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If you’re looking to buy a New Tesla Model S or Model X, either by ordering a custom unit or getting one from new inventory, you can use our referral link to get:

  • $1000 off of the price of your Model S or X
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Any questions?  Feel free to ask. We’re excited to share the knowledge of Tesla vehicles!

The Homeowner Blues

In 2007 we lived in Portsmouth, VA and owned a brick ranch with a half-an-acre. A large yard for the dogs, fenced, so they were safe, but we could still enjoy the view. We were backed up to a tidal marsh and across the street from a wildlife refuge. Michael was 5 minutes from work, and we could walk two blocks to the river. But, we were miserable. We always had something to fix or do around the house. Yard work, cleaning, repairs and it never seemed to end.

Michael took a job in Kentucky, and we borrowed my Aunt’s motorhome while we looked for a place to rent while the house in VA sold. After staying in her coach for a few weeks, we decided that the money we would spend on renting a place would go further buying an RV. We began looking, thinking we could live in it until the house in VA sold, then purchase a home in KY and use the RV for weekends or holidays. A solid plan. After six months in the Heartland Landmark 5th wheel, we came to the conclusion that going back to a house was not for us.

That was ten years ago, and we have never regretted it.

If you have any questions or you would like to know more about our full-time experience drop us a line.

We Be Grillin’*

Spoiled from the built-in grill at our Las Vegas Lot, we found ourselves wanting a portable grill setup. I started, as always, researching the bejeebus out of things (Lehnanne’s words, not mine).

Here are the thoughts that went into the decision:

  • We have an all-electric coach, so I didn’t want to deal with little (or big) propane bottles.  The smell, need for inspection ( at certain bridges & tunnels ), the cost of propane, yet another fossil fuel, etc..  Thus, propane was out.
  • Natural Wood grills seem to need a LOT of tending to maintain temperature. They also take a while to get up to temperature and are large and/or heavy. Sure, there are add-ons and modifications to ease this temperature maintenance chore, but what if there was something.. smarter.. and more integrated that just works out of the box?
  • This lead me to Pellet fired grills, of which Traeger  Grills seem to be the reigning champ.  However, their portable unit doesn’t get very good marks compared to the rest and the grill isn’t particularly “smart”.  The Traeger also require 120v AC power to operate.

Continue reading “We Be Grillin’*”

23andMe

We sent in our DNA to 23andMe a few weeks ago, and I’ve received mine and we are anxiously awaiting Michael’s.  I am so impressed. It is amazing to see all of the detailed reports, fascinating.

To see where my story started,  looking over the “TRAITS” reports. And yes, there is a reason why I drink so much caffeine.  GENES.

If you are interested in learning about your ancestry, your health markers or just curious about DNA — check them out.

https://refer.23andme.com/s/lgkloup *

 

*The referral link will get us a $10 Amazon gift card.

A road to snowhere

As posted last Friday, we left Fort McDowell ( Eagle View RV Resort  — Warning: they no longer accept USPS deliveries ) and decided to make the drive to Ruidoso, NM a 2 day affair.  The thinking for this was that the weather peeps were calling for rain / snow on Saturday in Ruidoso, so I wanted to be highly functional upon arriving ( 4 hrs x 2 days and early arrival, vs 8 hr and late evening arrival ).

We didn’t really anticipate much as the forecast was for less than an inch accumulation, and it had been over 60 F the day before.  OH BOY, were we in for a SURPRISE. Continue reading “A road to snowhere”

Before You Leap: Downsizing

September 2017 marks our 10-year full-time anniversary.  Here are some thoughts on making the transition to RVing.

Try downsizing BEFORE you make the leap into RVing. About the most you can hope for is around 400 sq ft of space (living and storage combined). If you are used to and enjoy 2000 square feet or more of living space, this idea may cause you to break out in hives.  Do what works for you to downsize, if you have a lot of STUFF try boxing up things and write the date on the box.  If it has not been open in 6 months  – you don’t need it – donate it. If you have family and friends that could use things that you have multiples of – give it away.  You could even sell it all off to help pay for your next adventure! In our house in Virginia, I had a home office and a reading room. Now, I have a laptop and a Kindle and that works for me.  You may find it liberating to let go of the THINGS that own you. Items that held memories for me I kept for a while.  However, after a few years of being boxed up in storage and me not having space to display them, I realized they weren’t getting the love they deserved;  so I gave them away too.  First, I took photographs of the items and then family heirlooms went to family and the rest donated. If I am feeling nostalgic, I load up those pictures as a slideshow and just let the memories wash over me without the need to display them on a shelf where I would lose space and end up dusting them twice a week or risk them breaking in travel.

 

Before You Leap: Location

September 2017 marks our 10-year full-time anniversary.  Here are some thoughts on making the transition to RVing.

Where you want to travel can impact your choice of RV. If you fancy the bustle of city life and lots of amenities you are going to probably need a different set up than you would if you like off-grid travel and roughing it. Our coach has a dishwasher and heated tile floors, so you know which I prefer.  While the size of your coach doesn’t keep you from visiting places, it can be a logistical nightmare. The State and National Park systems don’t have a lot of options for coaches longer than 35 feet, a lot of them don’t have full hook-ups (water, electric and sewer). Even more, have roads that were built in the 50s and make traveling with a big coach unsafe. That is not to say that you can’t visit the parks – you just have to do a lot of prep work, research and most likely find a park nearby and drive in with your towed vehicle.

