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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Stuff just got real

I slept well last night for once.  I have plans, but the plans are getting more reality-based now.

The RV is an 24’ 1983 Lindy.  I have an appointment to get the engine fluids/belts/hoses checked and/or replaced on it on Monday.  I’m going to take it somewhere and have the RV systems checked out   I have room, given what I paid for it, to replace what doesn’t work, within reason.  I’m going on the theory that nothing works, with no concrete reason to believe that, because  I figure I’d rather think Woo Hoo, something works rather than, bummer, something else doesn’t work.

I really enjoy driving the RV.  That first stoplight the first time I drove it was disconcerting.  The brakes are a bit spongy, and I had no clutch to use to downshift, as the RV is an automatic.  The consolation as I saw the car in front of me stopped was that it was my car that Jim was driving and I was following.  The brakes do work, but I had a heartbeat of panic.  I’m hoping it is just air in the lines.  I’m remembering my days of working on my similar era vehicles.  I smiled as Jim was checking out the way the engine ran and said that it sounded good ‘except for the glasspacks’ and I actually knew what he was talking about.  Y’all will know when I’m coming.

I want to clean it up a bit, but I will be posting pictures.  It has the bathroom in the back, a small full stove with very small oven, double stainless sinks, Dometric fridge, couch on one side and single person per side dinette on the other.  I didn’t want a seperate bed other than the over cab one, so this layout is perfect for me. 

Some of the things I had taken for granted as I planned what I would put where in an RV won’t work with this one.  No storage under the couch as that is where the fresh water tank is located.  No storage under the dinette seats as under one is the water heater and under the other is the furnace.  I had planned on using the passenger side front floor for the cats’ litter box.  It is not big enough.

I’m now looking around my mobile and cutting out more and more stuff, at least mentally.  Already this morning started a new pile to go to the thrift store.

12 comments:

  1. I hope you have fun in your new home on wheels. It's going to be exciting to be free.

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  2. Hey, congratulations! I hope you love it.

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  3. Really enjoying your blog. It will be fun to follow you as you wander.

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  4. You know that a motorhome RV is something like a boat. The definition of a boat is a hole in the water that you throw money into (grin). I have had a few of them and have one now. I know that when you get things situated in it to your liking and hit the road, you will really enjoy it. Have fun and welcome to the RV club.

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  5. Great to hear that you are already starting to arrange and get situated. One of the things I heard about older rigs is to change all the belts when you get it. In the older rigs it isn't always easy to find them especially in out of the way places so a lot of people carry them. My RV repair guy says the older Dometric/fridge as they are easier to repair than the newer ones. You will probably find new little cubbies as you get acquainted with you new little home. Some are always hidden. Let the fun begin!!

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  6. Will be following along and can't wait to see the inside and what you do with it. Have fun and travel safely. Hope you have no magor expense

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  7. I am so happy for you and look forward to following your new adventures.

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  8. Congratulations, sounds like a wonderful new home for you to wander around in.
    Have too much fun.

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  9. If it has bot been used in a long time that could explain the brakes performance. They develop a rust coating that does not work very well in stopping the rig. I assume Jim checked the fluid level.

    I like your attitude assuming that nothing works and then checking things off as you discover that they do actually work. :)

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  10. I was hoping that under the couch would give you some storage but no such luck. You will learn just what is a necessity and what is a luxury item. The litter box is a necessity so I hope you figure that one out okay.

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  11. Regarding the cat's litter-box, have you checked the dimensions of the compact one by purina ? It's called, BREEZE, more info. at:

    breezeforcats.com it is a terrific litter-box, keeps poo separate from pee making it a BREEZE to clean & the sting also is greatly reduced !

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  12. Regarding ' BREEZE ' I forgot to say that U can find it at Wally World or K-mart & the price is very affordable, it comes in a box with the granules, plus it brings a pack of 4 pads to soak in the pee.( the price of the whole unit is about $ 35.

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