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January 3, 2015

In a couple of days, we will be relocating from Houston to the Liberty Hill area, a bit west of Georgetown, Texas.  This afternoon, after the rain stopped, we ran to a local RV dealer and an Ace Hardware.  I replaced a leaky holding tank flush connection, and also the handle on the screen door.  The door handle was cracked, and while the black electrical tape holding it together did match the black plastic handle, it was really time to just replace it. The screws holding the toilet seat were worn and slipping (don’t you hate it when the seat slips?).  We looked at a selection of seats that ranged in price from over $30 to $8.99.  We decided that, for $8.99, we didn’t mind replacing the seat a couple times a year.

Since the fifth wheel is going to be parked for an indeterminate period of time, we got some 2x6s cut into blocks for the various stabilizer jacks and the front landing gear.  We’ll also park the tires on wood planks as well.  I’ve read varying opinions on whether it’s necessary, but hey, what can it hurt?

Here in Houston, we’ve only had a couple of periods of a few hours below freezing. In the new location, we’ll have a few more freezing nights, so we picked up some foam insulating “noodles” to protect the water supply hose.  I really don’t mind turning the outside water off on those nights (we do have water available in the fresh water tank), but for under $40, the convenience of a protected hose is worth it. Since the temperature the two nights after we move is supposed to be down in the low 20s, I’ll install the insulation as part of getting get set up and connected upon arrival.

The Mountaineer fifth wheel has a decent furnace which works fine as long as we get the thermostat set right.  (We’re still working on that.)  We have a tendency to conserve propane, so we supplement with a small electric heater in the living area.  Between the furnace and the electric heater, we manage to be comfortable during cold weather.  Even when we lived in a house, I remember it was always a challenge to keep the temperature regulated.  And besides, that’s what flannel shirts, robes and warm slippers are for.  I’m not looking forward to ice and snow, but the upside is that it will only be for short periods of time.  You folks who live in northern climates aren’t sympathetic, I know, but this is why we live this far south.

There’s not much left to be done now, until we start “travelizing” the rig. We’ll have to shift some things around to make room for the slideouts to move, and we’ll load the loose outside stuff into the CR-V, but we’ll do that the afternoon before moving day.

We’re looking forward to settling into the new location.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. January 4, 2015 8:10 am

    Hope everything goes OK Ralph. A Happy and Healthy New Year.


  2. January 4, 2015 12:15 pm

    Thanks, Doug, and the same to you.

  3. Pleinguy permalink
    January 4, 2015 6:10 pm

    Will you be in hill country? How far from Austin? Just curious. Have a great moving day.

    • January 4, 2015 6:37 pm

      We will be about 35 miles from Austin, maybe a 40 minute drive. On the map, we are west of Georgetown, kind of out in the country, along a little stream which is part of the north fork of the San Gabriel River. If you ever come that way, be advised that they don’t take overnighters. Their focus is on long-term residents. But we’d love to meet up again and catch up.

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