East Coast and Florida travel blog

First was a visit with my grandaughters, Charlotte is enjoying her seat

And Emery was hanging out on the floor, happy as always!

Grandson Aaron shows Opa how you should use a pick (actually he...

Michelle made a quick visit to Great-nephew Sloan who shows off his...

Sloan photo bombs Michelle and her sister Sherrill's selfie

Beautiful weather while we're not at the park, so we enjoyed the...

The bus is at the fiberglass repair shop, the day before our...

The picture doesn't do it justice, but a beautiful start to the...

Finally parked at the campground, you can see the pink styrofoam insulation...

Mike working away, now we have the gazebo up and we're settled...


Summer at our park at Mississippi Lake RV resort was delayed even though it did open on May 1. During our trip home, while we were being towed, the bus developed a couple of cracks in the outer wall just above the driver and co-pilot windows. So just as we were about to move back into the bus, we got a call that the body shop could work on it. After a week at the body shop and the kind people there did a great job, you can't tell there was a problem, they also fixed a few other problems. To do the job properly, they had an automotive window company come and take our windows out where the cracks were, and they found a broken window frame... off to the welders for that. One of the windows they took out was a thermal-pane that had lost it's seal and had fogged up, so we asked for them to replace that as well.

When we went to pick up the RV at the end of the week, we noticed that they hadn't replaced the fogged glass. Hmmm... that was on the bill, and the auto-glass guys were supposed to have done that. Well, we decided that they could come out to the bus later in the summer since they were only a few minutes from where we are parked.

Next stop was down the road to the truck repair shop to get an oil change, wheel alignment, E-Test and to have the tail pipe of the muffler repaired. The tail pipe had a huge 12" long rusted out part. What ended up only being a half day in the shop, had our bus tied up for another 5 days before it could get in. We got the call it was ready for pick up, and looking over the work, Mike noticed that they hadn't fixed the hole in the exhaust, we asked and at the end of it all... they didn't see the large rusted hole in the 4" round exhaust pipe. Hmmm... instead they found another spot and didn't look any further for problems. We decided that we would bring it back in the fall for the repair...

Either way the bus was ready and we wanted to start our summer back in the bus. The last few days, the weather has been gorgeous. Go figure that the day we decide to head out, it's raining, cool and windy. Oh well, Michelle brings the bus back to our kids home in Stittsville a few miles away and we begin the task of loading all our belongings which we had in our kids basement guestroom. Mike worked on flushing out the antifreeze in the plumbing only to discover that the inlet valve which the garden hose connects to put water into the bus, had broken closed. So off to get spare parts while Michelle made the many trips up and down the stairs to load everything into the bus. Finally packed and ready to head out (throw into that we also had our annual dental checkup, but the dentist was busy with a prior patient, so the quick in and out added another 2 hours to our morning).

Loaded and on the road, Michelle gets just onto the highway, up to speed and is passing a slow car only to have the window above the drivers door fly up, out and gone into the wild yonder. Lucky she was in the passing lane, it didn't hit anyone but still. And since the radio stopped working on our last day of our trip coming back into Canada, she couldn't even turn up the music to drown out the wind noise. Well, next stop was the window shop that did the work originally to show them what fine work they do. After many apologies on their part, it turned out that the fellow who is the expert in RV windows (will need to google the definition of Expert again)... the expert was on holidays for two weeks so the best they could do was wrap the opening with clear tape that was 3' wide. That would work I guess, what else were we going to do? The park was only 5 minutes away, so we just needed to seal the opening to be rain, squirrel, snow proof. The shop fellow asked Michelle to move the bus closer to the work bay so they could do the temporary fix and as he was guiding her into the garage, we asked how high the garage door opening was... they didn't know... and crunch the roof antenna caught before anyone could yell stop. While the shop guys worked on the window covering process, Mike climbed up on the roof and applied the RV'ers best friend - Caulking to plug the new hole and cracked antenna mount.

We eventually got parked in our space at the Park. Mike struggled to learn the best way to setup the new satellite system we got. This morning as we looked out at the sun shining we wondered if it was ever going to warm up outside. Come on summer.

Now it is the long May weekend, the weather warmed up, then cooled again, now it is raining. We've been in the park a few days over a week. We're settled and basically organized. We've done a few of the doctor's appointments that were waiting for us to get back, a few more and we should get a little more time to ourselves again. Yes, it is cool and raining, but we're happy to be back in our home, enjoying watching the birds and chipmunks fighting over Michelle's birdseed, all our plants growing back in and seeing the grandkids when we can.

Have a good summer, we'll see you in October!



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