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So from Ashburn, it was a days run to Bushnell FL and the Blueberry Hill RV Resort. There were already a number of New Horizons rigs in attendance, but we were the only Majestic there. Everyone was very curious and during the Open House event, it was a constant stream. Everyone was very friendly and helpful. As Newbies, we had lots of questions and were adopted by Bob & Judy Emerson as our NHOG parents. There we are in the 3rd row, on the left ( I am the one in my cool Coke Bear T-shirt) and our new NHOG parents are to our right.

Class Pix Rally_20111025_1276 TitledWe had a great opportunity to pick the brains of veterans about everything from rig maintenance, driving and places to spend the winter. Some liked Florida, but it was a bit pricy the closer you got to the main tourist attractions. Some liked southern Texas and some liked Arizona. Both had warm to hot winters. Texas could be windy and humid and the main complaint about Arizona was the wind and dust.

The RV maintenance session was extremely interesting and I picked up a number of good ideas for maintenance items. One of the NHOGers had an Excel spreadsheet of his maintenance items. I have adapted the list for our rig and now have a list of 100 scheduled maintenance items that need to be taken care of on a monthly, quarterly or annual basis. The spreadsheet tracks when each item was done and when it is next scheduled to be done. That way, I can sort the list by ‘next scheduled date’ and see the items that are due (I call this organized, Lynn calls this obsessive compulsive and anal retentive).

The safety seminar on tires and weights was another very interesting session. We had already stashed a bunch of stuff in Junction City.

The Walmart was across the street, so grocery shopping was easy. There was also a Dunkin Donuts in the store. Talk about Lynn needing a latte fix and I needed a bagel fix. Smoked salmon and cream cheese from the Walmart and we were in heaven.

It was during our stay here that the Oil Life Monitor on The Beast started to nag about getting an oil change. Technology is nice and all that, but sometimes it is like your mother nagging you to brush your teeth. Every time you start the truck, it tells you that its time for an oil change. On the free day in the rally schedule, I scheduled an oil change at the Ford dealership in Inverness.

The other task on the free day was to find Lynn’s bag of purses. She swore up and down that somewhere was a big shopping bag full of her purse collection. I said, no, it is not in the basement. To prove that, I spent the afternoon unpacking everything from the basement and stacking it up beside the rig. This turned out to be the afternoon’s entertainment for the rally attendees and others at the park, as I attracted quite a crowd with the every larger growing pile of crates (I should have taken a picture). So after going through every bin, alas, no purses to be found. The next day, Lynn found the bag hanging on the far side of her end of the closet. I have not let her forget this!!!

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