Monday, April 16, 2012

'12/#14 Welcome To The Mother Land

Happy Tax Day to everyone who has waited until the last minute. I know the IRS has given everyone until the 17th but I guess I'll send wishes early anyway. We did our taxes earlier, got our measly refund, & have already spent it.I shouldn't complain. Mary says as long as we don't have to pay she is happy.

In the last blog I talked about our flat tire excitement & mentioned that we have been chaging our tires a little at a time. The reason we are doing this is after having past tire trouble we did a bit of research & found out that the trailer manufacturer put the wrong size tires on the rig. Being undersized & over taxed we have concluded has been the problem all along. Since the trailer is out of warranty there is little we can do about it.

With that in mind Saturday as we were approaching the Texas border the last of the old tires blew. We got off the road & called road service since changing a tire on an 18000lb trailer is not your ordinary flat tire experience. Unfortunately Good Sams road service dropped the ball completely leaving us with no option but to change the tire our selves. It wasn't as bad as we thought & were on our way in under 45min. Then Good Sams called & said they found us some help. A day late & a dollar short. This isn't the first time Good Sams has not lived up to their promises so we will be looking at other road service options.

We drove to the TX Welcome Center & decided to stay there for the night not wanting to travel far without a spare. We were also 100 miles from our intended destination. As I say our plans are written in jello. The next morning we tried to find a tire so we could continue on our way but this is Texas. Here in Texas most places & all the tire stores close on Sunday. Now don't get me wrong. I think most places should be closed on Sunday so people can have some quality family time. We just weren't prepared for it coming from "money hungry,get every last dime, every chance you can" Florida. I know that FL isn't the only place like that but that is where we come from & where we know the best.

Since it was just short of 100 miles to Livingston TX we opted to travel sans spare & take it easy. 2 1/2 hours later we arrived at the Mother Land for RVers, the Escapees Headquarters in Livingston TX. I've talked about Escapees(SKPs) before. The community spirit for RVers, rally gatherings, mail forwarding, & much more. I can't imagine being a fulltime RVer & not being an SKP member. After checking in, swapping stories, & getting the obligatory hugs we settled in to relax for a couple of days before moving on. That would give us time to find a spare, pick up a few essentials, & just recharge ourselves. Severe weather kept us on our toes most of the night but we were off the road & with people who could & would help if needed.

The past few days have been trying so I think that I am going to take a nap now here in our home in Livingston TX because......

Home is where we park it,
Frank & Mary

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