Getting Close

Current Location: Hotel in Clarksville, Indiana

After renting the U-Haul, we literally filled it with our stuff, with some left over. We put the rest into the front seat of the U-Haul and a couple seat’s worth and in the bed of the truck. Malcolm went back and forth with the Credit Union on the phone until mid-afternoon while they tried to figure out what they were loaning us (they were severely undervaluing the trailer, ignoring MSRP and what we were paying for it). We finally decided to head on out, closing up the trailer and unhooking all the electric, water, etc.

On the way to the hotel, we got word that everything was squared away and the original full amount was being approved. We stopped for dinner along the way and electronically signed all the paperwork for the credit union and they sent a check out that evening via overnight delivery. We headed on to the hotel. Malcolm caught up with some urgent work while Val relaxed (she packed about 90% of the trailer and hauled it out to the truck, so she greatly deserved some rest).

This morning, early, Malcolm headed back to Evansville to the RV dealer that had originally sent out the adjusters for the trailer. They were installing our hitch, as well. While they were doing that, Malcolm caught up on some more work in their lobby. He also arranged insurance for the new trailer (using a different carrier than the one covering the current trailer) and squared away notifying the credit union of proof of coverage.

Once the hitch was done, Malcolm drove over to the campground to get the trailer. While hitching it up, he got a call from the dealer for the new trailer indicating that the check from the credit union arrived and verifying we would be there first thing Friday morning for our walk-through and paper signing.

Malcolm carefully pulled the old trailer to the RV dealer (that installed the hitch and sent the adjusters) and dropped it off for them to store for us while we await word from insurance. The storage rate was dirt cheap ($30 for a month). With that squared away (and all last-minute items removed from the trailer and tossed into the truck), Malcolm headed back to the hotel in Clarksville. We had dinner at the hotel restaurant and have been relaxing ever since.

Tomorrow will be a busy, tiring and hectic day. Fortunately, our hotel is literally across the street from the RV dealer. We’re going to leave the cat in the hotel room while we take care of trailer stuff. We’ve arranged for a late checkout (2:00 PM) so that Callie doesn’t have to spend much time cooped up in a carrier while we load stuff into the trailer. We hope to be in Nashville late afternoon or early evening.

Weekend Getaway

Current Location: Vanderburgh 4-H Center, Evansville, Indiana

While we were waiting on everyone (insurance, bank, etc.) on Friday, Malcolm decided to celebrate Val’s birthday over the weekend with a little getaway from the trailer. We drove up to Brown County (Nashville), Indiana to do some leaf looking (the leaves are just starting to change up there) and a little shopping.

We drove up first thing in the morning on Saturday and spent the day in Nashville, eating lunch downtown and visiting the various shops around town. We left around dinner time and drove out to the country to eat dinner at The Farmhouse Cafe. The food was pretty good and the ambiance was nice.

Downtown Nashville, Indiana

Downtown Nashville, Indiana

Horse drawn carriage rides in Nashville, Indiana (we didn't ride)

Horse drawn carriage rides in Nashville, Indiana (we didn’t ride)

More downtown Nashville, Indiana

More downtown Nashville, Indiana

Farmhouse Cafe Restaurant

Farmhouse Cafe Restaurant

Cats at Farmhouse Cafe

Cats at Farmhouse Cafe

After dinner we headed up to Morgantown, Indiana to our lodging for the night – Acorn Ridge B&B. This is a fairly new venture for the owners and they’re doing a pretty good job of it. During breakfast, we and the other couple staying there for the weekend got to talk to the owners at length after a wonderful breakfast.

Once we finished breakfast, packed and said our goodbyes, we headed over to Edinburgh and walked around the outlet mall there for a while before heading back to Evansville and to get to work on packing up our trailer.

On Monday, we sat around and waited since banks were closed. Malcolm did solicit some insurance quotes for the new trailer and called the dealer to find out when we can possibly take delivery (pending financing, of course). If we can get a check to them on Wednesday, we can take delivery then. Otherwise, it will be Friday morning. We’re working towards a Wednesday afternoon pickup at this point, having already reserved a space at the KOA next door to the dealer for Wednesday and Thursday nights.

We purchased an inexpensive microwave to replace the expensive convection microwave we put in this rig so that we can put it in the new trailer. Fortunately, they are the same brand and the mounting was exactly the same, making the swap a little easier.

New microwave installed, convection microwave sitting on counter.

New microwave installed, convection microwave sitting on counter.

This morning we picked up a U-Haul van to start moving our stuff into. Malcolm is now waiting around for the Credit Union to call him back on the trailer financing. Val is moving boxes out to the U-Haul.

