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As everyone starts to wander toward Hutch for the HDT Rally, I'd like to say we (Raymond and I) are going to miss ya'll this year....BUT hope everyone has Safe travel along their way. We are still on track for 28 Feb 14 -- oops now it's 8 March 14 Retirement Date and hope to pull out of Jax, FL on 16 March 14. Hoping Raymond gets rehabbed for his planter's fascia and back on the running events he so enjoys. 2014 Gate River Run in Jax is 15 March otherwise we'd be leaving Jax sooner! :)

 

Our post retirement tentative plans: 2014 ECR at Deer Run RV Resort, Crossville, TN and a month long adventure there for us before heading West and North to Alaska - Summer '14. Hope some others are planning a visit to AK next summer - would be fun to see ya'll in various parts of the great NW. Fall '14 we plan to be at the HDT Rally. Winter '14/'15 in Warm parts of the SW (suggestions always welcome) and then some Spring/Summer '15 NW Canada travels before we head to home base (Oak Hill, FL) for the Winter of 2015. Spring 2016 we'll head out again to see the wonderful USA. Who knows which way we'll go!

 

Can't wait to be on the road. OH - if anyone needs a small RV park near Jax, FL - we have found Yukon RV Park across from Jax NAS on US17. We will be moving our Rig there the end of October, as we get our home in Jax on the market and Raymond will be able to tinker on the weekends with the things he wants done before retirement. And, it's so close to his office that he could walk to work. :rolleyes:

 

Again, Safe Travels Everyone! Have a wonderful Rally!

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A big hi to all the RDBE gals in HUTCH! The day I put Henry on the plane to Wichita was less than desired! Locked my self out of the house, (Kechup keys sitting next to my purse, so picked them up and out we go, oops, trucks keys don't fit car, nor does it have a house key on it, fortunately my cousin 6 miles away had a key and rescued us.) the NE PATS lost, I have a black screen on my computer, (still a mystery, using Henrys' behemoth) and the milk went bad, but had a new one on hand. Really hope today is better. :) Perhaps it's an omen that I should be there enjoying the rally with all of you!! I truly hope you all have a good time, enjoy meeting the new-bees and inducting them into the RDBE Gals,and the Kansas winds don't blow you away. Once again I appreciate Sherrie leading the RDBE meeting and the next new member will be #119. Maybe you should assume the role permanently :rolleyes:. Thanks much Sherrie! The Vandenbergs are camp hosting over in Ocala at Whispering Pines CG and said they may come for a visit in the next 2 weeks. Cindy and Jeff Brett may be heading this way in search of a winter CG hosting position, and I believe Chris and Vern Penner are headed this was from Montana. Don and Fannie France were here from Wednesday to Saturday and are now moseying toward Orlando, Atlanta, Arkansas, New Horizons and then to their new home in AZ. Don't think they will be there before the rally ends.

If anyone comes to FL we would love to see you! Our home is on the east coast in Port St. Lucie, 45 miles north of West Palm Beach. It's 70 to 80 degrees all winter, there are Elks & Moose Lodges, and a very nice Passport America CG within 6 miles of us. We have already introduced them to HDT's, that's where Kechup is sitting until Oct 20 when she goes to storage. (Port St. Lucie RV Resort, Jennings Road PSL, FL) There is an Outdoor Resorts Motorhome only Park , as well as a basic but less expensive , no amenities other than the view, CG called Pitchfords, opposite the inter-coastal waterway. Last but not least , I want to send special hugs to John, Abby, Emily and Claire Springfield! We had such a fun time with them this summer! Mom sends her best to everyone and I will be looking for updates and pictures from the rally! Hugs, Davena

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Janet & Davena - you are both missed here, as well as Aggie, Cec, Sue, Suzan, and many others who couldn't make it for various reasons. This rally is getting off to a great start, and we have LOTS of first timers! But all of you are missed. We will try to carry on, but it's always more fun with some of our "old" friends (well, we aren't getting any younger are we!?)... No offense intended on the age reference, but we are "old friends" right? Stay well ladies, and we hope to see you guys around the bend somewhere else in the not too distant future. Good thing we at least have the forum. Davena, it sounds like you had one of those "wish I had stayed in bed" days - hope it's improving now.

 

And speaking of old and new friends on the forum - where in the world have all our regular gals gone? It's been way too quiet here for a long time. Raquel and Trish, Suzan, Sue, Aggie, Donna - it's been too long since we heard from you gals. Chime in and let us know you're alive and well at least! Davena - maybe YOU can rally the troops and get more of our gals posting? It's kinda dry around here on the forum (and I've been guilty all summer of not posting - 14 hours a day working takes away posting time). But road time is forum time - for me at least...! C'mon ladies - let's liven up this party!!

