Cooking in a fifth wheel

Cooking Utensils

I use several items when cooking in my fifth wheel.

  1. 3 tiered steamer
  2. Nutribullet
  3. Wok
  4. Crockpot
  5. Outside grill
  6. Microwave
  7. Oven
  8. Top cooker
  9. Rice Cooker

I read someones blog recently that said that fifth wheel cooking or rv cooking was really hard to do.  My take on that is that if you just use the cooker that is available in the fifth wheel or rv then I can see that to be the case.  If however you have a few gadgets to help you then the cooking can be made much easier.

3 Tiered Steamer

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3 tiered steamer

This is probably one of my favorite cooking utensils. I actually bought this one from Bed Bath and Beyond it is so easy to use and I just love it.

One of the meals I would do in this is a Salmon dinner.  I would put the salmon on the bottom tier and I would put herbs sprinkled onto it.  I would then put potatoes on the second tier and they would be any type of potatoes I would also put carrots in this tier as well.  On the third tier I would put broccoli and cauliflower.  I don’t always need all three tiers sometimes I just use one tier just for vegetables of all sorts.

I put water into the bottom and then stack the food turn it on and then 35/40 mins later my meal is cooked.  No fuss but amazing tasty food.

The steamer collapses down and fits into a cupboard easily.

Nutribullet

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Nutribullet

This isnt obviously cooking but I use my nutribullet to make fruit smoothies that we would have and would add frozen bananas, kale, strawberries and summer fruits.  Very tasty and great for a sweet

Wok

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I use my wok on my top of my cooker sometimes in the RV and outside on the Grill.  I like to cook chicken or beef cubed along with vegetables like, onions, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, green beans and mushrooms. and I braise the meat first with the herbs for about 10 mins throw in the vegetables tossing the everything in the wok continually after about 15 minutes I throw in the bean sprouts for a few minutes and it is then cooked and ready to eat.  Could not be simpler, meal in one.

Crockpot

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Crockpot

I just love my crock pot for cooking.  Couldn’t be simpler.  I use this more in the winter but also in the summer as well.  I like to cook stews, curries or chilli in this.  When making a stew, the first thing I do night before is to always soak my pinto beans or mixed beans in water.  I then braise my meat in the pot first with celery and onions chopped along with herbs of my choice,  once all meat in browned I then add vegetables like, carrots, swede, potatoes and peas.  I would then add water turn it on and let it cook all day.  By the evening my dinner is all ready to eat.

 Outside Grill

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Outside Grill

I just love cooking outside sitting and just waiting for my lunch or dinner to cook.  some of the things I cook on my grill are fish, chicken, beef, pork chops.  I tend to cover my meat in the herbs of my choice and then cook them over a flame once they are browned I leave the flame on but move the meat on the side with no flame. I turn the flame down and then put down the lid and let it cook turning occasionally.  Just sit and relax sip a glass of wine and wait.  We would normally have this with a tossed salad or I would also put some vegetables on too into little packages of foil with some butter and place on the side where there is no flame also.  vegetable cook in about 20 mins like this.

Microwave

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Microwave

I only use my microwave for cooking bacon and warming up food.  I really don’t use it to cook anything.

Oven

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Oven

I really do not like my oven I very rarely use it.  It is hard to light and does not cook things well at all.

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Cooker

The only time I really use the top of my cooker is when I am cooking with my wok.  I don’t use it really for anything else.  It only has 3 burners and I would rather use other methods of cooking.

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Rice Cooker

I love love love my rice cooker.  It is so easy to use.  You put the rice in cover it with water where the water is about a thumb nail over the rice.  Turn it on and it cooks rice to perfection.  I would not be without it.

Most of the items I have mentioned you can get at amazon and have them delivered.  I recommend getting extra gadgets to help you cook easily in your RV as generally the RV cookers are really not the best at all.  I am not by any means a good cook but I find these ways of cooking nice and easy and anyone can do them.  Why work hard when you can work easy.

 

Amazon Links

  1. 3 tiered steamer
  2. Nutribullet
  3. Wok
  4. Crockpot
  5. Outside grill
  6. Rice Cooker

Tower Garden with my RV

Growing your own vegetables on the road

Just because you live in an RV doesn’t mean you can’t grow your own fruit and vegetables.  I have a hydroponic tower garden that I take along with me and I grow my own salad.  Living healthy is very important to all of us.  My husband and I have changed the way that we eat massively over the last few years.  We have very limited wheat and dairy and we eat much more vegetables and fruit than have ever before.  It makes sense therefore to grow our own.  The excitement you get when your very own crop starts to grow is just amazing.

It takes up virtually no space at all.  The water usage is very little and recyclable.  This is what we are growing at the moment. The water comes up the middle of the tower garden and then trickles all over the roots of the plants inside and is on a timer where it comes on for 15 minutes at a time.

  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumber
  • Dill
  • Basil
  • Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Thyme
  • Garlic Chives
  • Strawberries
  • Peppers – different types
  • Lettuce – different types
Tower Garden

Tower Garden

The tower garden seedlings above is only 2 weeks old.  I will give you an update in a couple of weeks and show you the growth.  After just 3 weeks I will have some lettuce and other produce available.

Tower Garden

Lettuce

Tower Garden

Tomatoes

Tower Garden

Strawberries

Tower Garden

Red Cherry Pepper

If you would like to know more about this then click the link below it will take you to you tube and explains everything.

Tower Garden

If something grows up out of the ground basically that is what you can grow in a tower garden.  I have had my tower garden for over a year now and I absolutely love it.  We are getting ready for our next crop and we are very excited to be able to just go outside and cook some chicken on the barbecue and just pick our salad right off the tower garden when we need it.

Looking after a Tower Garden is just like looking after a swimming pool really.  You just need to get the nutrients right and all the instructions are on the pack and very easy to do.  This crop is in the early stages so only needs water to be topped up once a week, once the crop is much larger then it may need topping up twice a week.

I find that when I have my tower garden in full bloom and that my crop is available, I save so much money.  I try to keep replanting as I go so that I can always have a crop available.  I do like to however wash my tower garden every 3 months and I take it apart wash it all and then put it all back together whether there is a crop in there or not.

Keeping it clean really does help to keep it healthy.  I check it every day for any butterflies that may have laid eggs or for any bugs and I get them off right away.  Checking for caterpillars can be hard on green leaves but if I see that some have been eaten I don’t give up until I find them.  This is my crop for dinner not theirs and I aim to keep it that way.  The brilliant thing about having a tower garden is the fact that it is nice and clean and no dirt is involved.

There are different ways that you can get your seedlings.

  1. You can buy them on-line at Living Tower Seedlings
  2. You can visit the live garden in Santa Barbara at Chapala Gardens
  3. You can grow your own from seeds
  4. You can buy seedlings in dirt then wash off all the dirt and plant them.

We are lazy and we like to purchase the seedlings.

If you would like to purchase a Tower Garden you can do so at Tower Garden Purchase

Chapala Gardens is an amazing place to visit and get your seedlings from.  The amount of fruit and vetables that they grow there is amazing.  You can also purchase produce fresh from them as well.

When I purchased my tower garden I paid over a 12 month period and now my tower garden is paid for in full.  You can have a tower garden of your own for $525 which works out to $45.25 per month.  I acatually paid $64 and had the extension which gave me 28 spaces for seedlings and was 7 ft tall the original one would have been 5ft.

Tower Garden

Tower Garden

Tower Garden

Tower Garden Purchase

 

 

4th July Half Moon Bay

The Day Before 4th July

We needed to go shopping so that we had food and goodies for the weekend of the 4th July and we found Safeway just down the road about 5 mins away.  We went around the shops and we were spoken to by many of their employees asking us if they could help.  One lady who was demonstrating some drinks told us some places that we could visit while we were here.  We were helped with our sales at the till and they were so friendly and laughing and having fun the whole time we were being served.  We signed up for their card which gives you benefits and the lady that dealt with that for us was also really jolly and having fun while she worked.  We fell in love with Safeway and just thought their customer service was fabulous.  When I took the trolley back I was even greeted with a smile by someone then.  I asked if I could take his picture and told him how we just had a great experience shopping there.  He turned out to be the Customer Service Specialist and he was just helping with the trolleys.  Love that.  Here he is and his name is Michael.

4th July

Michael from Safeway

Half Moon Bay Parade

Peter and I were all prepared nice and early to watch the 4th July parade.  We love parades and get very excited with all the wonderful American Culture that is displayed at these events even in a small town. America is celebrated by everyone and we just love the way that the American People just love their Country.

4th July

Peter and Joyce

What a great parade at Half Moon Bay on 4th July 2015.  We have only been in San Francisco for a week and already we are seeing what is on offer in the town.  Everyone from the Town was there and the parade promoted all the local interests such as Yacht Clubs and even the local sheriffs were out in force.

4th July

The Sheriff

 

The Sheriffs were so much fun and we even saw them on their bikes as well and they were zig zagging up the street.

4th July

Police

Half Moon Bay is known really well for their pumpkins so you couldn’t have a parade without Mr Pumpkin could you.  They have a pumpkin festival in Half Moon Bay in October, check out the link below.

October Pumpkin Festival

4th July

Mr Pumpkin Head

It is obviously America celebrating 4th July so it was great to see lady liberties in all their glory. Makes you feel very patriotic.  Love it.

4th July

Lady Liberties

 

You can’t have a parade without the bikers now can you .  They were out in force and the noise of their engines was fabulous.  We got pictures a video and even got a picture of a couple of the bikers back at Cameron’s Inn where they went afterwards for something to eat.

4th July

The Bikers at Cameron’s Inn

 

4th July

Bikers on Parade

To hear the bikes was great.

You can’t have a parade without the old veterans either, Bless xx

4th July

Veteran

I just love the dancing horses and they were sepectavular.  So clever to have them dancing like that.

4th July

Dancing Horses

 

The one disappointment for me in the 4th July Parade at Half Moon Bay was that they had no band. Every parade I have ever been to in america always had a band.  The Local High School band was probably away playing somewhere else.  Such a shame.  The floats and effort that had gone into them were great though and the spirits were really high.  Cameron the owner of Cameron Inn was the compare and it was great to hear him on the mike.  He is obviously a big part of this community.

All in all it was a great weekend, we had a few bevvys on Saturday and on Sunday went for a walk to the beach.  The only downside to this weekend was that the park was full and the noise levels were a little high.  I didnt mind 4th July but on Sunday evening a large group of people opposite just had no concern for anyone else and at 10.50pm when we were trying to get to sleep kids were still screaming and shouting.  I did have to go over and ask politely to be a little quieter.  They did actually oblige and we were grateful for that as Peter had to up at 5 am.  It is the first time I have ever had to ask someone to be a little quieter in 3 years of living in our fifth wheel.

Great night sleep and a new week to begin.  Happy 4th July. xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pillar Point Harbor

Exercise

First thing this morning Peter was helping me with my exercises with my new hula hoop that we purchased while Susie my friend was visiting from England.  I am trying to lose a few pounds by exercising at least 3/4 times per week and drinking some shakes by Isagenix and my Javita weight Loss Coffee to curb my appitite.  I will tell you more about that on Monday as I am running out of time today for my blog to go out on time.

