After a gusty wind & cloud shrouded cooler day Wednesday we woke up to clear blue sunny skies this morning with light winds from the North-West. Always nice to step out in the early morn & see a sky full of shimmering stars. Planet Venus & a crescent Moon were very prominent low in the South-east side by side. The Moon and Venus rank as the brightest and second-brightest celestial bodies in the nighttime sky.
<<< PHOTO TAKEN FROM MY BEDROOM WINDOW OF THIS MORNINGS CRESCENT MOON & PLANET VENUS TO THE RIGHT
Took Pheebs big comfy bench bed out of the Jeep & replaced it with our rear seat this morning. Also put the tow bar back on the Jeep & packed some stuff in behind the seats. A few more things into the Winnie Wagon. Packing up to go on a trip whether for a few days or a few months is always kind of a nice low key excitement for me. Just the fact I know we are going somewhere puts an extra spring in my step. Kinda like getting the maps out & plotting a route. Fun stuff:))
Our cell phone mysteriously quit working Wednesday. Kelly spent all morning with Skype calls here & there trying to find out the problem. It seems Bell Telephone in Canada dropped their partnership with T-Mobile yesterday. Our phone generally works off AT&T towers but here at our Congress house the only tower we accessed close by was T-Mobile. So now our phone is dead in the water. Kelly finally did find a solution but we will have to wait a couple days until another cell phone arrives from T-Mobile itself. She sure spent a lot of time on Skype this morning getting all our phone stuff straightened out. Only thing I managed to get straightened out today was me in my recliner. This technical age for the most part is great but there always seems to be so many glitches along the way.
In Wednesday’s post I said the following: “How unlike our other 6 years when we would spend the entire winter boondocking in our 33’ Class A Damon Challenger & got along just fine”. A reader in our Shout Box checked me on that statement saying, “you spent a lot of years ranch sitting near Bisbee not boondocking”. First, I should have worded my initial statement better. Without going back & looking things up I’m guessing we Ranch sat in 09, 2010, 2011, & 2012. Four years averaging maybe 2.5 months a season. Rest of our time was spent boondocking from Fall of 07 to Spring of 2012. Though technically not boondocking at the Ranch because we had electric & water does not take away from the fact we spent our entire RVing time from day one in the Fall of 2006 right up to the Spring of 2012 living in our rig while Snow Birding in the South-West. And in Thursday’s post it was the smaller space in our Class C I was referring too. I should have remembered, referred to, & separated our time at the Ranch as RV Park living & not full blown boondocking. But for someone to say, “you spent a lot of years ranch sitting near Bisbee not boondocking” is partially incorrect as well. Whether in an RV Park or Boondocking, a small space is a small space & that was the gist of my post.
Bob over at the THE CARETAKER CHRONICLES & Paul from R SANITY RV ADVENTURES in comments on my Wednesday post wondered whether that Winnebago Destination was really on a Peterbilt frame. All’s I can say is it had the ‘Peterbuilt’ logo embedded on the front of the coach so from that I was assuming it’s a Peterbilt (truck) frame. Also has the ‘Workhorse’ emblem as well so maybe it was somehow a combination of both. Definitely a Chevy gas engine for sure. To complicate things further the Destinations manual said UFO chassis. So, confusion is the order of the day here about the chassis thing. If the numbers had worked out in our favor this week we would probably have grabbed this coach. We read & researched this type of Winnebago & as with any rig there were some issues but overall we found people who had these rear end Winnebago Destinations & Latitudes loved them. Nowhere did we read, as some have suggested about the engine being too small for the coach etc. And no, we do not have any plans whatsoever in buying a diesel coach……………….
Now, to clear up a few other comment things. In deciding to go back to a Class A all’s we had to do was reverse our pros & cons about going from bigger to smaller to going from smaller to bigger. People’s needs, circumstances, & priorities change. Some folks go with change as it happens while others remain steadfast with where they are & what they have. Kelly & I have always been of the belief if one has the desire & means to make changes then do so. After all, that is how & why we ultimately arrived at the Snow Bird lifestyle. It is precisely why we spend our winters where we do. Had we not thought that way even years ago we would still just be sitting in our Bayfield house every winter forlornly looking out our frosted windows complaining profusely about the miserable cold & stormy weather outside like every other poor soul has had to do this winter. Sitting in a house all winter in Canada or the Northern States to me makes no sense if, & I emphasize IF one has the financial means, are free of work commitments, & are currently in good enough health to head south into warmer healthier climates………..then why not.
We sold our Damon Class A Motorhome for several reasons last year. It was 10 years old & we had it for 6 of those years. It treated us very well in those 6 years but we didn’t want to wait until we got ourselves into an ongoing fix & repair cycle at some point as inevitably happens with aging vehicles. I am not mechanically inclined & have no interest whatsoever in trying to fix this, that, or the other little thing. I have zero interest in keeping any kind of a vehicle for 10, 20, or 30+ years unless it was some kind of antique hobby I enjoyed. Give me the challenge & excitement of a newer & different vehicle any day as opposed to same old, same old, same old.
Getting back to what I was originally talking about let me say that after buying our Congress house we very contentedly busied ourselves last winter totally enjoying our time working away fixing things up. Thought to ourselves, ‘well now that we have the house we won’t be traveling as much’ & that was true last winter. That is how we felt. We were focused on the house. But that was last winter & in our lives things have a habit of changing & thank heavens they do. Remember, I am not a fan of same old-same old.
With the thought in our heads a year ago about not traveling as much we made the decision at the time to downsize our RV. Coupling that with our aging Damon we figured it was the right time to make the change which it was……. except for one thing & here is where we made our mistake. Yes, we here at the Bayfield Bunch, unlike some, do admit our mistakes. We should have stuck with a Class A instead of switching to a Class C. Simple as that. Nothing wrong whatsoever with Class C’s & they have many pros but we have learned in this past year a Class C no matter how hard we tried to adapt, just was not the best vehicle suited to our particular needs. Remember, every one of us is different & what works great for one person or couple does not necessarily work great for the next person or couple. It’s important to remember that. And that is precisely why some of us come south for the winter while others chose to stay in the North. Why some are Snow Birds, some are Full Timers, some prefer RV Parks & some prefer Boondocking. Think of what a crowded mess this RV world would be if we all thought alike eh.
In a rather rambling round-a-bout way that brings me back around to my previous thoughts. Either make the best of what you have & perhaps not be happily satisfied or make the effort to change what it is that is not feeling right about your situation. Thus our decision to put ourselves back into a roomier Class A Motorhome again at some point in the not to distant future. Is there a chance we could be making another mistake?? Is there a chance you could walk out of your house & slip on a banana peeling?? If you think not then you are the people out here with that so called perfect Motorhome………….10-4:))
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GROANER’S CORNER:(( A little boy opened the big family bible. He was fascinated as he fingered through the old pages. Suddenly, something fell out of the Bible. He picked up the object and looked at it. What he saw was an old leaf that had been pressed in between the pages. "Mama, look what I found", the boy called out." What have you got there, dear?" With astonishment in the young boy's voice, he answered, "I think it's Adam's underwear