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I know I can't speak for everyone, but likely am speaking for most - it was a pleasure getting to know you both. Glad you had fun and hope to see you back next year. Please feel free to post here anytime. You Ruth, not Chip though (sorry Chip - you don't have enough estrogen to join us). Hope we see you out driving soon!

 

Here's an example of what kind of things we can talk about here (had some asking what we "should" talk about here). No "should's" - just a lot of things we can chat about...

 

For other ladies out there - I have a question. The rv fridges have the "restraining bars" that hole things from sliding off the shelves. How do you keep things from sliding around with residential fridges? So far no luck in finding one that fits the Dometic hole in the cabinet. Don't want to go larger because I'd loose valuable pantry space, and that's not a good trade for our lifestyle. Hoping that I can still find one. So far, they're either the right height and too narrow, or the right width and too tall. Bugger! If I can find one, I'll post what it is in case there's someone else out there who would like to do what we're doing at some point in time...

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Steve and Gail, thank you guys SO much for all of your work and thoughtfulness. We appreciate your efforts so much! The rally was a lot of fun, even seeing it horizontally. ;)

 

Ruth, good to meet you guys,

 

Sharon, if you put up those bars, you miss part of the adventure. Like today, we pulled in to our Walmart campground and a couple pulled up and started talking to us. As we finished showing them the house, I opened the fridge (part way - I'm learning) and 4 things fell out, not the least of these was the bowl of corn. Juice everywhere! It's always a surprise, but the baked beans sideways was the worst and that was before we got the fridge restraint, so we had been driving with the door partly open and sticky juice spilling out. As I said, it would take part of the fun of setting up away!

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For other ladies out there - I have a question. The rv fridges have the "restraining bars" that hole things from sliding off the shelves. How do you keep things from sliding around with residential fridges? So far no luck in finding one that fits the Dometic hole in the cabinet. Don't want to go larger because I'd loose valuable pantry space, and that's not a good trade for our lifestyle. Hoping that I can still find one. So far, they're either the right height and too narrow, or the right width and too tall. Bugger! If I can find one, I'll post what it is in case there's someone else out there who would like to do what we're doing at some point in time...

 

Sharon, have you checked out http://www.ajmadison.com? Jack recommended them when we were picking out appliances. They let you search by size and I loved that. BTW, my Dometic had no restraint bars, only the lock mechanism on the door, so I still had to be careful every time we opened it after travel.

 

With the residential one, I am thinking that clear tubs or something would help. I hate to have to store tension rods and remember to put them in. Marsha installed a door lock that is unobtrusive, so I am happy about that (since the residential doors have no lock mechanism whatsoever and come open when we drive down the road).

 

Hope you find one that fits your existing hole so you don't need to do much remodeling.

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Heidi - I'll email you later with other Q&A, but thought I would update you on the refrigerator issue. We aren't willing to sacrifice cabinet space to make the hole any bigger, so we're stuck with the Dometic size hole, and sadly NO ONE makes a fridge that will fit. There is an surprising number of refrigerator makers, and none make one that size. I'm SOOOO disappointed about the fridge - but it's life huh? I wish I could have it, but I'm simply not willing to give up storage of uncooked food for storage of uncooked food.

 

So I guess I don't need to worry about things sliding around. Oh, about the plastic bins in the fridge - think about making the "baskets" out of the plastic canvas (I think you've seen mine, right?) because plastic bins don't allow air circulation and food spoils quicker. Plus it makes the fridge less efficient.

 

We are going to get the SeeLevel gauges and the propane level gauges put on after we leave DRV though. And pick up the new "porch" while going thru TX. We'll be all set for the winter.

 

So what's new with anyone else?

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Susan - I was wondering about you and the popcorn. Costco has a EIGHT pound container (looks about like a gallon jug size) of Orville! Super great price. Lovin' the coconut now?

 

We're at the factory now - just got done with a 9.5 hour driving day - UGGHHH! A day of rest tomorrow, then back to the 6am up and out of the coach routine - not my favorite part. Just wish they'd make the customer lounge into a nicer place...

 

Travel safe ladies!

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Hey ladies, we just made it back to DFW area - well almost. We're still north of Denton, but at least south of Oklahoma. Hickory Creek Corps of Engineers Park in Lewisville is still padlocked at the street. Former COE park residents have filled up the few spaces where we could fit in every park surrounding Dallas. We spent last week waiting out the government shut down with the Dixons and Bagleys in S.W. Oklahoma. Nice, quiet corner of the world. I had no phone service so I'm doing double-time to catch up.

 

Davena, we had a wonderful group of RDBE gals and new-bees attend our meeting. The meeting dynamics have changed somewhat in the last few years because there are so many more opportunities for ladies to interact BEFORE we get to the RDBE meeting, we don't have to spend time with introductions, etc. This year we had a large panel of lady drivers who answered our questions on DRIVING! Yeah! You would have been proud - so many of your proteges are now leading the new comers! We missed our annual lesson in Ketchup, but everyone who wanted to drive had a choice of driving coaches. All the feedback regarding their in-truck experience was awesome.

