Beyond Busy

 Posted by at 12:46 am  Nick's Blog
May 102014

For the last few days we’ve been beyond busy, and things aren’t going to slow down anytime soon. In fact, it’s about to get a lot busier!

Yesterday we had several errands to run, including a stop at RV Parts Nation to have Trina order us a new Splendide washer/dryer combo. But as it turns out, they are on backorder everywhere including, Camping World. After making a few calls to suppliers, Trina said she might be able to get one some time in mid-June. Maybe.

Then Trina suggested another unit, the Pinnacle Supercombo, but I’ve never heard of it and can’t find much information about them online. Does anyone have any experience with one of these units? If we had room we’d go with separate stackable units. But to do that would require a major remodel to make them fit.

Our next stop was Sam’s Club to buy plastic CD cases for our 8-in-1 CD that includes all eight of our RVing guides. We’ve always purchased them there in the past, but yesterday we learned that they no longer carry them. It seems that we find Sam’s Club and Costco less and less useful all the time. We actually dropped our Costco membership when it came up for renewal a while back, and I think we’re going to do the same with Sam’s Club. We don’t buy prescriptions there and so much of what they have is in bulk quantities that we can’t use. And we have found that oftentimes we can find things just as cheap on Amazon and get free two day shipping with Prime.

We left Sam’s and went across the parking lot to Staples, where we found the CD cases for the same price we used to get them at Sam’s. Again, no bargain even if they would have had them in stock.

From there we drove over to the fairgrounds in Goshen to check things out for when we go in on Sunday for Escapade. We saw a bunch of people we know, got lots of hugs, and then drove through the vendor camping area, where we spotted Jim and Chris Guld of Geeks on Tour fame’s motorhome. The door was open so we stopped to say hello, and were amazed to see that Jim has lost over 60 pounds since the last time we saw them, and Chris had lost 20 (not that she needed to). Jim told us about their diet, but when he got to the part about no soda, no sweets, no fried food, and no ice cream, I stopped listening. I’d like to lose weight, but let’s not get all crazy about things. We had a very nice visit with the Geeks and are looking forward to spending more time with them at Escapade.

Back at Elkhart Campground, I stopped at the office to get a key for their multi-purpose building so I could check it out for the self-publishing workshop I want to put on after Escapade. Then we stopped at our motorhome just long enough to drop off the things we had purchased when we were out, then went with Charles and Chris Yust to dinner at a place called George’s Gyros.

We had never eaten there before, but we’ll definitely go back. Charles, Chris and Terry had gyro plates and said they were delicious. The portions were huge and they all had enough to take home for lunch today. I chose the rib tips plate, which was good but I think next time around I’ll order one of their hamburgers, which I hear are exceptional.

While they were out running their own errands yesterday, Charles and Chris stopped at Ben’s Bakery in Shipshewana and bought fried pies, including some for us. So you know what we had for dessert! Thanks Charles and Chris, they were outstanding.

A few minutes after we got home, longtime friends and subscribers Dave and Thelma Middleton stopped in for a visit. It’s been a couple of years since we saw them, and it was a real treat to get to spend some time with them.

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  8 Responses to “Beyond Busy”

  1. I keep looking for a Bad Nick blog on the VA Hospital situation in Phoenix.

  2. Nick stay away from Pennington. We bought one because we could not get parts for old old (1998) Splendid. My wife used it a grand total of ONCE and the motor burned up. That was last summer and still cannot get a replacement under warranty. All I get is a runaround from them. First it wasn’t covered because I installed the washer myself in our fifth wheel. Then it was that it must have been bad campground power that burned it up even though we have an EMS. Just a bunch of crooks selling junk.

  3. We have a Pennington sitting in our garage you can have if you come pick it up. It would make a good boat anchor. In the first 6 weeks the motor burned up and can’t get a replacement.

  4. My buddy put a Pennington in his rv. So far so good.

  5. Gave us a laugh today Nick…saying about diet…saying “lets not get all crazy about things!!” Heh, yea me and hubby would like to loose weight too…and we are working at it S L O W L Y…but one must have a few good yummy meals now and then too!!

  6. NO ICECREAM! If that isn’t illegal it is at least immoral.

  7. There is a Splendide service center in Elkhart. We had them repair ours three years ago. Still going strong. There are also some surplus houses, Factory RV Surplus across from where Trina used to be on the curve, Bontragers, and Johnson’s (both on 12) in Michigan that might actually have one in stock. Worth a call to them.

  8. Hey there. Glad to hear someone has a good response to their dealings with RV Parts Nation and My experience, like others, was not good at all. After Trina ordered me a water heater that was wrong, her response was, “I’m really good. I wouldn’t have made that mistake.” Yikes. Didn’t realize I got a direct line to the Almighty. 😉
    Well, good luck on your travels!!

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