Thursday, February 25, 2016

Slide Issues Again! Ugh!

We love our little 2014 Coachman Freedom Express 192 rbs. But let me tell you.  The slide has been a real pain in the behind!

We have already had to have the whole slide mechanism replaced right after we bought it. And have nothing but issues with it since.

We have had it exactly 2 years this valentines day.  And that weekend we took it to our family's house about 80 miles away. And the slide wont work.  So on the way home.  We dropped it off at Giant Recreation world in Winter Garden where we bought it to get them to look at it. As its 65 miles from home. They called yesterday and said the inspectors were out taking pictures.  Today I get the call that the extended warranty we paid for is going to cover the total replacement of the slide system and we just have to pay the deductible. Now, I don't think we should have to pay that because this is a continued issue from the original warranty repair. But it is what it is and I just want my trailer back.

 They have decided that since they are so many of these trailers coming in with this same issue. They are going to weld arms on to help guide the slide and support the Single arm slide. Let me tell you, I don't know who designed this. But anything that heavy, even being small, requires two arms. One on each side. to support each other so it don't walk in and out and jump out of track while on the road. Wow, that could cause a whole other issue if your driving down the road and the slide falls out!

Now just hope to get it back soon so we can go camping.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Anastasia State Park Review

Our 30th Anniversary trip!

We decided to go to St. Augustine.  I have lived in Florida all my 48 years, but never been to St. Augustine.  My husband had only been once.

So this being a all new trip. We stayed at Anastasia state park also a first.  It was awesome and beautiful.  Im loved seeing St. Augustine and all it has to offer and seen as much as we could in the 5 days we were there.  But we are not the touristy type.  So dont think we will make the 4 hour drive again.  I just like to go camping and check out the park.  So if I went again.   I would go for the camp ground and maybe see the fort again and light house but that is it.   We love old forts and lighthouses. As you know our favorite place is Fort. Desoto.  But! Be prepared to pay everywhere you go.  

You could opt to do the trolley, You wont have to pay for parking, and many things are included in the price. so pick your plan. You can pick up a trolley every 20 minutes so your never waiting long for the next one.  I have heard the Red trolley tours is the best. We were going to take this, but with my medical conditions, And never knowing when I will need to make it to the car. We decided to forgo the trolley and do a little everyday on my terms. And could leave when I needed to.

Map of the camp ground

This is our spot 109 Coquina.
So here are some pictures of our trip.  We stayed in the first loop which is Coquina loop in spot 109.  It was really shady. We had to use one Camco yellow block to raise to level on the door side. Site has a slight run off to the back. You can see a trail some one made to direct the water.  And a palm tree on side where you park.   Water faucet is at the front of the spot. So make sure you have a long hose. 

At the entrance of the park just past the check in station. On the right, Look for white mounds of sand. During the sunny day, The gopher turtles are laying out catching some rays. There are several along the road.  They are huge. There is a side walk you can walk by them.  Please stay on side walk so you don't bother them. 

Our first visit was the Light house. This was really nice to see. They were in the process of painting the top red while we were there. The museum is awesome. And a lovely day. To walk around and check it out.  $10 a person and free parking

I am not able to climb stairs but my husband was. So I waited at the bottom with others that can't climb. I took this cool picture that looks up the stair well.  Notice each floor has a landing. I'm thinking this is so if you fall at the top, you only go one floor instead of rolling all the way down.
Can you believe there were several women there, running up and down the stairs several times. Wow!  

Next day, we went to the fort and stopped to take pictures of the Lions at the bridge and check out the boats.  Pay to park on the street to see the bridge and lions. 

Panoramic view of the Castillo De San Marco Fort. We love forts so this was a real treat to see.  The top is really cool to walk around with lots of cannons.  Pay to park at fort and get it. Use access pass if you have it. $8 a person and Pay to park. Note, this parking lot is used by others that go to George street shopping. So parking is hard to find.  Also, if you pay for parking and you don't use your time. You can give your parking pass to someone else. We did this when we had 30 minutes one time,  And also another day we went to George street and paid for 2 hours. But were only there 30 mins and didn't like it so we left and gave someone our spot and our parking pass.  They really appreciated it. 

This guy can tell you a lot about the fort. Chat with him if you have a chance.

We are not drinkers but my husband works for a liquor distributor so he wanted to check out San Sebastian Winery.  WOW! Like I said, we don't drink, but boy did we learn a lot about wine. We had the best tour guide Markus and we were in the upstairs room. We taste tested 10 wines and learned about aerators and how to cook with what wines.  We had the best time. And get this, Totally FREE. So yes. add this to your list of must do!  Do not bring your kids. 

When I seen this Light house bottle. I just had to have it. I love odd shaped or colored bottles. And this was the perfect thing for this trip.  I plan to add colored beach sand I got on the beach to fill it with. And yeah, the wine was pretty good. My husband is addicted. And found out they sell it at the grove where they grow the grapes in Lake county which isn't far. So we might make a trip over. LOL  And you can buy all their wines online. San Sebastian Winery  .And money from every sale of the Lighthouse bottle goes to the restoration of the lighthouse.  