 

We recorded the RDBE discussion and it came out quite clear with a headset until right at the end... a bit of a low roar from the shoppers in the hall and the back of the room, but for the most part I think the recording would be a great resource for this thread. I won't be able to edit it this week, but soon. I need to find out where we can park the mp3 file and then I'll post the link for everyone. Maybe Escapees would give us a few mgs on their server or perhaps Mark Bruss will upload it with the other HDT resource info. We'll see what turns up.

 

It was great to see Henry. If he hasn't given it to you yet, look for a business letter sized envelope addressed to "Davena #1" from "Sheri #53." It will have the ORIGINAL sign up sheet from our meeting that covers new members and CHANGES. If nothing changed current members didn't fill in the sheet. I did have the presence of mind to keep a copy in case it was lost in transit. Let me know.

 

I discussed some ideas for next year with the Dixon's based on questions ladies asked that would be better answered with a live demo. They will ask about a facility that could accomodate the entire group and a truck indoors. The rally is a week later next year, with the burrrrrrrrr potential going up. Heard it snowed this week in Hutch. Yikes.

 

I think the first year we came to the rally Henry had a simple little truck / trailer model he'd made out of wood. I'd like to get my hands on something like that so we can watch from overhead what happens to the trailer when we back up the truck "this way or that way." Every year backing is a big question and it might help us visualize what's going on overall. Now I'm musing out loud, but if Henry was the one who had that little truck, maybe he'll pack it next year for us. Or maybe someone will make us one if they have access to a wood shop. Or maybe some Volvo shop will donate a model rig... hmmmm.

 

Anyway, it's a privilege to be part of the group and I enjoy being able to contribute by facilitating, and will be glad to do it whenever asked. Everyone adds to the learning. No one can take your place.

 

We're in the north Dallas area through 11/5 and then head for the border where we expect to be at least through March. It's going to be a busy, busy two weeks.

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BTW... on food flying out of the refrigerator: we have the flip up bars built in, but where they've broken we use a tension bar. Keeps the milk, etc. in place. Heidi, I hide it in the island by the George Forman. Doesn't take up any space at all. Sometimes I remember to use it, sometimes not. If the shelf isn't full I make sure to put it in there. If the shelf is so full there isn't any open space, the door keeps things from sliding around.

 

I also use smaller tension rods on the 3 shelves in the medicine cabinet and that REALLY solved some problems. Things always hopped off the bathroom shelves until I got the bars. They stay there year round. I just push them down to shelf level when we're parked and raise them higher when we travel.

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Hello all!

 

Sherry, you did aTERRIFFIC job runnign the RDBE meeting. The panel discussion was quite helpful. When you get in this area, I can meet you for an afternoon beverage or something if our schedules work out. You shoudl ahve my contact info on the form. Speaking of contact info on the form, is this posted privately somewhere? Quite a few of us wanted to keep in touch with one another.

 

Davena, you should know that because you let me drive your rig on my first visit, I taught two gals how to drive my rig. They discoevered what i learned from you, that it isn't as hard as it seems. What a confidence builder and I hope to do that for more women at our next meeting! :)

 

Sharon, loved your cat mobile. Greatness! Good luck selling the home and land!

 

Susan, what's this about cocnut oil for popcorn? Will that make it taste like move theater popcorn???

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Alicia, I don't really like theater popcorn (too salty) so I would say "no". I think is supposed to be healthier (at least until the next study is done and we find out it causes hairy eyelids or some such nonsense!) than other oils. I can't taste the coconut most of the time, but Trey says he can smell it. I love popcorn and eat it for dinner at least once a week. If I can make it more healthy (or less unhealthy) I will try. BUT I will not sacrifice flavor or crunch.

 

Sherrie, you did a great job! I know keeping us ladies in line is quite a task!

 

I have nothing to offer on the fridge issues. We have an RV fridge. We don't keep it full and food does occasionally slide around, but it does not fall out when I open the doors - at least not yet.

 

We are currently in SW Arkansas in the middle of nowhere. It is quiet and beautiful and I love it! I think Trey wants a TV signal (any TV signal) and better internet, but I'm enjoying the tranquility. The next four to five months we will be in very urban areas, so I'm eking out as much nature as I can right now.

 

Those of you wanting to drive or drive more often, it has been a week since the rally ended... anybody driven much?

