Tuesday, September 29, 2009
We left the dealership at 4pm and headed out. We drove 3.5 hrs and decided to stop for the night at the same passport park that we stayed at a week ago in Alabama. So just relaxing and will start all over tomorrow.
Monday, September 28, 2009
Our one day to see some of the area started out at the Applebarn for a great breakfast.
From there we drove to Gatlinburg and the Great Smokey Mountains
After talking with the Visitors Center, we decided to take the Roaring Fork auto tour.
It was a beautiful day and we really enjoyed the calming effect of the forest and listening to the rushing stream. It is truly a place of beauty.
Before long we were getting tired and decided to head back to
our new home on wheels.
We stopped on our way for breakfast and some errands at Wally World. Checked in, sent to our pull thru site and now....the landing gear won't raise to unhook.! There were several Big Horns here at this park, so I told Kevin to go over and ask one of them if they could take a look. A very nice couple helped us out, turned out the fuse was bad (lucky we had just purchased a box of fuses at WW). Took care of that problem and showed Kevin how to do it manually just in case.
Now we got settled.. Some time for relaxing and football. I coooked us a nice dinner and then went for a walk. I met a very nice woman and we laughed at how much we had in common. Her husband grew up in the next town from us in Ma., she has a best friend in the next town from us in Tx., she has a house in the next town from us in Fl..........hmmmm isnt it a small world. It gets better.. I went back to the rv and we heard a knock at the door. Another couple that had bought at the same dealership as us was also in the park and wanted to chat. While outside chatting, a woman from across the street, also with a Big Horn came over. We chatted and to make a long story short, she and her husband sell Rescue Tape and we had met and bought some tape from them at our RV Dreams rally last year! Now it is certainly a small world, especially in this new lifestyle. Her husband is really good with electronics and ended up hooking up our new vucube for us. They spent the next few hours with us wiring, explaining and labeling it all for us. We were thrilled. I tried to give them some money for all the help and time they spent, but they flatout refused. They said pay it back.. help someone else someday. That is what this RV lifestyle is all about......What a nice thought to end our first fulltiming day in our new fifth wheel!
Friday, September 25, 2009
Tuesday morning rolled around. In fact we were up at 4am continuing to pack it up. As we began to load the tt the rains came. And they came and came.. We were drenched. We pulled out at 10:30 for our trip to Bay St. Louis, Ms where we would spend our first night. We had rain pretty much the whole day so it was slow moving. We also hit dead stop traffic just outside Baton Rouge, La. But we finally arrived at Hollywood Casino & RV Park. We weren't there long before we headed to the casino. We were tired and didnt stay too long. I came out with pockets a little heavier but Kevin's were lighter. Back at the camper we put on the a/c, oh no, it was shaking and rattling alot. We had this problem last year, called out a tech and it was mud dobbers that had to be removed. We had one fan and it saved us for the night. In the morning Kevin got up on the roof and looked at the unit. He removed one of them but he thinks there are more at an area he couldnt get to. Uh oh, we will have to make do without the a/c and hope that our dealer we our trading it to will be able to do a quick fix. We had breakfast at the casino, played a little black jack (me a winner, Kevin a loser)
We were on the road at 10:30. We had a decent travel day. That was until we hit highway 59.. it was so bumpy. We stopped at a passport park in Arkansas for the night. We noticed we had lost two hubcaps. Another thing to tell the dealer. The inside of the trailer had things thrown all over from the rough ride. Once again we just settled in for the night with the fan and trying to stay cool.
Day 3, we pulled out around 10am. We had a shorter drive today. I called ahead to an Escapee Park in Knoxville to see if they had any open sites and they did. We arrived at Raccoon Valley around 1:30. (oops 2:30 we changed time zones). I checked in and got my first hug. This was a first time at an escapees park. It is okay, sites are close together and gravel. Lots of nice people. I actually did laundry and met a very nice lady and we passed time just talking. I had washed the spread that came in the trailer but had forgotten to wash the shams so that was the reason for the laundry to be done. I called our dealer and we are scheduled tomorrow at noon to pick up the new 5th wheel. We will spend the night on their lot and then they will send us to Pigeon Forge for Sat and Sun night. That way we will be close by if anything goes wrong. Oh, we did go to Walmart for a few errands and picked up another fan to get us through another warm night.
It is now Friday morning and we have a few things to do here. Kevin is outside cleaning the grill that came with the tt. We are excited and hopefully all will go well today.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Not too sure if we will have it all done in time. I get so stressed just looking at all of it, that I walk in circles. Too much for one week!
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
We plan on leaving Tx on the 22nd and although we don't have a route yet, will arrive in Knoxville probably on the 24th and stay in a park close by. The day we pick up, we are to stay onsite for the night to be sure everything is working okay. The owner then puts us in a campground for two nights in Pigeon Forge. Hopefully all will work out fine and we can then take a few days to drive to Santa Rosa Beach, Fl for our arrival at Topsail on Oct 1st..
If anyone is looking for a Heartland RV, RV's For Less is definately a place to look. The owner is the best we have come across. He seems to have all the answers and actually told us he knows the units so well that he could build one from the ground up. I believe it! He will take all the time you need to sit and just ask away. We feel very comfortable with our purchase. He actually told us things about our new Dodge Ram that the dealership didnt tell us about. We can't wait to get back there and soak in all he has to teach us. We arrived back home last night about 7:30, tired but excited from a full day.
This morning we headed to Best Buy. My laptop has been acting up lately. Norton has been bothering me with all kinds of reminders for quite some time. Most recently it has been shutting down on me when I close a program, and the last few days I couldnt open an email or send one. Rick from the chatroom told me it sounded like a Norton thing because it kept saying Symantec has encountered a problem. So off to the Geek Squad we went. They ran a program to test it and also removed Norton for me. They assumed I had a virus and if I did it would cost $199 to fix. Yikes... We went to lunch and when we came back they said no virus detected. Yeah.. I asked what I owed and he said no charge.. I couldnt believe my ears.. So hats off to the Geek Squad. I am now home and all seems to be working okay. Can't imagine why Norton was causing all those problems. Will keep the fingers crossed.
Resting the remainder of the day. I am still exhausted from my 5 days of work. I start all over again tomorrow unless it rains.
Monday, September 7, 2009
I just finished working 5 straight days at the golf course and I am so tired. Working on my feet for 7 hours is a long day for me. I have given my notice however and my last day to work will be the 19th. Only two more weeks. Hooray! A few nights I was so tired I couldn't even think about chatting. Last night I tried a few times and couldnt get into the chat room at all. Whats up with that.. I shall try again tonight, that is if I can keep my eyes open.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Also, while in Oklahoma we just had to find time for some casino action. Of course we left our donation with them.
For now I am off to have dinner with work friends. I am hoping for some rain over the weekend as I am scheduled to work 5 straight days..