Current Location: Picacho / Tucson NW KOA, Picacho, Arizona
When we last left our story, we had checked into the Comfort Inn on Monday afternoon. Tuesday morning, we were over at the dealer sorting through, bagging and boxing up stuff in the old trailer. We watched longingly as our new trailer sat a few hundred feet away in the sold yard, awaiting preparations.
On Wednesday morning, we stayed a bit late at the hotel since we had to check out by noon. There was no more room in the inn. We headed over to the dealer and were heartened to see our rig was no longer in the sold yard, but was over in the service area. We found out it was being prepped for delivery, but wouldn’t be available until Thursday. We finished up what we could in the old trailer and started digging around for a place to stay on Wednesday night.
Malcolm found one remaining room available at a nearby bed and breakfast, the Gaslight Inn in Glendale, Arizona. He made a reservation and we checked on the cat (who remained in the trailer due to no pets at the B&B). We stopped by our service adviser’s office and asked about our rig. She indicated that we would be able to do a walk-through at 10:00 on Thursday morning. Yay! The only thing they had left to do was to change out the TV set. When we originally looked at the unit, it was obvious that it had the wrong TV (too small). They agreed to purchase a new one the right size and have it installed.
We left on a cheery note and checked into our B&B. Once checked in, we walked around the historic downtown area near the B&B and Val found a yarn shop. She picked up a few things and we walked around a few other shops until things started closing. We dropped our purchases off at the room and checked out the German restaurant next door. The food was great.
This morning we were up early. We prepared for the day and ran our stuff out to the truck. We sat in the lobby until it was time for our breakfast at 8:30. The food was great. We dropped off our keys, thanked our host and headed back over to the dealer. They were just backing our rig into the customer inspection area.
We did our walkaround, found a couple of very small items that were fixed right away, then shuffled off to finish up paperwork inside. While we were inside, they rolled the new rig around next to the old one, door to door, so we would be able to transfer stuff easily.
After the paperwork, we were outside around 11:30 or so starting to move everything over. We stopped about 1:30 and had lunch there at the dealer (they grill out burgers, dogs and chicken every day). They came out and installed the new TV and checked on a lack of 12V power to the rig when it was unplugged from power. That turned out to be a blown fuse on the converter. Everything else looked and worked great.
We finished moving things over, hitched up and headed out around 5:00 PM. Naturally, it took a while to get out of Phoenix due to rush hour traffic. We stopped at a truck stop and grabbed some Arby’s food to go and ate it in the truck. We headed on down the road about an hour and stopped for the night here in Picacho at the KOA. They were surprisingly still open at the office (7:30 PM) and got us set up right away.
We’ve spent the evening starting to sort out a lot of the stuff we just dumped in the chairs, couch, bed, etc. We’ll do a little more sorting tomorrow morning, then we’ll head out to Tucson and visit friends over the weekend.
We’ll have trailer pictures up soon.