Mar 29, 2020

Our RV is ready for its next adventure

We were finished unloading by noon yesterday – Saturday. While I continued to put things away inside the house, Colin cleaned the inside of the RV.

We are allowed to keep the RV out front for three days and our time was up today about 11AM today.  Every year I forget how much work it is to unload and to put all the stuff away. I  think it must be like having a baby ( I have never had one but I have assisted at several births ), after a short period of time you forget all the pain and look forward to the future.

All the RV laundry was done and so I went in and together we made the bed and put out the towels, etc.  All ready for the next trip.  There was no point in cleaning the outside but as you can see it is really dirty.  All that rain, snow and slush that we drove through.  I don’t know why Colin always has it cleaned before we leave the Isla but it does look so pretty all shiny and clean.  However the next adventure won’t be a fun one.  More of something along the lines of getting the windshield replaced re the crack we got in Tucson back in November, the annual service at Freightliner along with the exhaust leak repair and new RV tires.  We had planned to get new tires as soon as we got back to the US but Colin had priced them and they were about $250.00 less per tire in Canada.  Usually tires are cheaper in the US but that has obviously changed.  We checked with Loves’ in Vegas and again further enroute and were told that our tires were fine and would get us back to Canada.  $1500.00 saved is a good thing for us considering all the other costs we had as we traveled to the Isla last fall.

Not easy to see but the tread is quite worn.  It was not this bad when we left on March 15.  Not sure if there is an alignment issue.

The tire also looks square in places.  It is called cupping.

The fellow on one side of us has gotten even closer to our side in the storage area.

A very tight area to back in.


Next was the tricky part.  Our understanding is that we are in a voluntary self isolation for 14 days as per the government of Canada as we have been travelling outside of Canada.  We are in total agreement with that.  However it is also our understanding ( and we confirmed this with the border agent last Wednesday when we crossed into Canada ~ as long as we have no symptoms ) that we are allowed to go for a daily walk as long as we stay away from others. I also really need to exercise my knee.  We do live in an RV park with many people all around us.  Everyone here is practicing self isolation to protect themselves and others which is admirable. However is appears that there is no understanding of being able to go for a walk until your first 14 days are over.  In fact the park has even sent out in a few bulletins suggesting that folks here should contact the health authorities if someone is violating their 14 day isolation period. Both the Federal and Provincial health ministers have okayed exercise ( and I have this documented in quotes from the media ) as long as one is practicing social distancing.  We are not in mandatory quarantine but in voluntary self isolation.  So I had to contact both the office and security to get permission for us to walk back to our home from the RV storage lot as we were in fear that someone would call whoever to complain about us being out walking.  We enjoyed our walk back and never saw another person.  In fact there is little to no traffic here in the park, either vehicular or human. I still believe that we should be able to go out for a secluded walk every day but we are remaining inside thus far. We still have much to do inside and I haven’t even begun to look at all the mail since last October not  to mention personal or business taxes.  Another side note, we have in effect been in isolation since we left the Isla at 5:30AM on March 15th other than going shopping for groceries in Las Vegas.  When we shopped we wore gloves and carried sanitizer with us, I even wore a mask a few times just in case.

We have a sanitizing station at the front door complete with sanitizer, wipes and gloves.  We keep one sanitizer outside and one inside.

The rain started five minutes after we got back to the house from storing the RV. Perfect timing.

If Africa can do this, we should all be able to do this.  Hand washing and social distancing are so very important.

It was three years ago today that we said a final goodbye to our girls. We still miss them ever so much every single day.


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11 responses so far

11 Responses to “Our RV is ready for its next adventure”

  1. Glad you are getting settled in for the season and still practicing Social Distancing.
    For now the remain maintenance on the RV can wait.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It’s about time.

  2. Pen says:

    New Order Makes Self-Isolation Mandatory for Individuals Entering Canada
    From: Public Health Agency of Canada

    News release
    March 25, 2020 – Ottawa, ON – Public Health Agency of Canada

    Today, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health, announced an Emergency Order under the Quarantine Act that requires any person entering Canada by air, sea or land to self-isolate for 14 days whether or not they have symptoms of COVID-19.

    The order will be fully implemented by the Canada Border Services Agency at points of entry by midnight tonight. The Government of Canada will use its authority under the Quarantine Act to ensure compliance with the order. Failure to comply with this Order is an offense under the Quarantine Act. Maximum penalties include a fine of up to $750,000 and/or imprisonment for six months. Further, a person who causes a risk of imminent death or serious bodily harm to another person while wilfully or recklessly contravening this Act or the regulations could be liable for a fine of up to $1,000,000 or to imprisonment of up to three years, or to both. Spot checks will be conducted by the Government of Canada to verify compliance.

    All individuals permitted to enter Canada are subject to this Order, with the exception of certain persons who cross the border regularly to ensure the continued flow of goods and services, and those who provide essential services. Individuals exempt from the Order will still need to practice social distancing and self monitoring and contact their local public health authority if they feel sick.

    Individuals displaying symptoms of COVID-19 after arriving in Canada may not use public transportation to travel to their place of isolation. They also may not isolate in a place where they will be in contact with vulnerable people, such as seniors and individuals with underlying health conditions.

    • contessa says:

      Yes I am fully aware of this order. We entered Canada before that order went into effect hence we are on voluntary 14 day voluntary isolation. They really are both the same thing except that on the voluntary you can still go for a walk and that includes people who crossed into Canada before the order went into effect.

      • contessa says:

        Plus if you are on mandatory isolation you would have had to give the border agent your communication information as to where you were you were going to do your 14 day isolation plus your communication info. They took none of that from us.

  3. I think they really haven’t been clear on a lot of things. Good thing to call the office ahead though, no way to store your RV otherwise.

  4. Gene Siesky says:

    Glad to see you made it home safely. Congratulations to Colin on his endurance and determination. He seems like a really special guy.

  5. Paul says:

    Your RV looks brand new!

    Great to see the hard stuff is behind you. Now you just have to stay healthy…

    Way to go you two!

    That last photo of the girls broke my heart. I never met them, but because of your blog and your stories, i miss them too.

    Hugs (virtual) and all the best to you both!

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