We have reached 100 days of full time RV living. The days leading up to this moment have been filled with some great and not so great memories which I have documented on this blog. We have a learned a lot and still have a lot to learn.
We have learned if it is going to happen, it will happen to us.
For example, we are staying in a state park. After two weeks you have to leave for a period of time before you can check back in to the park. On Aug. 14th, we decided to go to the Lake of the Ozarks, MO which is a bit of trek even with an early start. We blew an air bag not even halfway there. Air was squealing out of the rear passenger side of the rig. We made it to Joplin, MO to Joplin Freightliner Sales and Service center. Know your chassis! We have Freightliner so have to go a Freightliner for repairs under warranty. They deal with semi trucks so they had to order the part from a warehouse in Memphis, TN. We parked the rig in the back parking lot, leveled, and opened the passenger side slides. We could only open one side because a tractor trailer was on the other side. We settled in for the night. Yes, we stayed at the 24 hour service center where trucks were continually pulling in and out. The good part about RV living is all you need is always with you. With the black out shades pulled, we tried to block out the outside world. We ran the generator to stay cool, made dinner and watched TV. The worst part was the train tracks were about 200 feet from where we had to park. Trains ran all night with horns a blazing. The part came in the next morning. We couldn't make it to our original destination because we lost so much time. We searched for nearby locales. I found Baxter Campground on Table Rock Lake near Branson, MO. which was just over 2 hours away. We pulled into a lake front site. Just beautiful! Trying to salvage our weekend we took the jeep and headed into Branson (40 min drive). Walking through downtown Branson we stumbled upon the Branson Scenic Railway just as it was about to depart for a dinner ride. We hopped on! The next morning we went to the Baxter Marina to rent a wave runner. Best way to explore a lake is to be on it. The water was warm and sky was bright blue. The dread of Friday night sleeping in the Freightliner Parking lot seemed forever ago. We hated to leave Table Rock Lake but Mike had to back to work on Monday at Flint Creek Power Plant in Gentry, AR. About an hour to go to Natural Falls State park in OK a pick-up truck in front of us kicked up a rock and cracked our windshield! I just want to know when we can travel from point A to point B without something breaking! Today I am sitting waiting for the glass service person to arrive and hopefully fix our windshield. We have safety glass insurance option which we highly recommend RV owners purchase. We seem to always find fun in the mist of turmoil.
Mike & Kat
Kat left teaching after 18 years to travel throughout the USA with her husband, Mike, who is an engineer for a Power generation company.