BLOG for January 2017

ADIOS 2016 and welcome 2017! We hope that you had a Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year. We celebrated both holidays with friends and feel so grateful to have so many awesome people in our lives. 2016 was a year of many changes as you can tell from our previous posts. Believe me when I tell you that things have not settled down. In December, Judy had her third foot surgery on her right foot to correct some issues that were causing her concern. These are being taken care of now so she will not have problems with them once we move onto the boat. The abnormally cold winter and getting more snow than usual made it really hard on her to get around but, she is on the mend and doing better everyday. Thank you all for the prayers and good wishes. Just recently, old man winter has eased his grip just a bit and the temperatures are inching upwards and the snow is slowly melting.

Just when we were starting to adapt and get used to the cold snowy winter, sometime during the night of January 7/8, the gas furnace quit working. We woke up that Sunday morning to 55 degrees inside and it was near zero outside. Paul Heard of Trusted Wrench RV Doctor, the only mobile RV repairmen in the Tri-Cities that works on the Suburban model SH-42 furnace in our Sunflyer, doesn't work on Saturdays or Sundays but he responded to our voicemail message first thing Monday morning and made it over on Tuesday the 10th. He quickly determined the motor was shot. He found a supplier in Portland, Oregon who had only one in stock and ordered it to be delivered the next day.

Well, the same afternoon, I-82 between the Tri-Cities and Hermiston was closed due to hazardous conditions and a multiple vehicle pile-up. Wednesday and Thursday Portland was pretty much shut down due to snow. We used two space heaters to keep the inside temperature around 60 degrees and the cabinet doors open under the sinks. The motor didn't arrive until the following Monday the 16th. Tueday, Paul repaired the furnace in short order and we had heat again on the 17th. The cold weather had persisted so long and without the furnace to keep the under floor compartments warm, the water line to the refrigerator froze. Six hours after the furnace was running, the water line thawed out thankfully with no damage and no leaks. Luckily, the warranty we bought with the motorhome covered some of the cost. We are so happy we bought that 5 year 60,0000 mile service contract. Paul Heard worked with the warranty company and I give him high marks and recommend him if you need a mobile RV technician in the Tri-Cities area.

While there are many things we have had to repair that we were not expecting, we knew there would be things pop up unexpectedly from time to time. While nothing has been a show stopper there have been an ongoing series of breakdowns. Here is the shortlist: washer/dryer drain pump motor, hydraulic jack cylinder, hydraulic jack return springs, dashboard odometer LED readout replacement, replace faulty GFCI outlet, toilet floor seal (twice), cruise control module, engine A/C compressor, hydraulic pump motor, slideout bearing pads, hydraulic jack solenoid, kitchen ceiling vent fan, leaking dishwasher at heating element penetration, kitchen sink faucet hose leak, gas furnace motor, microwave convection oven turntable motor, and we upgraded all but two interior incandecent and fluorescent lamps to LED's.

With the furnace crisis behind us and the new year off to a heck of a start, we sat down and talked about how we felt things were going five months into our plan. Mostly, we are pretty content with how it is going. However, we are feeling like we are not as active as we were before. Of course, living in a motorhome does reduce the amount of work you have to do inside. It takes much less time to clean 400 square feet than it does to clean 2500 square feet and not having a half acre to maintain well, there you go. Although I have taken it upon myself to keep the fresh water tanks full and the waste tanks empty, exercise the generator monthly and run the engine weekly to keep the battery charged, top off the battery water levels, and check the furnace air filters, etc, it doesn't help Judy and she is getting antsy. Realizing that winter is always a little harder to get outdoors, and getting around is more difficult following foot surgery, repair work aside, we do need to find more things to keep us busy and feeling productive. Having lived in Alaska for 16 years, I recognize the symptoms of cabin fever. Come on springtime.

Fair winds to all of our fellow travelers.