Fulltime Roadrunners

Fulltime Roadrunners
Staying Put at BLM Oxbow Campground on the Colorado River, Cibola, AZ

Trials and Tribulations of Moving

October 16th, 2016

Oct. 15, 2016

Moving is never easy, especially when you’ve been living in your RV for 3 plus years and never did the smart things like exercising the slides periodically, or putting critter deterrents in all the compartments.

For reasons we totally agree with we have been asked to move out of Oxbow Campground.  I’m telling you, the BLM Yuma Field Office has done nothing but take great care of us to see we are okay and comfortable.  I hate it when I hear people say the BLM treats their volunteers poorly.  If a volunteer does the job they volunteer to do, they are treated with respect and caring. 

I guess what I’m saying is we totally agree with our move being necessary and do so gladly.

The issues we had trying to make the move possible were not welcome at all. 

I’ve had medical issues that have put me in the hospital a couple of times, ultimately resulting in having 2 stents (joined together) placed in my right coronary artery. What a difference it made in how I feel now.  I feel great!

The really big issue in our getting moved was unknown to us until we got in the RV repair bay to get it fixed.  As Thom was backing up into the repair bay a huge rat jumped out of the belly of the RV and ran for his life. Lucky him, he got away.  I sure hope Karma works on animals too!  This dirty rat chewed through hydraulic lines, water lines, electrical wires, and heaven only know what else.  When we started to use the hydraulic lifts and slides NOTHING worked.  It took us 2 gallons of hydraulic fluid and many tries to get the lifts up.  Nothing would let the slides come in no matter how we tried.  To make a long story short, we had to have several strong people come over to help manually push those slides in, then Thom had to put 4/4s between the slides and walls to keep them from drifting out.  We finally got mission accomplished and headed down the road to RV Lifestyles, Thom driving relatively slow and me behind him to warn him on the walkie talkie if one of the slides got loose and started drifting.

By the way, we have also been living with a new refrigerator not cooling even on high. 

RV Lifestyles got all the repairs done except the fridge, they had to order the cooling unit, so we left there and came on out to La Posa South of the BLM LTVA.  We managed to get the same spot we had out here the 4 years we were in Quartzsite boondocking.  The cooling unit should be in Monday or Tuesday, but we will be working the contact station at La Posa West on those two days, so we expect to get back in to get the cooling unit installed on Wednesday, and then back out here to start the next chapter of our lives.

We have the Dish Tech coming out tomorrow to install our TV and Internet service so I will be able to post this then.  Yay!  I’ll be back online and not tied to my phone to kind of keep up with what’s going on with my friends.

I have a lot of photos I want to share, so I’m thinking I’ll post those in a separate post to the blog.

In the meantime, ya’ll stay healthy and happy!