Out with the Old and in with the New!!

Ready to hookup for last trip to Jacksonville
Ready to hookup for last trip to Jacksonville

Well, its been a little while since I posted but things are still happening and a lot has been going on behind the scenes.  We are ever so close to the final episode in the choosing, ordering, and taking delivery of our motorhome phase of this adventure.  We closed on September 15th with the dealer and we are now official owners of a Newmar motorhome, even though it’s not in our possession. I was anxious to get all the paperwork out of the way so we didn’t feel rushed at the last minute, and to give us time to take care of any unforeseen complications.  Well, fortunately everything went smoothly.  We pulled the Ole Fun Finder down to Dick Gore’s in Jacksonville and said good bye.  I know that I said it before, but if the Newmar is as trouble free as the trailer was, we will be extremely happy.  Since the motorhome has many more complex systems, the odds of that happening is not vey good – but we can hope.

New Hitch
New Hitch

We also scheduled the hitch installation for the front of the Ford Edge so that we can tow it behind the motorhome.  For those not familiar with this process it is more complicated and more expensive than I thought.  Parts for the Blue Ox tow system, including the tow bar, base plate, cables and wiring harness ended up being around $2500.00 and then it was $1000.00 to install and wire it.  It takes almost 8 hours of labor for the installation.  I’m so glad that I negotiated to have this included with the deal.  Ours was a little more difficult too as we have the Adaptive Cruise Control and the sensor box is in the way of the normal installation so a special base plate has to be used which takes more time to install.  As you can see from the picture the heavy duty connectors to the tow bar are not that visible on the front of the car.  Since this installation had to go higher on the front, we needed a 4 inch riser in the receiver so that the hitch will be level between the motorhome and the car.  Buying stuff never ends.  This is just like a boat!!  The only thing that I still need to do is install a trickle charger to the Edge battery to keep it charged while towing.  The auxillary brake in the car uses battery power and the key needs to be in acc mode so that the steering wheel is not locked, which unfortunately keeps the dash light on so without a charge from the motorhome the battery will be dead by the end of the day.  Thank goodness for the iRV2 forum that has helped me find out all these little traps on getting started.

Sam's VB Game
Sam’s VB Game

So now we are almost ready to head to Indiana next Friday, October 9th to get this bad boy.  I’ve reserved a Uhaul trailer that we will pick up on the 8th and load all the stuff we took out of the Fun Finder plus additional items we have purchased for use in it.  We don’t necessarily have to take everything, but since we are not coming straight home we decided to take most of what we need.  We will buy food in Indiana and anything else we may have forgotten to bring with us.  We will be moving from the relatively warm climate of the south to the cooler fall temperatures of the north.  Of course, that means leaving here in shorts and arriving in Indiana in long pants and sweat shirts.  Liz always hates this time of year with all its temperature swings.

This was supposed to be the weekend for the Alzheimer’s walk in New Bedford, MA in which Liz was walking with her sisters and cousins in honor of her father and her cousin Rickey’s wife Barbara.  However, hurricane Joaquin caused a cancellation of the walk on Sunday and moved it to the group walking in Foxboro on Saturday.  Although she was disappointed, she left on Thursday and the plans are to make the best of it and take the opportunity to have everyone get together.  As you can see from the picture, they are having a great time visiting.  The rest of the crew will join them for dinner and a casino run – of course!

That’s the latest.  I will post a report as we get ready to leave next week.



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