Next day was Mission Nombre de Dios. The grounds are beautiful. Free parking and entry.

Right next door to the mission is The fountain of Youth.  This was a pretty cool place. We spent several hours here. Seeing everything.  They had this beautiful white peacock. And many colored peacocks. They are all over the park, in the trees, on the roofs, everywhere.  We also got to see how they shoot the musket guns and how they shoot cannons. Wow, that was awesome.  $15 a person to get in here. Free parking

And this was our last night. We loved the campground and the beach. It's so different than ours our in Sarasota. But We missed every sunrise. We are sunset people. So on the last night, We walked the beach and look, We caught a sunset. LOL!  Im standing in the water and looking over the dunes. Ah! Perfect end to a wonderful trip.   I took 400 pictures this week. but no way to load them here. So I might load them to my photobucket later.

Next trip is a week booked for End of July at another of our favorite places. Sebastian Inlet state park. New spot again. This will be our 3rd trip and 3rd spot.  We will be taking my daughter and her two kids with us this trip. Can't wait.

Then we have a week booked for our other Favorite place, Fort desoto. Trying a different part of the pet section this time. Last time we were on the sea wall, and so many people walked by the back of the spot, that our dogs kept going crazy. So this time, we will be on the end section with no trail behind the camper so hopefully us and the dogs wont be so stressed. LOL!  

Saturday, April 11, 2015

COBB Grill!

I was at a thrift store Friday.  Came across something in a big black bag with long handles.  It said COBB on top.  Well, I had no clue, So unzipped it.   And inside.  I see this cardboard disk on the lid.  You know, like when you buy a new pan and there is a piece of cardboard attached to the top knob to protect it.

So I lift the lid and see all these books and papers and magazine articles inside, And see a handle, a grill plate and a wire basket, so lift up the plate and see this bowl looking bottom.  No clue what it is.  So I open the book and start reading.  And my heart started pounding and I got so excited to see what it was.

Its like a oven to cook,  smoke or bake your food in.  This thing had never been used, it was still shinny, no burn marks are anything. It had a receipt attached to the cook book, it said it was purchased at Camping world July 3, 2004,  Can you believe that, it sat some where for 10 years and was never used.   So I got a brand spaking new Cobb for only $8.

Going to give it a try tomorrow with boneless country pork ribs and potatoes.  And plan to take it out on our camping trip for a week, starting next week.

Anyone have a Cobb grill.  Any suggestions, Recipes, Links, Groups, Facebook pages, Found a few and joined them.

Now I need to find the rack, and fry pan and extender ring for it.


Monday, February 16, 2015

2015 Garden Transformation

We have been busy with working on the back yard. We needed to move the Red shed to the shady area so we can use the old space to make the garden bigger in the full sun area.
rsmobley85's 2015 Garden Transformation album on Photobucket
These are a few pictures so far. We still have so much to do. To get the shed done, everything put back in and get the garden area ready. I will post more pictures later. Thank you for stopping by! Sharon

Friday, September 19, 2014

Reorganizing the New Travel Trailer

The more you go camping with a new trailer. Whether its brand new or just new to you.

Organizing it is always an issue.  So coming from a pop up that had tons of storage and going to our small travel trailer.  It has storage but its smaller compartments so it seems like its less but really it isn't. Its just spread out over more smaller places.

So when we got it.  We added a shelf to the big cabinet over the sink in the kitchen area thinking that was a good place to put all the dishes like plates, bowls, glasses and stuff.

And put the shelves in the tall cabinets on the side of the fridge for the pantry. For all the food and other stuff like coffee maker and paper plates and stuff.   Its the double cabinet on the left side of the fridge.

well, the over the sink is kind of working. Its a little tight.  Have to take a few things out to get the buckets out.   And then found that the food in the pantry on side of the fridge is on the warm side.  And the chocolate granola bars melted.  And the bread bag had steam in it.  So on our 2nd trip we decided we needed to change a few things. 

So new plan is to add more shelves to the tall cabinets on the side of fridge and move all the dishes there and one dish pan on each shelf to help contain the things.  Heat shouldn't bother the dishes.  If it does. Might consider putting in a vent in the door so we don't have to keep it open. 

And will move the food to the cabinet over the sink.  It should be fine there. 

We will keep you posted on how this works out.  

Other things we are learning is.  Where to keep the towels and sheets. Well, we had empty cabinets over the couch. And its close to the bathroom and close to the beds.  So that is where we are now storing bath towels, sheets and extra pillows.  It was too much work getting them out from under the bed. 

So now Under the bed is where we keep stuff we don't need all the time. Like the small ceramic heater, The dining table fits in there but keep it on the side of the bed.  Air mattress and extra thick comforters and stuff like that.  We don't need all the time. 

