Work wants me on-site most of January, which is located in the DC area, which makes going south a little hard. So if that is what I need to do, then we are debating on heading north now, while the weather is good, and bed down for the winter. We will make a decision here soon on where we go next.
We are going to have to do something for heat other than the LP furnaces in the RV since they suck the 30lb LP gas tank dry in about one week when the temperature gets cold.
I have been doing some research on electric heaters, but if anyone reading this has a suggestion, please comment or email me at email@example.com with it.
Since we were out of propane we had to break camp and drive into town to get it filled up. I also wanted to get a new inspection sticker on the RV, so we would be good for a year and it would be in sync with the GMC Yukon, that we just had inspected also.
The problem with moving the RV is that you have to put everything up, strap down the heavy stuff, and pull in the slides whether you are moving a few feet or down the road.
Our biggest item is the 18" dishwasher that has to be securely strapped down, so that it does not slide around and hurt someone. Yes, we really need it too. Well not really, but it is super nice to have and also gives us a little more counter top.
|Dishwasher strapped down for moving.|
|Bunks used for storage while we travel.|
|Slide area has to be clear of any obstacles.|
That usually happens at the worst moment also, since you are probably traversing an uneven road surface or taking a turn, which caused the items to fall in the first place. We once forgot to strap the refrigerator doors together and a couple of curves later, the doors flung open and glass jars came flying out. Luckily, no one was hit and none of the jars broke!
All items up high must be packed away so that they do not fall while driving down the road.
This is what your overhead (temporary) storage areas need to look like before you start to drive down the road.
|Now it is safe to drive with the items put away.|
Once I forgot to hook the electric back up and did not notice until Misty tried to start the dryer. Our inverters and batteries powered everything for a good five hours before we, and a friend, noticed the lights flickering some and of course the dryer not working.
If we are moving a good ways, then we have to load up the GMC Yukon with all of the bikes, eight in all, and anything else that we can not get into the RV, like the baby buggy that hooks to Misty's bike. When the Yukon is packed, only the driver's seat is left open.
You then have to make sure you have the tow bar, safety cables, power cable, air hose for the brakes, and safety disconnect cable hooked up properly.
Do not mind the dirty RV, it has been washed since this picture was taken.
|Strap on refrigerator door.|
If a door does come open while driving down the road, not only will you start pouring your stored items out onto the highway, but there is a chance you can hit the door on the guardrail or even another vehicle. Plus other drivers do not appreciate having to dodge items being thrown at them, unexpectedly.
It is very embarrassing to have cars beeping at you because your doors are open and sticking out, not that it has happened to us, well maybe only once or twice. At least we have not lost anything out of the compartments due to the doors being open.
|Checking all the compartment doors to make sure they are securely latched.|
I also run a back flush when I empty the tank so there is plenty of water to help push out the waste and clean any solids that may have built up. So far I have not had any problems with it clogging up.
One should empty the black tank first and then the grey water tank which will flush out all the waste from the black tank. When I unhook the sewer line, I then use the outside faucet to rinse it clean, and then roll it up, draining it into the sewer system. I then put the hose back in the compartment, trying not to touch any of the contaminated areas.
I always have a bottle of soap and hand sanitizer in the compartment, so I can wash and clean up my hands afterwards.
I recently added a water softener and filter to help keep the iron and other minerals out of the RV's water lines since many RV parks have well water and not city water. I keep the unit in the compartment so it is not exposed to the outside elements.
|Water softener and filters in the water and sewer compartment.|
The below picture is what you want to see, which is the jack in the up position. The base plate for the jack is in the middle of the picture to the right of the long brass looking bolt.
|Rear jack in the up position. You can see the back half of the base plate in the this picture next to the brass bolt.|
|Readied RV in travel mode minus the toad.|
It was actually good that we were stopped on the side road and did not meet the mobile home on the county road, or we would of had to back up, which is never fun in an RV.
|Meeting a vehicle on a single lane road.|
So far we have been lucky and not gotten stuck where we had to unhook the toad to back up or anything like that. I did pull into a gas station once with the toad and blocked the pumps for others to use. Then after filling up, we barley had enough room, inches, to pull back out onto the highway.
Depending upon what type of RV you have, the steps to prepare for moving may be different and by no means is it implied that the above steps are the only way to do it. That is just how we do it. We also probably spend more time packing than most, since we have six little ones to pick up after!
Until next time God bless and we hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving!
Don, Misty, & Kids......