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We are making progress and took a huge step yesterday with the listing of our Jax home. It will be officially on the market Monday - just in time for me to fly to Denver to spend 3 wonderful weeks with our daughter! I am sooo looking forward to a break and seeing her. We are moving our Rig to Jax this Saturday (from home base along the central coast of FL) - once we get a contract we will move to the RV for the remainder of Raymond's working days. 8 March 2014. We hope Raymond is rehabbed from his foot injury and running again in the 2014 Gate River Run 15 March and THEN we will pull out of Jax on 16 March 2014! All tentative of course...all we can do is make plans and see how they unfold. Hope to have a mini get together in central FL with many of you later this Fall.

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We are currently in SW Arkansas in the middle of nowhere. It is quiet and beautiful and I love it! I think Trey wants a TV signal (any TV signal) and better internet, but I'm enjoying the tranquility.

Hey Susan, are you boondocking in AK? If so where? I bet it's lovely and lush. We cannot wait until we get on the road!!!! Have a great fall.

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Hey Ruth,

While we will do a few nights of dry camping, we are more RVers than campers - we are soft and lazy. We stayed at a very small RV park just east of Wickes, AR about 2 miles west of the Cossatot River State Park on HWY 248. It was $84/week for full hookups so we planted ourselves for 7 days while we explored. We were able to take daily drives on the bike, a couple of hikes, and still got much work done (we work on the road.) It is beautiful here in AR - the first week of autumn colors are showing. We are currently in Hot Springs, AR where we plan more drives and more exploring (and more work too.)

I hope your RV hunt goes well. I look forward to hearing good news. I can't remember if you have more or less than two years before you hit the road.

Janet, we will be in central FL soon and look forward to seeing you guys! I am really good at packing boxes and getting rid of long-held material possessions. Do you need me to help with Raymond's stuff? ;)

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Hi Gals, I heard the rally was fantastic and grateful for Sherrie doing a great job as usual. She was a born leader:) Keep on driving Alicia and glad you are training and encouraging other ladies. Did anyone get to drive for the first time this year?? As soon as I finish updating the member list I will get it out to all of you. I don't want to publish it here because it it too massive, but will attempt to email it in small batches. The last time I did it in volume I got a virus , so I won't do that again (: We are loving it here in FL on the Treasure Coast. The last 2 days the weather reporters were raving about the cold front coming, and telling people to bundle up! Guess what , it went from the 80's to 72! Wow what a cold front! It was balmy for us northerners and just delightful. Now back to the low 80's. We moved our RV from the campground to a storage area. We both say that our new home is like being on vacation every day, so I'm not sure when the A1 will be on the road again.

Member Updates: Heidi will be in the TN area for a while where Bob is doing contract work. I sure hope she gets her back fixed before they hit the road again. Bonnie and Gail Quinn are in Gulfport, AL for November. Chris and Vern have arrived back in Bushnell, FL and are frequenting our favorite Lickety Splits Ice Cream shop. Cindy and Jeff Brett are heading down the east coast SLOWLY (not at our express speeds) and will be joining Chris and Vern in Bushnell. Connie and Marv Marcy will be heading to Key West for the winter and Robin and Jim Hicks are heading that way also. They were in Daytona the last I heard. Don and Fannie France made it safely back to their stix n brix home near Phoenix after a 7000 mi trip to the east coast, Canada , Florida, across the southern gulf coast to AK, OK, KS and AZ. By the way, her family in the Philippines were thankfully, 200 miles north of the devastation. Many of the gals are back in Retama at their winter hideaways. I miss you all, we had such a fun time when we were there. Rod Lappin and his new Spacecraft is headed to FL and the McCorristons are in Christmas, FL. Surely, I'm missing someone but will try to update more often.

We have a lovely campground 6 miles from us and would love to see anyone heading to the east coast of FL. Good luck Janet on selling your house and hope we can get together the next time you are in Oak Hill. We will be flying to NH for Christmas and New Years and can't wait to see our kids and grand-kids again.

I wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving and very Merry Christmas. Safe travels and keep on driving!

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Thanks for the update, Davena! So nice to hear where everyone is.

I've been in Denver visiting our daughter since 28 October. She gets to come to FL, so the return to FL begin 18 November with she/I doing a road trip. Hope to home 20 November and then the fun begins! House was listed 28 October and went under contract 1 November. Even though buyers are pre-approved - until all processing is done you just never know, but we are hopeful !!! Closing is scheduled for 16 December. Lots do to - moving a few pieces of furniture to home base in Oak Hill, FL; Salvation Army for some other pieces.

 

RV will be moved to a small RV park across from JAX NAS where we will be until Jax exit date 16 March 2014. Davena - looking forward to getting together sometime before he 'head out on the highway'.

 

Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas and safe travels to All.

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Hello, ladies! I wanted to wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving and that you are blessed where ever you are!

 

My folks will be driving in form Little Rock to Dallas area to join Rick's folks and us for a THREE TURKEY meal at our home! We will have all the fixin's including pumpkin and pecan pie. It will be cold outside when the boys fry those turkeys but they can gather around the pot to stay warm. haha

 

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

 

 

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