February 10th, 2014
I woke abruptly at 4:00 am. Today’s the day! At least I was able to sleep about six hours, as my anticipation is way too high to go back to sleep. I excitedly jump out of my bed.
That’s the last night I will be sleeping in this bed. All my furnishings have been moved out long ago, along with the remaining boxes last night. The rooms of my home are now empty.
At the last minute I decided to leave some of the items I wouldn’t need right away in storage, since now know I am going to return to OC to get an unexpected dental procedure done in about a month. This is a good thing as it will make my transition today easier, postponing about 10 boxes (200 lbs) of my toys for later. My only pause in my final packing of my Workhorse, was to go to The Coffee Bean for “breakfast”.
At 8:15 am I left my home for the last time and headed for Mike Thompson RV Center in Colton, California. I arrived about 30 minutes early and my friend, Beth arrived shortly after that. She was going to “hold my hand” during the process. It never hurts to have a second pair of eyes and ears, with all the instructions being passed. Also she will be looking closely for any flaws in the workmanship.
The technician was already there, so my orientation (PDI-Pre Delivery Inspection) started a little early. Good news because in my mind I was already thinking about the time and “sundown” in Arizona. I wanted to avoid an after dark set up as much as possible, especially my first one!
Since this was my first RV I knew nothing, or very little anyway. Must of my current knowledge was from articles I had been gleaning from the internet for months. He started from the front of the fifth wheel and went all the way around the outside pointing out each device and demonstrating how it worked. When we arrived at the front again the last thing we discussed was the hitch and briefly how to hook up, without actually doing it.
Time for the interior. Again going through the function of each item one area at a time. If I had it to do over again I would be more detailed. For instance, when I got to my first camp I had to call the salesman. Since my water heater had an electric switch and a propane one, I wasn’t sure which was on and off positions. He walked me through the issue easily. Later I learned if you’re plugged in you can use both for more efficiency in heating the water.
My coach appeared to be clean and in good shape. All ready to start the adventure. By noon my head was about as full as it was going to get without leaking information. Beth was combing all the ornamental details of the coach and it’s appointments looking for defects. She found a few that will need to be addressed and they were documented. Also a few of the items were fixed as we finalized the PDI and completed the paperwork.
Apparently the transporter company is going to be late 🙁 We are pushing the clock I don’t think I’m going to make my sundown deadline.
Safe travels, the adventure continues…Gary