The Start to A Wonderful #RVhoneymoon

Well, the guys over at Avalon RV Center pulled through and got our RV all fixed up! I told them I would write something nice about them since they helped us out, so here it is guys. Hope you’re reading this!

We got the RV back on Thursday around 4 and drove him home! We unhitched my car and ran a few last-minute errands. How we still had errands to run as we were supposed to leave dayyys ago is beyond me. We got home from our errands and went to load some stuff into the RV and the electronic step didn’t work. Weird. As I’ve mentioned, we are not very RV savvy yet (and I doubt ever) so we just assumed (there’s that word again) we were doing something wrong and went and got ice cream at Strickland’s instead of messing with it. We thought maybe it would fix itself by the time we returned. No such luck. I had the bright idea maybe we should just turn the RV on and that would fix it. Well, it didn’t fix it but THE RV WOULD NOT TURN ON. It wouldn’t even try to turn over. REALY!?! Are there hidden cameras somewhere, because this cannot be normal.

Well, it is now 8 pm and our only choice is to call GoodSam as we are members. The guy walks us through a few things and still nothing. He says the only guy he could find to come help us would be around 9 am tomorrow. “Better than sometime next week,” is all we can say. We get the rest of the RV loaded up because “we are leaving tomorrow even if we have to push the RV in neutral down the street to the Walmart.”

The mechanic arrives at 9 am ish, to our pleasant surprise, and informs us our battery is 110% dead and we need a new one. Fine. He goes and gets a new battery and puts it in and Stan (thanks mom for the great RV name) starts right up!!! YAY!!! I wanted to kiss the mechanic I was so happy! We loaded up the last few things and hit the road around noon! #RVhoneymoon has officially started!!!

Mark, officially in the captain's chair!

Mark, officially in the captain’s chair!

We head towards PA as our plan is to head east to the coast and then up it into New England and possibly Canada! Everything is great, we are riding smoothly and enjoying the drive and views and company. Our first stop along #RVhoneymoon is a place Mark found called “Joe’s Bar.” It doubles as a taxidermy museum. In fact, there were more animals than bar. Also, you can smoke in bars in PA apparently so we got out of there STAT after viewing the museum.

Joe's Bar everyone!

Joe’s Bar everyone!

Now for the fun stuff. The keys have to be in the ignition for my car to be towable. As we were planning on walking around the little downtown and go to “Joe’s Bar,” we didn’t think it wise to leave the doors unlocked and car keys in the ignition whether it was hooked up or not. When we got back, we went through the series again to hook up the car to be towable and put the robo-brake in. We start on our merry way and get about .1 miles and people start honking at us. WHY!?! I know we are a big RV driving through your little town, we’re sorry we are blocking intersections. But then we see it, smoke billowing out from my car’s tires. (slightly dramatic, not billowing so much as barely smoking- poetic license over here). Anyway, we stop and realize the robo-brake is just in the down position, so we’ve been basically dragging my car with the brakes initiated. Oh vey.

It has been about 4 hours since we left home for anyone keeping track.

Considering we were blocking about 85% of the town’s downtown intersection, we decided our best plan is to just unhook the whole thing, test the car to make sure we didn’t cause permanent damage and I would just follow Mark to the campground about 30 mins away and we would readdress robo-brake tomorrow. So for about 1/5 of our #RVhoneymoon, Mark and I weren’t even in the same vehicle. *golf clap*

I'm driving my car and following Mark. The drive to Brenner's Meadow Run was reallyyy beautiful and my iphone pic taken while driving doesn't really do it justice.

I’m driving my car and following Mark. The drive to Brenner’s Meadow Run was reallyyy beautiful and my iphone pic taken while driving doesn’t really do it justice.

The rest of the evening went smoothly. We put some food in our bellies and went to Walmart because, you guessed it, we realized we forgot stuff and needed stuff we hadn’t even thought of. It is the start of our first full day of #RVhoneymoon and we’re headed to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Falling Water and Laurel Canyons! We will address robo-brake tomorrow when we leave. Stay tuned for pics and I’m sure more stories of trial and error (which I know is the real reason most of you read this 🙂 )

Our first night at a campground!!!

Our first night at a campground!!!

xoxo,
Rachel

p.s. I just spellchecked this, and I had spelled “brake” – “break” the entire post.

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The Grand RV Remodel

Let’s flash back real quick to the day we bought our RV. We love her (still accepting names for her) but decided she needed a little facelift.

The day we bought our RV <3

The day we bought our RV ❤

I put Mark in charge of the remodel as I was doing last minute wedding things and just didn’t have the time to help pick between shades of paint or to stay on our contractor who would be doing the work. Mark did the only logical thing in this situation.. he hired someone else to make design decisions and to coordinate with the contractor. Works for me. Whatever. Turns out the designer he hired, Anne, is/was amazing. She totally took our vision and made it come to life. AND all the work was done on time. A++ for Anne!

Here was our inspiration! If you haven’t used or heard of Houzz, go to the site immediately. It will get all your creative home remodeling & decorating juices flowing, even more so than Pinterest!

Our inspiration via Houzz

Our inspiration via Houzz

 Ta Da!!

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Before & After of the “entire” RV

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Before & After of our kitchen

And some more afters:

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Another shot of the kitchen!

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The bathroom!

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The bedroom!

Can’t wait to call this babygirl (seriously, name suggestions people!!) home in just a few weeks!!

xoxo,
Rachel

A New (To Us) RV For Our RV Honeymoon

Well… we bought a used RV today.

Let me back track a minute. When we planned our honeymoon we wholeheartedly planned on renting an RV from someone and using it to travel the US on our honeymoon. After reaching out to a several RV owners who rent out their RVs, we were forced to take a step back. We were getting a lot of “we don’t let our vehicles travel cross country” or “we don’t rent out for extended periods like that” and “we would charge $XXX” which, as one RV owner pointed out, was more than it would cost to buy a used RV. I kind of put the RV rental into Mark’s hand as I’m pretty swamped with wedding planning itself! Plus, I’m not one to spend hours researching RVs online which is right up Mark’s alley. We went and looked briefly at an RV on Friday evening and Mark came home and spent Friday night and Saturday doing research on this RV and several others. We both went and looked again at the RV today and took it for a test drive. A few negotiations later and it was ours! Well it will be ours contingent on a few things Mark has to check into! But I see a “SOLD” sign in the window so I’m confident she is ours!

P.S.  I think she needs a name. I’ve determined she is a female already but need some good name suggestions!

Say hello to our 2004 Damon Daybreak!

 

Meet Our New (To Us) RV

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Mark Getting Comfortable Behind The Wheel

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RV Selfie

xoxo
-Rachel