Well today is packing up and getting ready to leave day. I've given a lot of thought about whether I should leave tomorrow or stay until the wind stops blowing and have finally decided to be on my way.
It's been windy for a couple of days and is supposed to stay that way until Monday and I don't feel like staying here till then. Not that there's anything wrong with being here at the escapees Saguaro co-op is just that I've been here for a couple of weeks and it just feels like it's time to move on.
Now the wind isn't all that bad mostly 20 miles an hour or so, and that's in the afternoons with the mornings being just a little breezy. So I figure if I leave early in the morning and stop before lunch it should be okay.
I'm only planning on making it to Deming New Mexico tomorrow, and that's somewhere around 170 miles from Benson. As usual I'm in no hurry and I definitely don't want to get back to Colorado until it's warm . And for those of you that thinks I'm being too careful the town where I used to live is supposed to get a foot of snow tomorrow, And it's going to keep snowing until Sunday
This will be the last installment of the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. It wasn't easy to come up with something ugly in my full-timeing life but I did manage to find this one thing.
About a week ago I noticed that the front end cap of the Arctic Fox was starting to fade at the top. At first I thought it was just some dust up there but when I got out my ladder I found out that it was actually the gray color fading away and it was definitely UGLY.
It was pretty easy to see that it was happening in the area that gets the most sun so it was probably being caused by UV rays, which over time can damage just about anything. Not knowing what else to do I went to the source for all knowledge, the Internet.
It only took a minute or so on the Internet to find out that I was not the only one in the world with this problem. They were in fact literally hundreds of complaints about fading end caps, not only about Northwood, the company that makes the Arctic Fox, but about a few other companies as well. And from the information that I could gather here is what seems to be happening.
It appears that Northwood and some other companies buy their end caps from a company that makes...well... End caps, and some of the dark end caps had a problem with the gelcoat that causes them to fade in the sun and makes them look UGLY. The solution to this problem is to either replace the end cap, or paint the end cap, With painting being the most logical solution.
People have said that painting the end caps costs around $1000 and some of the companies that made the afflicted RVs are covering the cost of painting which seems to me the fair thing to do.
Now you would think that Northwood would not want hundreds of its trailers running around the country looking ugly, But so far Northwood is not doing anything to help its buyers.
I'm not going to go off on a rant about Northwood just yet, because I love my little Arctic Fox and it would take a lot more than this to change that. This summer I'm hoping I will be able to visit the Northwood factory in LaGrande Oregon to take a factory tour, and while doing that I will bring my problem to their attention. And I'm hoping by that time they will have come up with something that shows That they care as much about their customers as they do their bottom line.
I was told this is a Yellow Bird of Paradise, But I don't think it's a bird at all.
Today I'm going to talk about the "BAD". Now understand that none of these things are actually bad there just things I need to improve on or fix.
The first thing that bothers me is I seem to be getting lazier. Now the people that know me will say, how is that possible? But it does seem to me that I have reached a new level of lazy that surpasses all previous levels of lazy that I had reached in the past.
I have all kinds of projects that I was hoping to accomplish while living in the Arctic Fox. But so far I've only managed to do a couple of things, the rest have been put off because it's been..... Too cold.... Too hot, or my personal favorite... I don't feel like it. But I'm beginning to think it could be because I'm lazy.
Another thing that's bad, and this may be related to the previous thing, is that I'm putting on weight. In the last six months I've gained 5 pounds and I thought I was going to lose weight when I went full-time. If this continues for a couple of years the Arctic Fox will be over her weight limit and I will have to buy a bigger trailer. Now the reason for this is obvious even to me, I don't get nearly enough exercise and I eat way too much junk food. So after giving this problem a lot of serious thought I've determined that it's nature's way, and there's no solution other than to buy a larger trailer.
A kind of odd bad thing is that I'm still dealing with the fact that I don't have a real home. Every once in a while it jumps into my head that what I'm doing now is not my real life but just another long trip. This feeling usually comes on when I'm thinking of having to do something mundane like laundry and I think to myself, I'll do it when I get home, and then I get this funny feeling that I don't have a place I'm going too, all I have are places that I'm just passing through. like Jack Kerouac said, “Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road.”
I guess it's because I've almost always owned my own home, and now it feels unnatural to not have one. And yet, selling my home and all of the responsibilities that go with it, is one of the main reasons I went full-time.
It seems odd that the things I thought would be problems while full-timeing turned out to be just fine. And the things that I wasn't concerned about at all are now the things that concern me the most.
I think over time my "bad" things will straighten out as I get more used to my life on the road. I didn't think it was going to take any "getting use to", because I've taken a lot of long trips in the past, but I'm learning that there is a bigger difference than I realized between traveling and full-timeing.
Close up of the alleged yellow bird of paradise, obviously not a bird at all. This is why I don't learn the names of plants