For the last week or so, we've had days with temps in the upper 70s to low 80s, and the overnight temps have been in the 40s.
We typically don't leave our furnace on overnight, especially when boondocking, and we've been waking up to a chilly rig in the low 50s. So, I get up first and turn the furnace on for one cycle and we're good for the day.
This morning, we prepared for the pick-up of our old mattress by Mattress Disposal Plus. Linda said they charge extra for stairs and we didn't know if our two sets of three steps qualified as "stairs" or possibly two sets of stairs. So, we managed to get our 4-inch memory foam topper and the mattress out of the bedroom, and out the door where we laid both of them on our patio mat.
When she booked online yesterday, we got confirmation emails and a driver called and said he would be arriving around 10:15 a.m. We were expecting a box truck and two guys that looked like the pictures on the website.
Well, a fellow showed up with a pick-up truck pulling a flat-bed trailer. There was a twin mattress already strapped to the trailer. He was a nice guy, and we chatted a bit.
He said their service is sort of like Uber, in that the company contracts with haulers and the haulers get paid a portion of the charge. So, when a request is made online, whoever responds to the request gets the job. These things fascinate me.
He drug (or "dragged" for the grammar purists out there) the mattress over to his trailer and flopped it over the side rail. Soon, everything was strapped down, he logged the pick-up in his phone, we got an email that the pick-up was complete, and he was on his way.
That was easy.
Now, I was supposed to call the factory manager at SleepEZ this afternoon to verify the timing of the delivery of our mattress. In the intervening hours, we decided to dump our tanks and get some propane for the rig.
A little online research told me that Orangewood RV Center has a free dump station and they also have a propane re-filling station with good propane prices. Yes, there are websites that provide dump station locations. I tend to use RVDumps.com and SaniDumps.com.
Linda packed up the RV and put the slides in, then we hitched up and drove the 15 miles to Orangewood RV. We drove straight down Bell Road where there were three lanes, and I stayed in the middle. There was quite a bit of traffic and several stoplights, so it took a while.
I had checked the satellite view on Google Maps ahead of time. Though the address is "Bell Road" the entrance is on a side street - glad I checked.
We pulled into Orangewood RV. It wasn't clear where the dump station was, but I saw the three RV parking sites that I had viewed on the Google Maps satellite view. I pulled into one of those and saw the propane filling station ahead. There was a motorhome there and cars and trucks were coming in all around us to have propane cylinders filled. One guy told me that their propane price was 10 cents less than anywhere else in town.
I asked the attendant about the dump station, and he pointed out the hole in the asphalt. At the time a few trucks getting propane were blocking it, so I got my empty propane cylinder out and got in line.
By the time my cylinder was filled, the trucks had moved, so we quickly pulled up to the dump station. I gave Linda the propane ticket to go inside and pay while I dumped the tanks.
Now, to get out we could continue forward to an exit that was "right turn only" and I needed to go left. Or, we could back up and create enough space to go out one of the two larger entrances and make the left. However, more vehicles had come in behind us to get propane, so we pretty much had to go out and turn left without knowing where that would take us. But the propane guy said it was a dead end road and there was a place to turn around.
If Linda had brought the Jeep on this little excursion, she would have been checking it out. So, we just took the guy's word for it and knew we could figure it out. With it being a dead end road, there wouldn't be traffic to deal with and we could get turned around one way or another. And we did.
I can tell you that in our early days, I would have panicked pulling our trailer into all that chaos and then leaving without knowing what I was getting into. But after a few similar experiences over time, we know it all works out. However, we're still cautious because we know over-confidence leads to expensive mistakes.
We made it back to our peaceful, private property. The whole trip took about an hour and a half, but we should be good for another two weeks and then we'll probably do it again.
I backed into our spot and we unhitched. Linda got the inside set up in about the time it took me to re-fill our 100 gallon fresh water tank.
Then I called Saul at SleepEZ. Our mattress was ready and he and Jim, our salesperson, worked it out so they would deliver the mattress to us. They compressed it just like it was being shipped and a young fellow named Ricardo, brought it out in a small pick-up rather than their usual delivery truck.
Ricardo said "It's a long drive out here, and I can see why you weren't happy yesterday." He grabbed the box with the mattress, threw it over his shoulder and proceeded into our bedroom. So, it must not have been too heavy.
Certainly, the weight of the mattress was a concern, and that's another reason to choose the RV mattress over the 100% latex (latex is pretty heavy). I should have considered that aspect more before we ordered it, especially since our bed is in a slideout. Based on an email, I have a question into the company asking them to provide the total weight from their standard Queen and King in both their 8" and 10" RV mattress.
Ricardo unboxed the mattress and put it on our bed platform. I was thinking "That looks awfully small for a king-size mattress".
Note: The 100% latex mattresses come in two or three boxes about that size. And there is a video on their website that shows how to set it up.
It had been folded in half, compressed (like in a SpaceSaver vacuum bag), and wrapped in several layers of plastic. Ricardo swiftly took off the plastic, unfolded it, and then cut the last plastic layer allowing it to expand.
If we had picked up the mattress, we would have done all that ourselves, so we were happy that Ricardo was there to do it for us, and we were glad it worked out the way that it did.
And there it was. A 10-inch mattress with a three-inch layer of soft latex and seven inches of polyfoam under it. It's certainly softer than our old mattress.
And without the memory foam topper, it's low enough that Linda can flop down on it rather than have to climb up.
With our mattress, they threw in two shredded-latex pillows. So Linda put on the pillowcases, the sheets, the bed covers, and the other 57 extra pillows that we have, and it was ready to go. It awaited its first test.
We slept well that first night, but there was too much stuffing in the new pillows. Fortunately, they have zippers and you can just take out whatever shredded latex you want. We'll keep the excess for a little while just in case we need to put some back after we experiment with them over several days.
We'll sleep on the mattress a few more nights to get used to it before we give a final thumbs up or thumbs down, but we're pleased with it so far.
That's it for another day. Mattresses and dumping tanks. It's a glamorous life. :)