I had to run to the Loo on a few occasions during our exercise as Peter was making me laugh so hard.  I actually got a little video of him doing his hula hooping such fun, I will try to up loud it a bit later.  Mr Bean has nothing on Peter Tatler.

Today we had to take down our flags and put them back up again as they had fallen down a little and looked like they were at half mast.  Didnt want to upset the neighbours now did we, just before 4th July.

Pillar Point Harbor

Happy 4th July

 

We then sorted out our Ariel which really need to go onto the other side of the RV as the clips were a little at a level where you could easily hit your head.  All done now and so we decided we would go on a trip to Pillar Point Harbor.

Pillar Point Harbor

Pillar Point Harbor

Pillar Point Harbor

Great place with plenty of free parking.  It was a very interesting site to visit with fishing boats and sailing boats all around, lots of restaurants to eat at and shops to purchase sweets, fishing utensils and holiday gifts.  There were so many people trying to get served at one of the restaurants and seemed to be the place to eat.

Pillar Point Harbor

Popular Restaurant

 

We walked across to the fishing boats and they were selling fish right there on the dockside.  It was amazing a chinese lady bought 4 massive fishes which I think were called Rock fish.  The guy got the fish out of his barrel with a bucket and put them into see through plastic bags while they were still alive and wiggling hard.  The plastic bags were shaking around soon to be still.  It was weird to see them still purchasing other products while the fish they just purchased were now dying on the floor by their feet.  Weird to see it all happened before our very eyes.  Another fisherman threw some dead fish into the sea over the fence and tons of birds came flying from nowhere and were darting down into the water.  We were ducking and diving so they didn’t fly into us.

Pillar Point Harbor

Birds

Pillar Point also has some great hotels right there on the Harbor and they look very newly built and have a very good quality look about them.

Right next to Pillar Point Harbor there was an RV park called Pillar Point.  I thought it actually just looked like a parking lot and the RVs did not look as though they had much room between each other at all.

 

San Francisco Driving Trip

Settling In

We are getting all settled into our new spot on the RV Park at Camerons Inn.  We love it here, so close to walk to the cliffs to see the views of the ocean, Driving distance to a local harbor which we will visit this week and so much locally to see.

Flags are up and blowing in the wind nicely,  think they need to go a bit higher but Peter was a little scared on the ladder. Bless him he was balancing the pole and trying hard to get it as high as possible.  It will be good just as it is.

 

San Francisco

American and British Flag

 

We decided we would drive into San Francisco to see the sights before Susie goes back to England and was given directions by Lucy the fabulous Manager here at the park.  The address we used to find the parking was 900 North Point Street, San Francisco.  We had great scenery on our drive into San Francisco and it only took half an hour.

The roads that we took were a little hilly to say the least but then we took a wrong turn and Waze our navigation system we like to use directed us along some quiet roads to carry on.  The only problem though was that the hills were now even steeper.  No wonder no one wanted to go that way and obviously the reason they didn’t have hundreds of people on them.  The road we were on was called Leavenworth Street, which then came down to the end of Lombard street.  The street in San Francisco that has the zig zag road on it.  It did get a picture of that as we were driving past.

San Francisco Roads

San Francisco

San Francisco Road

San Francisco

Lombard Street

 

We were coming up a steep hill, which wasn’t to bad we got to the top and I had glanced down at my phone, as I had been taking a picture and when I looked up we were on top of a hill with the steepest downgrade I have ever seen.  We felt like we were at the top of a roller coaster.  I remember shouting the F word quite loudly I think along with Peter and Susie.  We wet our pants and started to go down the hill. It really was scary and I don’t think we will be driving into San Francisco again because of it.  We were laughing when we got to the bottom but – oh my!  Not funny, I thought I was going to throw up.  Well I guess it was funny ha ha!

We carried on along the route to find a parking lot that Lisa had told us about and was expecting to pay quite a bit for our parking, as it happens the parking was free for 4 hours.  Yeah! how cool was that, we felt we had found the only free parking in San Francisco,  probably not true but hey great news.

 

After we parked we strolled along the front and went for something to eat at an italian restaurant, peter and I shared a pizza and had a nice cup of tea and Suzie had a sweet.  It was a lovely break after the scary roads.

Susie wanted to go to the shops which were up the hill so we waited for the tram which actually took 45 minutes to wait our turn and cost $12 each .  We went to the shops and time was catching up with us and the wait back down was apparently going to take us another hour wait.  We caught a taxi instead which actually only cost $10 for 3 of us.  Time was of the essence as parking was only 4 hours and we were running out of time.  We were not bothered as we had been to San Francisco a few years before and caught the tram them also.  It is worth the wait if you have time.  We did though want to go to Alcatraz prison but tickets were not available when I checked online so we decided we would do that next time.

 

San Francisco

San Francisco Tram

 

San Francisco

San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge

 

After getting back to the car it actually took us 1 and half hours to get home as the traffic was now horrendous.  I think we will  find a different way to go next time.

 

 

 

Camerons Inn, Half Moon Bay

Driving up the Coastal route 1

We were now on our last leg of our fabulous journey, we may have had a few trials and tribulations but we were ready to be on our way.  We decided thet we would stop after just 40 mins into our journey so that we could all fill up with gas in the car and diesel in the truck.  There was an easy on off truck stop just 40 mins from the KOA Site at Santa Cruz.  It was very easy to fill up and we all picked up a sandwich to keep us going the rest of the day.

Camerons Inn – Half Moon Bay

 

It only took us 1 and a 1/2 hours to get to Half Moon Bay.  There was some road works which stopped traffic for a while but overall the trip was a really good one, a little windey perhaps but not too much.  As soon as we arrived at Camerons Inn we could see that we were at the right place without a doubt as there was a big red bus parked just outside.

Camerons Inn

Camerons Inn Half Moon Bay

We followed the road down to the RV Park where we were to book in and the lady that greeted us was their Manager Lisa.  I don’t think I have ever met anyone so bubbly and willing to help.  Lisa gave us our plot number and guided us where we needed to go, she even guided Peter how to back into his spot and just said for him to take his time.  There was so much space and was a great spot to have Peter practice reversing into a spot to park.  He did a grand job and we were in our spot in no time.  Lisa obviously understood that it is a stressful time parking and said that we could pop in the next day to do all the paperwork necessary.

Camerons Inn

Camerons Inn

 

It was 3 to 4 months ago that I got our name down to park on this site and we were so grateful that Lisa had helped us get onto the queue which at the time of asking was very long.  Lisa worked diligently to help us obtain a spot.  We had tried all other parks in the area and found nothing available not even over by Redwood City where Peter will be working.

 

After we got settled in of course we had to go over to the pub to have a drink and something to eat.  Susie and Peter tried their fish n chips and I had the pastie and chips.  Peter had a nice pint of beer, I had lager and Susie had wine.  We were in our element and enjoyed every mouthful it was fabulous.  On our way back to the RV I counted the steps it took to walk to the Pub.  It was so far it took 50 steps ha ha!  They have karaoke on the weekend and I think we will be frequenting the pub on some of the weekends.  The pub seems to have a lot of things going on as well.  We are hoping there is something good going on the 4th July.

Camerons Inn

The Pub

 

We all decided when we got back to the RV that we should really go and walk off our food so we decided we would go for a stroll.  Litterally just a mile out of the site and to the left was the ocean.  We walked over to the cliffs and the view was spectacular.  We can’t quiet believe that this is on our back doorstep.

 

Camerons Inn

The Beach at Half Moon Bay

 

The staff in Camerons Inn have been amazing and the best thing ever is that they have a shop in there that sells english food.  We purchased bacon, crumpets, maltesers and dark chocolate hobnobs just to keep us going.  Susie was tired on saturday but Peter and I were excited to be here and went over to the pub to have a drink and socialise, we met some fabulous people that also live on the RV Park and we had a great night.  I think we are going to like it here.

 

Camerons Inn

Just a taste of home

 

 

Santa Cruz KOA Park

Travelling further North

We travelled to Santa Cruz leaving the park at Pismo behind us.  We had got over our little mishap and Peter got back into the truck and pulled the fifth wheel again.  We had arranged that we would stop for gas at a truck stop which was only 40 minutes away that looked as though it would be nice and big and easy to drive through to get gas.  It was so we were grateful for that.  It was then another 2 + hours to Santa Cruz.

 

We arrived at our destination following our last stop at Santa Cruz where we stayed at a KOA Park.  The staff were very courteous and very quick at getting us booked in.  We were now a day late with our booking but they still made sure that we had a great drive through spot, I could have kissed her we were so grateful and it was really easy to park there.  The journey was about 3 hours and Peter did really well with his driving.  Setting up was really easy and we had a great spot.

 

Santa Cruz Koa

Santa Cruz Koa had a brilliant shop with anything you could ever possibly need for your RV or camping needs, a great pool and jacuzzi and bike hires for kids and adults.  There were though, so many kids in this park that they were running riot.  We were driving 5 miles per hour and a kid went on a low down wheeley bike right in front of us without even looking.  Great park for families but way to many kids for us.  We didnt even want to hit the pool or jacuzzi as there were kids in both.  Personally I think at the least the Jacuzzi should be for the adults.

 

While we were in Santa Cruz we popped out to a restaurant at Crows Nest restaurant at the harbor and had a lovely meal which was to die.  We would go as far to say that it was the best meal we had all week. The view was great as well looking through the windows watching boats go by and watching sea lions in the sea.  Great night out.

Yum Yum

Santa Cruz

Joyce’s Steak Dinner

Santa Cruz

Susie’s Pasta Sea Food Dinner

Santa Cruz

Peter’s Lamb Dinner

 

We went to bed as soon as we got in as we were so tired from the journey that day.  The next morning we packed up ready to hit the road for the last leg in our journey to Half Moon Bay.

 

 

 

 

 

Avila Beach here we come

Bright Start to the Day

Heading off to Avila Beach with our fifth wheel.

Avila Beach

Avila beach

The day started of great with getting a phone call from the Truck Repair Shop at 10.30 in the morning saying that our truck was ready for pick up.  We never made it to our site yesterday as it wasn’t ready, we had to stay for another night at Santa Paula.  this was our 3rd consecutive night when our intention was to only stay one night.  We had to cancel our next site at Buellton and move forward the next 3 campsites.  the next one was Avila Beach.  It was very stressful and upsetting.  I soon found out though that it was very easy to do and the Campsite were very accommodating.

We got the truck back and together with Peter, Susie and I we got the fifth wheel hooked up and we found this really easy to do.  Following the list of checks that we had to do so that everything was done in the order it was supposed to.

 

  1. Pull in slide outs after checks done inside
  2. Tail gate on truck down
  3. Earphones for Peter so he could hear our instructions
  4. Spanner needed for undoing wheel chock
  5. Pull up back legs
  6. Measure distance from height of fifth wheel to the hitch
  7. Raise or Lower to accommodate
  8. Back into slot and slot in to fifth wheel hitch
  9. put in Pin for safety
  10. take weight onto truck by lowering fifth wheel
  11. put up tail gate
  12. take up front legs
  13. Take off wheel chock using spanner
  14. Hook up electrics
  15. Check electrics all working

Peter started to drive out of the site and we followed, once we got onto the freeway we went past him and carried on to our site in Pismo/Avila beach Koa and it was to take us 3 hours.  Peter stopped for a little break and was only 20 mins behind us and was doing great.

