Our time here at the Outdoor Resort in Palm Springs has drawn to a close. Three and a half months has flown by and we have had a great winter so far.
Great weather, making new friends and having old friends visit have been the highlights of our stay here. The weather has been absolutely beautiful and it is great to be so active, hiking, biking and our new passion – pickle ball!
Getting the Road House ready to roll takes the better part of a day. Seems we have collected a few new things along the way but thankfully we have lots of storage under the coach. Wally does most of the outside packing while I concentrate on the indoor chores. In this post, you will get to see all the prep Wally does to get us ready to roll.
Bikes go on the rack that is attached to the hitch on the back of the coach. The traegar smoker/grill legs fold under and it is stored under the coach. The teak bistro table and chairs fold up nicely and also fit into one of the three large compartments under the coach on the drivers side.
The outdoor rug is usually the biggest pain in the buttosky. It does a great job of collecting dirt and sand so we usually blow it off with our battery powered leaf blower, then fold it up and store it in a canvas bag. Again, it fits under the coach in on of the three big compartments on the passenger side. The trick to all this packing is to remember where the heck it all came from and then try to repack it all the same way.
Well, we did acquire a few things here in Palm Springs …the outdoor fire pit with a 10 gallon propane tank, a small side table and two doggie fencing panels. Hey, we needed that stuff so don’t get all judgy on me!
After Wally gets everything stowed, he takes off the UV window screens that cover the windshield and side door, then he cleans the windshield and applies rainex. A clean windshield makes the driver a happy man! He also has to retract all of our awnings and make sure they are locked. Yes, we had one of them come loose last year and of course it was the big awning on the drivers side slide out. Lucky for us, there was no damage.
The best is left for last…dumping the black tank and running the cleaning genie which automatically washes down the inside of the black tank. Wally then has to wash and stow the gray/black water sewer hose. It’s really not that bad as fresh water is run through the sewer line prior to disconnecting and stowing it. Trust me on this one, the hose always goes back in the same compartment and nope, NOT my job!!!!
Wally usually disconnects the water and sewer the night before we roll but leaves us plugged into power. This makes his departure morning go faster and cleaner. He partially fills our fresh water tank so we have shower water the next morning. Isn’t he a smartie!!
There is still chore of getting the tow bar for Ernie ready but we (yes, I am helping on this one) will connect the car and the braking system in the morning after we pull out of our site.
Ta-Da, that is mostly it for pre-departure chores. In the morning, we will both re-check our task lists and hopefully be rolling for Arizona around 8 am.
Oh wait, there is one last chore to be done…..