Sunday, July 10, 2016
We are finally on our way. Spent a few days at Brent & Ashley’s so we could see the grandkids (and Brandon, Brent & Ashley too).
We got to Crestview, FL Sunday night. We already planned to spend Monday there getting our Driver’s Licenses changed & registering to vote. As most know you have to take 2 pieces of mail with your address on it in order to do these things.
If you want Florida to be your residence (or Texas or South Dakota) but don’t have a “residence” most full-time RV’ers use a mail service as an address. This can be used as our legal address. All our mail goes here. We can check what mail came daily. If we are stationary for a week or more we can have it sent to us. If we’re traveling, they’ll scan it if we want them to. This all comes at a price but it’s very fair for what they do & the convenience.
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Pretty uneventful until…we hit Jackson, MS! I-40 W…what a bitch of a road! That part of I-40 will jar your teeth loose!
Oh…and on top of that…we were just getting through Jackson when all of a sudden we couldn’t maintain our speed! Georgie said, “Somethings wrong”. What I ask. He said he wasn’t sure. On the interstate, in heavy traffic we weren’t really moving too fast, just over a hump, he pulled over…way over. Got out of the truck to see what he could find. Low & behold…this road was so bad it jiggled the plug to the emergency trailer brakes loose. He jumped in the bed of the truck & pushed that plug in so hard it won’t ever come out. He said it must not have been in as tight as it should have been even though it looked like it was. MAJOR EVENT AVERTED! My hero! (Sunday night it came out when we forgot to disconnect it from the hitch. If that happens you just push it back in.)
We were back on the road in about 15 minutes.
Ended our day at Frog Hollow RV Park at 5:10 pm. Too long of a day. Our asses were dragging! 572 miles, pulling a 40′ 5th wheel that weighs about 15,000 lbs.
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
On the road at 7:30 am. Weather was nice, roads were decent. Nothing too much going on.
We entered Tennessee at 9 am. Into Arkansas at 9:15 am…in the middle of some old, rickety bridge on I-40 W.
Georgie said, “Now I’m scared!” There was an 18 wheeler right next to us in the left lane. The bridge was 2 lanes. It was so narrow he could have reached out & touched it.
That was it, our excitement for the day. We decided that yesterday was too long of a day. We were going to stop earlier. We found what appeared to be a nice KOA just off the road in Checotah, OK. Called an hour ahead & made reservations. We pulled in. Very nice…except the pool looked green & the wifi was down. OK. We’ll just get the air cranked up (since it was 97 outside at 4 pm).
It took us 15 minutes to get set up. Both air conditioners were cranking, 3 fans on. Georgie was sweating his balls off. If I had them I’d be sweating mine off too. Everything shuts off! Georgie went outside to the electrical box we were plugged into & flipped the breaker. Everything came back on.
In an RV it takes a while for things to cool off. The a/c doesn’t work the same as residential ones.
Anyway, in 10 short minutes the temperature inside climbed 2 degrees.
20 minutes later…the breaker again. 15 minutes later…again with the breaker!
We didn’t want to move to another site. We’d have to start over. Unhook the water & electric. Get the slides in. Etc, etc, etc.
We switched the fridge from electric to propane for now. Several hours later all is good…so far. Fingers crossed. It’s still 81 degrees in the rig after 4 hours but that’s better than 95…where it started.