In the beginning…

This is how it all began, finally … (sorry I am a few months late with this LOL)

We flew out of Seattle (location of our Stuff no longer home) August 28th, 2010 and into South Dakota to sign up for residency, and then out to Colorado to pick up our new home. I have read about dozens of people starting out and how much “fun” it can be.

We arrived at the BOAT company that had taken our new home in on a trade for a boat. This is the first RV they have ever had and knew little about anything, luckily Bill and I attended Life on Wheels a few years back and came prepared (or what we THOUGHT was prepared). We tried calling all the local RV places to find someone to inspect the coach for us and got nothing. We had a few offers for help from others, which was wonderful, but the people would not be available until October and we are on a time crunch to get it back to Seattle and loaded before snow starts to fall. So we pulled out all of our paperwork from our classes and went over what we could.

While on the lot we noticed a few minor issues. First off upon entry and starting to look things over I tugged on the shower door not apparently knowing my own strength and the safety glass in the door shattered into a million pieces. Ouch… my arm was not badly injured but now… we don’t have a shower door. The Boat Company owner explained that the handle that was drilled into the safety glass had likely weakened the glass so they had a rush job done to have plexi-glass put in the frame as a make-shift door until we can have it replaced. So we looked over more of the coach and left for the day. Day 2 we go back and over-night someone had tested the awnings and the awning over the front door’s gear busted. So they pulled it down but it would take at least a week to have the part shipped. Okay so we toss the awning in the bay and they said “just bill us once it is fixed”. Great. We decided to test the fridge and freezer. I bought some Otter Pops so if it didn’t work it wouldnt be a mess. After several hours it wasn’t cold…. hmmm. Okay so we left for the day and decided to come back early the next. Day 3, we start up the fridge as soon as we get in. we do a more thorough walk through checking more things out. We spend the entire day waiting for the bank to send us the papers and are becoming a bit perturbed because it is Thursday before Labor day and we have to sign the papers and over night them to the bank or we are stuck in hotels until Tuesday. 3:45 the papers come through we sign them and get everything in order, drop at the Fedex by 5:30. We come back and realize the fridge is still not cold. So we decide to leave it on overnight. Friday morning still nothing, the boat folks (who have been AWESOME through all of this) have their tech look at it and there is nothing he can do. There is power but the compressor is not coming on. Okay so we are planning to stop at the Coach Care facility in Boise or when we get back to Seattle so we will just have it looked at there.

The paperwork comes through and the bank contacts us about 4pm to let us know we are good to go. The Boat folks say we can stay in the lot overnight if we would like since we are nervous about finding a CG on Friday before Labor Day at 4pm. So we move to a back part of the lot out of the way and stay. How wonderful to finally be in our new home.

We wake up on our first official day on the coach and go pick up a cooler and ice for food so we don’t have to eat out again. I can handle the fridge not working, it will be inconvenient but whatever. So we get on the road. We know we are going to have issues finding somewhere to stay because so many people who RV on weekends will be out for Labor Day so after driving 4 hours we find a nice quiet rest area in north Colorado and crash out for the night. We get up early and head into Wyoming. As we are driving Bill is realizing that we are not going to make the 400 miles we had planned because the wind is atrocious and he is getting tired quicker. I look through our EXIT NOW book and find a KOA in Rawlins, WY. Bill calls and we find out they have a spot for us and it’s a pull through (camp spots are often back ins and we were a little worried about backing into our first spot, pull throughs are much easier) WOOHOO! We arrive the camp hosts are AWESOME. They help walk us through getting parked and let us know if we need anything to let them know. We level and put the slides out. Bill hooks us up to our first night or hookups and I hear an odd noise… a spraying noise… coming from under the couch.

After a little investigation and turning the water off we have sprung a leak and not just a leak but a leak in a tight little corner of the slide under the couch. Oy! All the water is now off to the rig. It is Sunday of Labor Day weekend, it is after 4 pm.

At this point I am beginning to lose my mind. I remind myself of all the threads I have read and I knew this could be what happened. The coach had been un-used for quite some time and we knew we would have some trouble.

Bill goes over to the camp hosts to find out if anyone might be able to help, even if its just duct tape. They have a number for a repair guy that works 24/7. What LUCK? We call him and he comes out. The slide rubs along a series of hoses from the bathroom that run over into the kitchen. He runs out to a store that is just about to close and gets a splice. He manages to get down in this tiny little hole and splices the hose.

We realize we should have brought a few more tools than we did but we could only bring what fit in 2 suitcases and weighed under 100 pounds since we flew on an airplane. Each day I made a list of things we were missing so when we got back in Seattle I made sure those items got into the rig.

We have had a wonderful time even with the trials. We stayed at a nice campground in Ogden, Utah the next night and nothing leaked, or exploded.

Since then we still do not have a working fridge. The shower door still needs replacing and the awning is still in the basement. We are going to be heading out of Seattle in a week or so and will stop in Oregon to see what we can do about the fridge and a few minor things. We are planning to drive out to Florida to see my new baby niece (who is due today) and figure we will stop at the manufacturer along the way to have the other items taken care of.

4 thoughts on “In the beginning…

  1. So what coach did you end up with? I’m particularly interested to hear whether or not you got a gas or diesel rig, and your experiences driving over the mountains to get to Seattle…

  2. We got a Diesel Pusher. We read a lot about both and decided a diesel was what would work best for us. The weight you can carry is generally higher and for the options we wanted it was the only option.

    We did not have any problems with the mountains at all. The wind in Wyoming made for some strain on the driver more than anything.

  3. Hi Leslie

    Thanks for sending me your blog connection. So good to get to know you. I just read your “beginning” – as they say trail by fire. So glad that you had people who were able to get the help that you needed when you did.

    I noticed you were hoping to leave Seattle the end of October? Did you do that? We are up in Whatcom County. If you are still in the area it would be fun to get to meet you all.

  4. Hi Ali,
    Yes we have left Seattle. We are staying in Vancouver right now but will be heading south the Eugene, OR tomorrow to have some repairs done. Glad you found the blog. Wish we had a chance to meet before we left but maybe sometime soon on the road. :-)

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