It's about time.

Many of you can relate to 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" and what we do to follow our dreams.

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Sunday, December 29, 2013

Arriving With Problems.

Our Location today is Old Town, Florida.

Shortly after posting last night both Kathy and I were tired enough to fall asleep without too much trouble. As tired as Kathy was she and the lack of organizing due to the delay of getting the trailer back from the dealer she didn’t want to bother wearing her CPAP mask again last night. Of course around 2:00 in the morning we had heavy rain and thunderstorms roll through the area that helped keep her awake for the next few hours. 
That's the size of coffee our kids need.
When we got up just after 8:00 it was difficult walking up to the restaurant the front of the Flying J truck stop in just T-shirts and long pants because the temperature was already above 61 F (16 C). We took our time eating a hardy meal because we knew that it was less than a two hundred mile drive which get us to the park early. The plan was to fuel up before hitting the road but with all the RV fuel pumps in use with line ups from a continual flow of RVers coming off the highway it was far easier to use the truck lanes. 

The skies were still quite overcast and it wasn’t long after we were back on the highway that the rain once again started coming down. After thirty miles we headed of onto highway 477 cutting diagonally across the state of Florida and through a few of the smaller communities with the rain coming and going periodically. In one such community we spotted a Lowes where we made a stop so I could pick up some insulation for the access door under the trailer. As I was entering the store I thought that some rain had dripped from the roof thus hitting me. When I returned to the truck Kathy informed me that I had just stepped inside when the rain came down solid for a good ten minutes before slowly stopping. 

The rest of the trip was uneventful and we were registering at Yellow Jacket RV Resort on the Suwannee River by 1:00. With Passport America it only cost us twenty dollars a day for full hook up. We took site I which was an easy back in and as I set up the utilities outside Kathy started the painstaking task of organizing the inside of the trailer. 

Once I had the trailer level and Kathy opened the slides I turned on the water. That’s when I heard a scream through the open window “WE HAVE A LEAK”.  It seems when we paid to have the trailer winterized they forgot to winterize the toilet in the rear bathroom. The control valve was spraying water everywhere. Also while cleaning the water I noticed a bulge in the floor that was not repaired when they repaired the trailer for the blowout. 

Tomorrow I’ll be calling the dealership and having a talk with them but I needed to depressurize the water system and go in search of a fitting that I could cap the waterline and get the water flowing in the rest of the trailer. The only thing open in most small towns in Florida are grocery stores, gas stations and Walmarts. All hardware stores are closed but by luck in the town of Chiefland the TSC store was open and just happen to have the fitting I needed. 

By suppertime the temp had dropped to 72 F (22 C) but it was comfortable. Now we can take nice warm showers and start enjoying our 2013/14 adventure in Florida. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.        


Mother: "Sally, don't you know you're not supposed to eat with your knife?"

Sally: "I know, but my fork leaks."


  1. Your RV service seems similarly incompetent to my 5 months of hell. I hope you can get a quick resolution and repairs. The good part of it all is that you're in the warm belt now.

  2. I'm glad you made it to your destination safely. Enjoy!

  3. Sorry to hear that the work you had done wasn't done right... such a problem when you're miles from the place. Hope you can get it fixed right soon.

  4. Happy to hear you're safe and sound and in warm weather. Looking forward to our time next winter. Curt

  5. Glad you made it OK. It seems that the majority of RV repair places are either incompetent or just lazy.

  6. So sorry to hear of your problems. Just not fair. We spent a lot of money getting our Rv ready for our trip south and now we suffer with various problems. seems you have to do it all yourself.

  7. I am keeping a list of places people are staying in Florida. This looks like a very nice park. I looked at the website and noticed the rates. They list sites 1-23 but which sites are Deluxe or Premium. How do those sites look?

    Now you can begin to enjoy the good life!

  8. Welcome to Florida you two. Yesterday's rain was the first we have seen since we arrived. Look forward to the beautiful weather and NO SNOW. Get those repairs done so you can relax and enjoy!!

  9. That sure was a long gruelling drive, but now you are all set up and warm. Good luck with your repairs.