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Old 12-02-2015, 08:42 AM   #1
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Starting the adventure next week - what have we forgotten?

Hubby and I purchased an RV in AZ, and next week we are leaving upstate NY and driving out to get it. This week is crazy busy, and I just feel like I am forgetting something...lot of things, actually.

So far we have done, or are in the process of :

getting insurance
getting an extended service plan
getting roadside assistance
join Escapees & arrange for mail
join Good Sam
call health insurance company and get app that lists participating providers
get security system for house
time the lights in the house
install generator in the house in case of power outage (we are rural...sometime we have several days without power)
arrange for towing system once we get to AZ
arrange for plowing while we are gone
arrange for LP gas delivery while we are gone
contacted local sheriff to notify them of our absence
new batteries in smoke detectors
get cats their valium for the trip (forget the cats...I'll need it!)
mail packages of gear to meet us in AZ

What are we forgetting?

Are there any apps you like to have while travelling?

Is there anyone to hold our hand through this?
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Old 12-02-2015, 08:52 AM   #2
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Also check the expiry dates on your driver's license and credit cards. It can be a real pain if they expire while you're on the road.

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Are you going long term? Sell the darn house and follow the sun.
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HAVE friends or family come by the house once in a while, flush toilets run water in sinks, make sure heat is working. As far as the RV or your personals there's always a store with everything forsale.


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Check to see if your cell phone provider (or your existing cell phone) can provide internet access for your laptop (I didn't see one (laptop) (other that a cat) in your list).

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Notify your credit/debit card providers/banks where you will be traveling. Some will see your trip as unusual activity and block the account.
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Liquor. It shouldn't need further explanation after that to do list.


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A few I thought of...
  • Call credit card company to let them know you are traveling and will be using your cards outside your normal area
  • Set home thermostat to lower level while gone (no sense in heating the house if no one's going to be home)
  • Clean out all expiring items from refrigerator
  • Check/exercise sump pump
  • Relax and enjoy
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If you plan to flat tow your car, make sure that it is OK to do that. If so, you could have a baseplate installed where you live, and purchase the tow bar there as well. When we did what you are doing in 2011, our car at the time had to have the front wheels on a dolly to tow, and we had to find and arrange for delivery of one when we got there. Some cars require a trailer. ...Just a heads up.
We loaded clothes, bedding, and our Goldendoodle in a PT Cruiser and took off across country through places we had never been before. It was a wonderful adventure with memories that we still laugh and talk about. Like the not so friendly dealer that simply tossed me the keys to the 35 ft. coach and said " It's your baby now, you spank it. "
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Also check the expiry dates on your driver's license and credit cards. It can be a real pain if they expire while you're on the road.

Enjoy your new.

Excellent idea! We just double checked. Thanks!
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Are you going long term? Sell the darn house and follow the sun.

It's on our list. Hope to get it on the market next year!
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Just a thought. We leave northern Ohio end of December. We always drain down the water system and hot water tank just in case the furnace does stop and it is a few days before someone shows up.
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FWIW anyone leaving the house for more than a day should have a water shut off and know how to use it. It takes only a minute to throw the valve and minimize any damage from a leak.
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FWIW anyone leaving the house for more than a day should have a water shut off and know how to use it. It takes only a minute to throw the valve and minimize any damage from a leak.
You know... come to think about it... during the spring months.. I've read horror stories about sunbirds coming back home to find a water pipe burst or a water heater malfunctioned..

Maybe think about turning off the water main off, draining the water heater and relieving pressure on the system.. not sure how feasible that is.. but might be a consideration..

Another consideration could be.. security camera's are pretty cheap now.. If you plan on keeping your WiFi connection live while your gone.. you could place a few cameras strategically placed so you could "check in" on things like the water heater or furnace...

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