Exciting news! We just bought 2 acres in Fitzgerald, GA...with an RV pad with full hookups and a metal workshop building!!!


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Comment by Kevin F Smith on January 29, 2020 at 10:39am

Correction (since the edit function doesn't seem to work).  Our first scary stop was in Selma, Alabama, not Mississippi.


Comment by Kevin F Smith on January 29, 2020 at 10:17am

So here is our trip so far!

On Sunday, we made it all the way to Mississippi and pulled into a gas station in a truck parking area, between a whole bunch of other trucks.  The gas station had a Hunt Brother's Pizza, so I went inside.  Bars on all the windows, bullet proof glass, and the locals were...umm...scary looking to say the least.  We woke up the next morning to find that ALL the trucks had left while we were sleeping.  It was cold and rainy, but all was well with the rig.  Turns out the town we staying in was Selma!  What a dangerous Schiff-hole!  Even the truck drivers were smart enough not to stay the night...lol!

Anyhow, the next day we made it all the way to the border of Texas, to the Flying J at Exit 3, Greenfield, Louisiana.  I-20 going through Shreveport, LA was a nightmare!  BANG BANG BANG BANG BANG for miles! 

Yesterday, we drove through Dallas and Fort Worth, and it was a breeze!  Very little traffic and very smooth roads.  We made it all the way to Tye, TX, only 277 miles away from the intersection with I-10, and only 440 miles from Anthony, TX, our goal for today.  Anthony, TX is right on the border to New Mexico, past El Paso.

We are making great time!

The only problem we are having is that the alternator isn't charging the coach batteries, so I'm guessing it is a bad solenoid or fuse on a solenoid.  We've been keeping the coach batteries charged instead by leaving the solar panels on while driving, and using the Honda generator at night.

We are over half way there!


Comment by Kevin F Smith on January 29, 2020 at 9:59am

Too late...lol! Actually, most of I-20 has been pretty good so far, and we are all the way to Tye, TX.  The only REALLY bad area was coming through Shreveport, Louisiana.  That section of road SUCKED!!!  BANG BANG BANG BANG BANG for miles!  Next year I'll go around Shreveport.  Going through the Dallas/Fort Worth area was surprisingly easy with very little traffic.  Not nearly as bad as going through Houston on I-10!!!


Comment by Russell E Johnson on January 26, 2020 at 8:33pm

Hi Kev,

Do not travel I20. It is rough as a cob. It will rearrange your innards and everything in the MH and the toad. I have traveled it twice and I will never get on it again. I40 or I10 for me.

Comment by Kevin F Smith on January 26, 2020 at 9:23am

We spent the night on the property last night, and are about to hit the road to Arizona!  Because of our location, MapQuest has our route further north than we usually travel to AZ.  Instead of I-10, we'll be cutting across and picking up I-20 in Mississippi...which doesn't pick up I-10 until we are almost to El Paso, TX.  Should be fun!  At least it is a different route...and we won't have to go through Houston (although we do have to go through the Dallas area).  Only 1881 miles to go...lol!

The nearest Flying J is 460 miles from here, so hopefully there will be a place to get diesel along the way, as we have around 3/4 of a tank right now.


Comment by Kevin F Smith on January 23, 2020 at 6:43pm

We FINALLY got all of our online banking, taxes, insurance and utilities taken care of...and will be spending the night on the property tomorrow night...and getting on the road to Arizona first thing Saturday morning.

Comment by Kevin F Smith on January 19, 2020 at 5:54pm

It was a lot of work, but ALL the debris and garbage left behind by the previous owner is picked up, bagged up when possible, and loaded into the trailer I borrowed from my brother in law.  Except for the old mower and 5 old tires...which are ready to load up, nice and neat.  So I'll have to make two trips to the landfill on Tuesday.  

I also swept out the garage completely, organized it a bit, and swept off the RV pad as well.  

It was a lot of work, but it is satisfying when the work is on your own property!


Comment by Kevin F Smith on January 18, 2020 at 7:07pm

The property is mowed and looks great, and all gate components were purchased today, since everything shuts down in this town on Sunday...lol!  

I also dug the post holes for the gate, three feet deep, and sunk in the posts and poured the concrete.  It has to set for a couple more days before hanging the gate, so we'll hang the gate on Tuesday.

I also dumped out the tote tank and rinsed it all out.  Gotta love having your own dump station!  

It feels REALLY good to be working on things on your own property.  It really really does!

Tomorrow I'll spend the day loading up all the left behind garbage into the trailer and hopefully bring it to the dump if they are open.

I'll take pictures tomorrow after the cleanup is finished and post them sometime soon.


Comment by Kevin F Smith on January 17, 2020 at 7:37pm

And it is official!  We own 300 Bowens Mill Road, Fitzgerald, GA!  

Tomorrow I'll be digging post holes for the new gate, and sinking the posts and pouring in the concrete.  I was going to borrow my step dad's lawnmower and mow the laws while I was at it...but my dad wants to mow it for me, since he loves to ride around on his lawn tractor...lol!
I also intend to bring my tote tank to the property and dump and rinse it, and then bring the garbage left by the previous owner to the local dump (It was not his fault...he lives 300 miles away and has early stage Parkinsons, and his helper was around 70 years old.  They loaded up all day, and it was getting dark when I got to the property to check on them, and then I helped them to load up what they needed, including the 72 Corvette that was in the garage.  They took everything they wanted, left me some nice goodies, and the rest will go to the dump).  They gave me the keys, showed me where the water lines and 2 separate septic tanks were, and even showed me where the old fashioned well (still full of water) was on the property.  We plan on installing an old fashioned hand pump at the well, but not until we get back in around half a year.
Sunday the concrete should be hard enough to mount the gate, chain, and lock...and the No Trespassing signs.  And then take lots of new pictures!
Monday is MLK day, so everything will be closed...but Tuesday we'll have the utilities put in our name and set up an online account, make sure online access for our land loan is set up, procure insurance on the building and make sure that is set up online, and go to the tax office and set up online access to pay or taxes when due in case we aren't here when they come out in September.  I also have to mail out a trebuchet.
Wednesday is a day of rest, and then we hit the road to Arizona on Thursday!
Comment by Kevin F Smith on January 16, 2020 at 8:39am

So it is official!  We close on the property tomorrow morning at 10am!  SWEET!!!




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