So, we finished up our third weekend in a row doing seminars at RV shows. I think the last time we did three weekends in a row, we swore we wouldn't do it again, yet there we were. That ended a total of six shows in the first eight weekends of the year. Whew.
But again, it ain't a bad gig, and we really do enjoy meeting people and presenting the seminars. There are certainly worse ways to earn the cash to enjoy our wonderful lifestyle.
Sunday evening, after the Columbus RV Show was in the books, we were picked up at our hotel by Michael & Sandy. They took us to Milestone 229 on the river downtown for dinner.
They are on the verge of beginning their full-timing and just got a camphosting job for the summer. They hosted us for dinner last year, and we had another very enjoyable evening. Thanks you two!
On Monday, we had a late flight as it was the only direct flight we could get back to Phoenix. We hit the ground around 8:45 Arizona time, and by the time our Uber driver dropped us off, it was 10:00 before we got back to our rig. We decided to leave the unpacking for the morning and pretty much collapsed into our new bed.
Ah, it's good to be home. But it wouldn't last. We've scheduled ourselves a bit too thin these first four months of the year, and especially this week.
On Tuesday, we were supposed take our rig to APR RV in Mesa to have our Flex Armor Roof re-sprayed around the seam of our front cap. They are the only "Authorized Applicator" west of Texas, and we aren't planning to be in Texas or anywhere east in the next couple of years.
When our front cap was removed last summer to repair our frame, they had to cut into the roof. When the cap was replaced, they used regular Dicor lap sealant on the seam, and we've been wanting to make it "seamless" again.
The plan was to "camp" in their parking lot so we would be ready to get the unit in first thing on Wednesday. But we just had too much to get done, and we needed some extra time to prepare. So, we decided to get up early and arrive at APR RV when they opened Wednesday morning.
We spent Tuesday getting caught up on a few things, and I checked the air pressure in all of our tires. I had to air up a few of them a little - the fifth wheel is easy, but the dual tires on the truck are a pain. It's a good thing they hold pressure pretty well.
We also met a couple from Manitoba that was staying there. They are fairly new RVers, and have jumped right into boondocking with their Monaco motorhome and a trailer to haul their motorcycle and other toys. We had a nice conversation before they had to leave to attend to a family matter back in Canada.
Before bedtime on Tuesday, I texted John, our host here in Surprise, and asked if we could come into the house for a quick visit and to say goodbye. Since we were leaving before light in the morning, we knew we wouldn't have a chance for final farewells.
We gave them a "thank you" card and a gift card to show our appreciation for allowing us to park our rig on their property for the last two months. They said we are welcome anytime. Also, they are going to join us for our Boondocking Rally in Quartzsite, so we will get to see them again in a few days.
This morning, Wednesday, we were up at 5:00 a.m. and it was freezing. It had rained last evening and into the night. It was still dark and quite foggy when we pulled out at 6:30, one of the very rare times we've taken the rig anywhere before light.
We took a long way around to try to avoid some traffic, but it still took us an hour and a half to go fifty miles with bumper-to-bumper cars in a section of Hwy 101. We arrived a half hour later than planned, but it all turned out okay.
We knew we were pushing it to get the roof done this week, but we planned it a few weeks ago, and we wanted to get it out of the way. They won't be able to do some of the touch-up painting, but we're more concerned about having the roof seam taken care of.
So, we've got a couple more nights in a hotel, and then we'll be on our way to the desert outside of Quartzsite this weekend to get ready for the Boondocking Rally which starts on Monday, March 5.
Anyway, we're glad to be finished with the RV shows for now. One more to go - the Tucson RV Show on March 23 - 25. And after our three rallies in March and April, we can "play" the rest of the year. I'll definitely be ready. :)