May 112010

As much as we love the fulltime RV lifestyle, we have never gotten over the hurt when it is time to say our goodbyes and move on down the road. We have had a wonderful week visiting with my cousin Beverly here in Tucson, but sadly, it is time to go.

There were tears all around yesterday evening when we said goodbye to Beverly. We promised her that we will return again next year when our travels bring us back to Arizona, and we’re already counting the days.

Today, assuming the predicted winds are not too bad, we are headed for RV Renovators in Mesa to get our Norcold refrigerator recall work done. After our experiences with an RV repair shop in Kingman, Arizona, and another in Show Low for this work, I have to be honest and say that I was a bit skeptical last week when Lucinda, at RV Renovators, said she would do her best to get the part we needed and get our work done by Friday of this week.

So I was very surprised, and pleased, when she called first thing yesterday morning to tell us that the part was in, and we could come in anytime to get the work done. A lot of folks have told us that RV Renovators are great to work with, and obviously they were right!

They tell us the recall work will only take an hour or so, and when that’s done we’ll go a few miles east to Apache Junction and find a Passport America campground near Terry’s parents’ house for a couple of nights, so we can visit with them.

From there, we’ll head back north to Show Low and see if we can’t spoil our grandkids a little more. I want them to be absolutely, adorably frustrating to their mom and dad when we take off for our summer travels. I tell my daughter that it’s payback for all of those sleepless nights my kids put me through when they were growing up.

Actually, Tiffany was a pretty good kid, and she’s grown into a fine young woman. (I have to say that, or she might leave her girls with me once I get finished spoiling them.)

I’ve had my name on the list at the Apple Store in Tucson, and they said they would contact me if the 3G iPad I want comes in before we leave town. Miss Terry is betting that they’ll wait until we get to Apache Junction before they get a delivery, but I’m holding out for it not happening until we get back to Show Low. I’d break down and just order one from Apple online, but my daughter is working during the day, and I don’t want some delivery driver leaving it on her doorstep.

Thought For The Day – When you do a good deed, get a receipt, in case heaven is like the IRS.

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Nick Russell

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  5 Responses to “Saying Goodbye Always Hurts”

  1. Hey Nick… if you should read this before you go to RV Renovators…. tell Cinda I said HI. She and I have talked a couple times after she saw my “you tube” video. She seems like a really sweet person and I’m not surprised she came through for you with Norcold. Can’t wait to see you guys. Missin’ ya’ in Elkhart.

  2. Nick,

    Lynn and I are at RV Renovators right now. We are big fans of theirs. They have never let us down. We have been coming here for over three years for all most of our RV service needs. They don’t do everything, but they do most and what they do is done well. They were recommended to us by the Monaco factory when the Monaco dealer couldn’t or wouldn’t take care of a simple warrantee issue. We have been going back to them ever since. Everyone here is friendly and efficient. I knew they would come through for you. Perhaps we will see you later today.

  3. I hope that everyone remembers to post their reviews, both good and bad, at so that others can be made aware of the good and bad service locations.

  4. Thanks for the information on a reliable RV repair place, we will put it in our book of good guys we keep just in case we need someone to fix us up. Have safe travels, meanwhile spoil those grand-babies. See you in Elkhart

  5. The Santa Fe RV Park in Apache Junction is a great Passport American campground. We love it there but it is like other parks in that area – the Verizon service is slow.

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