Now that we've had our maiden voyage of only two nights, it seems strange to be back in our temporary apartment with Bill going to work. Our time at Lake Tamarisk was way too short, a quick tease of what our lives will be like in the rig.
|Time to enjoy the many colors of a single eucalyptus|
|There are still undeveloped lots on the water|
|The unknown gem that is Lake Tamarisk|
|Our first stop, leaving one small mark|
We thought we had two items on our shakedown run list: sewer hose won't attach to pipe, and no key for the outside tv. One of these being much more critical than the other...... But when we stopped at the dealer to pick up the Jeep, Bill found the key and the tech was able to turn the sewer pipe at the right angle (it was tight enough for us to think we'd break it if we "forced" it). So nothing to be fixed and we were on our way home.
I don't know that I'm ever going to be comfortable in the passenger seat so Bill took advantage of our need to move two vehicles and drove the rig the rest of the way. Following behind in the Jeep I thought "Wow, that thing's pretty big!"
Our son Travis saw it pull into the apartment complex so he got a quick tour and helped unload. We dropped it off at Camping World for the night.
Monday morning I was back at Camping World with the keys, confirming the tire monitor installation, and feeling much better than I did at the RV dealer! They knew who I was (you're Tessa's mom......), what needed to be done, and were fine with me bringing the Jeep back later for its tire monitors.
Also known as "Tessa's Word".
They insisted that she just make herself at home, and techs and salespeople came in for their doggie-fix during the 30 minutes we were there.
If anything goes wrong with the installs I am confident it will be something Tessa breaks on purpose just so she can go back to her other home!
In between monitor installs I had a somewhat important task to complete. When we picked up the rig at the end of the day we had nowhere to "put" it. Sort of important for a small house on wheels in a metropolitan area. I had already checked the rv storage places and was pretty sure I knew where we would be taking it, but I had yet to reserve a space. As expected, they had a perfect pull-through spot for us, and with a boat trailer on one side there is even room to open the driver side slides far enough for access to everything inside.
On the way to the lot I noticed the camera screen was blank. It's a short drive and the mirrors were more than adequate. Once parked we found that nothing worked but the frig and the microwave. I remembered that it is usually something simple but we were baffled for a while. House battery switch off by the door - not much simpler than that :-)
It felt wrong leaving it at the lot. We just picked it up! We're ready to live in it! We feel like full-timers.
There are a couple planned trips before our June launch, and we hope to find time for some unplanned ones as well. Still, it's only part-time.
All the wonderful events that are happening in the next few weeks could be attended from our motorhome!
Our apartment feels too big now (although our refrigerator is about 2/3 the size of the one in the rig).
Bill's remaining five weeks of work seem like something that should be behind us.
It's very weird.