If you’d rather just wing it, you are probably better off with a smaller RV. If stopping at a friends house and parking in their driveway or taking the older less traveled roads a Class B or Class C may work better for you. If you want to set up camp and go Jeeping, then a towable trailer might do the trick. The point is, there are a lot of options and doing the research based on what you want and how you want to go forth is your best bet.

Another option that a lot of people take is seasonal camping. For whatever reason, visiting family, escaping inclement weather, keeping up residency or medical visits; staying in one spot for part of the year has advantages.

Google Maps is fantastic for planning out your bucket list.  You can create trip maps and lists. If you find a place you want to visit, say every NHL arena, add each destination with a “star,” and you can plan a route accordingly.

There are also many apps that can help you plan your route. Safely guiding you away from low clearance and to fuel stops. But, more on that later.

 

 

A schnoz only an ENT could love

For the past 10 years or so… I (Michael) have had chronic sinusitis.  Almost like clockwork, twice a year I’d get a major flare up (allergy season) which would promptly turn into a full blown sinus infection.

Sometime in February of this year, we happened upon a site talking about a procedure called balloon sinus dilation ( or balloon sinuplasty ).  We knew we would be leaving the Vegas area toward the end of March, and we had a family visit at the very beginning of March, so we opted to start the process of finding a Dr to consult on this as soon as the family visit was over.

We ended up being very lucky with the scheduling!  I’d like to extend tremendous thanks to Dr. Ashley Sikand and the entire team at ENT Consultants of Nevada!  They were truly exceptional every step of the way.

March 9th – Initial consult, MRI, and review
Inspection and MRI review showed I had narrow sinus passages and fairly large inferior turbinate.  Turbinates are bony structures inside the nose covered by mucous membranes which act as radiators to provide warm moisture to the air entering the sinus.  This combination prevented proper draining of my sinus and lead to the easy triggering of infection due to the stagnate fluid in my sinus. A prime candidate for balloon enlargement and turbinate modification!
March 14th – The Procedure!
The procedure took about 45 minutes from sitting in the reclining chair to walking to the recovery room. I was monitored for another few minutes as paperwork was completed, then I was on my way home (with Lehnanne driving of course — I was on Ativan & Oxycodone, no driving for me!)
March 23rd – Follow-up
Visual inspection showed I had all but completely healed! All that remained was a small spot on my turbinate, but the good Dr said it would likely come lose in the following days.

A few notes about the recovery:

  • Pain during recovery was nearly non-existent.  Thus, I didn’t need to take any of the prescribed Oxycodone after the procedure.  This will, of course, vary based on how much modification you need to have performed and your tolerance of pain.  I did take a couple of Tylenol to knock down a slight headache for the first few days after the procedure.
  • There was sinus pressure in the lower sinus which felt a LOT like a sinus infection.  It took just over a week for this to subside (I called in on the 6th day to confirm this was normal — it was).
  • I was advised not to blow my nose for 4 days after the procedure.  I never knew how much I’d miss being able to blow my schnoz until this.  I did “cheat” a little by gently blowing with both nostrils open on day 3 — Oh sweet relief!
  • Perform the sinus rinses!  Since you can’t blow your nose, this will be the primary method of removing the… debris.. which forms/collects in your sinus during recovery.
  • Beware of Clindamycin!  It’s a broad spectrum antibiotic which I was prescribed to help minimize the risk of infection.  It is notorious for significant disruption of your intestinal biome! (another post on that to come)  I understand the reason for using it, but I’m still paying the price.

Have you noticed this post is not really photo/video laden so far? Continue reading “A schnoz only an ENT could love”

Office Space

After seeing the custom built desk Chris at GeekRV had, we went crazy with ideas for our workspace. Thanks to Ron Gatchell we have enough space, and it looks like it came from the Tiffin factory floor this way.

 

A few highlights and details about our design:

Slides Out
  • The Corian is 144″ long, and our need was for 133″ in length, so the main top took up almost ALL of the $850 piece of Corian.
  • To gain the extra functionality that we wanted, we gave Ron our existing Buffet and Tabletop (along with all the cabinetry) so he could re-use it in our new desk!
  • Both sitting areas have pull-out keyboard trays
Pull-out work surface
  • In between the two sitting areas, we incorporated a pull-out workspace extension for soldering, 3d printing, etc..
  • We also had a pull-out Laptop storage cubby built into the middle area to keep up to 3 laptops safe during travel
  • Since Lehnanne is a lefty, we were able to include a pull-out writing area for her on the far left side, above the drawers.

But, my favorite part!!!  Is the pop-up monitor!  The lift was purchased directly from the manufacturer, Nexus 21 (be warned, they are pricey, but made in the USA and are very high quality).  Video below:

LVM Resort Lot 62 — For Rent!

We’re going back on the road starting Saturday, March 25th.  As such, our lot at the Las Vegas Motorcoach Resort will be available for rent while we’re gone!


Along with all the benefits described at the LVM Resort web-site, as an added perk, we are leaving our 300mbps / 30mbps cable Internet active on the site!  If you request and stay on Lot 62, you’ll have Wireless and direct Wired access to this super high-speed, non-shared Internet link.  You’ll also be able to use our grill, fridges, build-out, and the patio table & chairs.

You’ll need to contact the LVM Resort directly ( ph: 702-897-9300 ) and request Lot 62 specifically.  Please note that we have no control of the rates, availability, nor the resort rules.  All reservations must be made via the LVM Resort office.

Here’s a (not-so) quick video we made when we purchased the lot which gives a good look around.