We arrived at the Pismo/ Avila Beach Koa site and Micki signed us in she could not have been nicer to us she was wonderful.  Even though we were now a day late she still got us a good site to go into but this time it was going to be a back in as we had now lost our pull through.

Peter arrive on site at Pismo/Avila beach Koa yeah! he had done a grand job driving and all was in one piece.  Susie got into the truck with him and he followed our guide to our plot, turning one of the corners he caught a post on the right side which ripped into one of our panels on the side and also the steps got damaged.  Could anything else happen on our journey,  Oh well as long as we are all ok and it looks like the damage will just be one panel to be replaced.  a resident guy on the guy offered up to park it into the site for us and I think Peter was really grateful at this point and it shook him up a little.  Poor Peter he had done so well today and with a little lack of concentration right at the end just took the corner to short.

(looks a bit like a shark!!)

 

Avila beach

Collision Damage

After we got all hooked up we went for a drive up to Avila beach and had something to eat and afterwards could not believe our eyes when we saw whales literally jumping out of the water right in front of us. Just fabulous and made our day.

Avila Beach

Avila Beach Pier

We will get the rig fixed now when we get to Half Moon Bay.  He is a little nervous now to get the RV out of here in the morning as we set out for the site in Santa Cruz.

 

Lucky the Triple AAA driver

Santa Paula Koa Site

On our epic road trip up the west coast to San Francisco. Santa Paula was to be our next stop.  It was so easy to get ready In the morning all the usual checks were done before we pulled away.  peter now drove on his own and Susie and I followed the RV out of the site Peters driving was brilliant.  I love him so much and could not have been prouder following him driving behind the fifth wheel.  As we pulled up to the freeway we overtook Peter and then we headed to Santa Paula to meet him there, get booked in and be ready on his arrival.  Our next site was to be a back in site as there were no pull throughs available on line.

Upon our arrival at Santa Paula the receptionist Jennifer was amazing, I asked for an upgrade to a pull through if they had one available and yeah! they did.  I was so grateful as it would be so much easier for Peter.

Lucky the AAA driver

Lucky

Lucky

Lucky

Triple AAA

After about 10 minutes after our arrival on site we received a phone call that Peter had broken down and had no power whatsoever.  Peter said he was driving down hill on the 210 and lost all power it really frightened him, he eventually slowed down to 10 miles an hour in a construction zone with no shoulder, what an experience for Peter, it really was unfortunate, Peter then pulled over to the side of the freeway and called the Triple AAA of which we are thankfully members.  The triple AAA guy came, his name was Lucky although Peter wasnt feeling so lucky at this time.  Lucky the driver thought that maybe a hose had come loose and is why he had lost all power.  Lucky uncoupled the driveshaft, hooked up the truck and he pulled the truck with the fifth wheel and took Peter to the site at Santa Paula which at this time was an hour away.

When they arrived luckily we had quite a large pull through site so it was easy for Lucky to unload the RV.  He then towed our truck to the Chevrolet garage which was 8 miles away.  The Towing for the truck was only covered for 9 miles so we had to pay $350 for the towing.  I think we need to upgrate our triple AAA to better coverage.   On the way to the garage Peters driveshaft came loose from under the truck and flew off down the road,  Lucky went off down the road to find it.  He was the most kindest and thoughtful person, he had such a lovely temprement and made thigs so much easier.  We fell in love with him and felt like we had made a new friend.  He found it and then continued to take the truck to the garage.  Looks like its not going to just be the hose after all.  Well it was a sunday so the sales department is all that was open and the guy at the garage had said that they would look at our truck first thing the next morning.  After a few calls to and fro we will be paying $1,600 for the repairs to be made.  It is 2.20pm now the next day and we are still waiting to hear when the truck will be repaired.

The KOA site we were staying at for just one night were really amazing , Jennifer and Chelsea have helped get us another site as the one we were on had someone else arriving onto.  They moved us into a back-in site and one of the guys who works for them moved our RV into a new spot.  We spoke to them again today and they will charge us a halp day today if we stay till 5 oclock.  It looks like we may be off at 5 and head off to the next site which will be a KOA at Pismo.  We were going to go to Beullton at Flying Flags but we had to cancel and will just go the next site instead and do a 3 hour trip instead and hopefully get there for 8 pm tonight which will put us back on track.  If it is not repaired today then we will have to stay another night and move our 3 next destinations forward by 1 day.  I really hope I dont have to do that and we are banking on the fact that the truck can get repaired by today.  We are praying really hard and hopefully having lucky pick us up yesterday maybe he was our good penny.

The good side of all this is that the site at Santa Paula is beautiful and the weather is astounding.  We had a nice barbecue last night with drinks all around ready for future challenges that we face.

Please wish us luck to get there safely tonight.

Journey to San Francisco

Lake Elsinore

 

Journey

Lake Elsinore

 

The Journey Begins first stop Pamona Koa site.

Well Peter, Susie my friend who is visiting from England and I arrived last night from The Glendale apartment.  We handed it over in pristine condition after getting up really early to make sure everything was hunky dory.  We arrived back in Lake Elsinore and tried to pTut all our clothes and things away with no room for all the stuff we had accumulated in our short time in Glendale.

The RV looked so messy with everything everywhere.  We decided we would all go to bed early and get up and finish in the morning, we were all so tired.

With a nice fresh start in the morning we soon had a place for everything and it was time for Peter and Robert Bair who had kindly offered to help us get off from the site and help get the truck hooked up to the RV.

We were not in a good spot to get out of and with it beings Peters first time to pull the RV we were really grateful of Roberts help.  It took an hour to finally pull out.  The tailgate had to be taken off to maneuver the RV it was very difficult.  Finally Peter and Susie’s journey to Pamona which is our first stop is about to begin.  I drove on ahead to get book in ready for our site the other end.

My car and had 2 bikes strapped to the back on a bike rack and as I was driving I could hear something hitting the back it didn’t feel right.  I stopped and sure enough to it had come unhooked it was still safe but annoying I had to stop twice to fix it .  I arrived at the site and waited for them to arrive. I found out that I could book in as I need both the RV Registration number and also the truck Registration.  Oh we’ll never mind I just waited for them to arrive.

The Koa site we were staying at had a small pool and jacuzzi and with the heat being nearly 100 degrees I think we were going to be in that in just a little while.  It was a nice small site and I think perfect for this journey.

My phone rang with Susie saying they were going to be another half hour or so as the traffic pushed them onto the 91 so they were now going the wrong way.  The traffic didn’t let them in to get into the lane they needed.  Poor Peter it would now be a little longer he needed to drive as it added 30 minutes to their journey.

Well they arrived in one piece yay! peter has driven the fifth wheel for the first time .  Good for him, now getting the Rv parked on to the pull through was another challenge as there was a tree obstructing.  Nothing easy for us.  With Peters brilliant maneuvering we managing to get in between where the tree was so that the slides could be pulled out safely.  yeah! We were in for the night. A big pat on the back for Peter and drinks all around.

Identity Theft – Fifth Wheel Living

Protect yourselves against Identity Theft

During my time in the Army a long time ago one of my jobs were to help protect Secret, Nato Secret and Top Secret Documents.  I was taught all the ways of how to protect these precious documents.  Once they were no longer needed they were then discarded.  One of the most common ways was shredding.  This was in the late 70s and it was the cold war during this time and documents of this nature had to be protected at all times.

I see Identity Theft as being the same thing, just a different type of war against crime though this time. Protecting My identity and all My documents at all cost.

As you all know the Federal Government in America has recently offered Identity Theft Insurance to millions of its workers due to a breach in security very recently.  If this can happen to the government then it can happen to you.  There isn’t anyone in the world who shouldn’t be protecting themselves from Identity theft against these types of breach.  Having no kind of protection from identity theft is like leaving your front door open to your house and saying “Come In”

There are different ways the criminals try to use your identity,

Medical Insurance Identity Theft

Social Security Identity Theft

Credit Card  Identity Theft.

You can protect yourselves in so many ways.

10 ways to protect yourself from Identity Theft

  1. Shredder – Never put your paper trash with any of your personal details into the bin.  Always shred your paper work before placing it into the bin and not just that but put your paper into separate bins so that the paper can never be put back together.
  2. Burn  – your paperwork – make sure it is safe to do so you do not want to start a fire.  Especially here in California.
  3. Passwords – Use these on the computer for any banks or anything personal using codes that no one can break.  Never use personal family names or anything anyone can easily relate to you and use numbers symbols and letters to make them stronger.
  4. Cell phone – Always have a password on your cell phone in case someone steals your phone.
  5. Mail – Pick up your mail often, do not leave it for long lengths of time.  If you are going to be away have your mail redirected.
  6. Social Security Number, Green Card or Passport –  Never carry this with you keep it in a safe at home
  7. Telephone Information – Never give out personal details over the phone unless you really know who they are and that you are expecting their call.  Never give out information to any stranger whatsoever.
  8. Do Not call List – Put yourself on the do not call register and un-subscribe regularly to emails you do not want to receive.  Call# 1-888-382-122 or on line at www.donotcall.gov
  9. NEVER, Leave personal details in your car and always lock your car.
  10. Protect yourself by having a company look after your Identity.  Have a company help protect you against identity theft and don’t try to do it alone.

I use Legal Shield, for instance if someone steals my purse, I make one phone call and they cancel all my cards for me.  Such a great service and gives fabulous peace of mind.  If someone has used my cards or stolen my identity in any way then they fix it for me. As far as I know no other company offers this service.

There is further information in the Link Below”

Legal Shield

Identity Theft

Legal Shield

Los Angeles – Our Top Ten favourite places

Los Angeles

Los Angeles

Los Angeles Skyline

Los Angeles Tourist  Click this link

Since living in Los Angeles we have visited so many places both tourist destinations and places that tourists never get to hear about.  We would like to share our top ten places with.

  1. Universal Studios in Los Angeles, we have been here so many times and is absolutely on of our favourite places.
  2. City Walk we have been to  just to enjoy the shops and also to watch the morning show right there on the side-walk outside of the studio.  So much fun.
  3. Joes American Bar and Grill, Burbank.  We have been here on so many nights and was a great place for us to Dance, mainly swing dancing.  Life bands, great food and quite a few people dress for the 50s occasion especially on a Tuesday evening.  Tuesdays was swing, Wednesdays salsa.  If you like to dance or just watch people dancing then this is the place to go.  We danced all night every time we went.
  4. Micelis Restaurant Italian Bar – If you like italian food then you need to go here.  Your waiters and waitresses sing to you while you eat and if makes the evening so special.
  5. Museum of Tolerance  in Los Angeles, this is a museum about the holocaust and it is really amazing .  The stories they tell really do teach you what went on during this time and really brings it home to you.  Very special place to visit.
  6. Griffith Observatory and  park – we came here on many occasions to just walk and to go geo caching and also just to go to the observatory and watch the show,  Fabulous place to visit.
  7. Hollywood, You can’t come to La and not go to hollywood but don’t be surprised if it is a little disappointing.  I actually really enjoy going there as I like the buzz, they are working on the area so I think in the future it will be much better.
  8. Milts Milkshakes Milkshakes to die for.   In and Out Burger you just have to have one of these burgers and don’t forget to ask for animal fries.  Only locals know to ask for them.
  9. The Castaway restaurant This restaurant is on a golf course, the views from the restaurant are spectacular as it is high up on the hill in Burbank.
  10. Great shopping centers – The Americana at Brand,  I love coming here it is so relaxing and so lovely to go for something to eat or just a coffee or ice cream and watch the beautiful water fountains sat outside listening to music playing.  Thursdays in June they have music on the green. such a fabulous place to visit. Burbank Town Center Great Shopping here with fabulous prices for everyone,  So many places to eat and shop.

