Our First Trip in the RV

We took “Homer” out for his first outing this weekend to a KOA campground in Hurricane Mills, TN about an hour or so from home. We wanted to make sure everything worked like it’s suppose to and set up the satellite and just get a feel for what life is going to be like when we can do this full-time.

It was fun trying to find out what the unmarked switches go to especially when you discover blown bulbs. Eventually we got all the switches figured out but one. Still not sure what the one that says, “entry” is for as it does not make the light in the entryway come on. That switch is right at the floor to the left of the door when you come in.  I had to call Direct TV to get help with the satellite, but now we will be ready for our next trip. Although we had planned to visit Loretta Lynn’s place, we never made it there as football won out and just taking time to relax. It was much-needed after the last few weeks we have had.

On Sunday, we hooked up and dumped on the way out and right as my husband pulled out on the main road, the trailer came unhooked and fell on the bed of the truck. We’re not sure how that happened as he had put the pin in it, but it wasn’t there when it came loose. Damage to the truck is pretty bad as the weight of the trailer smashed the side of the truck bed and the tailgate. Homer is scratched, but all is fixable. The checklist I’ve been reading about on other blogs will now be put to use EVERY TIME we take Homer out.

UPDATE: The pics below were not added until 2020 when I finally found them on an old disk. I knew I had pics documenting this unfortunate event, but could not for the life of me find them when I made this entry way back in 2014. The pics will show you all the damage done to the bed of the truck as well as the damage to the RV. I didn’t get a picture of the RV when it was sitting on the truck as when it all happened Greg was quick to jump out and get the legs down to pick it up off the bed of the truck while we figured out what to do next. Luckily the hitch was not damaged so we were able to hook up correctly and pull the RV to the repair shop. The bed of the truck was completely replaced as it was beyond repair. The front cap of the RV had to be replaced as it was too far damaged to patch. The cover for the hitch area was also replaced.

We Picked Up Our New RV

After weeks of stress and tears and feeling at times like this would never happen, we finally got to bring “Homer” home today. Who is Homer?  Homer is our 38′, 2014 Gateway (3500RE) 5th wheel that we will be living in full-time while traveling the open road.

We had looked at some other styles and brands, but we weren’t completely sold on them. When we walked into the 3500 we both knew that this was the one we wanted. We had a generator and satellite added so we can do some boondocking and parking lot stops. We are planning our first yard sale in October as well as taking stuff to my kids as we eliminate all the “extra” stuff that will not fit in our new home. I’m waiting for the realization to hit me that this is going to be my new home and that everything I have known and done up until now will be totally different as we embark on this new life.  I really don’t think that will happen until we actually hit the road.

Our New Fifth Wheel

When Greg and I got married, he was already on his third RV and was use to living in one for extended periods of time.  I on the other hand have never owned one. Our current one lacked storage space, washer/dryer space and a residential refrigerator, which were the 3 main items we wanted.  Since we will be living in ours full-time as soon as we sell our sticks and brick place and eventually be on the road full-time we wanted to invest in something that would give us the things we wanted the most. So after much searching we decided on the Gateway 3500RE, which is made by Heartland. We cannot wait to start breaking her in over the next few months with our first trip in November to Florida to visit my family.

My first yard sale is coming up as I try to minimize all the “stuff” in the house. Deciding what to get rid of and what to keep is the toughest thing I’ve had to do in a while, but I know I will get through it. I keep reminding myself that the prize at the end of this is being able to see the U.S. in a way I had only dreamed off, but is now becoming a reality.

We are following a lot of blogs and gathering lots of information from all those who have embarked on this type of lifestyle before us and I appreciate all the information. I hope to be able to meet some of you on the road in the near future.

Our chairs like this are connected with a storage and drink holder


Lots of storage areas

Gorgeous Kitchen

More storage

Another view