On the Road Again

Current Location: Whispering Meadow RV Park, Westlake, Louisiana

Well, it’s been another week since our last post. Malcolm worked all week this past week. On Friday at noon we took the rental car back and did some stuff around the trailer the rest of the afternoon. This morning we packed up and headed down the road a couple hours east.

We landed here in Westlake, which is outside of Lake Charles, shortly after lunch time today. We are here for an overnight and to visit our friends Andy and Joanna Grimes again. After getting set up, we headed down to their trailer to visit for a couple hours. We loaded up into the Grimes’ truck and headed out to dinner, then got a tour of the Lake Charles area on the way back to the campground.

Our site.

Our site.

We’re heading on east, then north over the next few days, ultimately landing in Lexington, Kentucky on Wednesday.

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Visiting Friends in Louisiana

Current Location: Lafayette KOA, Scott, Louisiana

Mar. 31 to Apr. 1: Houston West RV Park, Katy, Texas

We typically blog each evening that we’ve moved to a new location. This may be one of the first times we’ve missed that habit. A lot of that had to do with getting things settled and organized in the new trailer.

On Tuesday, after landing in Katy, Texas, we headed out and did some shopping. We picked up a new Dometic 320 toilet (that we like a lot better than the Thetford toilets that are installed in the rig) to replace the one in the master bathroom. We also stopped by Costco and purchased a queen mattress like we had in our last trailer. Another stop at Home Depot to pick up a few hardware items, including cheap peel and stick tiles for the bed platform and it was back to the trailer for an afternoon of modifications.

Malcolm cut down the bed platform and stuck on the peel and stick tiles. We put the new queen mattress on the platform to let it relax and put the old king mattress on the truck to take to Goodwill. Turns out Goodwill (and pretty much anyone else) no longer wants to take mattresses. We stopped by and grabbed some dinner at a Tex-Mex restaurant and headed back to the trailer with the mattress in tow.

Malcolm tackled the toilet next and, when done, the connection to the toilet had a very slow leak. We suspect it was because Malcolm had to bend the connection over for the new toilet (had to do that in the old rig, too) which put stress on the fitting and caused it to drip. We solved that, at least temporarily, by turning off the outside water and using the pump when we needed water.

When we went to leave Katy, we had not only our two bikes to put somewhere in the trailer (we don’t have a rear bumper to mount our bike carrier to), but also a king size mattress and a big box with a toilet in it. We headed on to Scott, Louisiana on Wednesday morning, arriving mid-afternoon. When checking into the KOA here, Malcolm asked half-jokingly if anyone in the office needed a king size mattress. They said sure, bring it over, so we did. One less thing to tote around. Malcolm eventually got rid of the toilet and the box, as well.

Our spot in Scott

Our spot in Scott

Shortly after we unhitched here in Scott, we headed over to Home Depot and picked up what we needed to fix the plumbing issue with the new toilet. We now own a PEX cutter, crimper and clamps so we can make plumbing fixes or modifications as needed. Malcolm bought an inline cutoff valve, too, and plumbed it into the line to the new toilet. No more leak and we have a nice cutoff, as well.

Toilet hookup

Toilet hookup

We also picked up things like toilet paper holders, towel hoops, bathtub corner totes for shampoo bottles, etc., and several boxes of Command Strips. We’ve hung pictures, toilet paper holders, towel hoops, shelves and put up several other items that make a trailer a home. Malcolm put one Max Air fan cover on the roof of the trailer, over the half bath vent. The full bath vent is a different brand and the standard covers won’t work on it. We’ll have to figure that one out later.

Callie enjoying the view out the back window

Callie enjoying the view out the back window

Malcolm's assistants

Malcolm’s assistants

This afternoon we headed over to meet our friends Nick and Sheila and we all went out to dinner at Chili’s. We had a fun visit with them, heading to the book store after dinner and then back to their place so we could grab the truck and head back to the trailer. Tomorrow we make the long haul from here to Wetumpka, where we’ll be for about a week.

Louisiana for the Night

Current Location: Lafayette KOA, Scott, Louisiana

This morning we hitched up early and headed out from Wetumpka about 7:30 AM. The temperature was 31 degrees and there was a slight frost on everything. By the time we arrived in Scott, Louisiana this afternoon, the sun was shining brightly and the temperature was in the upper 70’s.

Our spot in Scott

Our spot in Scott

After arriving about 4:30 PM and getting unhitched, we headed down the road to Cracker Barrel and met our good friends Nick and Sheila for dinner. We stayed there and chatted for a while before heading back home. Tomorrow we’re off to Houston for a couple weeks of work.

License plates from today – 26 of 51 found.

License plates

License plates

Halfway to Alabama

Current Location: Pavilion RV Park, West Monroe, Louisiana

David got up early (for us, probably not for him) and headed over to the trailer about 6:30 AM this morning. We all pitched in and arranged his stuff in the trailer, packed up and hitched up. We pulled out of Wichita Falls around 7:00 AM.

Not much of anything eventful on this leg of the trip. We arrived in West Monroe about 3:30 PM and were all set up in our site by 4:00. Malcolm headed down the road and filled up the truck with fuel so it will be ready to go in the morning. Now we’re just relaxing in the trailer with both A/C units cooling off the interior. Looks like leftovers for dinner, then an early bedtime.

Tomorrow we head on into Wetumpka, Alabama and Fort Toulouse. We’ll be there for a couple weeks.

Three Quarters There

Current Location: Pavilion RV Park, West Monroe, Louisiana

We left Wetumpka early this morning and stopped in a nearby shopping center so we could pick up Malcolm some coffee and breakfast at McDonalds. We headed on up I-65 towards Birmingham so we could stop by the Camping World in Calera.

Malcolm had already picked out which toilet he wanted to buy to replace our ailing toilet in the trailer – a Dometic 320 Series. We were wanting a white one, but they only had bone (ivory) in stock. We went ahead and bought that one and tossed the box into the trailer. We then headed on up the road to catch I-20 west.

I-20 is some of the worst road we’ve been on just west of Jackson, Mississippi. There are huge heaves in the road. Malcolm thought he was going to go airborne over a couple of them. If nothing else, we expected to find things scattered inside the trailer. Fortunately, things were generally in place.

We arrived at the park here in West Monroe, picked semi-randomly along the way knowing that we wanted to get as far as Monroe, Louisiana tonight. We rolled into the park about 4:30 without a reservation and were set up in a pull-through site no problem. We got the Escapees discount (15%).

Once the trailer was set up and both air conditioners running, Malcolm drove each vehicle up the road to fill up the tanks. After both were filled, he started dinner (hobo packets) on the grill. While they were grilling, he installed the new toilet and had it working. He ran the old toilet to the dumpster along with the box. While loading the box in the dumpster, Malcolm found that there were wasps residing inside the dumpster and one stung him on the ear. It is swelling a bit, but not too bad. We’ll keep an eye on it and load him up with Benadryl tonight.

After dinner, we just spent the rest of the evening relaxing. We plan on getting an early start tomorrow, as well. It’s a fairly good haul on to Wichita Falls, Texas from here. We have to pass by the Dallas/Ft. Worth area on the way. Hopefully one of the campgrounds in Wichita Falls has a spot for a couple nights. We haven’t called ahead, but don’t anticipate issues.