Wednesday, January 25, 2017

#16 - Wednesday, 25 January 2017 | Hoffman Estates, Illinois

It's not often that I blog at 2:25 a.m., but here I am. Today is the day I've been waiting for and it is going to be a busy one. I went to sleep very early and have woken earlier and probably will just stay up now. I have a 9:30 appointment to pick up my travel trailer and want to load up my truck with stuff beforehand. There's much to learn so they have an orientation and I plan on staying at the RV dealer as long as it takes to cover every feature to my liking. My belongings have been stored at my sister's second house where she is opening a business and there are workers there this week while she's in Riviera Maya so it will be best for me to move some stuff out before their work day begins.

One of the most surprising things about buying my new truck and RV is the fact that apparently dealers have no clue when factories ship to them. The RV is one month late. When I made the purchase they promised delivery "by Christmas". The truck was also a bit late. The truck surprised both dealer and me when it arrived at Tom Peck Ford. They had arranged to trade for an identical one located out of state and were pursuing that when my new ride magically arrived one Monday morning. With the travel trailer they gave me a factory completion date of January 17 and I started calling after that to check on anticipated pick up date. General RV had no clue and said they'd get back to me but didn't. I called again Monday to bug them and was told they'd call and get back to me. When they did it was to tell me that it had arrived on Saturday and they just discovered that. One hand has no clue what the other is doing!

All the pieces of the puzzle are finally together, albeit it about a month after I had hoped. My plan is to head back to Florida beginning Sunday morning. I'll take three days to get down there, overnighting at free spots like truck stops and then have a four night campsite reservation at Kissimmee Prairie State Park. That is the same place I had a reservation for earlier in the month that I had to abandon. I'll do a little snake hunting and getting used to RV life, and then on February 4 will drop the travel trailer off at a storage facility in Ocala where it will sit for a month while I head back to Chicago and fly to Kuching, Borneo and Langkawi, Malaysia.

As always, keep an eye on my Instagram feed for photos. I'll try to blog again later with a photo of the big rig, but I'll definitely post a pic or two on Insta shortly after picking it up.

All the best, M


  1. new place to keep up on your travels and where abouts my friend

    1. I was wondering how long it would take for a comment ... Glad that it was Apple who is frequent commenter at Kiss My Big Hairy Spider (my other blog). Looking forward to you joining me in March John. Put in for time off and let me know when ...