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 8/27/2007 10:24 PM
 
Hello,
Just wanted to report in and share my first solo trip in my new Roadtrek.
I headed for New Holland in Lancaster County, PA on Saturday. It was a gorgeous day in the 90's, but was stifling hot and humid. So needless to say, I sat inside after hooking up my water hose and electrical cable. The AC works great!
After the sun went down, I practiced putting out the awning and got a chair out for some pleasant manual reading. I couldn't figure out why I wasn't getting any hot water after turning on the water heater. I finally discovered that the propane needed to be on. Duh!
I also switched the refridgerator over to propane opposed to electric and that got much colder as well. Using propane scares me a little due to the flammability of it, but I guess I will just have to get over it.
Come night fall, I could hear thunder in the distance and they were calling for scattered storms, so I put in the awning and closed up the windows just in time. I slept pretty well, despite the thunder and plunking of walnuts from the tree above dropping on the roof. I sure hope they didn't cause any dents, but I was not about to climb up there to find out and there was nothing I could do about it anyway.
I tested all the systems except the generator and everything appears to work well. The park I was in prides itself on quiet solitude with no scheduled activities. I think they would have frowned on me firing up the Onan on a peaceful Sunday morning ;)I'll save that for the next trip out.
My last feat was to empty the holding tank. Mine only has one 22 gallon tank for both the gray and black water. It comes with an automatic macerator, so all I had to do was push a button and it was done.
So now, I feel pretty confident with how everything works. It was a great practice session. I checked out on Sunday because I needed to be back for an interview this morning.
My plan is to go back to the OR for a year of current experience and then do some traveling nursing come next October. There's not much demand for a Detox Nurse to sustain continuous assignments to make a living.
My next trip out is a weekend in the Poconos in two weeks. I joined the Mid-Atlantic chapter of RVing Women and they are having a rally there with the Northeast Network. It should be a fun time and maybe I'll actually look like I know what I'm doing. LOL
Love, Sharon

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 8/27/2007 11:14 PM
 
Your trip sounded great. Did you say you went alone? I have a trip planned to Arkansas in October and will be alone for part of it. I'm a little leary but will just have to get used to it. I thought about traveling nurse jobs and still may consider it. I retired from nursing in July. I met an OR traveler at the dog park yesterday, and she had good things to say. She doesn't seem to have any difficulty lining up jobs in areas she likes. Good luck with all your camping adventures. 2001 25 ft fiver 2500 chev 2 labs 2 bullies

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 8/27/2007 11:49 PM
 
Sharon, what a neat and relaxing trip...You did well, girl!!
I have not been in the Poconos, but have heard it is a marvelously gorgeous area. SO nice you joined the Atlantic chapter of RVing Women... and will Rally with them!!! How Fun!! :)
You can just "wing it" and pretend you are a long-time, well experienced lady RVer.....tee hee!!
DH and I run into traveling nurses, and they talk highly of the money, the jobs.. One couple said they got a housing allowance, which they spent on motorhome payments and park rent instead...They loved their life nursing on the road and on the go!!
Good luck to both you gals on this nursing travel plan! Joella

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 8/28/2007 5:37 PM
 
Hi Traveler,
Yes, I did go alone and will be doing so routinely. I was not afraid at all. The few couples parked next to me were very friendly, which I think most rvers are. They just walk by and say hello :)
You will be just fine. Please feel free to keep in touch with me via here or email. That way someone knows where you are and you have someone out there for you so you don't feel so all alone.
What makes you think of going back to work? Personally, if you can afford to stay retired, I'd say stay that way. If you are bored, I think traveling nursing is a great way to go. You can work when and where you choose and still see this great nation.
The money is great too, but that's not why I'm doing it. I make plenty right here in PA. My whole desire is in the traveling. I also have 20 years to work before I hit the magical 65.
Joella,
Thank you for your encouragement :) The Pocono Mountains are just gorgeous. I used to ski them when I was younger, but now I think I will just sit by the lake around the campfire socializing with the girls :) Roadtrek really does make rving easy. I am grateful.
When I give up my apartment and start traveling as a nurse, I plan to make double payments on my Sprinter and use the housing allowance for park fees. The greatest thing is the assignments are typically 13 weeks, so I can check out one area and move to another. Not to mention gaining great experience in different OR's and rving :) Even if I get a tough assignment, I can do anything for 13 weeks. What a life.
My interview went well yesterday and I was invited back today to observe a triple bypass Open Heart case and meet the nurses. Talk about fascinating. I can't even describe it. All I can say is I get that same sense of awe seeing live anatomy as I do when I view a breathtaking scene in nature. God's glory is inherently declared.
The Nurse Manager verbally offered me the position, now I am waiting for the formal HR offer. I am excited and well on my way!
Thanks Again :)
Love, Sharon
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 8/28/2007 6:51 PM
 