Will be also ordering a small fan for the fridge condenser mod.  Here in Florida, even when we camp in the summer in full shade. The fridge just can't keep cold. So hoping the fan on the condenser along with the battery operated blue one we have inside on the fins will help. Plan to change that out to a wired one as well later. 

Will keep ya posted on how these changes work and what else we discover.

Oh, One more tip I forgot about.  Hubby hates taking fishing poles apart.  And wants to be all rigged and ready to go wet a line when we get to our destination.  So the storage we found for that.  In the bathroom.  They ride there nice and fine during trip and can keep them safe.  Its working good. 

Until next time. 
Thanks for stopping by!

New blog header picture

Did you notice the new blog header picture.  Im looking to change up this page a little.  And started with a new picture.

This is the picture from our most recent trip to Sebastian Inlet State park.  Love that place. You can read about our first time there in the post below this one.  And we will be going again for 4 days this time in middle of October and can not wait.  So here is the picture I loaded from the park side of the bridge.

I added a new label to the side "Blog Header Pictures"  And will post when I change them.  This way if you want to know what my top picture is. Just click blog header pictures.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Sebastian Inlet State Park Review

We just got back from our first time camping at Sebastian Inlet State park.

And have to say, We are "In Love" with this place. It reminds us of our other favorite place, Fort Desoto.

This is a little bit of a drive (3 hours) and is the farthest we have taken the Camper.  But the trip was wonderful.  We were able to take our 3 year old grandson with us for his first camping trip and he loved it. We bought him a fishing pole and taught him how to fish. He caught 2 pin fish, 2 grunt and 4 dog fish. He really enjoyed it.

We were in spot 6 which is a waterfront spot. You have a road that separates your spot from the water and its a pretty busy street as its the road to the boat ramp. So watch your little ones and pets. The sites are a little off so we had to use one yellow block under each tire on the door side. And also sits on a hill so make sure you chock it good. Spots are gravel with a little grass and fire ring and picnic table. No shade!

The park is open 24 hours a day. So someone is there around the clock if you ever need anything. And people come and go all night long to use the pier and boat ramp.  NOTE that they are doing construction under the bridge and it will be closed to fishing under the bridge in Oct.  And the Fishing museum that is on the campground is closed from this Sept 15 to Oct 1st to improve it.

The rangers are so nice, and we met some new camp host. And several neighbors came over to visit. One guy said he has been going there for over 50 years before it was even a state park.  We met another older couple that have been going there for years as well. They were in a head on crash with a semi truck last year and lost their truck and camper so this trip was their one year anniversary trip from the accident. And their 49th wedding anniversary.

There is a nice little playground on the north end of the campground for the kids to play, and place to fish down there, its by the boat ramp.

We saw several large Sea Turtles and Manates swimming in the inlet. So beautiful.

Bathrooms are clean. Camping is $28 a night or $14 a night if you're disabled. And only have 30 amp service so make sure you have a 50 to 30 reducer if you need it. And also make sure you have a surge protector. Ours kicked in one time the 3 days we were there. Same as Fort Desoto did. So be safe.

Make sure you have Gas and Food before you get there.  There are a few restaurants there but no grocery stores. We gpsed a Walmart and its about 16 miles away so went there. There is also other places on route 1 like publix, subway and other stuff. Gas is also cheaper by the walmart,  It was about 10 cents a gallon cheaper at the BP, Shell and walmart the it was in Vero and Melburn. Use gasbuddy app to check gas prices. If your needing gas immediately after you get to the campground then just cross the bridge and about 8 miles up the road is a small convenience store with gas but expensive.

Here are some more pictures of the trip.   Slide show Sebastian Inlet

We loved it so much we checked to see what was available in Oct so yep. We are going back this trip will be 4 days. That is all we could get open last minute. As the northerners are booking it up. They are changing the way you can book for 2015.  You can only book total of 8 weeks in a 6 month Period and you can only be in a spot for 2 weeks, leave one day and next spot 2 weeks and so on.

We took a drive over the bridge to Long Point county park and have to say, It was nice but not our kind of camping.  I was a little put off by the man at the desk. I walked in, said, "Hello, We are staying at the state park". And his reply was. "Im so sorry"  that put me off because we love state parks. So he handed me a map and said, to drive around. so we did, and decided we did not like it.  Yes, there is grass and you park right at the water, but you will be lucky to get one with a opening to fish.  And we also noticed that you share a post with electric and water meaning, the post is in between two spots. So you would have to make sure you get a spot on the left so you dont have to run your lines around to the other side.  And the water looks to be brackish water compared to the ocean water at the state park.  The fee here is $32 a night and NO Discounts! So I can tell you, we WONT be staying at Long Point. Its just not our kind of place.

Until next camping trip.  Get out and enjoy the cooler weather coming up.  Happy Camping!