Old Lady Fell Out of Bed

IMG_0188Old Lady Fell Out of her Bed

That’s me.
My bed is located over the truck cab. I have a ladder to get up there but haven’t used it because I can climb up just fine, til today when I fell getting down off the bed. Slide down, couldn’t control it landed on a little cart and onto thresh water tank, I’m going to be sore tomorrow but no real damage done.

Maybe I need to use the ladder. I tried to get it out from where its kept above the storage but it’s too tight for me to get down , I’ll need to ask for help, hate that!  The ladder takes up too much valuable space,  maybe I’ll just be more careful yeah, the problem was that I started to slip and I was not on the side but in the middle where  the distance between the bed and the floor is greater than from the edge where I can slide to the bed below.  Old ladies need to avoid falls but my bones are in surprisingly good shape for my age, the radiologist said so on my last bone density test.

It Took me 6 Months to Get Moving

It took me almost 6 months but it has finally happened, I’m on the road in my 22 foot RV.

I have everything I own in this small space, between gifting, selling, and a few items with my sister this is all I have left, probably more than I need. I’m super downsized! It helps that I don’t get attached to stuff.
Now I have think about what comes next.

So far I only have planned to go to VA to visit family. While there I want to correct, clean, paint and fix everything that doesn’t function as it should before I leave again for unknown places,

I’d love to stay on the west coast where there are so many public lands that allow boondoggling.
I’m in Arkansas staying in Ron Coleman’s Mine and I ‘m going to dig for crystals and maybe take a zip ride over the mine in the morning.to get here it   took a whole tank of gas to get here but I put my trust in google maps to get me here, ( though I think I saw the same place several times!) I hoped it would be worth the gas money.

I’ve only traveled 284 miles of the 1300 miles to Fredricksburg VA,

I think I fried my inverter,  it shouted a fierce screeching noise. What to do?

Black tank!Ugly Thoughts

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Last week I took my RV to RV Specialists in Plano TX to  finally find out why the dark water tank lever wouldn’t open to be emptied.

It took 4 hours at 145.00/hr at a RV center in Plano TX to fix.  $750.00

On the  one hand I was real worried that it would be found un-fixable and then what would I do. on the other hand I had no choice but to fix it cost what it may.

A few days later I stopped at the same RV specialists to ask how to light my refrigerator because I had not been able to get it working.

The “boss” stormed out of his office and said I could have 10 minutes with a specialist.

I admit, I had ugly thoughts about this man, my RV was not welcome because it was a humble RV, nothing like those on the lot and he didn’t want to be bothered by me or my RV.

The tech was great and solved my dilemma. It was a simple thing as I suspected but propane scares me and I wanted to be sure I did it right.

My Lucky Happenstance

IMG_0016I believe I have been lucky in my choice of where to live for a time. It’s clean, nice friendly people live here and the owner is a woman to admire.

Everyday at 4:30 campers that live here meet in CJ’s home to get together and chat for a couple hours, bring what ever you like to drink and the owner provides snacks.
When it was discovered that I am an (unlicensed) acupuncturist, no body cared about  my license and I could start a business right here on a trade for services system. Mostly older people live here, (but younger than me?) they are are long time residents with multiple medical concerns. This should be fun! Now if I can get what I need in needles I’ll be all set.

Today I was fortunate to get a lift into Truth or Consequences with an interesting neighbor to see where the town is and what there is there, I see a laundry, a general store,post office, gas stations, where to get propane and a guess what….a Walmart.  I can have amazon delivered right to my rv site!

I learned a lot today.

There is a sense of community here.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.