Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Back in the Keys and Some Big Changes


Cudjoe Key, Florida (high 70, low 57)


So much has been happening that I don’t know where to begin.  Our plan for continuing to be full-time RV’ers has evolved over the past year and we just made another big change.

Since we have RV lots in the north Georgia mountains, and one in the Keys, and spend a lot of time in each place, we decided to put a fifth wheel on each lot.  Last summer we purchased a used fifth wheel for our Blairsville lot and recently we bought another fifth wheel for our Keys lot.

Our plan is to eventually trade in our motorhome for a smaller Rv like a B+, that we will use for travel.  That won’t happen while Mom is still alive, but it’s our plan for the future.

We had been looking for months for the right RV and we finally found one that seemed to be in good shape and priced right.  It’s not new, or pretty, but it fit on our small lot in the Keys.  It passed the rain test last night, so that’s always a good thing!  We had an extra air conditioner installed and bought a washer/dryer combo, so hopefully it will work out.  We had it towed down here, since we don’t have anything that would have pulled it.

We normally rent out our lot a few months in the winter to help with some of the annual expenses and we still may be able to do that.  We could have it towed and stored at the place where we used to store our boat.  We will play that by ear.

One good thing is that there are a lot of pre owned RV’s in the Tampa area and it’s a buyers market.  We knew that closer to the end of snowbird season, the prices would come down and they did.  We got a good deal on our new to us Fifth Wheel. 



We bought it from a lady who stored it inside this fabulous garage/barn.  It was HUGE.  The owner has a horse stable and a trucking business.  The horse trailer next to our fifth wheel is a 53 foot (the size of a trailer semi’s pull).  It is a horse trailer with RV quarters.  You can see how huge the storage building was.


The owner, Jeremiah agreed to tow it down for us and also keep it there until we were ready to move it. He allowed us to have a Rv tech come and add our bedroom AC unit. He gave us his gate code so that we could come and go from his beautiful property at will. He and his wife Jen were so nice and helpful.

We will miss going out to the beautiful property and watching the horses jump. 


The tires on the trailer were dry rotted, so Jeremiah told us about a tire place nearby and he arranged for us to get a discount.  He then had his workman Jared take the tires off the trailer. We got the new ones and Jared put the new ones back on the trailer for us.  How nice was that?  We also used Jared to help get the very heavy Splendide washer/dryer combo inside the fiver.  Of course we gave him some money for his efforts.

We were a little concerned the Fiver wouldn’t fit on our Rv lot and still leave us room to park our truck.  We have to park up under the front a little, but Jeremiah managed to get it on our small Keys lot.


You can see why I was a little worried.  There was a patio and a power pedestal that needed to be avoided.


He slipped it right in there and maneuvered it so that it was straight and where it needed to be.



Here are a few pictures of the inside.  It has a rv size King bed, which of course means it’s smaller than a regular king bed, but it’s much larger than we had before. The cats have plenty of room now too.  I tossed this old comforter out, put a pretty blue and white one with a beachy theme.







The recliners travel sideways, but turn for use.  Unfortunately, they seemed comfortable at first but we’ve changed our minds.  The only good thing, is you don’t tend to want to sit in them too long and waste the day away on the internet.  Smile




We’re settling in and trying to do a little decorating “Keys Style.”  

We’ve managed to eat at or favorite places and got our first hogfish sandwich of the season.


We took a trip to Key West for sunrise one morning.


We were lucky enough to watch a cruise ship come into port.  It was interesting how they got the huge dock lines from way up high on the ship, down to the water below and tied off.




The lines are dropped and a guy in a small boat takes them over to the dock where someone else is there to attach them.

We didn’t wait around to watch the gangplank being lowered and the people disembarking.



Did anyone notice the predicted temperatures today for Key West?    Yep…..there is a cold front.  We nearly froze last night in Key West.  My teeth actually chattered and I cannot remember the last time that happened.  


  1. Your rig looks terrific! I need to get back to reading more blogs, I miss everybody! Been so busy subbing and having company haven't had time to write myself. Glad things worked out so well with your plans and purchase.

  2. What a great idea to put a fifth wheel on your site in the Keys!! Sounds like you guys have the best of both worlds.....mountains and ocean!! I like the fifth wheel!!
    Enjoy πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

  3. Congrats on the new rig! It looks really nice! Such nice people that you purchased it from -- that must give you a good feeling!

  4. Great Rig --Congrats-- Hope to visit the Keys someday

  5. According to the NOAA Key West web site, the low temp Wednesday morning was 66 F! Your teeth chattered? Such a wimp!

  6. What a great idea to have the 2 RVS on different lots. You got a good buy!

  7. I think two rvs is a great idea. We have two but we still use the second one to travel with. There will come a time when we leave the smaller one in Montana. The fiver stays on out lit in AZ. Works out really good. Your fiver is beautiful but we also changed out the furniture.

  8. Hi Karen! Good job on getting the fiver all "tired up" and hauled to Venture Out. I know you'll enjoy that. Was checking to see if the lot is still available for rental, but this answers that question. We will look for another spot at VO and hopefully see you and Al in person sometime in May.

  9. I like your thinking, with RVs in both places. You'll be saving lots of money on tires! :c)

    We need to get a lot in the Keys, one can dream, can't I?

  10. Sounds like you got a great deal on a very nice rig for the Keys. You sure are all set now. You only have to be able to get away to the Keys in the winter and the mountains in the summer. No driving a big rig, just go and enjoy. Well done.

  11. Congrats on the new rig and the good deal. We are sure you will like it and you just have to pack the truck which ever direction you are going.
    Sorry I'm late. Still Catching up after travel days.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.


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