Moving is exhausting! It has been a week since we moved into our new RV home and we are still recuperating!
What a day that was! It started out quite crazy because Seattle had its first snow in over 8 years. We had about one inch at the RV park which is just about at sea level but we had to drive over a few mountain passes to get to the dealer and there were several inches on the ground for most of the way there, plus it was still snowing and it was super cold! Along the way, we passed a truck on the side of the road where a tall tree had fallen over the road and crashed right onto the truck’s windshield. It happened quite a while before we got there as the tree debris had been removed, the people had gone and all that was left was the demolished truck. A little disconcerting to say the least!
We finally made it safely to the dealer and were so excited to get our new home and get all moved in. (More about that in our next article) I naively thought that since we had downsized to the RV from our 2,000 square foot home, that moving from one RV to another would be a piece of cake. Boy was I wrong!
About a week before we were to pick it up, we decided to pack up everything inside into boxes that we didn’t absolutely need so it would be easier on moving day. Of course, that meant living amongst boxes in a tiny space for several days so that wasn’t fun.
Luckily, we have access to the RV park clubhouse so a few days prior to moving day, we moved all the boxes over there so we wouldn’t have to deal with them at the dealer lot.
I really thought that we were creating extra work but it turned out to be such a lifesaver! Even though we had moved most everything out of the inside, except clothes, dishes, food, toiletries etc., it still left a lot! Plus, we had a full basement of stuff that had to be moved. It ended up taking us a solid 2 hours, with no breaks, of moving stuff and just throwing it in the new RV. Nothing was where it was supposed to go, it was just thrown in and stored safe enough to drive back to the RV park.
It took us a solid day to get done at the dealer and by the time we got home, it was getting dark. But never fear, Tex backed this new RV, which is 5 ft longer than our old one, into our site on the first try. Our site is quite long but the road in front of it is very narrow and there is a hill and another RV perpendicular to our site right in front of us, so not everyone can back into it. But Tex had no problems. He backed right in and we got hooked up in no time.
Then came the fun. It was about 5:00 pm by this time and we were beyond exhausted and hurting so bad. Our backs were about to break and my neck was hurting so bad and was full of knots. Neither one of us could hardly move and we had not eaten one bite all day.
And we didn’t even have a bed. Since we had purchased a new Sleep Number bed, we had told the dealer we didn’t want the mattress that came with the RV so they had removed it so we didn’t have to deal with it
Only problem was that when the Sleep Number bed was delivered the week before moving day, we didn’t open the boxes to check to make sure everything was there. That was a huge mistake!
So at 6:00 pm on moving day, we are hurting, exhausted and we open the boxes to make the bed. Yep, you guessed it. It was missing a part. It was missing the foam foot board that makes the form for the bed. We had purchased the bed online through Camping World and they had closed at 5:00 pm. To make matters worse, if we had known it was missing a part, we could have picked it up, as Camping World was just a few blocks from where we purchased the RV.
Thankfully, our new RV has two couches. One makes a jack knife bed and one makes a regular bed but only one can be open at a time. So our first night in our new home and we had to sleep on the couches. We didn’t really care. We were beyond exhausted so we went to bed at 7:00 pm and left everything else for another day.
The next day, Tex was hurting so bad he could hardly move and I was not much better. He is just a few months removed from back surgery and moving all the boxes and gear the day prior had not been good. He ended up staying home that day and was able to help me sort and organize the interior of the RV. We didn’t get done that day but we made good headway. Plus, in addition to the organizing, I had to drive 45 minutes one way to Camping World to get the necessary part for the new bed and then drive back home.
We also had to move all the boxes that we put in the clubhouse back to the RV. That was a chore in itself. So all last week, I unpacked boxes and organized the interior of the RV. There are still a few things left to do such as hanging pictures but the majority of the work inside is done.
The basement is another story. Since we moved into the new RV, it has been either raining or extremely cold or both so we haven’t been able to organize it at all. It still looks like we left it at the dealer. Stuff is just thrown in anyway we could make it fit. There are still a few boxes in the clubhouse that belong in the basement as well. As you know, every RV is different and the storage spaces are all shaped different so it is going to take a few days of work to get the basement organized, if it ever gets warm enough to stay outside for more than just a few minutes at a time.
But throughout all of this hard work and pain we went through to move into our new home, we are absolutely in love with it. The layout is so much better and the king bed is just amazing. We didn’t go into this process looking for an extra half bath, but it is actually a great feature. We are so much more comfortable and are really going to enjoy our new home for many years to come!
In my next article, I plan to go over the process of buying the RV and what we experienced throughout the process, including delivery. Some things went smoothly and some things could have been done better.
Until next time~