Posts Tagged With: Motorhome

Pine Mountain RV Park


We are currently staying in Pigeon Forge, TN at Pine Mountain RV Park. We have had a wonderful time enjoying this area off-season while the crowds are much smaller. We got here just in time to be featured in the park’s Yelp video:CLICK HERE! Pine Mountain Yelp Page The video is the first photo listed on the Yelp page.

The park is situated along side a creek with very friendly and hungry ducks and views of the mountains. There are also two friendly (and very quiet) donkeys across the creek.


The facilities here are top notch!




This is the perfect place to stay in our Motorhome and have friends come to visit and stay in the cute little cottages. We’ve enjoyed our visits with friends!!


There are two cottages on site. 


Very bright and cheery living area.


Each cottage has two bedrooms with Queen beds.


Nice size bathroom.

If you are looking for a fun getaway, anytime of year, come and visit the Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg area. There’s so much to do for everyone and the area is beautiful. They are still trying to recover from the recent fires and they need everyone to come and visit. Come and spend your money here and give some locals a hug!

-Jodi

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Wonderful Failure

Well, we failed! Our goal was to make it to The Grand Canyon and we only made it as far as Santa Fe, NM. We were just having too much fun and spending too much time at the fun stops along the way. Plus, our journey started in Central Florida so, we had to drive quite a distance just to reach Route 66 in Oklahoma City.

We didn’t have a travel schedule for a reason. I sure didn’t want to be gone for 15 days and return absolutely exhausted and feeling like we all we did was drive.

Mission accomplished! We meandered off and on Route 66, saw some fun sites, ate amazing food, and had an overall fun and relaxing trip. We will cover Arizona and Colorado on the next trip. 

We are currently making our way back east to Alabama. Since I don’t have fun vacation pics to show on our trip back, I figured I would share the goofy Daisy Mae. She sure is a good traveler and she absolutely loves the Motorhome.

Oh, and we are headed to our next “first” adventure in Alabama. More on that next week…

-Jodi

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Today was much better!

We are out of Florida and headed west toward the Grand Canyon. I’m sure you’ve heard that Harry Potter’s girlfriend is hitting the Florida cost right now. Well, we weren’t sticking around to meet her.

We seem to be right in front of the big storms but the storm clouds have been beautiful!!

The trauma of last night’s lock-out has passed and all is well.

-Jodi

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The Daisy Train

The Daisy Train is ready to roll!!We finally have “The Beast” back from the RV hospital. It has been a patient at Alliance Coach since 6/30 and we were beginning to wonder if it would be finished before time to leave The Villages. 

Side note: Alliance Coach – Wildwood at The Villages, FL is absolutely wonderful! If you are in the area and looking for a new trailer, motor coach, parts, or service, speak with Mike Wittman. He sure took care of these two novice RV owners. They even have a campground and dog park!

So, we were a bit nervous about our repair bill. There were 11 items that were MUST do and a few that were optional. But, it all turned out well and kind of weird. For instance, how much do you think it would cost to fix an AC unit? Now, how much would you guess two new side mirrors would cost?Unless you have dealt with these issues, I bet your guess was wrong. The AC cost $180 to fix. The new side mirrors cost almost $2000!!! Bah! The mirrors are all smart and fancy with turn signals, heat, tinting… Basically, you can’t change styles or downgrade because the wiring won’t match up.But, we got a great deal on our RV and we knew that meant we would need to put some money into it. So, we paid around $20K under book value and our 11 repairs cost us $2900 (yes, that is $2K for the mirrors and $900 for 10 additional repairs). Plus, the alternator belt installed on the side of i10 in TX cost $500. So, we still feel like it was a great purchase. (See interiors photos below this post.)

Budget: For those following our budgeting process, this is how we pay for the RV, maintenance, fuel, and camping: It comes out of our housing budget. We budget $2000/month for housing no matter what. As you can imagine, the months of living in the RV are far below that budget. Of course, most of the homes we rent are below that monthly cost, as well. It’s working for now. We’ll keep you posted.

-Jodi

Here are a few interior photos without the slide outs extended:

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Big plans!!

Guess where we’re headed! 


Have Motorhome – Must Travel 

TO THE GRAND CANYON ON ROUTE 66

Woohoo! I’m so excited. I haven’t been to the Southwest since I was about 11 years old. Brodie has never been. So, we decided to make it an adventure by navigating there on Route 66. 

Of course, we’ll only hit about half of the historic highway but the section between Oklahoma and Arizona has a lot of the fun roadside attractions and “must-sees”.

So, I have some planning and light reading to do over the next month. These books are great! If you’re interested you can go to National Historic Route 66 Foundation and check out their travel and planning guides.

-Jodi

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Motorhome Firsts

In keeping with our new adventure of RV ownership “firsts”, we are about to weather our first major storm. 


As you know, we’ve already experienced the death of an air conditioner during record breaking high temps in TX, LA, MS, AL, and now FL. Of course, you shared in our misery while we waited on the side of i10 for a new alternator belt.

So, at this point, we should be wondering if this was a good idea. Right?


Nope! We love it!


The doggies love it, too!

But, the “firsts” that are scary and cost big money can STOP!!!

-Jodi

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I guess we should come out of hiding!

Did you think we had gone missing? Been abducted by aliens, even? Well, it feels like it!

As you know, we don’t live in the typical way that most people live. But, the funny thing is that REAL life happens no matter where or how you choose to live.

The honest truth is that we’ve had some challenging personal issues to deal with and while grieving “what might have been” it’s hard to even focus on how we’re living. For almost a month, we have just been happy to get out of bed and put one foot in front of the next.

But, as they say, life goes on…

So, instead of writing a novel about what has transpired in our We Sold Our House world, I will just give you some bullet point updates:

Look at this sweet girl! We got to spend some time with her and our kids this month. She makes everything better!! Three cheers for grandchildren!!!

We last updated in May when we arrived at our charming little cottage in Ocean Sprins, MS. We LOVED it! So cute!

While in MS, we decided that we would like to add a Motorhome to our travel options. No, not to be full-time RV’ers but to give us more options when finding vacation homes is a challenge. So, we bought this beast!We already had houses rented through August so, this purchase has created some logistical challenges. But, we’ve worked through most of those.

Since we bought a Motorhome, we decided it would be easiest to trade in our trailer and Infinity on a Jeep to pull. So, we bought this Jeep.

But, it’s used and needed some work before we could take possession. So, we left it in Ocean Springs where we will be picking it up in a few days.

Yep, we have had no vehicle (other than the Motorhome) for awhile. We’ve been renting and borrowing. So, that’s getting REAL old! Time to get the Jeep…

Which is where we were headed RIGHT NOW, in the Motorhome, until our alternator belt shredded on I10 East. SERIOUSLY!!!

Did I mention that only one air conditioner is working and our generator needs oil but we can’t fill it because we would be immediately flattened by a semi? SERIOUSLY!!

Here’s the good:

A roadside tech is on the way to replace the belt that is covered by warranty.

The tech is covered by our roadside service protection.

We are parked under a bridge in the shade.

It’s raining so, it’s not too hot.

All issues needing repair will be fixed next month (under warranty) while we’re back in our favorite vacation home at The Villages in Florida.

See, it’s all good! I hope…

Prayers, please?!

Jodi

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