A Short Move

 Posted by at 12:42 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 142011

Yesterday we made the second shortest move we ever have in all of our years as fulltime RVers, just nine miles. Our shortest move was seven miles, between campgrounds down in Benson, Arizona years ago, back when we had just started building our MCI bus conversion.

Terry had stashed most of the things we put away before we hit the road  the night before, so yesterday morning it was a simple matter of disconnecting our utility hookups, pulling in our slide rooms, and retracting our HWH leveling jacks. Terry remarked that it sure is a lot easier getting our Winnebago ready for the road, compared to the bus, in which we had so much more to store away.

We left the Verde Valley Thousand Trails preserve a little after 10 a.m., and since it was such a short drive, we didn’t bother hooking up the Explorer to the tow bar, so Terry followed me. We have seven days booked at the Camp Verde Western Horizons campground, under our Resorts of Distinction (ROD) membership, and checking in was a simple matter of stopping at the office to fill out a registration card, and then going to our RV site.

Our membership allows us to stay at any ROD affiliated campground for up to seven days, twice a year, for no fee. The annual ROD dues are about $125, as I recall, so it’s a good deal if you use it. We really haven’t done so much in the past, but we anticipate getting our money’s worth out of the membership this year. This stay alone pays for the annual dues.

This is a nice campground, with lots of grass, good roads, and a nice clubhouse and pool. There are quite a few RVs here, but the sites are roomy, so nobody feels closed in.


We were assigned a nice level back in 50 amp water and electric site, with a good view of the sky for our rooftop satellite TV dish to get a signal. We have full bars of 3G signal on our Verizon cell phones and air card, but my iPad is only able to pick up the AT&T Edge signal, which is just a little bit slower than sludge. But I won’t complain, I couldn’t get a signal at all on it at the Thousand Trails campground. Here is a picture of us, all settled in at the new campground.


We were parked and hooked up by 11 a.m., and I went right back to work on the new issue of the Gypsy Journal. I’ve been pushing hard to make up for the time I lost when I was sick last week, and a little after 11 p.m. I finally saved the finished job, and printed out the proof copy for Miss Terry to go through.

Today I’ll make any corrections necessary, then upload the file to the printer’s server. They’ll go over it again, and then print it Friday night. We’ll drive up to Flagstaff Saturday morning and pick up the print job from the newspaper, and then we’ll be busy stuffing envelopes to get them ready to mail out.

I’m glad we moved early, not only because I needed to finish the paper, but also because in the early afternoon the wind picked up, and blew pretty steadily at 25 –35 MPH all afternoon, with gusts over 40. Welcome to springtime in northern Arizona!

Thought For The Day – The best way to appreciate your job is to imagine yourself without one!

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  5 Responses to “A Short Move”

  1. Hi Nick, Can’t your iPad access the internet through your Verizon Air Card via WiFi?

  2. Yes it can, Bob. My point was that while Verizon users have a strong signal here, those using AT&T for iPhones, iPads, etc might have problems.

  3. “blew pretty steadily at 25 –35 MPH all afternoon, with gusts over 40. Welcome to springtime in northern Arizona!”

    That’s springtime in northeast Nebr. too………..hold on to your hair!!

  4. Your thought for the day missed for us this time. It was imagining ourselves without one that persuaded us to retire. 🙂

  5. Hi Nick, I thought that might have been your point but just wanted to make sure you weren’t iPad-less. I have an AT&T iPhone and have found it adequate where I live, but plan to go back to Verizon before my wife and I hit the road.

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