Greetings from Gold Beach, Oregon.
We are on the road again, finally! Our last RV trip took place in March of this year and for one unavoidable reason or another we have not been out since. Six months is the longest period of time our RV has sat in storage since we started RVing in 1963.
In addition to the time opportunity, we had two incentives to head north from the Kieva homestead. The first incentive was the birth of our first great-grandchild, Bentley Edward Kieva in Sacramento, California. We arrived 12 hours after our grand-daughter Amanda, gave birth and spent a couple days watching baby Benny being passed around from one admirer to the next (including us).
Next stop was AM Solar in Springfield, Oregon ( http://www.amsolar.com/ 541-726-1091) where our good friend and all-around RV electrical wizard, Greg Holder, checked out our RV's non-performing inverter. He announced that it had an incurable boo-boo and installed a new, improved one (inverter, that is). Inverters are a (gulp!) big ticket item.
A few years ago we decided to keep our 1998 motor home. The idea was to invest a few thousand dollars in repairing, replacing and upgrading our present RV instead of spending more than a hundred thousand dollars on a new one. We knew that when the time came, we would be replacing, rather than repairing, the aging appliances. So far, we have only replaced a television, a microwave/convection oven, and the inverter. We also paid to have the oxidized exterior paint polished back to its original shine. Those were all what we consider high dollar items but, all totaled, they come to a lot less than what the payments on a new rig would have been.
Right now we are cruising south along the beautiful Oregon coast. The California Redwoods are next, followed by a visit with our good friend, Bill Moeller. Then a tour of the wineries of Napa, another visit with baby Benny and home. It is good to be on the road again.
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