Finally! We have our RV back. It’s been a long ten months but we are finally back on the road albeit for a very short trip home.
We had left our coach in Lawrenceville, Ga at NIRV in late August as we were returning home from our summer trip out west. We had noticed a few things that needed attention that were the result of the accident we had in January, 2019. The biggest issue was the refrigerator. Apparently, the doors were sprung when we came to that immediate stop (yeah, behind the propane tanker) so as we traveled the doors would fly open and there I was scrambling toward the back before items fell on the floor. We jerry-rigged the doors so they wouldn’t open but it was less than ideal. We were also having a problem with the “leather” furniture pealing. Dealing with the refrigerator issue was an insurance issue and they were initially reluctant to replace it because they thought the front windshield would have to be removed. Nope, NIRV figured that one out and we got a brand-new fridge.
NIRV was also in contact with Newmar about the condition of our furniture. Newmar ended up replacing all of our furniture, a sofa, recliner, captain’s chair and a passenger chair for only the cost of labor. Yea!! The sofa is smaller and not as nice nor as comfortable but it looks great – no pealing.
Finally, in March NIRV let us know that our coach was ready and we could go pick it up and then … Covid struck. North Carolina was in a “shelter at home” mandate except for essential workers plus we were selling our house and moving so immediate pick up was not possible. By the way, moving was considered essential. We got our house sold, our furniture stored and then we sheltered at home at our house on the Pamlico River.
North Carolina continued to be slow – and still does – in opening things up. At this point we are still in Phase Two where some businesses are allowed to open with a 50% capacity while gyms and bars still cannot open. We are also mandated to wear masks now. Our economy is dying. Needless to say, there are a lot of negative feelings in our state but I will avoid getting political at this point.
On Wednesday, June 24 we left around 7:15 only to go about five miles down the road before we realized that Jerry had forgotten his hearing aids so we turned around and went back home for the second time. Oh yeah, we had forgotten to turn the water off. That was the first return! I think we were a little excited to be headed to Lawrenceville.
I had forgotten about traveling a long distance in a car. No refreshments, no lunch and no bathrooms available without stopping. We stopped at a rest stop and then a drive through for lunch and arrived in Lawrenceville about 3:30. We saw our coach as soon as we pulled in and it was a welcomed sight for sure. After checking in with the office we finally went in. What a relief to see it and restore my desire to travel in an RV. I’ll be honest. It had been a long time since we’d seen the coach and a lot had happened. We had moved to the river full time, we had sold our home of 22 years, we had a pandemic and then racial riots. I had almost decided that if someone had offered us a good deal, I’d sell the coach and be done. However, as soon as I entered the RV I immediately changed my mind. It was good to be “home”. Oddly enough when I mentioned my feelings to Jerry he had been feeling the same way.
We spent two nights at NIRV just to make sure that everything was working correctly. We replaced our battery and two lights but other than that most everything was OK. We still seem to have an electrical problem but that may necessitate a trip to Nappanee in October – we’ll see.
Our plan was to leave Lawrenceville Friday morning for three nights in Winston Salem staying at a new park, Salem Breeze RV Campground. Our grandson Eli was scheduled to play in a baseball tournament Friday and Saturday and pitch in a Rec game on Monday night. We had not been able to see him play this year so were excited about this opportunity plus a visit with our two granddaughters – oh yeah, and their parents too. We got a call from our son David on Thursday evening saying that he and Eli had possibly been exposed to someone with Covid so the team was withdrawing from the tournament. We decided to err on the side of caution and forego our visit with them. Dang! Hopefully everything will be settled by next week when the family is supposed to spend July 4th with us.
We traveled on to Winston Salem, about 300 miles to Salem Breeze. We had a brief stop for gas and then lunch at a rest stop and arrived at the RV park around 2:00. It is a new park with parts still under construction but it fit our needs perfectly.
One of the nicest things about RVing is meeting great people. One of the first trips we took when we started RVing was to Bradenton, Florida for a Living the RV Dream rally. There we met Jim and Jan, a couple from Marietta, Ga. Over the years we have kept in contact meeting up at various FMCA rallies and for a meal whenever we were in Lawrenceville. We met them Thursday for lunch and had a delightful visit.
We met Larry and Debra when we were parked near them at an FMCA rally in Indianapolis several years ago. Knowing we were going to be camped near their home in Winston Friday night I reached out to Debra and suggested we meet for dinner. They invited us over for drinks at 5:00 and when we arrived, we realized that we were not going out to dinner. Debra had prepared a feast for us. It was so good to visit with good friends and to have a good home cooked meal that I hadn’t prepared!
We took our time leaving Saturday morning. Throughout the 10 months the coach was in Lawrenceville whenever I couldn’t find anything, I would assume it was in the RV but I didn’t realize how very much was indeed left in the coach. We filled the Jeep up with clothes that I had forgotten I had (and clothes that fit before the Corona 15 – or so) and headed out around 11:00.
Other than a brief stop for lunch (thank you Debra for the leftover ham and dill potato salad) and a stop for gas in Kinston we went straight to our new storage place. It is a former tobacco warehouse and hot as an oven but we can keep our coach inside out of the weather. As soon as we got it parked Jerry went to buy some orange cones to mark our spot and I got the refrigerator emptied and the coach ready to be stored until our trip in August.
It was a good trip and brought back many memories and I am ready to travel again. Most RVers call it “Hitch Itch” and we definitely have a case of that! Unfortunately, we don’t feel it is wisdom at this point to make a long trip and as Jerry said anywhere we could go for a short trip would be hot so right now we’ll just enjoy at our home on the river and look forward to future trips. Needless to say I’ll be planning a trip so we could leave at the drop of a hat should things change.