My RV Journey: Things Are Moving A long….Aren’t They?


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In some ways things are moving along for me. Tomorrow is the day my RV is supposed to be towed to the mechanic who is going to work on it for me. I was pretty proud of myself when I was able to pay for a Good Sam membership (roadside assistance).  It was cheaper to do that for a little more than $100 than to pay for a tow.

If that weren’t exciting enough, I received the new kitchen faucet I ordered on Friday. I’m very happy with it. The faucet pulls out and doubles as a sprayer. It’s hard to see in the photo, but the faucet is a dark bronze type of color. On Saturday, we received the bone colored sink. I ordered both on eBay for about $110 for both. I’m excited to see them installed with the newly painted white cabinets and the faux stone countertop I plan to refinish the wooden one to.

I also ordered some king sized sheets I plan to use for the ceiling instead of continuing to paint it. I hate painting ceilings and things a soft design would look much better. If I change my mind, the sheets will be nice on my bed.

Once the re-wiring is done in the RV (and I buy the second battery–so far I’ve only replaced the one that runs the motor), I can start working on painting the inside again. I’ve realized that I will need the top cabinets painted before I can put my fabric on the ceiling (it may sound strange, but I promise it will look cool).

Off my checklist this:

  • Sign up for Good Sam
  • Purchase an Interstate battery for the engine
  • Ordered and received new sink and faucet for kitchen area
  • Ordered fabric for the ceiling

Here are decorating purchases I have left to make so far:

  • The flooring – I’m going to get vinyl plank flooring, because it’s easy to install and only requires a carpet knife and a snap cutter. I don’t need to plug anything in to install it. I’m thinking of going with grey, but will see what the paint and countertop looks before I decide 100%.
  • I am sure I will need more white paint for the cabinets.
  • Something for a back splash behind the sink. I’m thinking of using decorative tin tile.
  • Replacement mattress – I found one I want that in theory should fit from Overstock.com. That is an expense I plan to make sooner to using it, because you are supposed to unwrap the mattress right away and let it puff up itself and I don’t want to put it in there until the construction is done.

There are some other things that are more mechanical that I will have to pay for (parts and labor):

  • Brake lines
  • Fuel lines
  • U-Joints
  • Replacement steering column

Beyond that, I have grandiose ideas of having the entire outside of the RV painted black. I also want chrome wheel hub covers, an air horn, new steps put in for the main door plus more steps on the driver’s side because there are none, and a variety of other things that I may or may not need, but want. Things like solar panels. I also want backup cameras, an air horn, to re-do the roof and I need to find a good used generator.

Looking at this list, I am pretty sure I will not be able to get all this done before I have to leave, but we’ll see what can be done. Where there is a will there is a way!

My next dilemma is that I have no drive to work on the house I am in anymore. I have tons to do before I move. I have things in the basement, garage and my daughter’s room to go through. Not to mention getting rid of pretty much anything I can.

Meanwhile, I know that Sunday is my only day to do anything and what did I do today? I spent a lot of the day sitting around watching TV. I did some dishes, made dinner, got grocery shopping done and I worked on this post, but I didn’t go through laundry with my daughter and sift out old clothes that neither of us wants anymore, or help her fill at least one or two big bags with things she wants to get rid of from her room.  I didn’t even take the three boxes out to the garage from the dining room. *big sigh*

Sometimes I am more productive with cleaning and organizing during the work week. It seems like weekends I just want to sit and relax. I think it would be better if I used Saturday afternoon/evenings to run my errands, so I did not necessarily have to go anywhere on Sundays, my full day off.

I know I am overly stressed. One thing is weighing heavily on my mind. Next Friday I go for a PET scan and a cat scan of my sinuses. It started when I went in because I was sick and had started wheezing. They did a chest x-ray and saw two rather large spots on my right lung. They sent me for a chest cat scan and discovered that my lymph nodes in my chest were also enlarged. Last Thursday I went to see a pulmonologist, who said he is concerned about these lymph nodes and they scheduled me for these new tests next Friday.

In the mean time, I am freaking out about how long I will be able to stay in my rented house. I know my own rental property will be empty in the next couple of months and that house needs a ton of work also. What I really want is to be on the road without all these worries. I’m feeling confined. For now, I just have to keep doing as much as I can on a daily basis.

One final thought that goes back to the sink. When I ordered it, I ordered it so it came with the cover for it, so I can have more work space, but also so I knew it would fit.

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