Final Window Notes
After completing and posting the long entry on Suncoast Designers - Fogged RV Window Repair, I realized a left out a few tidbits. So, I went back in and added a few more informational lines, corrected a couple of typos, and added a 2011 video about the process. It may be worthwhile to go back and re-read it. But then again, maybe not. :)
Now, in the middle of writing all of that, we had a little drama. Linda spotted a guy on the neighboring vacant property. He had climbed a tree and was looking over the chain-link fence with security wire and pointing toward the glass repair facility.
Later, another guy came up to the fence and was acting erratically, like he was under the influence of something.
Linda reported all this to Jeff & Stacy, and the police were called in. Apparently, we had a couple of squatters that had set up camp and were trespassing on the neighbor's property. They fled when the police arrived.
However, because they were acting strangely, and because the weekend was upon us, and because the very expensive RVs here having windows repaired or replaced were somewhat vulnerable, the owners took this very, very seriously. They have video surveillance of the entire premise, but they took some extra precautions.
We were staying Friday & Saturday night, so we made sure we locked everything up and Jeff & Stacy gave us their phone numbers in case we witnessed anything suspicious. Of course, the police were involved, so we could call them as well; although they were sure the vagrants wouldn't be back.
It was quite the dramatic scene Friday afternoon. Fortunately, there were no incidents Friday or Saturday, and it was very quiet. Several motorhomes that were here left Friday and Saturday, so there are numerous spots available now. Looks like they were able to get caught up quite a bit last week.
DirecTV Receiver Issues
In the last two days, we've been getting a message on our TV that our DVR was overheating and if it didn't cool down, it would shut down. It's been acting strangely the last few months, and the fan has been running loud, so it seems it may be on its last legs.
I quickly did an online chat with DirecTV. After explaining the situation, they simply said they were going to ship us a replacement DVR. We'll probably lose all our recorded shows, but that's no big deal to us. It should arrive sometime next week - no charge.
Dealing with DirecTV as a mobile user hasn't always been easy but, for the most part, they have provided us with pretty good customer service. Other than the expense of all the options we enjoy, we've been quite happy with DirecTV.
Our Next Location
On Sunday, we are moving about a 100 miles north. Linda will be taking a stained glass class all next week at Shady Oak Gallery & Stained Glass Studio in Micanopy.
The five-day workshop is expensive, but most classes we found were spread out over several weeks, and this worked better for us. Plus, I liked these two paragraphs from their website:
"The trend in teaching glass crafting for the past 20 years has been to profit by selling students many expensive tools and equipment. Very little emphasis has been placed on skill or technique. As a result, many otherwise enthusiastic beginners have “burned out” in frustration.
Skill and technique, once learned, and a few simple tools, are all that are needed to produce project after project, simply and easily. Expensive grinders and cutting systems are absolutely unnecessary. We will teach you all the skills necessary to make your completed project look as good as anything we have produced in our studio. You will complete this program with confidence to continue at home."
I have no idea whether Linda will do anything with it other than create a new window for our fifth wheel door, in which case it will be a really expensive window, but she just might decide to turn another hobby into a business. Either way, one month of our workamping this summer should save us more than enough to cover it. :)
We wanted to stay at the nearby Payne's Prairie Preserve State Park, but they don't have any openings for the week. I considered trying the "walk-in" thing like we sometimes do at Florida State Parks in the winter. Though it's not widely known, the Florida State Parks often set aside a small number of sites that aren't reservable and, if your timing is good, you can sometimes snag one of those.
We didn't know where we were going to stay, as many of the RV parks in Florida are still full of snowbirds. As one person at an RV park said "The miserable winter up north is keeping the usual early departees staying down here a bit longer".
Of course, you know I really don't like RV parks much anyway, and I really don't like paying $40 a night to stay in places I don't like. So, I explored options with discounts. :)
We called Williston Crossings RV Resort in Williston, FL. It would be a 17-mile drive for Linda each day, but they have a $120/week first-time visitor special. It looked like a nice place that would be worth the drive but, unfortunately, they didn't have any openings.
I considered Grand Lake RV & Golf Resort which was a little closer. I knew that it also had a special. It's part of the Sun Resorts, and they have a first-time visitor special at their Florida parks of $199 for a week or $399 for a month. But, I held off on that.
I did a quick check on Passport America. I usually don't mess with Passport America in Florida during the winter because most parks don't offer the discount until April. However, I found that the Ocala North RV Park, about a fifteen minute drive to Micanopy, offers the discount starting March 1 - perfect! :)
I gave them a call, and they had one site available for our size rig. So, I booked it. Yep. That's an "advance" reservation for us - two whole days ahead of time. :)
Mobile Internet Update
Well, a couple months after it came out, the mobile internet landscape changed quite a bit and they had to get scrambling. So, they have just released their updated version for 2015 - The Mobile Internet Handbook, 2015 U.S. RVers Edition.
I haven't yet reviewed the entire book, but as I said in my review of last year's version, if you are at that stage where you need to make some decisions about your mobile internet options, you won't find a more comprehensive resource with the most up-to-date information about this constantly changing subject. Just buy the book!
Also, a few days ago, we got an email from AT&T. As most of you know, we got a pre-paid AT&T GoPhone for our time in Flamingo in the Everglades to supplement our usually reliable Verizon service. Well, they've just changed their $60 unlimited nationwide talk and text plan to include 4GB of data rather than the 2.5GB they had before.
Well, that's about it for this entry. We have some other information that you may find interesting coming soon. Hopefully, next week while Linda's in stained glass class, I'll be able to complete a few of the many things I've been juggling for the last few weeks. And we'll have some 2015 Rally updates as well.
Stay tuned! :)