There were so many other places we visited but these were definately our top ten.

Travel Nurse – across America

Meeting our Travel Nurse Representative

We are so lucky that Peter is a travel nurse with such a great company Emerald Health Services.  They really look after us, the money is good and the benefits are great.

Stephanie Dion is Peters travel nurse co-ordinator and invited us out to lunch, yeah! we were really excited to meet her.

We went on our way to Marina-del-rey to meet Stephanie for the very first time.  We have both spoken to her on the phone many times, mostly, when we are relocating looking for a new post.  Quite often we would have the phone on loud-speaker so we could both hear.

Stephanie has spent hours with us while we said yeah or nay to ideas and travel nurse posts that were available to us to move to.  We would have the map open on the computer and give her an idea of where we wanted to go.  Stephanie would then start to go through hospitals that have jobs available for on a 13 or 26 week contract. It didn’t matter how long this took, we never felt rushed and always felt that we were the only people in the world on her books.  We obviously are not, she has to look after so many others but we felt she always had time for us.

Over the time we have spent on the phone we got to know her really well, we had just never met.  Peter and I do everything together and it was nice that she involved me in the process as well every step of the way.  We are a team and she treated us as such.

We were going to be meeting in an Italian restaurant in Marina-del-rey called C&O Cucina, and we were looking forward to meeting Stephanie for the very first time.  We were finally going to meet her in person.

The trip from Glendale to Marina Del Rey was only about half an hour.  We decided to take the local roads using Waze as navigation and not the freeways so we could pick up flowers on the way, this would take and hour but would be a nice drive through.

We decided that we would buy her some flowers for all of her support finding us great new travel nurse posts.  We stopped off at two other stores for flowers before we found the one that we liked.  We couldn’t believe that we found roses that were of multiple colors and had never seen anything like that anywhere. See the pictures below I’m sure you will agree.

The flower basket was the talk of the restaurant when we arrived  the servers absolutely loved them and the multi colored roses were the talk of the day.

Travel Nurse

Muliti colored Rose

Travel Nurse

Flowers

Lunch with Stephanie Dion

Travel Nurse

Travel Nurse co-ordinator

Wow! Stephanie was everything we thought she would be and even lovelier in person. It was finally great to meet her and we look forward to many more new contracts with Emerald Health in the future and look forward to travelling around California seeing new places.

The food at the restaurant was to die for their garlic bread rolls were amazing and we couldn’t stop eating them.  I don’t normally eat wheat but made an exception on this occasion as they were so nice.  Peter had Salmon and I had chicken, and Stephanie had fish.  Such a nice lunch.

Our next stop is San Francisco and we leave next week on our travels.  We are really excited to go to our new destination.

Thank you Stephanie for lunch and everything you do.

 

Cost of living comparison

Cost of Living

cost of living comparison

Montana Mountaineer 362 RLQ 2012

 cost of living comparison

Our home we sold

When Peter and I first started thinking about living in a Fifth Wheel, we wanted to know how much the cost of living would be compared to living in a house.  We thought it would be helpful for you to see a comparison of living in a fifth wheel to living in a house or apartment. The reason we gave up our home was for health reasons and not the cost of living.  It turned out to be the best decision that we ever made. The lower cost of living and the wonderful fun lifestyle really outweighed our beautiful home with a pool.  We loved our house and if we were to pick another house it would be the same type,  once our front door was closed though it could be a lonely lifestyle. We much prefer living in an RV.

Here is our cost of living comparison

The first costs I will portray is our fifth wheel costs living in Buellton, CA.  Buellton is a very safe salubrious area and right next to Solvang which is a beautiful Danish Town, in California.  To buy a house in this area you would at least need $700,000 upwards to even buy a decent home.  You could purchase a mobile home if you were over 55 for around $100,000 to $300,000, you would also then have costs to pay for your spot as well which are expensive.  It is a very sought after and expensive area to live in.

We lived here for 2 and half years living in our fifth wheel and enjoyed every minute.  On our site we had pool, jacuzzi, shop, showers, meeting rooms, gym, meeting place with a beautiful gas fire pit and many other amenities. Flying Flags RV Park is even being upgraded with a massive larger pool as well as we speak.

Video of Aunty Doreen & Christy on Solvang

My Aunt and Uncle actually living in Australia now and came to visit us in America, they absolutely loved there time here and did not want to leave.  Watch the video of them explaining about them visiting Solvang. It will make you smile.  They are so sweet.

To See Video Click Here

 

Cost of living comparison in a fifth wheel on an RV site

(The monthly bills outlined are during the winter period.)

During the winter we needed propane gas-filled every week.

Monthly

1. Rent $700.00
2. Electric average $46.00
3. Verizon phones and Internet  –  Although the site had internet we also had our own $384.00
4. Gas $100.00
5. Washing/Laundry $ 40.00
6. Truck $120.00
7. RV Ins $64.00
8. Car, Truck, RV Tax Monthly $99.00
9. Car Loan $470.00
10. Cable/Internet Free
 11. RV Loan  $500
                                                                  Total $2,453.00


Cost of living in a house

1. Mortgage $1,700.00
2. AT&T Cable $204.00
3. ADT Home security $76.00
4. Verizon Phones $200.00
5. Gas $85.00
6. Electric $215.00
7. Pest Control $70.00
8. Gardener $65.00
9. Water/trash/sewerage $43.00
10. Car ins $104.00
11. Tuck loan $550.00
12. RV loan $500.00
                                                                     Total $3812.00

As you can see the living costs are much cheaper and this would give you enough to put money away so that when the time came to upgrade that you could afford to do so to a new home around every five years or so.

If you are in a good position to be able to buy your RV and Truck outright in the beginning then your costs are going to be lower. This would be a great idea but not everyone has to pennies to go down this route.  Ideally that’s what we would have liked to have done.   We have a goal to be completely debt free and own not one but two RVs in the future outright.  We would like to have one for here in America and one for England for when we retire so we can travel both in america and England.

These costs do not include normal day-to-day expenses such as food, hair, clothing and entertainment etc. These are personal preferences and everyone spends a different amount depending on your particular lifestyle.

The other preferences are that you can live more frugally on other sites.  The one we are on at the moment is only $500 per month.  I have come across sites that are only $200/$300 per month, however, there are typically less amenities on these sites.

The next site that we are going to be on is going to cost $1500 for the month, again, it is in a very nice area in San Francisco at Half Moon Bay.  It is necessary for us to move there as Peter will be working nearby. Apartment costs in that area are over $2000 – $3000/month just for a small apartment.  House prices in this area are astronomical.

We hope this has inspired you to maybe think about a different way of lifestyle without losing any of your comforts of home.

RV lifestyle can be for anyone

Living the RV lifestyle

We just had another great weekend in our fifth wheel in Lake Elsinore.  Only 2 weeks left in Glendale and we will be back too living the RV lifestyle full time again this last 3 months has been hard.  We have both missed it so much.  We have been staying temporarily living in an apartment in Glendale due to Peter’s work.  It is like living in a cave, the blinds are closed most of the time to keep out the sun and keep it cool and also the windows can be seen into by anyone passing so privacy can be an issue.  In an RV the Windows are darkened so we can see out but you can’t see in so all the blinds can be opened.  Except at night when the light is on!

I took a picture of Fred this weekend you will always see him parked by our RV and he has travelled with us since we started out in our RV in 2012.  I went along with some friends to color me mine in 2011 and I painted Fred.  He is very special to us and always reminds us of those fabulous friends we left back in Bakersfield.  Fred told me he likes the RV lifestyle too!

RV Lifestyle

Fred

We went to see the film San Andreas this weekend and after doing my blog about being prepared for an earthquake seemed a waste of time for a 10 point earthquake and was really scary to see. At least living the RV lifestyle my home wont fall down  (I hope).   Of course you should still be prepared but a 10 point was amazing to see what could happen especially with us moving to San Francisco in 2 weeks.  Although one of the fault lines runs right next to Lake Elsinore and there is a 98% chance of an earthquake.  All very scary!  I thought it was really funny that they talked and showed about people in Bakersfield which is where we lived for 2.6 years.  Made us laugh.

Before we went in to the cinema we were looking for something to eat and noticed a cafe right opposite.  The Cafe was called Annie’s Cafe.   We we went in and the lady that showed us to our see was English and spoke to us about England and such.  When we sat down we started noticing that everything in there was English.  The tea she offered us was English and it made our day.  We were half way through our breakfast when the waitresses including the lady who showed us to our seat started to dance to a tune and it really took us by surprise it was 11 in the morning.  It really made us smile, the lady, as I found out later, was Annie.  Annie encouraged some children to get up to dance and they did the chicken dance right there in front of everyone and danced around the tables.  I had an overwhelming homesick feel as I used to dance this on numerous occasions with my sister and Dad.  I put down my knife and fork and joined in with the actions and we were having a whale of a time.

A waitress came over to us and from behind her back she gave us some silly hats to wear announcing that this was our first time at Annie’s and they danced for us again. Peter definitely got the better hat ha ha!

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Silly Hat

RV Living

Silly Hat

We will be going back there in 2 weeks before we head off for San Francisco.  We couldn’t believe that this cafe was a mile up the road from us and that we had never noticed it before.  Gutted! we would have been there every week.  We found out after the effect that had we asked we would have got real english bacon and proper sausages.  The waitress had a hand slapping for not telling us in advance.  No worries thogh we will be back for that.  Great time we had for our breakfast and it made our day!

RV Lifestyle and Scooters

When we got back to our RV we were talking to one of our neighbours Robert Bair, he will be helping us get our fifth wheel off our spot and help Peter get hooked up and ready to go.  There is always someone to help on RV Parks and people are so generous and is what I love about our RV Lifestyle.

Robert was just passing by on his scooter as he had gone to pick up his post.  We were talking about his scooter and how fabulous it was and he then explained that he is a distributor for them.  Robert was telling me that the RV Lifestyle was all they wanted to do and that he was on his third RV.  His scooter helps him get about more when he is on his site.  He was saying how these scooters can go out onto the roads and that it was legal, some being 2/3 whelers and some with double seats and that he could even pop up the shops if he wanted to, many RVers have golf carts and you just are not allowed to  do that in a golf cart.  I think that they are a great idea.

I promised I would give him a spot in my blog about his scooters so I have some pictures for you to see. He does have a sale on at the moment so though I would share.

If you are interested in any of these scooters that can help you with your RV lifestyle then please call:

Robert Bair on 909 542 5343 or email him at:

bosscooters.yahoo.com

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Freedom Z Scooters

 

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Boss scooters

RV Living

Boss scooters

The RV lifestyle is fabulous and having the scooters to get around can make it even better.  You can even go and collect mail or pop to the shops to collect some groceries.  So If you are disabled, or elderly and find it difficult to walk too far then contact Robert he can help you.

