Almost Made It

14 02 2011

Yesterday, work on the rv started promptly at 10am. M set to work taking all the batteries out and cleaning all the terminals with a baking soda slurry, then toothpaste, and finally vaseline. As he was doing that, I was taking advantage of a break in the rain to RainX all the windows (mostly to remove the moss).
After about 8 hours of diligent work, M had everything cleaned, lubed and polished. We put some gas in the engine and she started right up, and started charging the batteries right away.
We got in took her for a test ride around the block and felt good about the 20 mile drive home.
So we loaded everything up properly, M got in the other car to follow me, and we headed towards the I-5. We stopped at a gas station by the heavily congested (at 8pm on a Sunday night!) Freeway for a quart of oil and some gas.
Good news: the gas tank doesn’t leak. Bad news: for the quart of oil we put in, 1/4cup leaked out immediately. We are hemmoraghing oil. We turned around and headed right back to the seller’s house for the night.
There is no way we are driving a rv 20 miles in stop and go traffic with an engine that can’t keep oil in it.
There is a lining to this cloud though… the guy at the auto parts store has seen a lot of olderdodge engines like ours, and a common problem they have is with an old, leaky oil valve. It should be easy to replace, and only cost about $10.


Its been a long time

11 02 2011


Just found this awesome wordpress app for my Android. Hopefully I can stay updated here on a more regular basis.

The man and I just bought our first home together! Its a 1978 Chevy Cabana motorhome. It looks like crap. It’s been sitting in a driveway for 3 years collecting mildew and ssssslime all over the outside. It is 27 feet long, with shag carpet on the inside.

I have no clue what to do with a motorhome. We have a steep learning curve ahead of us, but I am sick of renting crappy sub-standard housing from slum lords. As a woman working an entry-level job that doesn’t pay enough I also have poor credit due to years of neglect. These factors combine to a point where I am stuck in a cycle of pretty much being poor.

I see that the only way out of this for me is to take matters into my own hands. So I started by convincing my husband to quit the apartments and live in an rv. We are doing this to cut our costs so we can focus on taking a class each per quarter and turning the dream of owning a business into a reality.

If anyone out there reads this, consider it a letter of application. I am applying for a long-term place to park our rv while we go to school and start our business. Free would be the best price, but we would be willing to exchange services for rent.

I am a gardener, doula, child birth educator, nutritionist. I can exchange yard work, veggies from the garden, child care help building cob projects, livestock care etc.

My husband is a carpenter, welder and chef by trade. He is willing to trade construction work, handyman services, veggies from the garden, welding, and cooking services.


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