Today was the first time we've spent all day in our RV since we arrived in Louisville a month ago. We've worked our tails off, and now my parents' house is in the hands of a realtor. Our mission to get the house emptied, ready for sale, and on the market by May 1 has been accomplished.
We'll be heading to Tennessee in a couple of days for our 2017 Spring Educational Rally, and we'll be in Sevierville all summer and through the Fall Educational Rally in September. At least that's the current plan for the summer - our plans are always subject to change.
As you know, the Spring Rally sold out at the end of December and we have a huge waiting list. But we still have spots available for the Fall Rally. We talk about the Rallies in terms of number of people rather than number of RV sites, since 25 - 30% of our attendees don't have RVs yet and don't need RV sites. Rallies in Sevierville have been our largest, and though we like to limit the number of people to about 150, we allow 175 in Sevierville due to the high demand. Through the end of April, we have 115 people for the Fall Rally, leaving 60 spots left.
So that's one update.
While we had the chance, we worked on financials. Our records are now updated through April, and I promise I'll get them posted for all to see in the next couple of days.
I also owe you more details on two more items.
Just before we left Jacksonville at the end of March, I installed the newest Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) from PressurePro, the PressurePro PULSE.
I took photos as I went through the process, so I'm going to do a detailed post and a web page. We have been offered "dealer" status and we'll be able to offer PressurePro through RV-Dreams.com. We won't carry inventory, but we can offer a small discount on a system purchase - I just have to figure out the details. Tire pressure monitoring is another thing we're pretty passionate about.
And finally, Linda has been using a product that was sent to us for review by the designer - the Umbra UDry Dish Drying Mat.
It's a simple, lightweight, fold-up design that's great for RVs. It comes in two sizes and two colors. We have the larger of the two - 24 X 18 inches - and Linda would actually like it to be about four inches wider. She says the MINI - 20 X 13 - would be too small for all but the smallest of countertop spaces.
UPDATE/CORRECTION: We actually received the MINI which is why it was too small. In our email correspondence with the company, we requested the large and assumed we had the large (we didn't measure it). But when they sent us two large ones for door prizes for our Rally, we realized we actually had the small one. The large one is perfect for our countertop and Linda likes it much better.
She also opted for the "charcoal" color rather than the "linen" as she was concerned the light color would show dirt and start looking dingy fairly quickly. A couple reviews we read confirmed this.
The plate rack is moveable and the whole mat (microfiber) folds up to 1/3 its size for easy storage. Now, the plate rack is shallow, so I wouldn't be using it to hold your expensive, heavy china. But it works fine for the lighter weight dishes (plastic, Corelle, etc.) that most RVers carry.
One thing that Linda would like to see is the incorporation of some type of collapsible silverware cup so utensils can dry vertically and not take up space on the mat. We've made that suggestion, so we'll see if it goes anywhere.
The Umbra price for the larger mat is $15, so I presume Amazon builds in the shipping for Prime delivery. Bed Bath & Beyond has it for $14.99, and the Walmart website shows a ridiculous price of $26.79.
Okay, so going from the important safety of tire pressure monitoring to a dish drying mat may be a big leap, but we address these RV-related items as they enter our sphere. :)
We're just glad it's May and we can focus more on RVing. Hopefully, we're done with house stuff and we can just say yes or no on an offer, sign documents, and deposit the proceeds sometime this summer.
One thing we'll say about the process we've just been through - children of parents that have divested everything and become full-time RVers should be very, very grateful. :)