The RV Road Trip Blog - May 2010
The house is down to the bare minimum of life's necessities. We're even selling all the silverware, dishes, glasses, pots & pans, etc. We bought all new things for the camper so we could start out fresh. After the yard sale all we will have left is what we will take with us. The camper is about 75% loaded and all that is left to load is the clothes we plan to wear between now and May 31st and food. We'll start loading the non-perishable food next week and then we'll hook up and head to the scales. I hope we're not in for too big of a surprise there - LOL. The camper has a 3,629 pound cargo carrying capacity and a GTWR of 7,346 pounds. The truck has a max trailer weight of 8,200 pounds so we'll be good to go no matter what. We'll post the actual weights when we get them.
This coming week comes the task of loading the camper up and taking it to get weighed. All we have to put in it is the mattress (remember it is on the floor in the house for us to sleep on), put in about 5 days worth of food and a few remaining small things. We want it loaded so we can get an accurate weight of the truck, the camper and the tongue weight so we'll know if we need to adjust or shift anything.
This week we paid for 3 years worth of Good Sam's and Passport America. We also paid for our first year of Coach-Net and switched over to full-timers RV insurance. We also put our yard sale proceeds in the bank to add to our emergency fund (that we hope we'll never need). See how much fun it is finalizing all the little details as the date of departure draws closer? :)
Only 18 more days from today before we go, time is flying by. We've done all that we can do except for little things that we have been putting off. We scouted out the first area we will visit, Dahlonega, Georgia. We'll spend a few days there as this is a prime area for gold panning and we enjoy doing that. We'll be arriving at the end of the Memorial Day weekend, just as everyone else is leaving so we won't need to make reservations. We already know to be in place at least a week before any major holiday so we won't be traveling or looking for a place to stay during peak camping weekends.
We're considering a mobile broadband card so we can keep in touch with everyone and keep the site updated more often. The best price we found so far was at the 3G Store where we can get a Verizon MiFi card with 5GB of data for $49.95 per month without a contract. I think we'll see how hard it is to find hotspots before deciding but we'd like to know what to get if and when the time comes for needing it.
We're have no idea where we will be able to find Wi-Fi hotspots so we may not get to update the site until we get to some sort of civilization. For this reason, the "Where are we?" page may be a little behind. We'll get pictures and notes up as soon as we can as well. We are so excited!
13 more days until we hit the road. We're bouncing around like kids during the last week of school. We already know that neither of us will get much sleep the night before we leave. We'll be way too excited - LOL.
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As far as we can tell, everything else has already been done. You can only do so much preventative maintenance... but hey, we'd rather be safe than sorry. We do have Coach-Net but we'd rather never have to use them! Everything is packed into the camper except the clothes we are wearing and the food we'll eat between now and Sunday. The things we use in the bathroom are in a basket in the house, ready to be carried to the camper at the last minute. We've even started using 1-ply toilet paper already... that's a BIG change.
We'll load the final things into the camper Sunday after the morning church service. We'll then take the camper up to the church parking lot and there we'll spend our last night. The church is having a farewell party for us Sunday night at 6:30 and they all want to see the camper. The church will let us plug in for the night and they have Wi-Fi so we can do one last update before hitting the road.
We probably weigh 300 pounds more than we did the other day when we weighed as we brought along some things we thought we weren't going to keep. We can always ditch them later if we feel the need but we can't get them back if we got rid of them beforehand. As soon as we can, we'll get some pictures uploaded and update the site. We will be relying on hotspots so bear with us on the updates.
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