We have hit the ground running here in Elkhart. There are so many details that have to come together this week before we leave off by rail and sea for Alaska at the END OF THIS WEEK!! AHHHH.
Ok.. deep breaths. We can do this!
No matter how much planning and preparations you do upfront, crunch time is called crunch time for a reason.
We’re super busy researching, ordering parts, measuring for potential projects and making sure everything is in order to have firm marching orders for the folks at Master Tech RV.
So many decisions have to be made this week, as so many things are interdependent.
Such as.. while the bus is being repainted, the windows should really be rebuilt. But while they’re out, does it make sense to upgrade to dual pane? So… off goes a quote to see if it’s a reasonable option. Oh, and how about window coverings for the interior too?
And heck, while all the accessories come off the exterior of the bus.. it makes sense to replace the aging awnings. And we’d love to get rid of the awning arms on the front porch, which actually block the driver’s rear view.
So we’re deep in research on automatic box awnings from the various manaufacturers, and what mounting brackets we’d have to construct to attach it nicely to our curved roof. (If anyone has experience with any of the brands of powered box awnings, we’d love to hear it!)
Lots of other projects coming together too.
Before we leave out of Elkhart at the end of this week, we’ll get a video created with a post to follow-up with the final choices we’ve made. We know lots of folks have been asking just what all we’re tackling this round of renovations.
For Sale SOLD!
One of our major projects will be getting rid of our Onan 7.5 kW Diesel GenSet – which is just way overpowered for our needs. We’ve been on the fence out refurbing it, getting rid of a generator all together (since our solar setup is pretty abundant) or considering other generator options that better suit our needs.
We’re still finalizing some other details that will impact the replacement choice, but in the meantime – we’ve instructed Master Tech RV to remove the big old Onan. As such, we’ve got it up for sale – if you’re in that market, apparently the motors on these things have some value left.
We’ll be taking the best reasonable offer, which includes the least amount of logistics on our end. Basically, it’ll need to be picked up in Elkhart.
We took a video of it starting and running, so head on over to YouTube for a short clip and more details in the description.
Note: the generator is now SOLD! thanks!
Xscapers Articles & Blogs Section – Now Live
While this has all been going on, we helped the Xscapers bring in some of our fellow RVing bloggers to contribute content to their brand new Articles & Blogs section. The section will feature how to articles, product reviews, destination guides and more for members – right along side content from the Escapees magazine.
We’re off course amongst the bloggers selected to start it off.
Lots of other great stuff coming together for Xscapers – the new lifestyle RV group geared just for us working aged RVers.
One of them is the very first Xscapers Convergence!
Convergences will be more casual than a rally, an opportunity to share great times with community, with lots of time left for living life (working, homeschooling, exploring, etc.) and a bit of education tossed in. It’ll be held at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta from October 2-11.
We’re signed up, so that means we have every intention of being sprung free from Elkhart LONG before that with a shiny new Zephyr! Perhaps we’ll see you there?
I’m so glad we got the majority of our Alaska trip planning taken care of before arriving to Elkhart.
We should be able to just board our train next Wednesday morning, and follow the itinerary. Which will be a nice change of pace for us! I’ll follow up soon with our planning process, and the tools we used to piece together this jigsaw puzzle.
Aside from all the bus preps, we’re also preparing to effectively move out of the bus.
So that we can clear out our bays and cabinets where the crew might need to work, we rented a small storage unit nearby. Hopefully that will make things easier for them, thus saving them time and saving us cash on the project.
We’re also relentlessly trying to finish up all the yummy stuff in our fridge & freezer so we can just clean it out before we leave at the end of the week.
Later this week we’ll shift focus to PACKING for our trip. We’ll each be carrying just a travel backpack – for 6+ weeks of transport on cruise ships, RVs and trains. While stationary on land, we’ll be staying in everything from hostels, an AirBnB and guest rooms. Our wardrobes have to be versatile for layering, hiking, rain gear, evening wear and casual. That’s been fun all on its own to think through just what we’ll need to be adaptable and comfortable.
So much to come together in the next few days. We’re excited and at moments, panicked. We know it’s all going to be awesome!