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Goodbye Chattanooga

All good things must come to an end so on Saturday morning we were up and out of the campground headed for Clemmons. It was an uneventful trip back with good weather and light traffic. Emma has been really good about staying belted in during the trip to and from Chattanooga. Being in a Class A motor home gives one the advantage of getting up and moving around but that is pretty much a no-no for us. I get up occasionally to get Jerry a snack or something to drink but for the most part we are belted in.

We were staying at Tanglewood Campground in Clemmons again. I guess we really should apply to be workampers there since we are there so often! I thought Emma would want her parents to meet us at the campground but no, she wanted us to go to her home and surprise them so after we got set up we headed out again. No one can ever accuse us of letting grass grow under our feet!

Needless to say everyone was happy to be reunited and we enjoyed a pleasant afternoon outside with all of the family. After a quick dinner out Jerry and I headed back to Tanglewood for the night and then Sunday morning we headed home to Kinston. It was a grand trip, such the right length of time but as always the best part is coming home.

Home Away From Home

Once Again Headed to Clemmons

Finally! Getting ready to take off on another long awaited trip. Well, truthfully it hasn’t been that long since we were on the road but it surely seems like it. When we returned from Perry, Ga we emptied the coach of nearly everything and then took it to Wilmington, NC to Howard RV where we were assured everything that needed attention would be repaired. After driving four hours each way for earlier repairs (that were not completed) the two hour drive to Wilmington was great.

We left our coach on Tuesday afternoon and by noon on Wednesday we had a call discussing every issue that we had discussed! My word, it wasn’t even 24 hours and they were already on it. Quite a difference and my only regret is that I didn’t know about them sooner. It would surely have made the last year easier. We had told them we’d like to have it back by April 15 if possible as we needed to go to Clemmons for the birth of our sixth grandchild! From past experience with another dealer we felt like we might be asking a lot but heck, it doesn’t hurt to ask. We also knew they had to order parts and that does take a while so although we’d be disappointed we were prepared for a longer time.

We called to check on the status on Tuesday, April 12 and were told that the person that had that information was out but they would check on it and call us back – and they did! Never under estimate the value of a returned call even if they don’t know the answer to your question. They didn’t know but they let us know that and said they would find out and call us Wednesday morning.

They called Wednesday morning, said our rig was ready for pick up so off we went to Wilmington. I had hoped to go early in the day so we could visit Airlee Gardens as they are so beautiful this time of the year but we had to get on the road. We were in and out of there very quickly but while we were there one of the technicians went over a few things with Jerry. Although we’ve been RVing over two years and have had this coach for a year we are still newbies with a lot to learn.

The rest of the week has been spent packing, cooking, planning the trip and looking for interesting things to see and good campgrounds to stay at after we leave Clemmons as we are going to knock around the NC mountains for a couple of weeks. I couldn’t find any COE campgrounds in the area where we are going so we will be staying in private campgrounds on this trip but fortunately two of them are Passport. One only takes Passport for one night but the another takes it for all nights. Yea!

We’ll end our trip in Franklin at an FMCA chapter rally. We met so many nice Georgia people at the FMCA International Rally that we decided to join our friends Jim and Jan and become members of their chapter, the Peach State Travelers. They often have rallies in North Carolina. Unfortunately the next one is in August, the week-end of my nephew’s wedding and around the time for Julie’s baby to make his arrival – yes, another grand. Our seventh and I’m pretty sure our last! 🙂

Sunday morning is the time of departure. Except for a few last minute items everything is packed – I think, so we’ll soon be on our way to Clemmons where we will revel in the arrival of our precious Olivia. We are one blessed family. We already have three granddaughters and two grandsons and now are waiting for another granddaughter and then a grandson in August. I didn’t understand when people would say there’s nothing like a grandchild but now I do and I do relish every second we are able to spend with them.

On to Clemmons!

Home Away From Home

What Were We Thinking – or Were We?

Just let me say – It was a morning!>

Knowing how much Emma loves eastern NC barbeque we always try to get her some for her birthday but I realized last night that we had not gotten it yet.  Jerry checked the website this morning to see what time Kings opened and it said 9:00 so off he went while I was showering and getting dressed.  Apparently the website is incorrect because when he got there no one was there and it was dark so no barbeque for Emma this time.

Sometimes it’s just not fun to be right!  Jerry built Emma a very pretty and not so small bookcase for her birthday so we’re taking it to Clemmons this week-end.  It won’t fit into the Avalon so Jerry said we would just tow the Forerunner.  I told him that I had read that it wouldn’t tow but he assured me that it was just like the Avalon and would tow with no problem.  Right!  We got everything loaded and then put the Forerunner on the dolly.  I was a bit nervous about driving it up on the dolly since it is much bigger and heavier than the Avalon but it went up with no problem.  Jerry hooked it up and then went in to get his shower so we could leave.

Everything was  ready and we were in the RV and pulling out at 10:12.  Wait, what was that squealing sound?  Jerry asked if I had put on the emergency brake on the forerunner.  Well, duh – of course not.  He got out and looked around and then told me to drive up a bit.  He immediately told me to stop as the back wheels on the Forerunner were not turning.  Guess what – the Forerunner won’t tow.  Like Jerry, I don’t understand why as it’s supposed to be front wheeled drive but it really doesn’t matter to me why – I just know it won’t tow.

Back to the drawing board.  It looked like we were going to have to put the bookcase in the coach as it wouldn’t fit in the car.  We put the living room slide out and pretty easily got the bookcase in.  Then we had to take the Forerunner off of the dolly and then put the Avalon on.  We often learn lessons each time and this time we learned that a Forerunner will not tow!  Hopefully that is the only lesson we learn on this trip.

We finally pulled out of the driveway at 10:40, a little later than I had hoped but on the way.  We were trying a new route.  Because the beltline in Raleigh is under construction and the highway is absolutely awful we decided to try going 264.  The last time we were on the beltline in the RV I was afraid that every screw and bolt was going to come loose not to mention that every dish would be broken.  This should be a lot easier.

Also just after passing Stantonsburg we realized that we got nothing out of the fridge.  There wasn’t much but we’ll have to make a trip to the grocery store sooner than we expected.  Like I said, it was a morning!

We got to Tanglewood RV Park a little after 3:00 and got set up in site 14.  I had asked for a site closer to the router so our Internet would be better but the lady taking the reservations didn’t know where the routers were located.  Apparently they are not near site 14!  (I did talk briefly to someone who told me the sites nearer the bathhouse had stronger signals.  Next time we’ll be more specific.)

Fortunately the rest of the trip and the week-end was uneventful.  We had a delightful time at Emma’s party which was at Cash Lovell Stables and then Jane, David, Emma, Eli and Jane’s parents came over Saturday night for hamburgers on the grill.

Sunday we were able to go to Emma’s riding lesson.  She’s doing so well and I am really proud of her.  Hope she keeps it up!

Monday morning we were up and out before 9:00 as we had a 3:00 appointment in Kinston to get the oil changed in the coach in preparation for our Finger Lakes trip next month.

Happy RVing!