Simplicity – Small & Cheap

Living simply & cheaply…wherever you are!

Update on our Journey

We’ve been without internet (other than the iPhones which are NOT blogging friendly at the moment) since our last post.

Before we went to bed Saturday night, we had decided that we needed to get out of Michigan’s shadow and so we were going to leave the camper at a storage facility in Fort Wayne and get back on the road.   Al had found a place that was open Sunday at 10am, not far from where we were — 12 miles or so.   Instead, we would revert back to Al’s original idea to stay with Al’s parents and commute to the Keys a few days a week.

A mile from the storage facility, Al’s dad decided that he would try hauling the camper with HIS van.   Luckily, the exit for the storage facility had a Menards.   My MIL and I were looking at the Christmas clearance while they wired up the van to have trailer lights and such.   It was blowing like heck and was freezing cold.

We stoped at a gas station in Alabama somewhere and slept in the camper.   The main bed was surprisingly comfortable!   We must have ran out of battery because the heat wasn’t on that long and it was COLD.   But we got 6 hours of sleep so it wasn’t bad.    The trip itself took much longer than we had anticipated — we didn’t arrive in Ft. Meyers until 9:30pm.    The first estimate of ETA was 2:30pm.

The next day (Tuesday), Al took the van and camper to the Keys.    He came back Wednesday afternoon and yesterday we drove around Cape Coral after church.  We decided to go to the Keys to settle in on Monday.   Good thing, too–last night, Dagny had a pretty high fever.   It was not high enough to take her to the ER but high enough that even Al didn’t argue about giving her medicine for it.

So right now, we are in N Ft Meyers and will be here until Monday.   I will be posting more about our new home and way of life when we get there.


January 2, 2009 Posted by | The Journey | | Leave a comment

Don’t stray from a God-breeze…

Don’t stray from a god-breeze.     We were getting the original camper ready for the journey at my dad’s house the Monday before Christmas.    He had me hold off since he was still checking to make sure things worked.    After testing things, a part on the water system broke.   DH, Dagny & I drove out to Onaway to get it from the RV dealer.  For grins & chuckles, we asked what they had on the lot.   They had an older, but excellent condition 1986 camper for $2000.   A big one, bigger than Al wanted, but not huge, maybe 21 feet?    It’s a pure guess.

We consulted with my dad who had no opinion and bought it.    WRONG. THING. TO.  DO.    It was a nightmare.   We called to tell them we’d take it and they made arrangements to have electric trailer brakes installed the next afternoon and we’d fill out the paperwork and pick it up.

It ended up being a huge P.I.T.A.    We had left Dagny with my dad & his wife and were just going to drop off the van.    The woman said she thought it would take them less than an hour so we figured we’d stick around instead of going back.    One hour turned into 2-1/2!    Luckily, Dagny hasn’t been nursing that much during the day so she was fine.

We went back to get the trailer and we couldn’t even get it onto the van.   They had shoveled it out but there was 4 inches of packed snow under the van so we had to call my dad to come out.   He brought a jack and 2 hours later got the camper attached only to find that the running lights wouldn’t work and it was pitch black.

The next day, they got it working and home and it was REALLY riding low.   And it was sleeting and slippery but we made it.

On Friday, Al decided he’d really feel better if we bought a leveler to even out the trailer before we left.  He spend all day looking for, purchasing, and assembling that.   I was so busy trying to get ready that I don’t think I even took pictures of all the junk we had to throw in before we left because I was trying to pack with Dagny underfoot.   I got the most done when Al’s parents stopped by to help.

We got done packing by 9:30pm and went to bed by 11.   We were even up and out by 8am.   Just over the Indiana line we smelled this stench.   It was terrible.   We stopped at this auto place right by the exit we got off on to investigate (thank god for iphones with internet and GPS capabilities).

They were terribly rude.   Well one guy was.   Was all about not being able to do anything until Monday (duh, we saw the sign when we walked in).   Even offered to give us a phone book to take it somewhere else!!!

Now we’re not sure what we’re going to do.    We don’t think the van can haul the camper as is for sure and we don’t think that beefing up the van will fix it either, plus the trailer brakes keep shorting out.   So we are trying to figure out how to proceed.

To sum up, don’t stray from a God-breeze.   When God tells you to use dad’s camper, just use dad’s camper.    When you stray from his plan it takes 100x longer.


December 27, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | | Leave a comment