Yesterday was sheer pleasure. We had the warmest day since arriving — all of 80º and sunny. Being the day before coming down to Tri-Am to get our door lock worked on — it was a relaxation day and I took total advantage. Doesn’t take much to make me happy!
And today, we’re hanging out at the local dealership to see about that door.
I don’t know how you are when you have your RV in the shop but all I see when I’m waiting on coach repairs are dollar signs. There are so many systems on a modern day motorcoach that any idea that one place or one person is able to do quality work on all of them is absurd. And finding quality service outlets is not all that easy.
We have relied — a lot — on fellow RV recommendations. Not to the exclusion of others but we certainly weigh people with happy experiences higher than commercial advertisements. We have been fortunate thus far — but we always seem to wait longer to find a reputable dealer than others. I’m not sure if that’s the reason for our good fortune or not, but we are cautious.
I’m always cautious about things dealerships try to sell me. I was a small businessman for a while — I understand the difference between selling the best available and selling what you have in stock. I understand that shops tend to sell what they stock — regardless of what ‘needs’ walk in the door. There are always disreputable people out there — trying not to be taken advantage of is not easy.
I don’t know if I ever brought you up to date on our mobile RV guy. It turns out he went diving with a friend and first the friend put a fishing gaff through his hand, and then Bob dropped his phone in the ocean when he went to call 911 — and had no way to call us back. So, I don’t feel so bad about having been ‘ignored’ for a few days. And now that Bob’s friend — who’s also his employee and certified technician — is out of commission while his hand heals after surgery — I had to seek an other solution for our slide toppers.
I’m hoping Tri-Am will be able to confirm the sizes, get replacements ordered from Carefree of Colorado and install them before we leave in April. Fingers crossed.
Where are all the eagles
I was reading a publication called The Ag Mag (a Florida agriculture and gardening magazine) and noted that Florida claims to have the third largest population of breeding Bald Eagles in the US. (After Alaska and Minnesota)
Thus far we have not seen any. We have not spent a lot of time in areas that they would be likely to be found — but I’m going to have to look more actively!
We are at the 1/3 point of our Florida stay. I can’t say the state has started feeling like home, but it’s feeling less foreign…
Clearly, the point of origin for RV’ers here has been different than what we found in S. Texas last year. We have seen virtually no population of Quebecois or British Columbians. We see a lot more folks from the N.E./New England as well as East Coast states. There are few license plates from the Great Midwest.
I won’t say that people aren’t as friendly. I think the fact that we’re in a park where a lot of the residents are local workers or equestrian folk has a lot to do with how friendly/communicative our neighbors are.
Prices are similar and higher here than in S. Texas. As mentioned in previous blogs RV park rates are directly related to latitude. The further South you go the higher the rates. There is also a correlation to distance from the water (Golf or Ocean) with proximity to the water obviously being higher priced than further from the water.
As for food, that’s a mixed bag. I can’t comment on protein prices — mostly because this year protein has taken the HIGH ROAD wherever we’ve been — with so much change all over the country this isn’t a good time for generalizations made on unequal circumstances. Other foodstuffs seem marginally higher here, citrus has seemed to be noticeably higher than it was in S. Texas. That could be a function of citrus pests (insects and disease) which are not yet as large a problem in S. Texas as they are in Florida. We seem to be doing well in finding the sort of groceries we want. In Texas we noticed really strong ethnic food differences and that’s ok — you get accustomed to some things and you plan ahead for others.
I laughed to my self when Canadians at Palmdale told us what foodstuffs they brought along with them. Into our second winter in the South I’m beginning to understand their thought process. We have a hard time finding bulk coffee beans — I can see us buying beans and freezing them before coming south next year. It’s easier to buy and freeze than to drive 30 or 50 miles for things like that. I can see buying a cans of corned beef hash and carrying them along with us for when we want them. In some parts of the country you simply have different tastes and planning ahead isn’t all that hard if you know what you’re getting into.
We have 2/3 of our stay remaining. Perhaps as time goes by we’ll feel differently. But that’s why I write — to make myself conscious of the changes over time — how we see things initially, and how our attitude may change over time.
There you go, that’s it for today. Our door problem is diagnosed, dimensions are taken for our toppers, now all we have to do is wait for parts to show up and return for installation. Thanks for stopping by, and I’ll be here to chat tomorrow. Please stop by.