It’s good to be back, but not home yet…


Last night we arrived in San Antonio and checked into Iron Horse RV. We bought a new water purification system that we want them to install on the Silver Bullet, complete with a UV light. We like to have confidence in local drinking water systems and since we go everywhere, we figured this was a good idea.

We will be taking a long road trip this spring/summer so we decided it’s time to change the old house batteries. Last year we bought two new chassis batteries (yes, this behemoth is a battery hog). When we were out at the Nye ranch south of Cotulla last year, for three months, our chassis batteries went dead. So until we could get our gate assignment completed and get back to civilization, we had to keep a battery charger on them. Not fun!

We’ve noticed that our house batteries, there are 8 of them (ouch), are not holding the charge once we disconnect from shore power. So, before our big road trip we are replacing them. Can you say EXPENSIVE!!! And since our household refrigerator is powered by one of the two inverters, which uses 4 of the coach batteries, we better not let them die! I have that freezer packed to the gills!!!

You never know, we might decide to boondock somewhere along the way on our trip and we will need something to power our toys (iPhones, iPad, computers and other electronics) without starting the generator all the time.

We thought we would be back in Teague by the weekend, but the shop has had one guy out on funeral leave and another out sick all week. So, we will probably be here until Wednesday. I called Bobbi, my daughter, today to let her know we will be delayed. She said, “Oh darn!” To which I agree! Our two-year-old granddaughter, Lily, keeps coming up to her mom, hands on hips, head tilted down, and bottom lip out saying, “I want my Nana!” Oops 🙂

Last night we joined our friends, Ralph and Karen Miller from New Braunfels, for dinner. We ate at Mammacita’s Mexican Restaurant. It was a great place to eat. Bob does not eat Mexican so he had hamburgers and steaks to choose from. And desserts were provided by the Cheesecake Factory. They were downright yummy!

In preparation for our road trip, we are getting new belts put on the Silver Bullet. We bought them two years ago when we bought the rig. We’ll keep the ones they take off in a box in the basement. It’s always good to have a spare 🙂

We are so looking forward to a leisurely road trip. You see, we started our journey as full-time RVers in 2008. We worked for three years doing guest guides at RV parks. It was fun, for a while. As the economy tanked the fun left and it became a JOB! We met many wonderful business people and campground owners, as well as fellow RVers. Many of which are still our friends today.

Next we tried out gate guarding. LOMA was by far the best company to work for, but the job is dirty, you are amongst wild pigs, rattle shakes, “tame” bulls, and coyotes… not to mention illegal drug runners. Plus, you can’t leave or have any life together since someone must always be at the gate. And the industrial generators were wreaking havoc on our coach.

We’ve had two deaths in the family in the last year. Bob’s mother who was 98. And his brother Richard, who was murdered by his own son. We just finished a 2-month stint in Las Vegas getting his estate in order. These events have caused us to reflect and reevaluate our priorities.

For now, our plans are focused on our big road trip coming up. Somewhere down the road we may decide to work part-time again. And I’ll be investigating what there is to do for full-time RVers who want to do just that. But for now, my posts will be more focused on our trip plans and experiences.

So sit back and enjoy the scenery! If you want to chime in with comments or suggestions, I’d be happy to hear from you. I try to reply to my followers who leave comments.

Till next time,

Vicky

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9 thoughts on “It’s good to be back, but not home yet…

  1. Hi Vicky,
    Good to have you back. Glad you all had a good time Vegas. I fully agree with you on the part that if something doesn’t work for you move on to the next adventure. We are at a real quiet gate for now. We may get about 4 to 8 vehicles a day and nothing at night. We are parked on a nice pea gravel pad with an asphalt driveway, no real dust to worry about. We are right off of HWY72 near the Choke Canyon Reservoir. Not a bad gig so far. Have a good time in your travels and be safe.
    Nick

    • Hi Nick,
      Glad to hear you have such a quiet gate… a far cry from last winter and the Nye ranch!!! Y’all deserve the rest for a change. I can’t imagine no dust out there. You are lucky! Enjoy it while you have it & stay safe 🙂
      Vicky

  2. We have also found a nice, quite day gate, with little traffic & pea gravel, just a little dust with these gusty winds, just don’t think we’ll be here long, hope I’m wrong! Glad everything in Vegas are finalized & y’all can do other things. Enjoy

  3. We have always had reverse osmosis water purification in our rigs since we started in 1999. We are now on our 4th or 5th one . . .due to moves etc . .. wondering how yours is working out for you. What brand you selected. Ours (brand TGI) has 3 filters and a membrane attached to a 3-gallon collection tank. Do you check your water regularly with a TDS meter (total dissolved solids)? We are currently in giddings TX. the local water tests 480 parts-per-million-not water, and the filter brings it down to. 40 ppm. we have tested BOTTLED water is sometimes as high as 80-100. Our best one was in CA when the local water was in the 900’s and we filtered it down to 4. Since we were there for several months we had to change the FIRST filter often (ie monthly) and we changed the membrane after 6 months instead of a year.

    • Anita, we looked at reverse osmosis but from what we could gather, you need a good water pressure to make that system work well. We opted for a filtration system instead. The water goes through a 5 micron filter, 1 micron, charcoal, then through our water softener and finally it passes by the UV light. I would not use any system to drink the water supplied by the gate guarding companies. That water out there in south Texas is yucky! Yes, we do check our water from time to time. We feel it is protecting us well from well water found at a lot of campgrounds.

  4. Sure would like to find out more info about your water treatment system. Me and the missus are going to try gate guarding next February/March and I have been seeing that filtering water could be very important. Thx, Garry.

    • Garry, we looked at reverse osmosis systems, but from what we could gather, you need a good water pressure to make that system work well. At the last campground we stayed at our water pressure would hover between 20 PSI and 35 PSI. That is not enough for reverse osmosis so we opted for a filtration system instead. The water goes through a 5 micron filter, 1 micron, charcoal, then through our water softener and finally it passes by the UV light. I would not use any system to drink the water supplied by the gate guarding companies. That water out there in south Texas is yucky! Yes, we do check our water from time to time. We feel it is protecting us well from well water found at a lot of campgrounds.

      • Vicky, could you recommend a product? Is that one filter or more than one? Would you then drink the water supplied by gate guard companies after it passed thru all the filters? Thanks, sorry for all the questions. Noob Garry. Lol

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