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Adjusting to Winter

December 5, 2011

It is a cold, wet, rainy day in Roanoke, Texas.  Roanoke is about 23 miles north of Fort Worth, and about 35 miles northwest of Dallas.  I don’t think we’ve seen downtown Roanoke yet.  I’m not sure there is a downtown Roanoke.

It’s been raining for two days, almost three.  We did some pretty thorough checking before we bought the motorhome, and we’re confident there are no roof leaks.  That helps one sleep much better to the sound of rain on the roof.

We are getting what appears to be some serious condensation on the front windshield and side windows next to the driver and co-pilot seats.  That’s a huge expanse of glass, and we keep the drapes closed across all those windows at night.  We almost bought a dehumidifier yesterday, but didn’t.  We’re thinking that closed up space doesn’t get as much heat as the rest of the windows, so maybe we’ll leave it partially open at night and see what happens.  At some point, there’s going to be a compromise between cold glass and wet windowsills.

The wind is gusting somewhere around 20 to 25 miles an hour, and I can barely feel just the slightest rocking at those times.  I suspect that if we had the stabilizer jacks down, we wouldn’t even feel that.  This is a pretty big, heavy rig.  The movement I’m feeling from the wind is no more than we feel when one of us walks down the middle of the RV.  I’ll get our local RV technician to look at the jacks, maybe next week.  I don’t have the heart to ask a guy to crawl around under the RV in 45 degree windy weather right now.  We’re getting along fine without them for now.

In spite of the title of this post, I haven’t adjusted to winter in a long time.  I just don’t like being cold anymore.  I belong on a beach in Margaritaville.  We’re experimenting with the heat, trying to  find the right balance between comfort, avoiding a really high electric bill, and disconnecting the RV to  go get propane too often.  In terms of extended cold, we only have to get through this winter, and then we intend to try out best to avoid cold weather in the future.  You young folks can get out there and enjoy it.  We just really hate being cold.

Last night, we had the electric heater sitting in the little hallway blowing warm air into the bedroom,with it set on “low” at 70 degrees.  We had the furnace (propane) set at 60, just to keep some warm air in the ducts under the floor.  I know this all sounds terribly inconvenient to all of you living in traditional houses with central air and heat.  And, to some degree, it is.  This just happened to be the timing we have to live with.  The house sold at the end of November, and Nell wants to work through at least February, so we have to get through the winter.  Not something we intended to do, but there you go.  We’ll have a better idea what we need to be doing heat-wise after we get the December electric bill, and get the propane tank filled.

One of the problems with cold, wet weather is that there’s no good place to hang a heavy wet coat.  For now, they have to hang on the back of the dinette chairs.

We’ve begun to laugh about trying to find things.  When we started moving things from the house to the motorhome, it was done over several days.  But, unlike moving from a traditional house to another traditional house or apartment, we couldn’t leave things in boxes, to be put away when we got around to it.  There is no room for boxes in an RV.  So  when we brought over things to go in the basement storage bays, we just stuffed it in there.  And we did  sort of the same with the interior storage in a lot of places.  One of my self-imposed chores on this cold, wet day is to do a little reorganizing and rearranging in some of the overhead storage cabinets.

Aside from working out the heating combinations, we are completely happy in this little bungalow on wheels.  We are making some adjustments.  Instead of sitting in opposite corners of the living room, reading and watching TV, we now sit side-by-side on the same loveseat.  We turn the TV on to watch the evening news, and then turn it back off and break out the books.  Instead of eating sitting in our chairs in front of the TV, we now sit facing each other at the dinette table and have a conversation.  During the evening, refilling a drink or getting a snack involves about five steps.  It’s like living in a little cabin,and my wife just sits kicked back in her recliner and looks around and grins.

We know that we have only made the transition in terms of interior habitat.  This is temporary, and in no way represents our future lifestyle.  Since winter has arrived, we are confined to the indoors, whereas once we can choose our location, our life will include the outside environment as well as the inside.

And we won’t be cold.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 5, 2011 7:22 pm

    Welcome to the full-timing life or, as one full-timer said to us our first night out back in June 2010, “Welcome to LIFE!” We worked/lived in Keller for a few months back in 2007; that’s right down the road from Roanoke. Hope you continue to settle into and enjoy your new lifestyle and that you stay warm and cozy this Winter. Cheers!

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