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!!! 

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 Customer Service FAIL

In our last post I explained the problems we’ve been having with our Dometic washer/dryer combo. We diagnosed the issue (I hope) and ordered parts directly from Dometic. That was Tuesday. They arrived Friday and when I opened the package, 2 of the thermistors were definitely USED!  Continue reading

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

Tour of Our Home on Wheels (part 4- the bedroom and bathrooms)

Our bedroom now is an actual room… A place to relax…Screen Shot 2015-09-12 at 8.22.26 AM

Our bedroom in our previous camper was a bed.

This was it. You couldn't walk at the foot of the bed. And this was pretty much the extent of our closet/dresser space.

This was it. You couldn’t walk at the foot of the bed. And this was pretty much the extent of our closet/dresser space.

Just to give you a visual, because I know I keep comparing the two campers, but we do just have so much more room now, here’s the floorpan for the 26′ Wildwood we had and the floorplan for the 43′ Momentum we have now.

Taken from FunTown RV

Taken from FunTown RV


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Taken from Grand Design.

I’m pretty sure the bedroom is Allen’s favorite room. It might be Charlie’s favorite too.image

We have a king size bed and we finally found some sheets we love! (100% cotton=amazing) The mattress is super comfy, but we still have our short queen size memory foam pad on top (we are waiting for our Walmart Savings Catcher money to add up to get one that actually fits!) Hahaha

The bedroom is the only room with carpet, unless you count the strip in front of and under the couch. Charlie has a bed on either side of our bed and one in the closet, but she still sleeps with us of course!

The closet has shelves across the back and shelves and a bar for hangers on the left. It DID have the same thing on the right but we put a washer/dryer combo in. My mom got it for us for a housewarming gift – thanks mom! The washer/dryer is SO nice! I LOVE not having to lug everything down to the laundry room in whatever campground we are in. And the money we save is crazy; when we aren’t paying electric!

Thank you Camping World for the image.

Thank you Camping World for the image.

We have a dresser with 4 drawers and a TV above that. The bed lifts up for more storage. It came with a built in safe and an ottoman that pulls out from the foot of the bed and opens for even more storage. The ottoman is also Charlie’s step stool and she will sit and whine if it isn’t pulled out for her. We have 4 windows in the bedroom (3 that open). And our bed is in the third slide. I definitely wanted a bed that was sideways when we started looking. I guess I just wanted something different.

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Oh, and there are LED lights in the closet too.

There are outlets on either side of the bed. Our closet doors have mirrors on them and the bedroom door is frosted. We have an A/C in the bedroom with its own thermostat. It gets warm in the bedroom, I think because the ceiling is lower, there’s carpet, and the exterior of the nose is painted black. So that A/C works the hardest.

As I mentioned in my previous post, there are speakers connected through the surround sound that play in the bedroom also. The thermostat control is in the bedroom along with this little panel that tells us what we are running on (50amp, 30amp, generator). And when we are running on the generator it will tell us how many amps we are using at any given time.

The main bathroom is next to the bedroom. It has a large shower with an adjustable height shower head and a seat. We have a 12 gallon hot water heater now (5 gallons previously) and Allen thinks it’s bad for the environment because it encourages him to take super long showers. We never had that luxury before! There’s a vent fan in the bathroom (no rain sensor this time), it has a vessel bowl sink that I love. The countertop almost matches the kitchen. There’s a medicine cabinet, a storage cabinet under the sink, 3 drawers, and a big linen closet that is super deep. The toilet is a foot flush and a porcelain bowl. (Fancy, fancy!)

Our bathroom will never be this clutter-free again (sorry babe), so I had to steal this photo from Grand Design.

Our bathroom will never be this clutter-free again (sorry babe), so I had to steal this photo from Grand Design.

The half bath has just a toilet and sink, but it DOES have a window!Screen Shot 2015-09-12 at 8.21.56 AM

DIYs & MODs

  • I used Command picture hanging strips to hang two things in the bedroom to the left of the dresser. I want to hang more things but I’m still deciding exactly what I want.IMG_1608
  • We put up Command hooks in both bathrooms for hand towels and one in the half bathroom to hang the broom. Here’s a post about hanging things with Command products. IMG_1641
  • We also had to install the toilet paper holders ourselves. Allen did that, and I tell him all the time they are a bit crooked. (They aren’t.)

    In the main bathroom.


    In the half bathroom.

    On a side note, I love these blinds. Charlie can’t stick her little head through and bend them like she used to!

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