Friday, October 25, 2019 Through Sunday, January 5, 2020
After being away from home for ten weeks, our homecoming was joyful. Mostly, the joy sprung from all the comforts of home.
Our first project was to replace our old 2010 Ford Explorer which was rapidly becoming long in the tooth. We wanted something smaller, more nimble and less gas thirsty. We shopped our favorite Ford dealer, Jordan Ford. PJ found us a decent end of model year deal on a loaded Ford EcoSport. All and all, a nice car purchasing experience.
I did some work around the house replacing outside door hinges and locksets. I emptied a 10 by 10 storage unit we had been renting. Some of the stuff that had been in that storage unit ended up on shelves in our garage. Other stuff like the truck’s tailgate and the Jeep’s backseat moved into the 45 by 15 storage space where we keep the truck and camper. Getting rid of the extra storage bin saved us roughly $80 per month.
We also got a new tow bar for the Jeep. The new tow bar is longer and rated at 7,500 lbs capacity. 1,000 lbs greater capacity than the old one. The longer length helps to keep the Jeep’s bumpers from touching the bases on the camper’s jacks.
The old tow bar was eight years old and had been showing wear. While it is possible to refurbish Blue Ox tow bars at both the factory and some authorized dealers, it is not simple to do so.
We spent Thanksgiving with family in St. Louis. Back in San Antonio after Thanksgiving, we braved the mall to go get new glasses.
After the new year, we moved our camper over to the San Antonio KOA for two nights for a good cleaning, inside and out. I wanted to truck and camper to look presentable while I took the RV Basic Maintenance – RV Systems Training class at the National RV Training Academy in Athens, Texas.
Hope to see you on the road ahead!