TOUR AMERICA: ROAD TRIP TO OHIO

February 26 2020

Day Four

Snow and Bitter Cold

So we sat tight for a bit today to let the storm pass.

We decided to change plans and instead of going to Findlay we would hole up just west of Dayton.  Tomorrow we’ll make the final push to Findlay.

It’s bitter cold and very windy.  I absolutely hate this weather.

I just want this trip to end and get back home.

TOUR AMERICA: ROAD TRIP TO OHIO

February 26 2020

Update

Day two accident leaving park.  Extensive damage to drivers side.

Problem now is finding a place for repairs.

Day three was a beautiful travel day.  Great weather and great roads. Made good time.

Day four we awoke to a snow covered landscape.   We’re only five hours from Findlay.  We’re sitting tight right now. Instead of leaving at the crack of dawn we’ll leave a bit later. By then the roads should be clear.

Oh how I want to be back in Yuma with my sweetheart.

 

TOUR AMERICA: ROAD TRIP TO OHIO

February 23 2020

Road trip to Ohio: Leg One

The first leg is in the books.

We made it from Tucson to Morarity NM in about 8 hours, including fuel stops, traffic etc.

We are in for the night. Electric heater is on. Supper in the microwave.

Also after 3 years learned something new. The hot water breaker has to be on for 50 amps to work. Now how about that!

Doing this on my phone so forgive the lack of content and pictures.

 Update on second leg tomorrow.

 

TOUR AMERICA, 2020: YUMA, ARIZONA – THE GRAND CANYON STATE

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Places We Have Called Home In 2020

Home Is Where We Park It:   Rancho Rialto RV Resort, Yuma

February 20, 2020

Temperature 87 Degrees

Transferring License Plates – Oh My Goodness The Pain Florida Inflicts

The Great Transformation Continues – New Hot Water Heater

With high hopes and great expectations that our journey involving the transfer of our plates was about to be resolved we packed Elvira up and drove her to DMV.

Once there they came out and did a Level One Inspection, verified the VIN and Odometer reading and signed the appropriate forms.  Then it was back home to grab the rest of the forms and overnight them to Florida.  Thankfully, before we did this Barbara made yet another call to Florida to verify that we had everything in order.

It was at that point in time I believe we both lost it.  The state of Florida informed us that what they told us yesterday was not what was needed today.  I believe if I could have reached through the phone I would have strangled someone.  Nope, they said, we will not accept that form.  You need a sheriffs deputy to verify both or you need a letter from a dealer on their letterhead verifying both.  Well, the sheriff’s department in Arizona does not do this.  We called several dealers and they refused to help us out.

Now what?  Would we have to drive back to Florida to get this done?  It was fast coming to that.

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It was at that point in time I said to Barbara Come on, we’re going to harass every dealer in Yuma until we get someone to help us.  This is the first place we stopped.  This is where we found the answer.  The owner Don said Just get Arizona plates and then when you get to Florida transfer them back.  Everyone from out of state does it.  In addition you will not have to pay any sales tax.

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Elvira is now registered in Arizona.  This state doesn’t care what address you use.  Pick any RV park and use that one.  We used the address of the park we are in.  We paid our small registration fee and in turn saved ourselves over three thousand dollars in the process.  Now how sweet is that!  Mind you, we started at 8 am in the morning and finally at 3 pm the issue was at last resolved.  We truly believe that the good Lord led us to Don and we are so grateful that He did.

Back home

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We received an email informing us that our surge protector had been delivered by FedX.  Of course it was no where to be found.  I loathe FedX since I find them incompetent and uncaring.  In the past every delivery I’ve had through them has been fraught with problems.  Once again the same now.  Barbara called and asked about it, their answer We’ll get back to you in two to three days.  Once again if I could have reached through the phone I would have strangled the person on the other end.  This day was not going all that well.  A surge protector is something I consider essential and to not have it leaves me with an uncomfortable feeling.  Especially since I’m going to be away for a week.

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Then something did go right.  Ron called to let me know that he was on the way over

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to install the new hot water heater.  Did we really need one?  You be the judge.

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All that white stuff on the ground are calcium deposits that came out of the old water heater.  It was caked so full of it that we had a hard time actually draining the old unit.  Furthermore, the anode rod was as thin as a pencil.  Oh yes, it had definitely seen better days.

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Ron and his wife Shelly installing the new unit.

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The new unit on its way in.

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Putting the water lines back on and checking for leaks.  We’re all good.  In addition Ron checked and tightened all the other water lines running every which way under the sink.  The man is thorough.  We now have better water pressure than ever before.  First major project complete.

Now if we could just locate the surge protector.  The cracked sky light over the shower is due in any day.  Thankfully, that will be delivered to Ron’s shop so we don’t have to worry about it getting lost.

We’re getting there.  The next big project will be the replacement of the refrigerator.  That is, as expected, causing all of us a few headaches.  We’ll get it figured out.  Through the door, maybe through a window.

That was our weird, wacky, I want to scream day on The Road of Retirement.  I have no issues with the problems and upgrades because I expected them.  It’s the other stuff like the transfer of the plates that makes us want to pull our hair out.  Florida is not at all helpful to RV’ers.  All the more reason we both said that we will one day make Yuma our permanent place of residence.  This area is really growing on us.

Thanks again for checking in with us.  We appreciate your company and your comments.  Catch you tomorrow.

These are the voyages of  Elvira and it’s two intrepid travelers.  Our continuing mission: to explore as many new states as possible, to seek out new acquaintances and make new friends, to boldly go where we have never been before

See you on down the road!