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First Night in Our New Home

November 24, 2011

Sunset at Northlake Village RV Park

We’re settling in, even though getting here required a detour. On Monday, we fired up the onboard generator just to give it the necessary workout. It ran for a few minutes, then died. When I tried to start it again, gasoline leaked from the carburetor intake. Not good. We made an appointment to take it back to North Texas RV in Sherman. They said be there at 8am and they’d get us in first.

So we spent the rest of Monday taking things to the RV and running errands. We called Chelsea at Northlake Village RV Park to tell her we’d be a day late. She told us it wasn’t a problem. We crashed early, which means we woke up early on Tuesday. I’m talking 3:30 – 4am early.

We were at North Texas RV before they opened at 8am, and Larry the generator guy had us fixed up and on our way shortly after 9am. The new carburetor he had installed a few weeks ago had been set with the spring on the intake valve too tight at the factory. Not something he would normally expect, so it was a surprise to him as well. There was no charge. The service manager said, “Hey, we installed a new carburetor. It’s supposed to work.” Those are good guys.

We spent the rest of Tuesday taking more stuff to the RV, along with a couple more stops at Walmart and Target. I should note that each time we took a load to the RV, we put it all away. Then, when we went back with the next load, if we had to reorganize a little, we did, but this way, when we stopped each day, we could easily move around. I hit the wall early Tuesday night, and stumbled (literally) to bed around 8:30.

This morning, Wednesday, we took the last few things to the RV, and got on the road at 11am. At 12:30, we pulled into Northlake Village and checked in. Being newbies, rookies, beginners at this RV living stuff doesn’t phase these folks. We were told where the property manager lives, and that an RV mechanic lives directly across the street from us. We should get good advice to get us through the winter here.

We’re spending the night here, then going back to the townhouse in McKinney tomorrow.  We don’t have TV working here yet, and we want to watch the Cowboys.  Since the big TV, living room and bedroom furniture are all still there, we’ ll spend the day, and probably the night there.  People will be picking up the furniture on Friday, and I’ll be doing an art thing in downtown McKinney, so it’s easier to just stay on that side of the metroplex tomorrow night.  And we’ve still got to clean the house once it’s empty.

What’s it like here? Well, here is a collection of photos. Northlake Village is an old mobile home park which is being slowly converted to an RV Park. There are a few “permanent” units that have been here a long time. But even with a couple of them right across the street, one doesn’t get the “trailer park” vibe. You’ll notice some rigs around us that are $100k and up. We’ve got plenty of space around us. We have a garbage bin that we’ll put out at the street once a week. Wifi is a little slow, but perfectly adequate. So, here’s where we will call “home” for the next few months until we hit the road.

Our space backs up to a "greenbelt". Plenty of room around us.

A little old, a little new... on wide, well-maintained streets.

Another view in the other direction

Full hookups: Electric, Water, Sewer

Looking up from the greenbelt

New territory for Hemi

Dinner being prepared in the galley

Pork chops, baked potato and zucchini medley... on new plates and placemats

Writing this blog post

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It’s 8:30 pm now, and it’s really, really quiet.  We are elbow to elbow on the reclining loveseat… or we would be if Hemi weren’t curled up on a pillow between us.  We had the windows open and the attic fan going until dinnertime.  Now, everything is off and buttoned up…

And we’re cozy in our new home.

12 Comments leave one →
  1. Steve permalink
    November 24, 2011 4:41 am

    Happy Thanksgiving my friends !!! Looks like a home to me, and Sonia and I are very happy for you both !!

    • November 24, 2011 12:45 pm

      Thanks, big guy! We’ve got a few little things to get worked out, but it’s comfortable. Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Yorky permalink
    November 24, 2011 7:42 am

    Congratulations Ralph, you finally made it.


    • November 24, 2011 12:46 pm

      Thanks, Doug. It’sbeen quite a year, but we appear to be pretty much on schedule.

  3. William R Moore permalink
    November 25, 2011 1:51 pm

    “Home Sweet Home,” Lookin’ good Ralph. Thanks for the words and pictures, looking forward to following your adventures on the road. “Travels With Charley”… “Travels With Hemi”

    • November 26, 2011 10:23 pm

      A little progress, William. A step at a time. Your interest is really encouraging. Thanks!

  4. November 25, 2011 2:24 pm

    Wish you guys could have been in San Angelo. We talked about your ‘adventure’ and hoping all goes well for you. We miss you both.

    • November 26, 2011 10:25 pm

      Cheryl, it was good to see B&D a couple of weeks ago. Glad you all got together. Love ya!

  5. November 26, 2011 11:56 pm

    Congratulations to you both, Ralph. So glad your dreams, and plans, are coming to fruition. I’m enjoying keeping up with your new adventure.

    • November 27, 2011 1:47 am

      Thanks, Bill. And thanks for sticking with us. I have a feeling there are some entertaining moments ahead. This is, after all, a 13 year old motorhome…

  6. December 9, 2011 2:01 am

    great blog and congrats on the “new” RV!

    I’m over at if you want to cbheck out my rig.

    • December 9, 2011 12:29 pm

      Hi Don, and thanks! Took a quick look at your blog and will certainly be back. I like the Netflix idea,and my wife really wants one of those icemakers.

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