Waiting Around

Current Location: Vanderburgh 4-H Center, Evansville, Indiana

Wednesday morning, Malcolm went over to the RV dealer to see if they would come over and look at our trailer for insurance purposes. They said they would come over in the afternoon. Malcolm also inquired about having a hitch installed in the truck. He got a written estimate and a date of next Thursday. After calling around various places as far away as Louisville, he was getting the same thing – one or two weeks out.

The adjusters came out in the afternoon to look at the trailer and take pictures. They agreed that the frame was bent and would probably not be repairable, at least at their shop. Repairs would involve removing parts of the frame and welding in new pieces, but they didn’t hold out hope that even that would work out. They were of the opinion that they would recommend the trailer be totalled. However, the insurance company may have more to say about it. We’ll see.

Wednesday evening, we found out that the Budweiser Clydesdales were going to be in Cave City, Kentucky, where we would be if we weren’t sidelined here in Evansville. Today we took a trip down there to see them, visit with folks at the rally there, then headed back to the trailer. Malcolm took a lot of pictures. Here are a few.

More pictures here: LINK

Back Home Again

Current Location: Vanderburgh 4-H Center, Evansville, Indiana

After leaving last week in the new truck without trailer, we drove to Durham, North Carolina for Malcolm’s aunt and uncle’s 40th wedding anniversary party. We stayed in the hotel with the rest of the family and had a great time visiting, playing cards, enjoying meals together and celebrating the anniversary at a party on Sunday afternoon.

We left on Monday morning and headed back towards Evansville. We made a stop in Ringgold, Georgia at an RV dealer there to look at a couple potential replacement trailers (under the assumption ours might be totaled). We were looking at smaller fifth wheel trailers but didn’t think we could get along with the smaller showers in the bathrooms. We thanked that dealer for their time (they were really nice and low pressure) and headed up the road a bit to spend the night west of Chattanooga.

While at the hotel in Chattanooga, Malcolm looked up some more trailers in a couple other (larger) floorplans we liked. He found one of the two in Nashville and the other in Clarksville, Indiana. Both were more or less on the way back to Evansville. We looked through the one in Nashville and liked it. The price could stand to come down some (and probably would have). It had the advantage of being in Nashville and right next door to the KOA where we are supposed to be going this Sunday.

While at the dealer in Nashville, State Farm called Malcolm to let him know that they are definitely declaring the truck a total loss. They gave him some information, verified the loss payee and payoff amounts with Ford Credit and got an address to send Malcolm some papers to sign (we had them send them to the Nashville office directly).

We ate lunch in Nashville then headed up the road to Clarksville, Indiana (across the river from Louisville, KY). On the way up I-65, we stopped briefly to visit with a few of the folks that have shown up for the Kentucky Chapter rally of the Heartland Owners Club. We were originally going to be there starting tomorrow, but obviously still have a lot of work to do here.

We stopped in Clarksville and looked all through the trailer there and chatted with the salesman. We really like the low pressure sales at this dealer. The salesman stayed until after closing to make sure we were comfortable with everything we saw, gave us his card and told us to call if we were interested in buying. We called him on the way home and told him we would be putting down a deposit on it tomorrow.

We are under no pressure to buy it right away, but if we can get a solid feel for the disposition of our trailer early enough in the day tomorrow, we can have the new trailer start getting ready for delivery by Saturday. That would generally work well with our schedule. We can bring it over here to Evansville, offload all our stuff from the current trailer to the new one and hopefully be on the road to Nashville as originally planned on Sunday.

New Truck

We drove from Evansville to Nicholasville, Kentucky this morning in the rental car to buy our new truck. We arrived in town (forgetting that the time zone changed) and ate lunch at Red Robin. We then headed on over to the dealer. The whole process took about three hours and was pretty much a hassle-free experience.

New Truck

New Truck

Instead of Malcolm driving the rental car back to Evansville while Val drove the truck (a three hour drive), we decided to pay a little extra and drop the rental car off at the Lexington airport so we could ride together on the way home. After dropping off the rental car, we stopped to visit Val’s sister Anne to pick up her birthday present for Val. We took her out to Culver’s so she could buy us birthday dinner then dropped her back off at her house before heading on back to Evansville.

Tomorrow morning, Malcolm needs to make a couple calls regarding the trailer adjuster coming out. He called today because he hadn’t heard anything and the number that he called answered as not in service. We suspect he maybe wrote the number down wrong. We’re hoping we can schedule the adjuster to come out next week as we are currently planning on driving on to North Carolina (with just the truck) for the family get-together that we were headed to before our crash.