The RV Road Trip Blog - January 2010
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In case you haven't read the "Scooter Nation" section of our site, we ride 50cc scooters whenever we are camped. They are our toads - LOL. We need to find some padded laptop backpacks so we can hit the Wi-Fi hot spots since we won't have any other form of internet access. Anyone have any recommendations? Our laptops have 17" screens so they need to be able to fit.
We appreciate all the emails we get from our visitors and the comments in the new chat box. We love hearing from you and look forward to one day running into you at a campground somewhere warm!
Groundhog Day is less than a month away but if things don't warm up, that rascal ain't gonna show his face until June. This is my worst winter in Alabama and I am so ready for warmer weather. 15° at night and a high of 24° during the day just isn't for me. I much prefer 70° at night and 84° in the daytime. Anyway, according to the counter on the home page, we have 142 more days until we go full-time. It won't get here soon enough! We will be chasing warmer weather...
With the news mentioned above, we have switched to high gear in getting rid of our remaining belongings. Looks like the yard sale will have to be sooner than later. We don't have a lot but it is still a pain. The biggest things we have to get rid of are the beds, a recliner, a small chest freezer and a washer and dryer. The rest is small stuff that hopefully we can sell or we'll end up donating it to a local charity.
We just aren't meant to have a heater in the camper! The weather is finally back to normal for this part of the country. Highs in the 55-65° range with lows in the 32-40° range. Much more bearable than the teens we had for so long. And it's a good thing as the fan in the ProCat catalytic heater we bought a few weeks ago went on strike! We tried the Big Buddy before the ProCat and it worked great but was overkill. We bought a Wave 3 and we were sorely disappointed in it. Not sure if we got a bad one or what, but it didn't put out much heat at all. The ProCat at 3000 BTUs really felt good but the 3000 BTUs from the Wave 3 was hardly noticeable unless you sat right in front of it, even after 2 hours. So we sent the Wave back and are once again looking for a propane heater for the camper. Good thing we still have the furnace! We're about at wits end on this. Doesn't anyone make a quality product anymore?
We added part 2 of our month long meal plan to the library today. It is another 2 weeks' worth of meals and the associated grocery list. We'll post the price once we have been to the store. You can find Part 1 and Part 2 in the left menu under Meal Planning. Keep in mind it is just a guideline and certainly not meant for everyone. It does give full-timers (and some part-timers) a general idea of how you can eat well on a limited budget. Food is one of our biggest expenses, but with a little planning we keep it under control.
The nice folks at Vornado sent us a v103 Under Cabinet Air Circulator (aka, a fan) to review. It arrived today so as soon as we get a chance we'll get it installed and post our review.
Well, we got the Vornado installed. That thing is pretty neat. We wished we would have known about it before we installed that silly 12v automotive fan in the camper. We yanked that old thing out and the new Vornado is doing the job! You can read our review of it by clicking here.
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