Scooter Regulations

In 2001 Congress passed Public Law 319-107 defining an electric bicycle/tricycle as a “bicycle” and subject to the same rules and regulations as a pedal type bike.  An electric bike is defined as a 2 or 3 wheel device under 750 watt and may NOT have the capability of speed OVER 20 MPH, with a combination electric and human power.  Each state has its’ own regulations for safety and licensing, however the same rules that apply to bicycles should apply to electric bicycles, since local or state laws may not override federal law.

Mobility Scooters:

  1. May be operated in stores on sidewalks in bike lanes, streets and crosswalks by any persons over 62.  No license required.
  2. May be operated by mobility-impaired individuals of any age.  Again, no license required

Electric Bikes (Mopeds) Two or Three-Wheeled:

  1. Two and three-wheeled scooters may be operated by anyone over the age of 16.  No license required.
  2. May be operated on the streets and bike lanes with a bicycle helmet.

The RV Lifestyle in America

I cannot believe the opportunities that are open to us with our RV lifestyle in America, there are so many things to do and see, learn and travel I just love it.  I pick up my friend Suzie at the Airport in just 9 days now and it won’t be the first time she has visited us and stayed with us in our RV but this time I think she will get an even better view of the RV lifestyle as we will be picking up the Fifth Wheel everyday and travelling to a different site every night.  I am excited beyond words to see her and look forward to another journey together.

 

Earthquake – Be Prepared in your RV

Earthquake is a possibility

Be Prepared – Have an Emergency Kit  Go to Amazon and get all you need now.

Earthquake

Emergency Kit

When we first moved to California from England in 2006 we knew that an Earthquake would be a possibility.  It is unbelievable I know but in 2002 in Dudley, England, where we lived at that time we were in an earthquake.  It was 23.53 pm and we were in bed.  The wardrobe doors in the bedroom shook, our bed rattled and to be honest I thought I was dreaming.  Peter was asleep and I shook him awake with fright and it lasted for about 20 seconds. Peter heard it and felt it but thought he was dreaming to.  We ran out of the house with the kids into the street in our pyjamas along with lots of other people in our street.  Everyone wondering what had just happened.

We all came up with solutions like maybe our boiler in the cellar had blown up or maybe the large local Mall had been blown up.  Never in a million years that it was an earthquake.  We checked our house in the cellar and next doors cellar going really slowly down the stairs it was scary to see what we would find. Nothing!  What had gone on no one knew.  We put on the television and waited to hear news.  Nothing! we waited a bit longer and sure enough after about 30 mins it came on the news to say that there had been an earthquake.  We later to find out that we were very close to the epicentre just up the road.  What an experience.

Tornado

Another experience, I had not been an earthquake but a tornado this time and yes while I was in England. It was 28th July 2005 at 2.30pm.  I had asked a friend to help me during my lunch hour drive over to Solihull it was about 1.30 pm, I needed to deliver a letter, funny enough it was something I needed  to drop off to our emigration nursing agency to do with our emigration.  On our way back we stopped off to get a sandwich in Moseley.  My friend stayed in the car, while I went into the shop to get our sandwiches.

I bought our sandwich and tried to leave the shop but the door wouldn’t open.  There was a heavy wind or something pushing against the door.  It was really weird as there was no wind when I went in.  It took 3 of us to open the door to let me out.  There were flower pots and pans all in the air and the sky was whooshing with all debris in the air.  I thought maybe there had been a bomb and it was like a suction blast back or something.  I ran to the car and my friend was shouting “get in get in” I opened the door and it came off its hinges the wind was so strong.  I had to hold the door closed after as it was hanging by a thread.

My friend started to drive and as he did, there was debris coming for us, sign posts off shops, pieces of slate and trees coming down into the road all over the place.  I was shouting “Oh my god” Oh my God” with a few swear words out of fright.  We were swerving in and out of all the debris and got back to work in town where there was no debris but loads of heavy rain with massive puddles everywhere that we had to drive through.

It was an experience I for sure.  We were late back to work and said to our colleagues that we were sorry we were late but that we had just been in a tornado or something.  They said “yeah right” and didn’t believe us, then about 30 mins later it came on the news that there had been a tornado in Moseley. Crazy right!  They believed us then of course.  Crazy weather and an experience I will never forget.

Earthquake in Lancaster

The date was around April 2007 so we had only been in America for 5 months.  I was at work at sat at my desk when I felt like I was on a roller coaster.  It didn’t last very long but enough for us all to get underneath our desks which is what we’re supposed to do.  By the time we got under the desks it was over.  It was a weird earthquake I thought, The weirdest thing was that the phones didn’t work for about 20 mins.  This as you can imagine started up lots of conversations about other earthquakes that they had around the area at other times, including about being earthquake prepared.  We went out and started to get together an earthquake kit.  We bought a package on-line with all of our emergency items in it and we started to collect from there.

Earthquake Kit that we have

The Food and Water in this kit will only last for 5 years and we have had to have it replaced, we replaced it quite recently so we are ok now for another 5 years.

Food and Water

 

The water or food is in packets, the food is not very nice and will taste like a stale peanut butter cookie but will keep you alive so I’m sure at the time I will eat it if necessary and not care about the taste.

In This Kit which we purchased on-line is

Earthquake

Inventory of Emergency Kit

Tool Kit

Earthquake

Tool Kit

First Aid

This is what is in the First Aid Kit and added Items

Earthquake

First Aid Kit Inventory

Plus extra items in for hygiene purposes and also I have allergies so my allergy meds are in there too along with Tums and antibiotic ointment and pain relief tablets.

 

Earthquake

Essential Items

 

Radio

 

It is also very important to have access to a Radio of some kind and our radio is a wind up one.

Earthquake

Wind Up Radio

EArthquake

Wind Up Radio

 

Water purifier

You can collect water from a lake with this and it will purify it into water that is drinkable

 

Earthquake

Water Purifyer Bottle

 

Extra Food

We have extra food in our pack which will give us a couple of extra days as well. Just in case.

 

Emergency

Mmmm Nice Food

 

Personal Safety

It’s funny but during a crisis is when people dont act like they should and means that we are left to think the worst of people. For that purpose we purchased a fabulous torch which doubles up as a Taser Stun Gun which trust me you wouldn’t want to be Zapped with this. The noise from it alone is scary.  We are contemplating getting a Gun for our personal safety just to have in case of an Emergency Crisis but have not done this yet.

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Tazor Gun and Torch

 

 

Would you buy a Gun?  What are your thoughts on this.  Let me know?

 

 

 

 

 

Emigrating from England to America

Emigrating

Stunning English Coastline, picture by Frances.

Emigrating Details

I grew up in Dorset until the age of 10, I have so many memories of the New Forest, Durdle Door, Pool Harbor, Bournemouth Beach and many other places that we were taken too as children on so many occasions. I left behind a great friend from childhood who I never forgot and for which I am so grateful that because of Facebook that we met up about 10 years ago and we will always remain friends.

Due to work commitments my parents moved to the City of Birmingham which is the 2nd largest City in England.  The only way to see green hills or the countryside when we were there was to catch a bus to the Lickey Hills.  Ohhhh those were special trips for us.  People who live in Birmingham are called Brummies mainly because of the way they spoke.

Peter, my husband, was bought up in Stourbridge which is on the outskirts of Birmingham and although only 20 miles away he talks with a different accent to me and he is called a Yam Yam.  Peter  comes from what is called the Black Country.  I will write a little more at another time about Stourbridge.

I moved to Stourbridge and, after living there for 5 years, I met Peter.   I loved Stourbridge, but my heart will always belong to Dorset – even though people call me a Brummie now because of my accent. Peter on the other hand lived in Stourbridge in one of the small surrounding villages called Norton.  In Birmingham the pigeons make quiet a lot of mess and in Stourbridge they fly upside down, this gives you some idea of the differences in lifestyle ha ha!

I have put some pictures below of the places we lived and other places we like.  The Coastlines don’t look real do they?.  England is so beautiful and we miss it so much there are so many places to visit.  I will do another blog sometime on places that are great to visit when you go.  Some of the pictures below are from our children all grown up now and they all live in the south of England.

 

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English Jurrasic Coast, by Frances

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Southern Coastline, by Frances

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Durdle Door, Dorset, picture by Sarah.

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The Rotunda, Birmingham

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The Slug, Birmingham

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The Bull at the Bull Ring, Birmingham

We were married in 1994 and both of us had previous relationships, now as a new family we had the Brady Bunch between us with 6 children ranging from 2 – 15.  Both of us worked full-time and times were hard, but as a family , Christmas’s, Birthday’s and just everyday living was great fun in our house. We have so many memories of our times altogether. I won’t say it was easy all the time but certainly not boring.

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Our Family just after we married

After 10 years of marriage and most of the children had gone on to pastures new, Peter was a nurse and we owned a business that had gone sour and left us with wondering what to do with the rest of our lives. We were both 45 and needed a solution and new plan for our life together.

It all started one day when Peter was at work, he had a friend who was leaving work and was headed for the USA to start living her dream.  She was a Nurse and was emigrating to America, America needed nurses so she decided to move there with her family.

The way that she did this was to register with an emigrating nursing agency, O’Grady Peyton Nursing Agency and they dealt with everything for her.  There is so much paperwork and steps to follow,  having someone guide you through all of that was just outstanding.  Peter said she seemed so happy that she was going and was skipping down the hallway on her way to her new life. He felt her joy and starting thinking about us.

Peter had spoken to this girl to find out what agency she had contacted and talked to me about it that weekend.  Rebecca our daughter was there that weekend and started telling all of her friends and was all excited of the thought we may be emigrating to America.

It was very funny to see Peter starting to have panic attacks saying, “stop we might not be going yet” that it was just a thought. Well he went to see the emigrating nursing agency O’Grady Peyton on a Thursday on his half day off .  He came home that afternoon saying “well, I signed up,” and “We are going to America.”  Trust me when I say this, it is very unlike Peter to make a decision so quickly.  I was really excited and so was Michael, Mark was under 21 so eligible to come with us, we called him and explained what we wanted to do andasked if he wanted to go too after he had left the Navy.   Mark was unsure but still included in the emigrating papers so that at least when the time came he could then make a decision. All paperwork was completed to start our journey.

The Decision to go to America

Some people just dream about coming to America but some take action.

We had so many hoops to get over first though.  The first one was for Peter to able to pass his NCLEX exam.  He passed first time after he studied for 4 months before he was put in for his test where he had to go to London.  We were so proud of him and the first hurdle was done.

It took us 2 years to jump through all the hoops that were put in front of us.  So many emigrating forms to fill out and a great deal of waiting and being very patient.  We had Embassy interviews to do, medical, fingerprints and police checks.  The agency took us through every step.  Mark actually decided not to come with us in the end and wanted to stay with friends in his local area when he came out of the Navy.

We started our emigrating procedure in January 2004 and we found out that we may be eventually emigrating in September 2006.  However, the date got pushed back to December 2006.

Death in the Family

In August 2006 we lost  our precious daughter Joanne aged 25.

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Joanne

Joanne was so beautiful and left behind a beautiful little boy Ryan.  This was obviously devastating for the whole family and we needed each others support so much during this very difficult time.  Ryan’s father Andrew had passed away a year before and his Grandmother had taken over the role of his Dad and took him to school and picked him up, having him after school until Joanne came home from work.  It made sense that he would come and see us but that he would have his home with them to keep some sort of normality in his life. He was so gorgeous it was hard not to have him all the time.