Sharon, congrats on the verbal offer of a position in the OR!!! Where is this...in or near Womelsdorf, PA?
I know you will enjoy working there. Will you stay on that job till your plans jell to travel and do traveling Nursing in October 2008? Sounds like a marvelous plan to me!!
I know it was interesting for you to observe the Triple Bypass Open Heart surgery...and neat to meet the Nurses you will be working with. I can imagine it was VERY fascinating. My interests have always included Nursing..tho' at the last minute I didn't go into that field, but went into home building and construction instead.
Sounds like a good plan of life's future, to me... neat you plan to make double payments on the Sprinter...
Enjoy the gals and the Pocono...Photos, please!!
Enjoy your day! Joella

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 8/28/2007 8:00 PM
 
Thank you Joella,
My new job is in Lebanon PA, a little town about 25 minutes down the road from Womelsdorf.
I need to get at least 1 years experience in a high demand specialty to travel, so this will be exactly that. My apartment lease is up on October 1, 2008. I then plan to domicile in Livingston, Texas. My Escapees Rainbow Park address will be my home base and I am free to travel anywhere without worrying about a sticks and bricks place to maintain.
So, between now and then I will find homes for all my things and be ready to go. I am not materialistic and can hold on to my many blessings lightly. However, I am sentimental and am not sure I can part with my heirlooms from my grandmother whom is no longer with us and I so adored. I may end up storing the larger furniture items until my niece is old enough to appreciate them and has a place for them.
You bet I will get pictures to share from the Pocono Rally. They are planning an old fashioned country ho down complete with a caller, which should be a hoot! I am also planning on doing some horseback riding one of the days. So I'll be dustin off my boots and gettin the camera ready ;)
Love, Sharon

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 9/3/2007 1:58 PM
 
Hi Sprinter,
Sounds like you did an excellent job of testing your new RV. I wonder if I would have been able to figure all that out. Knowing me I probably would have only tested what I actually needed at the time.. not good.
Tell me, after you run all your tests the way you are doing it--and everything seems to work do you dare make a long trip then?
Love ya, Mary
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 9/3/2007 2:29 PM
 
Hi Mary,
I actually had a head start. The gentleman that sold me my Roadtrek was a real sweetheart and he is an RVIA certified service tech. So he had everything all fired up when he gave me the walkthough when I went to pick it up.
He went over every system with me one by one. I took a lot of notes and read all my manuals. So I was already reassured that everything worked. I just needed to prove to myself that I could work everything.
I would be out on the road right now if I didn't have to work.
How are things going with you?
Love, Sharon
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 9/3/2007 3:12 PM
 
Hi Sprinter,
Doing as well as an old broad can do. Can't wait until my Sept. campout with the Rt. 66 Good Sams. Going to go for an extra day out just to see how it feels. Hoping no men come to help me hook up. I use to do it myself and I need to do it again, by myself. They goofed up my sewer hookup hoses and now I have to figure them out and get it the way I want it heh heh heh.
Sure is hot...it's been triple digits for soon long now, getting alittle tired of it.
Love ya, Mary
98 29ft Class C Tracker TrailStar Traveling with: Angel-"Navigator Poodle"

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 9/4/2007 1:49 AM
 
Hi Mary,
I am excited for you for your next trip out. I hope it goes real smooth for you and you enjoy it immensely!
I have all the faith in the world in you that you can hook up yourself. Good luck with those sewer hoses.
I'm sending you some cool, crisp air. It is sweatshirt weather here in the evenings now.
I read a cute sig the other day that said "If you're wearing long pants, you're too far north!" LOL
Love, Sharon
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