September 27, 2016

Meet Roamin :-)

Thanks for all of the awesome name suggestions on my last post!

Ron and I had a tough time deciding but in the end we named him Roamin (Roman).

Roamin at our home base in Rocklin, CA

Roamin is 32' long hitch to bumper.  He is spacious inside the living area because of the two opposing slides.  The dinette area is perfect.  Right now Ron and I are sitting opposite each other, each on our laptop.  Ron is playing a game of Mahjong :-)  I'm typing this post :-) 

it's actually quite comfy too

On the other side of the room is our couch.  It doesn't get much use right now.  I want to get out to Ikea and buy some ottomans.  We like to put our feet up when we sit on the couch and can't do that just yet.

Rufus doesn't care if there's an ottoman or not :-)

We have a rear entertainment center complete with TV and fireplace!  We've used both :-)  The fireplace even has a feature that allows us to turn on the flames without heat.  How cool is that?!


The galley kitchen is a bit a lot smaller than our sticks and bricks kitchen was, but we're getting used to it.  It has everything we need, just smaller.  I stocked it with all my favorite cooking accessories including my Instant Pot

best addition so far!
The three drawers in the kitchen were soon overflowing.  Ron found this great holder online.  Trouble was the shower is on the opposite side of the wall.  Solution: attach wooden blocks to the underside of the cabinet supports and attach the holder to the wood blocks.  It's wonderful to have a handy husband! 

There's added storage on the front wall too.  That's were the spices, boxed food and canned food is stored. 

The bedroom is in the front.  The front wall has a window, it's tinted, but so far we haven't opened the shades.

The bathroom is small, smaller than I'd like actually.  The shower is a corner style one, the doors are rounded for a tiny bit of extra room but we've adapted just fine.  I would like a little more space between the toilet and the cabinet, but again, I've gotten used to it and adapted.    

We've already completed one successful trip in Roamin.  We're currently parked in Fresno where we repaired a slide at a daycare center.  Tomorrow we'll be heading to Garden Grove in southern California for more work.  Then we'll be traveling back to our home base in Rocklin on Friday. 

By the way: upon our arrival at our home base last Thursday we were greeted by two of our neighbors saying, "Welcome Home".  Never got that kind of a greeting living in the sticks and bricks...

September 21, 2016

The Dust Is Finally Settling

The last few weeks have been crazy unnerving around here.  We brought the trailer home (we need to find an 'R' name besides Rocky since that's Alex's cat's name) on September 3rd.

We drove it past the old house to put a few things in it then we pulled it to our spot in nearby Rocklin (another R word, LOL).  It sat there unvisited for a couple of days.  We worked late each night packing, purging stuff, taking trips to the storage unit, filling up garbage cans and eating out way too often.  Those of you who have done this before us know the drill.

On occasion we would drive items up to the trailer and unload boxes.  We set up the electricity and remembered to use our surge protector.  We managed to hook up to water but had no idea how to get it hot :-( 

Our intention was to be in Idaho for a special wedding that happened on the 10th.  We had five days at the house rent free once escrow closed so we needed to be out by the end of the day on Sept 7th.  To be exact, we left the house just past 3AM on the night/morning of the 7th and 8th.   

The first night in the trailer wasn't exactly a dream since we couldn't shower the next day (no hot water yet).  The dealer said all we had to do was hit the switch on the interior panel.  They didn't mention that we also had to go outside and flip the switch there too.  Thankfully Ron figured it out and we finally got a nice hot shower!

We had to make a hard call on Thursday and tell the bride that we wouldn't be out for the wedding :-( She completely understood and said she'd love to see us when we're more settled and relaxed.

I began writing this over a week or so ago.  We're actually on our first work related road trip now.  More to come.  Also, here's our floor plan.  Once the house is clean, I plan to take actual photos of it to share.

Rockwood 2703WS, fits us all great so far
Thanks for reading.  Any ideas for a good R name for the trailer are appreciated :-)