Emigrating – Yes or No?

So do you go? or do we stay?  All our savings now were gone as we had a funeral to pay for my Mom did help with this a little too.  This was even harder than deciding to go in the first place.  Our friends, family and children were very supportive and everyone said we should still go. Or, at least that’s what I remember those 3 months were very hazy to me.  We decided we would and December finally came around.  With us and a family who were still grieving,  good times were ahead of us and we carried on with our Dream of coming to America.

Emigrating to America Finally!

Coming to America

London, picture by Rebecca.

We left London on the 14th December 2006, the weather was just like the picture above, took by our Daughter Becky, all grey and dull, new sky’s were waiting for us in sunny California. with a one way ticket to Los Angeles, and a months wages each we started on our new journey.  What a buzz that was with mixed feelings that we would be missing our family but that we had new times ahead of us with so many new places to see and do.

When we arrived after an 11 hour flight we were kept at the airport for 5 hours to be given our Green Cards.  Yes it took that long.  We were so tired Michael was grumpy and we just wanted a bed to sleep in.

The Emigrating Agency had sent someone to come and pick us up and he waited patiently with a board with our names on it at the arrival lounge.  He took us straight to a hotel in Palmdale and the next morning he came and picked us up and took us to our new furnished apartment in Lancaster CA.  Lancaster is high dessert and a lot different from England in every way this was to be our first home.  What a feeling and what a fabulous furnished apartment they had waiting for us.

He came everyday for a week to drive us around to get everything we needed including taking us to the Social Security office.  All we had was our suitcases, no electrical items as they would not work in America from England.  We bought all the necessary items that we needed from Walmart including Bedding, Iron, Ironing board, kitchen utensils, etc. we couldn’t believe they had everything all under one roof.  Our one months wages was now two months as the exchange rate gave us double so we were able to buy everything we needed to survive.

Peter started his new job and we started our new life.  I got a job with Countrywide as a trainer after 3 months and I absolutely loved it.  The very first class I trained after 6 weeks of training bought me a Mountain Bike I just couldnt believe it.  In England we were lucky if trainers got flowers.  I was very emotional and would cry at the drop of a hat with still greiving and missing family my boss thought I was a bit unstable I’m sure.  I did get better after time.

After emigrating to America at the age of 14, Michael was Drum Major of the school band in his Senior year.  To see him march down the street in front of his band just made us cry, all the beautiful music and people clapping with so much patriotism was overwhelming.  Michael went off to college at the Institute of Arts in Santa Monica and graduated at 19 with his bachelors and he was Valedictorian.  5 years after us emigrating to America, Michael was on the stage at the Hilton Hotel in Hollywood giving his speech for Valedictorian.  We were so proud! He now works at the Asylum Studios in LA as an ADR (Automated dialogue Replacement) and Foley Engineer.  Now that is what dreams are made of!

All of our children have great careers and made us proud and cry, Rebecca when she was in her passing out parade for the Army.  Mark when he was at his passing out parade for the Navy,  Frances when she went to work on the Ships in the Mediterranean as a massage therapist, and Sarah when she graduated as a Teacher.  Many other times too during their careers they have made us so proud.  We could not have asked for a better family than we have.  We now have son in-laws, girlfriends and boyfriends to add to our family along with 6 grandchildren.  We are so blessed! We are a close knit family and keep in touch via face time regularly.  

Flights are more expensive now but we do still get to see family, they come here to the USA to see us and we go over there to England and spend quality time with them all.  Since arriving in America we have been home for holidays, two weddings and a funeral.  With many more visits to come I’m sure and, probably even more when we both retire.

Peter was transferred to Bakersfield where eventually we purchased our first home.  The house had the exact plans that were on our wall at home when we were just dreaming and we had a beautiful pool in the back garden.  A dream come true, we even owned the car we wanted to.

We are glad that we were brave enough to make the decision to Emigrate to America in the first place and now moved on to other dreams.  Our house is sold and now live full-time in our RV and intend to travel first of all California and then the rest of America.  

We follow our Dreams.  Do You?

 

RV Cleaning and some important tips

RV Cleaning   and remember to have fun

RV Cleaning

Peter Spraying RV

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Peter on top of Roof Cleaning

What a great RV Cleaning weekend we had, sorting out cupboards, cleaning our RV and getting ready to move.

There are probably many ways to clean your Fifth wheel or RV cleaning, this is how we clean ours and we have found that it keeps it nice and shiny and in a good condition.  We clean our Fifth wheel around every 3 months.  It keeps out the cobwebs and stops the dirt getting ground in.  Keeping your wonderful RV cleaning will help it last longer.

The things you need to clean a fifth wheel are

  1. A Bucket or bowl
  2. A great large hose that has a jet spray Hose attachment
  3. A Step Ladder Step Ladder  This is similar to the one we have
  4. A window cleaning pole.  We use the window wand it is excellent.Window wand
  5. Camco 43633 Wash Brush with adjustable handle – Wash brush
  6. Cleaning fluid for RV cleaning  – Gel Gloss RV Wash and Wax
  7. Window cleaner – Any type, we used Windex
  8. vacuum Cleaner –   Dyson DC 44 Animal
  9. Cloths

This is the sort we used it cleans and waxes at the same time leaving a lovely shine

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Cleaning Fluid

 

 

  • Safety First

    The first thing peter always does is the roof of the RV he takes up his bucket and broom and has the jet spray up there with him  He always wears a hat to keep from the sun and always a good pair of safe pumps that wont slip.  The top of the RV is very high and you do not want to fall.  Remember to apply sun cream too you will be up there a little while.  He starts at the front of the RV and works backwards, remembering to clean the sides of the roof.

 

  • After the roof is done we start on the sides.  Peter scrubs with the brush and I go behind him with the jet spray to wash off.  I get ahead of him a little sometimes and he gets wet.  Whoops!  sorry I say ha ha!

 

  • We then clean the inside of the windows carefully taking off the mesh on the windows one at a time, cleaning the windows then cleaning the mesh with a hand-held vacuum.  This cleans the mesh really well and is very easy.  The mesh is then carefully put back into the window.  The vacuum we have is the Dyson DC 44 Animal.  I like this as it can be used with a stand up or as a handheld.  It uses up hardly any space in the RV it charges over night and has no trailing wires when I Hoover the RV it is nice and light and easy.  For the last 20 years I have had a Dyson in my home and I would recommend it to anyone.

 

  • Now the outside windows is next and this is where the step-ladder comes in where we can reach. Clean the windows using the cloth and windex.   For the windows we can’t reach we use a window clean on an extended pole.  The one we use is called a cleaning wand.  This does just as well.

 

  • We now just wipe all around the RV with a nice soft cloth and then you are done.

Relax

Peter was at work all week in Glendale and then we both drove down to Lake Elsinore, stopping off at Tom’s Farms on the way down to pick up some fresh salad for the weekend.  If you have not been to Tom,s Farms which is just off the Interstate 15 going South just after Corona, then you are missing out.  It is well  sign posted so you can’t miss it.  At Tom’s Farms they have great interesting Shops and restaurants with some amazing fresh vegetables straight from the farm.  We also had some wonderful fish -n -chips while we were there and sat by the pond just taking in the quiet and tranquility, such a lovely early evening.

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Tom’s Farm by the Lake

Even a blackbird wanted to eat our food ha ha!

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Blackbird trying to eat Peter’s fish n chips

We then arrived at our beautiful spot is in Lake Elsinore on Crane Lakeside RV Park,  As far as I’m concerned the best park on the lake. the very first thing to do the day before your about to clean your RV is to sit outside with a nice glass of wine with friends and neighbors.  What I love about this park is people come and say hi!  We love our neighbors here and with us moving to San Francisco in just a couple of weeks we are going to miss them very much.  Thank you Sue, Ted, Terrance, Travis and Brian we will miss you all.  When we are not there you watch over our site and have been absolutely amazing, we really appreciate you.

The weekend was really a hot one in Lake Elsinore at some stage in the day it was 104 degrees.  As you can imagine very, very hot in a Fifth wheel or RV of any kind.  One of our neighbours had no air conditioning, can you imagine how hot he was, well when I saw him I invited him in but he was going down to a friends site to keep cool.  I explained his plight to one of our other neighbours who very quickly found a spare portable cooler she had and gave it to him.  The neighbours there are the best and I have found that living on an RV park of any kind they really help each other in every way.  I have found this to be the case on all the parks I have stayed at.  This is the reason I love RV ing so much, it is like going back to the old way of living of love thy neighbour where you could sit our on the step and you knew all your neighbours around you.  This is a great way to live.

 

This was the sky Friday night while outside drinking our wine.  If you are in your: Flat, House or Apartment right now step outside and get some fresh air.  It is wonderful sitting outside and enjoying Gods creation.

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Lake Elsinore – Red sky at night

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Crane Lakeside RV Park

 

Well our RV cleaning is all done and the very next time we go to Lake Elsinore we will be leaving for San Francisco with our first port of call being just in Pomona CA on a KOA site.  Peter will be driving the Fifth wheel off our site for the very first time.

 

More to come this week with our plans.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fun in your RV – Hobbies and much more

Fun, fun, fun

Having Fun

Joyce and Peter

Just because you’re not a child anymore doesn’t mean you can’t have fun.  Having fun can mean many things, I have always been a great believer of having fun, you should be having fun no matter what you are doing in life.  You should have fun while you work and play.

For instance, have fun washing your RV, if you are a couple you should do this together and when washing an RV there is lots of water around right! well where there is water there is play.  My husband and I are silly a lot of the time we are both 56 but that doesn’t mean we have to act our age all of the time.

Games

There are many games that you can have in the fifth wheel that do not take up too much precious storage.   Just watching television all the time is no fun.  Get out a game and start to play, you can play a game together or invite friends over for wine and a game.  Here are some of the games we have in the RV.

  • Draughts – most of you know how to play draughts, i played as a kid many times with my Dad who taught me how to play and I beat my husband many times at this.  I love winning ha ha

 

  • Jig saw puzzles.  –  These are nice to do when you can have quiet time but also very enjoyable.

 

  • LCR (Left, right, center) – We play this when we have friends over such a funny game.  We also played for dollars with this instead of the plastic coins and was much more interesting and hilarious $3 each to play.  We even play this at a party with 20 people so much fun.

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  • Jenga – This is a game you can also play on your own, together or with others.  Nice and easy but fun.

 

  • Cards – There are many card games you can play.  I played as a child a lot with my family.  Here are some that we play, crazy eight, solitaire, Jim Rummy, Blackjack

 

  • Taboo –  This is a very funny game and much better if there are at least 4 of you.  So much fun.

 

  • Scene it. – When we play this game with just the two of us, we give each other 3 chances to get the answer as we are so rubbish ha ha!  Really funny.

 

We quiet often sit outside with a beer and play draughts on the table in the moonlight.  There is nothing better that beating your husband at draughts.  When we sit outside to play we find that people will come and chat, wave or come and join you.  It is a great life being able to socialize outside, smelling the night air and seeing the stars.

