Update on RV Life
As many of you know, we bought our 2008 36 foot Montana Mountaineer 5th Wheel with no intention of towing it for travel. We found this idyllic little spot in a small RV park northeast of Austin, Texas over two years ago and parked the fiver “permanently”. If you are an RVer, you know why the word permanently is in quotation marks. For Rvers, nothing is really permanent. In the RV park business, I think the more common phrase is long term. As you can see in these photos, we’ve settled in nicely.
We spent the last two months of 2016 in Ohio (without the RV) because of some family matters. While we were gone, we learned that the RV park had been sold, and when we returned, we discovered that our site rent was going to increase by $95 per month. We found ourselves agonizing over what we should do. We love the Gulf Coast, especially the Rockport, Aransas Pass, Port Aransas area near Corpus Christi, Texas. We made a quick trip to Rockport and spent one day touring as many RV parks as we could. Since we had previously spent two winters there, we were already familiar with many of them and scratched most of them off the list before we even got there. But we did find a very nice park that we really felt we could be comfortable in. About a week later, I had an appointment with my cardiologist. It seems I have a couple of heart issues.
Suddenly, it didn’t seem quite so practical to move from the Austin area to the coast, where we would be over four hours from our doctors and the medical facilities we have come to trust, especially since there are still some unresolved issues with Nell’s health as well.
We could deal with and overcome the obstacles, but as long as we have health issues that need attention, it makes far more sense to stay where we are. While we have had some steps built and acquired some used patio furniture, we have held off from building anything more extensive, like the decks and gazebos some of our neighbors have built. Yes, the sites themselves are all gravel, but they drain extremely well and when smoothed out and covered with outdoor carpet, ours is comfortable, dry and clean. There is enough space in our “back yard green belt” to add some sites behind us, but it seems unlikely.
It’s understandable that our rent increased, considering that we have one of the largest sitess in the park. (We were on a waiting list for it.) We did make some preparations to move, but they were practical things that will serve us well anyway. We had all four tires replaced, and it’s comforting to know that if we did have to relocate, it could be done safely. We did sell our 100 lb propane tank, and we’ll probably miss it next winter, but we’ll manage, and again, that’s one very heavy item that wouldn’t have to be moved in an emergency.
We removed most of the old decals, at least the ones that were peeling badly. Nell was better at that job than I was. It looks much cleaner now, especially since we immediately had it washed and waxed. At least now we should be able to hose it down and wipe it off to keep it cleaner, and I acquired a California Duster with a long handle to keep it a bit cleaner during the dry months. We still have a few things we want to do, some of which are little upgrades and some are maintenance. We’ll take them one at a time.
Meanwhile, it looks like we’ll be hanging around here. Since we sold the Class C last year, any travel we do will be by car for now, although we really don’t have any major travel on the calendar. So since we’re sitting still, today we picked up a few small flowering plants and we’ll be putting the pots back into service for spring and summer.