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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Monday, October 9, 2017

Further Explanation, Getting Things Ready, Helping A Neighbour and Different Pizza.

Our Location today is McGregor, Ontario, Canada.

Kathy woke up glowing this morning after having a solid night’s sleep. We enjoyed breakfast in our usual way along with drinking our Coffee/Tea at the Computers.

After reading the comments we received from yesterday’s blog post we realize that a lot of our readers did not understand our problem of whether to get our Trailer fixed or replaced. It would be nearly impossible to imagine any RV Manufacturer willing to first find an identical replacement for our trailer then having their own people transfer the changes that we had made from our present Trailer. Comparing the Changes that we made to our Home would be like telling a World Renown Chef that you don’t eat Meat that is still red inside.

The only thing we can do at this point is to prepare ourselves to head to the southwest for the winter. We will have to shorten our stay returning to Ontario earlier than we would like. At that point we will once again need to empty everything Personal out of our Trailer before bringing it back to Leisure Trailer so it can be shipped back to the factory.

This kind of problem as well as being struck with a sudden Medical Crisis are the only downsides to the Fulltime RV Lifestyle. Both mean being out of your Home for unknown periods of time. We are not the first or the last to go through this but as the others did “We will Survive”.

For lunch we were back into using what we had in the fridge. While I heated a can of Chicken Noodle Soup (not as good as Homemade but better then nothing) Kathy was busy making a Salad topped with pieces of Turkey that we brought Home from our Family Merry Thanksmas Celebration on Saturday. Combined the Soup and Salad gave us the added energy we would need to make it through the afternoon. 
Turkey Salad and Chicken Noodle Soup.
After lunch Kathy started boiling the Turkey Bones that we brought Home from the celebration to make Stock. After it had cooled and strained there is enough Stock for quite a few large bowls of Soup that she’ll make another day.

Kathy always like to plan our stops when we are traveling. At this point because of the uncertainty of the Trailer Repairs the only thing we had planned was which Highways we’d be taking. This afternoon Kathy was back in her researching mode finding things of interest for us to see as we head to southwest. Our route has changed ever so slightly but it will give us a change of pace so we are not rushed.

After disassembling the very last Yard Decoration I was finally able to shut it down for the winter and store it along with the others in the Garden Shed. On Friday when I went to install the RV Scissor Jacks I realized that I would need to use a different type of Fastener to mount them. The hardware store had already closed for the day and when we went for our Family Celebration on Saturday I forgot to get the bolts. Then there was today the Official Canadian Thanksgiving and Sunday that the Hardware Store was also Closed. So even though I didn’t have the proper fasteners I located and drilled the Pilot Holes that will be used as guides and speed the job along.

Once that was finished I removed the Bicycle Carrier from the Rear Bumper of the trailer. When I made it last year it could hold Three Standard bicycles or Two Standard Bikes and a Folding Bike. With our Folding Tandem Bicycle being destroyed while we were in Arizona last winter it was replaced with a non-folding Tandem Bike I will now have to make a slight modification to the Carrier.

I was just about to start cutting some material I have in the Garden Shed when our old neighbour Larry asked if I could give him a hand. Another neighbour that will not be returning next season gave him a Gazebo made to go over a Barbeque. Another neighbour Ted was also there so we walked the Gazebo to the road before setting it on Appliance Boards and then walking it over to Larry’s new site. That cause a lot of people to stop what they were up to and watch what we were doing. After moving some patio furniture on Larry’s site, we were again able to maneuver it into its new location. That’s what friends do for one another.

It was after 5:00 by the time I got back Home and both Kathy and I were starting to feel hungry. After turning on the Weber and putting the Pizza Stone in place I went inside to find we had another problem. When we purchased this readymade pizza, we wanted to try something different so when we saw the words Chicken and Thin Crust we thought that’s great. This pizza was rectangular. Luckily, we have a Silicon Cookie Sheet that worked perfect. The crust was done perfectly without burning the pizza. It tasted good but we’ll be watching for round pizzas in the future. 
We each had two pieces of pizza and
have enough for a snack tomorrow.
Tomorrow after a number of phone calls we hope to scratch a few more things off our To-Do List. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.

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  1. It's so nice to have neighbors that will help you out!!!

  2. Is Kathy going to plan some interesting things to see on the trip south?

  3. First of all Happy Belated Thanksgiving to you both.
    Sounds like you are not having a lot of fun with the company that built your 5th wheel. ( I am catching up with what everyone is up to after having my sister here for a visit and not being on the computer during that time.)Hopefully, when all is said and done they will do right by you and send it back the way it should have been built in the first place. The sad part is having to head home earlier than planned and, of course, having to empty it out will not be fun. Well lets face it not having your home to live in "stinks". (I know leaving later then we planned is a little sad for us.) Tom and I were just talking and we hope you can put all this on the back burner, so to speak, and enjoy your time on the road. Looking forward to running in to you and Kathy this winter.

  4. Hi Rick & Kathy - I've spent the better part of this evening going back over your old blog posts so Doug & I can understand all the things that are wrong with this new trailer. Can you summarize for us? We have obviously missed a few posts and it's hard to try and figure out what is going on for you guys!

  5. I have a couple small cracks (1-2" long) at the front lower corner of the bedroom (Schwintek) slide. I found them when I looked for them after seeing a Jayco forum post. Until then I hadn't noticed them. So far they haven't gotten any larger. At this point I'm assuming it is caused by normal flex and the 90deg corner. Only other issue has been missing caulking and the failure of the caulking where the curved metal meets the roof edge. Hopefully you can get your issues fixed.