We don’t have the children living with us with us anymore but that doesn’t mean that we can’t have fun. When the children were younger we had 6 children at home and  trust me, it want a quiet household at all.  we always had fun, the children would play games, watch tv, make things, and many other things they would do.  They all had different interest so there was always something one of them were doing. Piano lessons, horseriding, singing to name but a few. We would have their friends around for birthday parties and if they all only invited one friend then that would be 12 children.  quite a few times we had karaoke going at the birthday parties. or leaving parties and many other parties that we had at our house, it was certainly a mad house.

We have our quiet times sure, but we also still have our fun and mad times.  Peter and I decided to go camping once with a tent .  The weather wasnt too bad just a bit chilly an there was definitely a nip in the air but clear and crisp.  It was still classed as winter in California but coming from England to us it was like a nice spring weekend. We went online and found a campsite in the mountains that had room.  Right opposite the camp there was a heated pool so even though it was winter we could swim comfortably the water temperature was beautiful.

We arrived and the campsite was empty no one there at all.  We had the showers and toilets all to ourself.  We built a fire and cooked our Dinner, after dinner sitting outside under the stars, Peter got out his guitar and we sang and sang and sang our heads off as loud as we wanted as no one was around.  This is probably one of our fondest memories of being alone and laughing until our stomachs hurt.  We laughed till we cried and were dancing around the fire being really silly.  Such great fun, have you ever laughed till your belly hurt, well that is the type of fun we like to have.

Geo-caching

One of the other things we like to do is go for a walk, we don’t have a dog and we really like to have a reason to go for a walk so we go geo-caching instead.  Geo-caching is a great excuse to go for a walk and have fun at the same time.  For those of you that don’t know what geo-caching is I ha am not even going to try to explain it so I have attached a link to Wikipedia who can explain it better than me. Wikipedia Geo-caching

 

fun times

Our Geo-cache

 

 

 

 

Music while you Drive

Music in your vehicle

Most people want to listen to music while they drive.  The question is, can you listen to music while you are pulling a fifth wheel without being distracted?.  My feeling on this subject is that listening to music during this time is not a good idea. There are exceptions to the rule though, the only time that I would listen to music while driving a fifth wheel would be when there are miles of straight roads ahead me.   No traffic and good weather.  I think this would probably be the only time that I would listen to music while I am driving.  If you are in heavy traffic, dealing with turns in the road, driving on difficult roads or during difficult weather, you really need to have total silence with no music in the truck at all.  You need to be able to listen to all of your surroundings and hear what is going on.  You also want to keep conversations to a minimum so that you can concentrate on what you are doing.  Driving you Car also needs more concentration when driving on busy roads.

Music Preference

Obviously music is a preference for everyone.  I do have some suggestions for you for easy listening, Classical Music, Classic rock, or music from The Carpenters, Bee Gees, Simon and Garfunkel, Stevie Wonder to name but a few.  There are so many artists, all I am saying is keep it easy listening.

Dinosaur Parade

I really love Dinosaur Parade Music and I am going to admit I am a little biased as Michael Hardman, the lead vocalist, is my son.

A radio station which is based in Laguna Beach in Los Angeles called KX 93.5 FM has featured Dinosaur Parade’s single “El Camino Road” on “King of the beach”, the DJ, Brian Holst puts two tracks against each other in a face off.  Dinosaur parade won King of the Beach 3 days in a row.  They were also nominated best new emerging artist in Los Angeles for April on Deli Magazine.  They are a great new upcoming band.

Music

Dinosaur Parade Logo

These are the Members of Dinosaur Parade.  Michael Hardman, Lead Vocals.  James Ruvalcaba, Lead Guitar.  Anthony Prochaska, Bass Guitar.  Brittany Riffe-Ries, Drums and Vocals.

Please like their Facebook page at Dinosaur Parade Facebook and you can purchase their music at Spotify and Itunes.

Their music and tee shirts can be purchased from their store at Dinosaur Parade Store.

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Dinosaur Parade Merchandise

 

 

 

 

Luxury Items that we own

luxury cooking utensils

Luxury Items

luxury signature-set

Cutco knife block

Luxury Knife Blockluxury Tableware

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Cutco Table Ware

luxury Cooking utensils)

Cutco Utensils

 

Fifth Wheel Living does not mean that we have to go without our luxury Items.  Having luxury items in my fifth wheel makes it seem more like home. I would not be without them.

Tableware

The Knifes, Forks and Spoons that we have in the fifth wheel are Cutco.  As far as I am concerned I see using Cutco tableware as a real luxury.  Everytime you eat you feel like a queen as the quality is so high.

 

Knife Block Set

We also have a complete Knife Block Set by Cutco.  We would not use anything else.  They cut everything like a hot knife through butter.  We have had our set for over 5 years now, and it is still in pristine condition.  When we travel I pick up the block and I put it under the sink cupboard for safe keeping.  If you lived in a house it is something that you probably would strive to have, so why not have the best in your Fifth Wheel it is your home after all.  This Large set came with all the kitchen utensils as well , it is a great set.

 

Potato Peeler

One more item I would not be without would be my potato peeler.  The Cutco Potato peeler is the best ever and stays really sharp and peels potatoes so easily.  It does not take you very long at all to peel a potato or even carrots.

 

Cooking Kitchen Tool Set

Another Item we purchased and again would not be without is the Cooking Kitchen Tool Set. All items you ever need for cooking are in this set.  If you need to pour gravy or mash your potatoes, or even serve up your dishes then this is the set for you.

 

You can purchase the sets from Amazon just click the links below.

 

Cutco Signature Set

Cutco Tableware Set

Cutco Kitchen Tool Set

Cutco Potato Peeler

 

Disclaimer:   I am an affiliate of Amazon so if you do purchase any items I may or may not get a commission

 

 

Hitch installation on a Fifth Wheel

Hitch Installation

 

Finally, the hitch has been installed into the Chevrolet Truck.  It was purchased and installed by Riverside Hitch and trailer in Riverside CA  It cost us $1700 in total.  The Hitch we had installed was a Curt Q16 Fifth Wheel Hitch with Curt R16 Roller along with the Curt Discovery Brake Control  We bought all of these from Riverside RV.  We did not understand what it was that we needed and were too scared to buy online. Even with installation costs at $400 or $500  we would have saved around $300 or $400 by buying on-line.  If you have a Chevrolet Silverado truck like ours with a ft bed then this is the hitch and accessories you need. The Roller is needed so that your Fifth Wheel can do tight maneuvers easily without damaging the RV or truck.

Hitch and trailer riverside

Hitch and trailer riverside

 

 

Hitch Installed

Hitch Installed

 

Time Frame

I knew it would take 5 to 6 hours to install and had no way to drop it off and go home.  Instead I hung around at Farmers Boys and had breakfast which was delicious and they supplied me with coffee, I could not have asked for better service anywhere, they did not mind me staying and waiting there at all.  I met a wonderful waitress who chatted with me when she could and even had her break with me, what a wonderful place.

After the Hitch was installed, the men from Riverside went over everything with me and made sure I understood.  The explanations were really easy to understand.  I have Instruction sheets and guidelines ready for us to hitch up when we are ready.  So exciting to finally have the hitch in.

I continued my travels as I was only 30 mins from where our fifth wheel was and went and stayed the night returning to Glendale the next day.  Even just to stay such a short time replenished the mind in such a tranquil and quiet place.  Lake Elsinore has such beautiful scenery and Crane Lakeside RV Park is the best on the lake.  Even the ducks came to see me while I was there.  Our neighbor even offered me dinner which I had cooked already.  I just love living this life people are so friendly.  You would not get that in a house.

 

(The online prices we have found on Amazon are so much cheaper than what we purchased and I recommend you purchase from them.  I am an affiliate with Amazon so if you do purchase from them I may or may not earn a commission.)

 

Cell Phone Holder on my dashboard

Cell Phone Holder

Cell Phone Holder

cell phone holder

Using my cell phone holder

Peter Tatler

Cell Phone Holder

For a long time now I have felt that I have needed a Sat Nav of some description in the Truck when towing our fifth wheel as ‘Joyce the Navigator’ would be driving in her Ford Escape.

I have been struggling using my cell phone as a navigator to use to get to my destination.  I really need a cell phone holder.

Sat Nav Problems

The problems I have found associated with sat Navs are:

  1. Sat Nav in our ford car gives us the most direct route which in LA traffic is dire!
  2. It has Distracting graphics whilst driving.
  3. The screens are complicated
  4. The price was very high

Waze

We have been using Waze the navigation app on the I phone for a while.  I absolutaely love it. I can change my directions to go via freeway or not.  The waze also redirects me if there is any traffic. The next best thing therefore would be to add a I phone holder to the dashboard so that I can navigate using waze which I am comfortable with.   Yeah! Great solution.

I searched Amazon.com and came up with the Modi mobile and tablet Car holder because it looked sturdey for the job.The price was really reasonable.

.   I found it to be a really cool Solution

.   It holds the Iphone perfect and stable

.   I find it is easy to see and easy to navigate

It came within 2 days and I am now using it in my Truck.  I could not be happier.  It is easy to use and I just have to remember to take my phone with me when I get out of the Truck.  This has happened on a few occasions to me so beware!

I would not recommend to you something that I was not happy with.  Hope this helps.

 

Working from your fifth wheel

Working from Home

 

working from fhome

Peter nursing

 

Travel Nursing

You know I’m lucky as my husband is a nurse and his job travels around with us.  Wherever he is sent we travel in our fifth wheel and live in it.  Your probably wandering what I do all day.  I work for myself working from home as a network marketer with a couple of companies and also quite recently I have just completed another dream of mine to be an actress.

 

Background Acting

You heard it right.  While we are living in Glendale which right by Hollywood, I thought, I would love to work in the film industry.  I signed up with  Central Casting and also registered with Extras Management who manage my diary for me.  Now I don’t get too much work probably about 2 days a week but hey it gets me out and about and I really enjoy it.  I just do background acting so nothing elaborate.   I have just fulfilled a lifelong dream.  I am going to register while I am in San Francisco to see if there is any work up there.  I love it, and it is so much fun.  Just the other week I was on Ted 2 dancing at his wedding ha ha!  How much fun is that………….

This is me in The Middle doing background I’m the one with the blonde hair Ha Ha!

Working from Home

Me in the middle

I also work from home educating people about Javita weight loss coffee and tea, also including energy coffee and cocoa.  This is a network marketing company.

Another network marketing company I work for is Legal shield who are a company that helps people get a will, legal and identity theft coverage  Legal Shield

There are many things that you can do working from home or going out a few days a week.  Whether your living in a house or a fifth wheel like me.  some other ideas are:

 

Other Ideas

1. You can be a camp host – this means working on the site that you live.  Maybe working for rent or money.

2. I have known people on sites who go shopping and run errands for others and get paid, also for those less able taking them shopping and helping them get out and about as an aid.

3.  You can hold a regular job and live in an RV on a permanent plot.

4.   Writing a blog is a very enjoyable thing to do, and you become an affiliate to other companies to help sell products.

5.   I knew someone who built stairs for RVs and got paid for that.  (Carpenter)

6.   You can be a Site Helper with booking in travellers, cooking during barbecue etc. Some of these jobs give you free rent.

7.   You could Sew or knit and make items for sale both to people you meet and on-line.

8.  Work in Network Marketing.

 

 

Fifth wheel upgrades

Fifth Wheel Upgrades

Furniture

Here are some upgrades to our fifth wheel where we changed out the furniture.  We did this within 12 months of owning it our new rig.  Please see the comparisons.

