When you finally have an address… 

We spent just under 3 weeks in England, Arkansas… on the tower site… with no neighbors… and limited cell service. 

It wasn’t all that bad. We had water and 110 electric (until a few days before we left then the engineer found a 30 amp outlet that we connected to). We didn’t have a sewer so that was a little much in 95 degree weather! Allen enjoyed the no neighbor nudist opportunity and I learned some patience with a flashback to limited 3G connectivity!

We had lunch at Geautreaux’s just about every day and I frequented the laundrymat that I had to add to google maps. I took a 30 mile drive into Stuttgart (the rice and duck capital) to go to Walmart. I found a few little boutique shops in Keo and England that were pretty neat. And I got to meet a lady in one of the Facebook groups I belong to for spouses who travel in an RV for work. 

It was definitely an experience. 

I called Convenience RV Park in Willis, TX Saturday to see if they had a 50amp spot for us to live for about a month. John assured me they did and I could come on in on Monday. They have a pool, a restaurant and a mobile RV service on site so it sounded perfect! 

Well… it wasn’t. We arrived a little after 5pm on Monday and the office was closed. I tried to call John but it just rang and rang until I finally got a message saying “the machine is off”. We checked out the board they had outside the office and walked around to look at the sites. None were 50amp except the site marked overnight only. And none were going to be any kind of easy to get into. The place looked like a dump to be honest. 

Allen found Stow-A-Way Marina & RV Park off the same exit and gave them a call. They said to come on over and they would try and fit us somewhere. We wound up in site #3 with a concrete pad and 50amp FHU. It’s a back in site, a corner lot, but easy enough to get into because the site is actually on a 45 degree angle from the road. The park is all shaded by huge trees so that should help with our electric costs. Rent is $500/month plus electric at 11cents/kW. They have a pool and it’s right on the lake. There’s a convenience store/Marina store up front at the office and a BBQ restaurant that is open Friday-Sunday. The staff seems really nice too. 

I have my mom flying down Monday for a week to visit so that’s exciting! I also have a mobile RV tech coming out next week (not the guy from Convenience RV Park!) to work on replacing our rear air conditioner that stopped working in Haines City, FL

AND we got here just in time for Amazon Prime Day!!! So we ordered a new washer/dryer finally: an Edgestar ventless combo unit for half the price of our Splendide 7100xc. 

We also splurged on a new mattress… we’ve been dealing with a sagging lumpy one since we got our Grand Design Momentum in March of 2015 so it was high time for that! 

And I ordered a silhouette cameo vinyl cutter to make decals for my best friend’s golf outing-I’m really excited about this! 

I got the camper vacuumed yesterday (haven’t been able to do that since before we got to Arkansas!) and the fridge cleaned out. And I stepped on my first fire ant mound…. ouch! We went to the grocery last night, hit Tractor Supply for some more ant killer stuff and some diatomaceous earth to sprinkle around, and of course the liquor store! It feels good to be back in somewhat of a town!!! 

It’s always something! 

Between regular maintenance and things that go wrong, I sometimes feel like we can’t catch a break! 

We left the Happy Traveler RV Park near Tampa on Monday and got over to Orange City RV Resort. They gave us a first time special of $149/week – not bad!!! We got set up then were sitting outside when we saw hydraulic fluid on the foot of the jack… oh great! 

We wiped it off, checked inside the propane cubby where all the lines come in from the reservoir then spread out to each jack and the slides. We have the Lippert 6 point Automatic Leveling System. We wiped off all the lines, couldn’t see a visible leak or wear anywhere so decided to wait and see what happened. Maybe it was just pressure from being so hot, who knows?! 

Friday night we noticed more fluid on the jack pad. So we removed the hanger that holds all the lines in place and separated them. We put the suspected culprit on the propane tank so we could see if that was actually the leaky line. Saturday morning confirmed it! Hydraulic fluid all over the tank. 

So I called a mobile RV repair service and scheduled an appointment for Tuesday afternoon. Hopefully they can get the line replaced and fixed sometime next week. I know we will be here through next weekend at least, so I’m grateful for that. 

UPDATE: We fixed it ourselves! 

Right before we left Tampa, we had someone come and pick up our Splendide 7100xc washer dryer combo. Since it had been throwing an f13 error code from the first week we had it, they agreed to refund our purchase price. I’ll write a more detailed post on that next week, there’s a lot to cover! 

Now we are on the hunt for a new combo unit because I despise having to take everything to the laundromat and we are incredibly spoiled with the convenience of having a unit on board. I found a dealer here that can order a Contour brand combo for us but I can’t find ANYTHING online when I’m searching for it, so we haven’t decided if that’s the one we will go with. 

We did manage to take the pups to the doggy beach while in Tampa and they loved it! 

I hope all you moms have a great Mother’s Day weekend! 

Spring Cleaning

We’ve been in Kansas for a week now. (At the All Seasons RV Park)  After the first day, we asked to switch sites.  It’s the first time we’ve ever asked anything like that but the original spot they put us in was super close to our neighbors. We couldn’t walk out of our door without stepping on their welcome mat… 

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Leaking drain pipe from Dometic Washer/Dryer Combo

This isn’t Dometic’s fault, so I can’t blame them, as much as I’d like to! It’s also not the fault of Grand Design, or Palm Beach RV… Or us, thankfully! It’s one of those things that just happens, and needs a fix! Continue reading

DIY fixes feel the best! Dometic Washer/Dryer Combo, Error Code: E3A

Don’t you love the satisfaction that comes from doing something yourself? From start to finish, doing the research and following through to the end? 

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Dometic Ventless Washer/Dryer Troubleshooting

The washer/dryer combo unit we have in our RV is a Dometic brand, model #: WDCVLW… It stopped drying our clothes recently, throwing an obscure error code, and we finally had time to investigate over the holiday weekend.  Continue reading