ever laid upon to make room for book shelves and storage.

Then I ordered some Indian fabrics for the windows and removed the table and bench system to make it a comfortable lounge day  space.

Next I need to work on the exterior, get those doors replaced, wash and wax it, fill in crackles and more.

Am I loving it?

I think so but I’d love it better if everything worked, I’d like hot water and I wish the fridge worked as it did before i switched to electric and it stopped working it was so cold it frosted both the fridge and the freezer.

I didn’t expect it to get so cold here but I’ve figured out why my electric blanket wasn’t heating so last night I was plenty warm and look forward to going to my warmed bed. (it was plugged in backwards)

Tomorrow I will get back to work on my floor I want to add my tiles to see how it looks so I can get rid of all the cans and bottles and mess needed to do the work……….