Working Week Wrap-Up

Current Location: Westlake RV Resort, Houston, Texas

We’ve been here several days now. Malcolm worked during the days at the office on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Our location here a few miles west of the office is fairly convenient from a drive-time standpoint. The average trip to the office or back home is around 25-30 minutes.

We mentioned in a previous post that Malcolm had replaced the ceiling-mounted speakers from the trailer’s home theater system with ones from a Bose Acoustimass 6 system Malcolm purchased on Amazon. The remainder of that system was installed after we got here.

We quickly found out that the inexpensive home theater amplifier/DVD player that came with the trailer wasn’t quite up to the task of driving all the speakers correctly. On Thursday, Malcolm came home with a new low-profile Marantz home theater receiver. Like the Bose system, it was an outgoing model so he got a good price on it at Best Buy.

With all that out of the way, we found that the cabinet holding all the equipment tends to get pretty warm with the door closed. Malcolm picked up a variable speed computer fan with a USB connector and plugged it in up in the cabinet. The door is slightly propped open with a pencil for right now, though we plan to figure out a more elegant solution at some point.

We checked out the pool here at the campground and found it was really nice. It is heated (not sure if electrically or via the Texas sun). They also have a nice spa. The facilities here are really well-maintained and clean.

Saturday was shopping day. We stopped by a mall to look for a couple gifts and drop by the Apple Store to pick up a new power supply for Malcolm’s computer and a couple new cords to replace some older, fraying cords. We also went to IKEA and grabbed a couple items for the trailer. We also hit Costco and dropped some spring cleaning remnants off at Goodwill. Later in the evening, we went to Half Price Books to look over their used record collection and picked up a few records.

This morning we went to Christ Church PCA in Katy (our usual Houston-area church) and had Tex-Mex food for lunch. Right now we are relaxing in the trailer preparing for another week of work for Malcolm.

In Houston for a While

Current Location: Westlake RV Resort, Houston, Texas

Last Night: Sunrise RV Park, Texarkana, Arkansas

Yesterday we pulled a long haul (491 miles) from Nashville to Texarkana so that we wouldn’t have as far to go today. We traveled the rest of the way into Houston today (318 miles) and arrived at Westlake around 2:00 PM. We headed out soon after setting up and picked up a rental car and stopped by Home Depot for a few items.

Malcolm brought the rest of the new sound system in and hooked it all up this afternoon before and after dinner. It doesn’t exactly work correctly with the inexpensive home theater receiver that came with the rig, but it works OK for now.

We headed out to the grocery store after dinner and stocked up for the next couple weeks. Malcolm heads into the office in the morning and will be working here for about 2 1/2 weeks.

Heading South

Current Location: Nashville KOA, Nashville, Tennessee

Last night we said our goodbyes to folks at the rally. This morning we hitched up and left around 7:30 Eastern time. We headed down to Nashville for the night. Since we had several packages at the Nashville office, Malcolm had one of his co-workers grab them all on Friday and take them home. We met him this afternoon and picked up the packages from him.

Heavy morning traffic in northern Indiana

Heavy morning traffic in northern Indiana

We got here around 4:00 PM Central time, unhitched and turned on both air conditioners. It was 90 degrees and muggy. The ACs cooled the rig off nicely. We headed out and had some Pie Five pizza for dinner before picking up our packages and heading back to the trailer via a gas station to fill up the truck.

Site M-1 at Nashville KOA

Site M-1 at Nashville KOA

Tomorrow we’re heading down I-40 towards Little Rock, then I-30 towards Texarkana, stopping somewhere along the way for the evening. From there, on to Houston on Tuesday.

Two of our packages contain items for a modification that Malcolm is working on. We’re replacing the stock white plastic speakers on the ceiling with Bose speakers. Malcolm mounted and hooked up the center channel speaker this evening so we can see how it rides from here to Houston.

Speaker before and after

Speaker before and after

Still at the Rally

Current Location: Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds, Goshen, Indiana

We’re still enjoying the rally. It’s fun visiting with friends we only see a couple times a year. The last several days have basically been spent on the fairgrounds or in town. One exception was Thursday when we all had the afternoon and evening free to do what we wanted. We headed up to Yoder’s Popcorn shop to pick up some more popcorn.

Since we arrived, we’ve had some service done to the trailer courtesy of the Heartland service team. They stopped by and replaced a faulty converter (charges the batteries and runs the 12V lighting) as well as some seals that were already torn or wearing out. The whole team did a great job of servicing a lot of rigs.

We picked up a couple items here at the rally, taking advantage of pricing specials and visiting vendors. We added a manually cranked reel for our power cord and built a shelf over it to store one of our totes. We also picked up some LED lights to replace a few of our non-LED lights in the trailer. We also took advantage of a special on aluminum tread steps to replace the plain metal steps leading up to the door of the trailer. They are much easier to fold up.

Both of us have been busy taking pictures for the rally. Malcolm loads them onto the computer, picks a few to represent activities that have been going on and uploads them to an album on the Heartland RVs Facebook page. We’ll post some up after this whirlwind trip is over.

Speaking of trips, Malcolm has been redirected to work in Houston after we leave here instead of Nashville. We’ll still stop in Nashville on Sunday evening. Malcolm’s co-worker is going to meet us and drop off a few packages we had sent to the office there. We’ll leave there Monday morning and head on down to Houston which is a two day trip. Malcolm will start working there on Wednesday of next week. We already have reservations ready down there. We’ll probably be there for two and a half weeks.

At the Rally

Current Location: Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds, Goshen, Indiana

No, we didn’t disappear. We’ve been super busy photographing the rally happenings, attending different events and seminars and eating dinner out with friends or at their campsite. We’ve been posting pictures to the Heartland RV Facebook page. We will do a catch-up post here with several pictures later in the week. We’ll be here through Sunday morning when we pull out and head back to Nashville for a couple weeks.