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Griswalds Redux: Hitting the road!

“A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.” ~Lao Tzu

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July 2015

How to travel on wheels?

We have spent the last few weeks searching for our preferred method of traveling on wheels. I seriously thought it was just picking out one of those cute vintage trailers and la la la … decorating it and away we go. But no. My hubby informed me that he is not living in 15-16-17 sf for a year or more.

Robert aka BuilderBob wants something that might make Tim Taylor happy. 34 ft, slide outs, etc etc etc. He wants a motorhome – a big class A or is it class C – the longer the better.

So far our research has taken us from small vintage trailers to big diesel slideouts, through 5th wheels (like my parents – Peg & Andy – the original Griswalds), and onto travel trailers & toy haulers. Each has it merits and cons.

We finally decided with input from our friend Fran (also known as my SIL’s mom) that a 26-27-28 Motor home is probably what might work for us. Fran and Jack had a 27′ motor home and traveled all across the country.

Now we are into the “older vs newer” part of the research. New new is totally out of our budget. But old old is out of our ability to fix (having no shop, or tools when we arrive). So we are looking for the MH that some kindly old grandparents passed away and only put 25-40K miles on it and their kids selling it have all the records and manuals.

Our wish list includes a queen size bed with walk around space on either side, the largest bathroom we can find (definitely no shower / potty combo!!), and decent storage. My want is for it to not look like it came out of the 80’s with that pastel upholstery or blue (which I am finding is very common even on the brand new ones!). Robert suggests if we find one at a decent price, reupholstering wont be a big issue. Even flooring isn’t insurmountable.

His requests are self levelers, a good generator and really good AC. Good engine with not too miles on it!

I am finding that I keep going back to rvforum.net – this group has done all the research I am doing and also has a lot of hints, tips and cautionary tales for us newbies.

Resources

I get asked all the time about the Big Island – what to do where to stay – This is the book I refer people to almost daily – Hawaii: Big Island Revealed – Andrew Doughty.

Another good place to check for info on current events / festivals going happening on the Big Island is Kapoho Rentals on Facebook

Aloha Hawaii

July 28, 2015

As we begin to prepare to leave the Big Island of Hawaii, we are researching our trip! So excited to be starting this adventure and yet sad to be leaving 30 years behind.

So far, we have listed Lani Kuhonua (where heaven meets the earth) aka the Pond House for sale. Starting to go through items / closets, etc getting ready to discard so much! and yet what do we want to take with us?

This trip has been coming for almost 9 years. The time was never exactly right to leave. Parents, then houses, then Robert’s surgeries, storm, lava flow….. you get the picture!

We have been asked so many times – how could you leave? So here are the pros and cons  (in no particular order):

  • Orchids every where. The Orchid show in August too.
  • Ocean at our door step almost. (and this would go in the cons when there is a big storm)
  • Lau lau’s – in fact got chased through KTA party lot by the lau lau guy when he saw my car! 4 laulau’s for $10 – yum!!
  • Warm winters (but will not miss the too warm summers like this years!)
  • Gov official that treats me like a close friend! Gave me a hug and kiss today and hadnt seen her since the storm period. Wont miss neighbors who jockey for “position”.

There are many more things and will post as I think of them!

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