 

fifth wheel upgrade

Reclining seats – before

fifth wheel

Reclining seats upgrade – after

As you can see from the pictures, with a nice rug and decorative pillows you can make the RV your own home.

The 2 reclining arm chairs had material that started to fray within 6 months of use, I found this very upsetting as there was only two of us living in the fifth wheel.  The fifth wheel was still under warranty.  I called Camping World and they said I could get it fixed and would have to get quotes.  I felt the material they used would have been the same and would happen again as it was poor quality. We decided that we would buy new and have exactly what we wanted.

 

We had two chairs made for us at Furniture Showcase.  Yeah! they were fabulous.

 

The Chair in the Desk area was annoying to get in and out of so we replaced it with an office chair with wheels and we put a plastic mat put underneath so it is was easy to manoeuvre.  This was so much better.

 

The hide-a-bed was also replaced at the same time as the chairs above.   The blow up hide-a-bed had broken really quickly and just kept going down. I just knew when we bought the fifth wheel that this would happen, it was the only thing I didn’t like about the fifth wheel that we had chosen.  I liked the look of the sofa bed so we bought similar colors and style.  We had visitors coming and it was annoying that we couldn’t use the bed for its purpose.  We had the hide-a-bed made specially to fit into our fifth wheel at a really reasonable price.

We then at a later date added a better mattress.  We bought a Queen memory foam mattress topper which was 4 inches in-depth and cut it to the size of the bed and then put it into a mattress cover.  It works better, fits into the bed easily and is much more comfortable to sleep on.  This bed was also made by Furniture Showcase.  They were an amazing company, we gave them the measurements and they made exactly what we wanted.  When they delivered they took all the wrapping off and fitted them into the fifth wheel for us.  Amazing service.

 

Thank you.

 

 

 

Friends and our Fifth Wheel Trip

 

Friend from abroad

I am beyond excited that my friend Susie is flying into LA from England to come on our trip with us and will fly out from San Francisco.  Its been a couple of years since I saw her and we were in the Territorial Army together and have been very close friends ever since.  Can’t wait it’s gonna make the fifth wheel trip so much more special xx

 

Susie and I have done many things together.  One of them was a Detachment Commanders Course which was one of the hardest things that we had ever done.  2 weeks of really tough training.  Assault courses, Range shooting, Escape and maneuvers,  Medical First aid training and many other subjects that were so hard and extremely physical.  We had many times that we helped each other through thick and thin.  One of the stories I would like to tell is, when we arrived back from the range one day.  One of the guys drops the box on the floor with all the empty cases in all over the floor.  We were so tired and heading to the cafeteria, I sniggered and had to stay and pick up all of the bullets.  I was so tired and felt like crying.  Sue tried to help me but Sergeant Major sent her to the Cafeteria and made me do it alone.   Great friend eh! I myself had done 4 years in the Regular Army and 8 years in the Territorial British Army and had served with Sue during that time.  We have a bond that cannot be broken and will remain friends for all time.

 

We will have some fun travelling up the coast while she is here along with my husband Peter and I.  The last time Susie came to visit we did a road trip to Texas and back.  This trip is really memorable just like I know this one will be.  We drove through thunder and lightning storms and experienced all of the terrain between Buellton and Texas.  What a great trip that was with a great friend.  I really am looking forward to our upcoming trip from LA to San Francisco.

 

Friend Susie

Life Long Friend Susie

Planning the Journey to San Francisco

Planning the Journey

Planning

San francisco

Travel Planning

Procrastination drives me mad as I am very proactive.  We had an offer to extend Peter’s contract at Glendale Medical Centre and the final decision to take the contract was waiting on a decision from the accommodation personnel.  It had taken well over three weeks for them to come to a decision and was taking far too long.  However, the decision to stay or not was very quickly taken away anyway with my Asthma kicking off again.

 

We contacted the Recruiter at Emerald Health Services Stephanie in order to start planning our destination. We finally chose the Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Redwood City as it was near the coast and that it was an excuse to visit San Francisco up north in the summer – and get paid for it.

San Francisco here we come

We are so excited to say we are moving our fifth wheel to Half Moon Bay in San Francisco. Peter will be working in Redwood City just 30 mins away.  The Journey will end when our final destination will be in a place called Cameron’s Inn RV park. and we will be staying for 13 weeks.

 

On Monday I am taking the truck to Riverside to get the hitch put in.  How exciting is that finally!  We have booked sites mostly with KOA and of course stopping at Flying Flags which is a recommended Food Sam Site.  I have found them to be really easy to book and great sites.

 

We will be doing the journey very slowly going from Lake Elsinore on 20th June 2015 as this is the first time Peter has pulled the fifth wheel himself.  We are financially back on track and ready to do what we intended in the first place – to live in the fifth wheel and travel.

Planning Our destinations

We will be staying at : –

  1. Pomona KOA Site                     46.6 miles away
  2. Ventura Ranch KOA site          95.8 miles away
  3. Buellton Flying Flags                 91.4 miles
  4. Avila/Pismo Beach KOA Site   56.6 Miles
  5. Santa Cruz KOA Site                 160 miles
  6. Cameron’s Inn                             47.2 miles

As you can see we will be doing the trip nice and slowly.  I am so excited beyond words……  please join us on our trip as we now start our journey.

planning the Journey

Peter and Joyce

Job Changes and Job Opportunities

Job changes

Job

Lake Elsinore

 

We moved to Lake Elsinore so that Peter could start his new job in Murrieta. Sometimes you do things and they just don’t go your way.  All you can think about is that there is always a reason for everything.

 

Peter started his new job and within 3 months he had been sent home so many times with no work for him,  this started to make things financially difficult.  Peter came home from work and I said, “ok.  “We can now get our own medical care as Obama care had now taken away pre-existing conditions so let’s do what we intended to do in the first place and travel.”

 

Job opportunities

Well we joined the agency again at Emerald Health Services and got medical insurance of our own.  Yeah! The only trouble was that the offer we got was in a city, Glendale in fact.  The money though was outrageous and guaranteed so we decided we would take it.  There is nowhere to put a fifth wheel in a city like Glendale so, we decided to live in a fully furnished apartment temporarily which was provided by Glendale Adventist Medical Centre.  We were very lucky to get it at a very reasonable price.  We now go home to the Lake most weekends to our fifth wheel and enjoy both worlds…  the contracts are normally 13 weeks.  After the first 13 weeks they asked him to stay another 20 weeks so we did.  We now have 6 weeks left.  They asked him to stay again and we have said no.  I have started to get sick with asthma again living in a city.  The air quality is no good for me.  The upside is we have the money to put the hitch in and have saved money for our travels……….. we see this stop-gap as a bridge to what we really want to do, which is to travel around California and we are ready now to do this.

 

Where are we going to next?……..

Lifestyle Changes living in a Fifth Wheel

New Lifestyle in an RV

Lifestyle

New Fifth Wheel

So we are about to start on our new lifestyle we have our fifth wheel set up on a site in Bakersfield called River Run RV Park, So clean with a pool, extra toilets,  shower room and laundry if needed.  This site also has brilliant site shop for anything we may need. The lifestyle we were about to begin so far was amazing.

 

We moved all our personal belonging from the house into the fifth wheel and were so grateful with the one that we chose as there was so much room.  The real estate agent that sold us our house also carried out property management so we decided we would rent out the house in the first instance.  Distinctive Properties is who we used. It was rented within a week unbelievable how everything was falling into place.

Registered with Nursing Agency

Peter registered with an agency called Emerald Health and they had a job for us and we were going to be moving to Buellton CA very soon we were really excited.  Only one thing left to do was have the fifth wheel hitch installed.

 

Both Peter and I were over 50 and decided before we left we would do all medical checkups that we needed including a colonoscopy.  Both were booked in on separate days.  I got mine done and was fine but Peter got his done and it was found that he had problems and the day after surgery promptly started to not be very well at all.  He was really sick and was hospitalized for 3 days.  We decided to put a hold on the hitch and have that done later.  I was not happy with Peter driving the truck with the hitch as he was so unwell.

 

We contacted Camping World  Peter had 2 weeks off work and had to get well to start his new job in Lompoc near Buellton.  They were amazing and for a very small price they moved our RV yet again and moved us all the way over to the coast and even helped us hook up at the other end.

 

We absolutely loved it in Buellton and were so happy our house was rented out and we were living on a park called The Flying Flags RV Park which had all the amenities and more than we could have ever wanted.  The big difference in this lifestyle that I noticed was with fifth wheel Living is that it is not a lonely existence. Peter and I were just loving our new lifestyle. We found that in a house once your door is shut you practically speak to no one.  In a fifth wheel you live outside as much as you live in, people talk to you even if you don’t know them.  If you want alone time then you just go into your RV no one bothers you.

 

We intended to move on every 3 months with the agency and travel around California but with us both now classed as having pre-existing conditions, we could no longer get medical insurance ourselves.  Peter was well now and so was I and I had not had an asthma attack in 3 months since we moved to Buellton. The air quality was amazing.  The hospital Peter was with asked him to stay so we left the agency and went on full-time with the hospital and got full medical coverage.  This was great but wasn’t really what we wanted. We lived there for 2 half years.  Obama Care came in and pre-existing conditions are no longer a problem.

Moving again

We were due for a change and Peter got a new job in  Murrieta we were on the move again.  This was great but the journey to Lake Elsinore was 6 hours.  OMG! still not got the hitch in the truck and for a lot less a friend said they would take us ha ha!  yeah we were up for that. They pulled our fifth wheel for us.

 

We found a spot not too far from his work at Lake Elsinore.  Crane Lakeside RV Park we had a beautiful spot right by the lake what a great lifestyle, this park was the best on the lake. The moon setting over the lake at night were beautiful with the mountains behind us.  We were in heaven.  Living in our fifth wheel and loving it and enjoying our wonderful lifestyle.

…… Something happened next that will shock you!

 

 

Truck for a fifth wheel – What Type?

Joyce Tatler

Buying the right truck

We went to Car Max in Bakersfield specifically to by a truck to pull our fifth wheel.  The guy who served us was very informative and helped us get the right size truck that we would need to pull our new home. We chose a Chevrolet Silverado 2500 2008 HD.  They shipped it to Bakersfield for us and we were really happy when we collected it.  It felt really weird to drive though it was a very big truck and we were not used to it.  We had never driven anything so big in our lives.  Ever!

 

Truck

Chevrolet Siverado 2500 HD

 

We chose a diesel truck as this would hold it’s value more than any other and would have more power.  We loved the color of our truck as it was such a deep beautiful red color.  It had so much room in the back and could seat 6 people with no problem at all.  While Peter was at work even I started to get used to driving it.

 

We just need now to get the hitch into the back of the truck.  We needed a fifth wheel hitch that was capable of pulling our RV.  There was still a lot of expense as we knew it would cost us about $1200.  OMG! more money needed.

Packing

We were getting ready to move into our fifth wheel and packed up all of our things getting them ready to pack into our new fifth wheel which was about to be delivered to our chosen site in Bakersfield. This was a very exciting time and even though we had sold everything we still had a lot of stuff.  Living in a fifth wheel we were having to really choose what we needed most and not everything that we wanted to take, there just would not be enough room.