Got Wood?

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 312016

When you have been fulltiming as long as we have you pick up a trick or two along the way. One of them is to always carry a supply of wood. No, not for campfires. Fulltimers seldom have campfires. We are usually inside our homes at night, just like when we lived in a sticks and bricks house.

We always carry several pieces of 2×12 lumber about 24 inches long in our motorhome’s pass-through bay. They come in handy quite often when we have an RV site that is not level. Sometimes we put them under the leveling jacks, other times under the front tires if we have to raise the coach so high to be a level that they are off the ground. Having your tires hanging in the air is never a good thing!

Yes, they add some weight, but that’s why we have a diesel pusher. Although we also carried wood in our first motorhome, a gas rig, because it comes in handy all too often.

So when a friend came to our door yesterday asking if we had any wood, I assumed they needed help leveling. As it turned out, it was something else.

While backing into a site, they got onto the grass, which is very soft from all the rain we’ve had here at the Orlando Thousand Trails preserve and their Newmar Dutch Star got stuck. Real stuck.

That’s where the boards came in. Putting down the rear leveling jacks raised the back end of the coach enough that we could stack several pieces of the 2x12s under and in front of the tires so the owner could pull forward enough to get his drive wheels back on the pavement.

Stuck coach small

Boards under tires small

Of course, as usual when you’re in a situation like this, a lot of looky loos have to come around to watch and offer advice. Mostly what they succeed in doing is getting in the way and holding up progress. But in spite of their help, we got the coach out and then parked in the site properly. Just another day in the life of fulltime RVers.

Parked coach small

Another part of the RV lifestyle is getting together with friends to enjoy a meal. We did just that yesterday with Stu and Donna McNicol, introducing them to Sarah’s Greek Cuisine & More, an excellent Greek restaurant not far from Thousand Trails. We first ate there with Charles and Chris Yust a week or so ago, and it was just as good this time around.

After lunch Stu and Donna came back to our motorhome to check out the installation of our Samsung residential refrigerator. They are having one delivered today to replace their Norcold, which died, as all Norcolds should. They are looking forward to having more capacity, a more efficient refrigerator, and one that won’t burn their fifth wheel toy hauler down.

It’s Thursday, and that means it’s time to kick off a new Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of Crazy Days in Big Lake, the third book in my Big Lake mystery series. To enter, all you have to do is click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening.


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  4 Responses to “Got Wood?”

  1. Looking forward to your move and upcoming “foods” tips. We are at Hawaiian Isles in Ruskin…enjoying the preserve and kayaking…a little fishing as well. Please don’t bring bad weather with! ?

  2. Oh no .. something else to give me nightmares … getting stuck!! LOL Thank you for the tip. At least now I’ll have an idea of how to try and get out!!

  3. I carry wood also and is still better than plastic.

  4. From the title of the blog post I wasn’t sure what direction you were going. I gotta say I was a bit disappointed?

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