Thursday, August 14, 2014

August 14, 2014 A new addition to our lifestyle


Yes, it has been a long time since I posted on this blog.  I am going to jump from March to August with the news we have added to our collection of “things.”

We enjoy spending the summers in Salem, OR.  In addition to cooler weather, it allows me the opportunity to take pottery classes at the Willamette Art Center.  However, Larry really doesn’t enjoy spending the summer in the camper.  So, we decided it was time to make a change.

We looked at buying a mobile home or a 5th wheel trailer.  After a lot of searching—and kissing a lot of frogs, we found something that met our needs.  With the help of two other Escapees RV Club friends, we inspected and purchased a 2007 Montana 2955 5th wheel trailer.



We had the trailer moved into the site here at the Salem Elks’ Club. We do not plan on moving it for the next year or two—but will leave it here in Salem to use during the summer season.  That way, Larry will be happy with a lot more room and Carol will be happy volunteering at the Elks’ Club and taking pottery classes.  It is a win-win situation!!


The cabinet under the second TV will accommodate a combo washer/dryer should I decide I can’t live without one!  Options!  The trailer has beautiful woodwork!


The shower has a low threshold that works well for Larry.  He does have to climb 3 steps from the living area to the bath/bedroom area.  Once up on top, the floor is flat—no other steps.  Down below, we have to comfy chairs and a couch.  See the happy man!



The couch makes out into a double bed—great for one or two nights, hee hee.  After that, I am sure it would become a bit uncomfortable.


Our dining room table and first TV—with Judge Judy.  Life is good, ha ha.


The microwave is also a convection oven—so I see some baked goodies in our future. The kitchen was not a big as I had hoped when we started looking for a rig, but it will work for us during the summer months.

The changes done to XP changed our computer preferences.  We tried Windows 8.1 and wasn’t really happy with it, so we returned that computer and bought an iPad.  We like the iPad, but it doesn’t have Live Writer to write the blog.  I can log on directly from the iPad, but I haven’t found a way to size the photos like I can do in Live Writer.  Once I get that mastered, we will return to a regular posting.  Poor Microsoft—we followed them faithfully for years—until they abandoned XP and us.  With three XP computers now basically paperweights—I am moving our stuff to Mac.

Until our next posting, keep us in your thoughts!  We are keeping the shoe box for traveling.  Poor Larry will have a hard adjustment in a month or two, smile.


  1. Congratulations on the new acquisition! You'll both be more comfortable in the 5th wheel, and the Montana is a great choice. (I owned two of 'em!) Enjoy the rest of summer in Salem!

  2. Congratulations! Living in an RV is great -- whether you're traveling constantly, or plan to settle in a place for a short while before moving along. Some people would take living in an RV over a brick-and-mortar home because it's easier and simpler. Are you taking it for a drive any time soon? Either way, whether you're driving around the country or just staying on the camp grounds, I hope you get to enjoy your summer! Have fun!

    Cristina Hamilton @ Mount Comfort RV