It's about time.

Many of you that can relate to this. Working long hours at your career. Raising your families. Buying a home and paying all the bills related to being homeowners and parents. We're now retired and don't need all that work and expense. Now "It's about time" to follow our dreams.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Making Progress With Murphy in the Wings.

Our Location Today is Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada.

We all know in the RVing world that our plans have to be flexible even if we try to be organized. Our plans for today made a sudden change this morning when Kathy announced we'd be doing our banking for the trip on Monday. When I told her the Banks would probably be closed for the Canada Day Holiday we added an extra stop to our list this morning. Of course when we walked in to the Credit Union it was packed and there was only one teller available. An hour later we walked out with the place just as crowded but with two tellers now on duty.
It was a short drive to the storage yard and within short order I had unloaded the truck so Kathy could fill and activate the refrigerator. As she continued that, I prepped the truck and trailer for towing. I was starting the truck to repostion it when Kathy came out of the trailer having finished inside. Ten minutes later we were locked on to the trailer with the lights checked and rolling on the road. Of coarse with this being Summer it also means it's road construction time.
Once we arrived at our son's it took less then two minutes to have the trailer parked in his driveway and starting the process of unhooking. We use a pair of X-chocks to lock the wheels especially on a slanted grade and they work great unlike normal chock-blocks. Unfortunately Murphy was playing little games and one of the cotter pins in th X-chock sheared making it inoperable. No problem since our move from our home most of my tools and hardware supplies came to Kevin's so within five minutes the repair was complete and the chock was securing the tires of the trailer.
By the time we had the hose pulled out and the pail and brush ready Kathy had made us lunch so we could sit and enjoy it with our son. Since Kevin is working on a small gazebo deck and cover for his hot-tub I suggested he keep doing that while I started cleaning the roof of the trailer. Normally we have cleaned our trailer before going on the road with it but we just could not find the time this year. So now it took a lot of scrubbing to get rid of all the dirt and bugs we collected from the June trip.
That's either a running dog or a chicken in the middle.

With all the scrubbing and rinsing complete it was time to open the trailer so the other jobs on our list could be taken care of. Kathy suddenly finds out we have no fresh water in the tank. No problem simply disconnect the garden hose and use our drinking hoses to fill the tank. Within minutes the tank is gushing over full. That's strange it hardly took any time. I checked the panel monitor and it says the tank is still empty. I tried again with the same reaction and the same result. Murphy is at it again! Kathy thought it had something to do with the wiring I've been working on but I explained that water and elctricity don't mix and the tank is just not filling. Instead of us leaving in the morning with the trailer I'll be finding out what is causing that problem.
All other pictures in todays blog were taken by Kathy'
We like many others have a problem with the streaks on the side of our trailer. The problem seemed to be the discharge spouts for the rainrails just let the water run straight down the sides of the trailer. Since I had access to my ladder I proceded to start changing them with longer ones we had picked up at Camping World. I started of the front corner and was shocked how they were fastened on. There was a big wad of silicone sealer three screws and four staples holding just that front corner. It took me over an hour to remove replace and reseal that corner rain spout.
By then Melissa our daughter-in-law was home from work and Kathy had brought hotdogs and broccoli salad for supper so Kevin fired up the barbecue and supper was ready in no time. After almost an hour of relaxation and nurishment and visiting I had to get back to work.
After the struggle I had doing the first spout it took me just over two hours to finish the remaining eleven. That's right twelve rainspouts were replaced today. Our trailer has four slides plus the upper rails on both sides of the trailer and they were all changed by the time the sun was setting.
We had another short visit that ended with a piece of tasty cake with a big Thank You. Tomorrow we have an afternoon appointment but we'll try to finish everything on our list including what Murphy gave us today. With only 7 days until our next adventure things will have to get everything completed soon.We thank Kevin & Melissa for there wonderful generosity for allowing us moochdocking priviledges to complete our tasks. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It's about time.

You might be a Redneck if

You have a cigarette behind your ear

 in your yearbook photo.

PS. Murphy is causing problem

posting this blog from the laptop.


  1. That Murphy is no fun...hope you are able to eliminate him and get everything done for your upcoming adventure!

  2. Sounds like you and Murphy had a busy day.

  3. Good luck with the fresh water tank, sounds mysterious...

  4. Murphy is no friend of mine.