So we got the contract on my Dad's house signed and returned. That made for a pretty good day.
River Plantation was packed. Every site was full and there seemed to be at least two cars and a golf cart at every site. I mentioned before that we were in the middle of a group of about six RVs. Well, while I was on the phone, a young lady from the group walked up knocked on the door briefly, opened the door, and started to walk in .... until Linda appeared in front of her. She just assumed we were part of her group.
She was quite embarrassed. Of course, that problem could have been avoided if they would just have responded to the RV park's communications about a site swap before they all arrived.
Today we spent all day getting everything ready to open registration for the 2018 Spring Rally. As promised, we will open that on June 1, and I'll post a separate announcement on that day.
In the afternoon, I took a little break to go shoot some hoops on the newly built basketball court. It's great except, whoever drew up the plans clearly isn't a basketball player. The court is all fenced in, but it is extremely narrow.
I ended up playing two-on-two with some guys that I believe were maybe juniors or seniors in high school. And they happened to be the best young players I've played against since we've been on the road - they were really good. I held my own for the first game, and I think the old man may have surprised them a bit. But after that one, long, hard-fought game, I was pretty much done.
Ten years ago, I would have continued playing for another couple of hours, but I'm too out of shape right now ... and getting older. It's not something I like to admit. I'm working on getting back in shape, but I've come to realize there are some aspects of getting older that I just can't overcome. Hopefully, I'll be able to walk tomorrow. :)
We had hoped that we could stay in our spot, as we had just one more night before taking the rig up to RVs For Less. Unfortunately, we had to move, but at least another site opened up for us - our original Site 441.
Moving really isn't that big a deal for us. Linda can have the inside ready in fifteen to twenty minutes, and it doesn't take me long to get the outside ready.
So we got hitched up, and we moved back three sites down.
Once moved and set up, we had a quiet Memorial Day as the park emptied.
We were packed up and ready to go early this morning. We pulled out at 8:00 a.m. as scheduled.
However, I had forgotten to plug in our PressurePro tire monitor, and when I did, it alerted me to low pressure in one of the trailer tires. So, we pulled into one of the arrival lanes in front of the office, got out our PORTER-CABLE CMB15 150 PSI 1.5 Gallon Oil-Free Fully Shrouded Compressor and inflated the tire.
We're big fans of Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems as it's a good idea to check your RV tire pressures every driving day, and they just make doing that easier.
Once that was done, we gently pulled up the hill and out of the RV park. I was extra sensitive to every bump, and kept a close eye on the kingpin. When you pay close attention, it's surprising at how rough our roads can be.
And I also had to remember that my exhaust brake was disengaged. Having had it a little over a year and a half, I've taken for granted how much assistance it provides in stopping the trailer.
Keeping our speed down and paying close attention, we had no problems making the 45-minute drive to RVs For Less. We pulled in a little after 9:00, and backed into the space they had gotten ready for us.
They also had a box trailer waiting for us to transfer all our stuff out of the bedroom. We started the process, and hauled all our hanging clothes, drawers of clothes, shoes, hats, and everything else to the storage trailer. We also purged quite a bit. It took us about three hours to go through it all, transfer it, and organize it so it will be somewhat easy to put back later.
We also went over some other things we wanted to have done and, eventually got out of there around 2:00. We took the Jeep and the truck, and drove north to City Diesel where we planned to drop the truck for them to look at our PacBrake sometime over the next couple of weeks. We had set that up in a phone call I made the prior Friday morning.
Well, when we got there, no one confessed to talking to me last Friday, and they said they hadn't done a PacBrake installation in eight or nine years (clearly they shouldn't still be on PacBrake's authorized dealers list). They didn't want to mess with it, so they turned us away. Sheesh.
So, we just back-tracked the 20 miles to RVs For Less where they allowed us to park the truck until we get back. They might even have their diesel guy look at it, but at least we have someplace convenient to keep it while the fifth wheel is undergoing massive surgery.
We finally headed out of Knoxville around 4:00 with a three and a half to four-hour drive to get to Louisville where we'll be staying with our friends Dale & Sandy. Fortunately, that trip was uneventful, and we arrived safely.
Butch is supposed to take pictures of the repair process and forward them to us periodically. If he doesn't, I'll have very little to write about the next couple of weeks. :)
Well, that's the latest. The 2018 Spring Rally announcement will come next, and we'll get May financials posted. Beyond that, we'll just have to see what happens. Until next time, whenever that may be. :)