Yesterday I did a good bit of thinking about what day I should give as my last at The Job. I need to be in Coffeyville on the 28th of September, and I’d like to get South Dakota residency set up before then.
The current tentative plan has me off work by September 13, which is a Thursday. Then I take that weekend to pack and say goodbye to everyone down here. On Monday the 17th I depart bright and early for SD, it should take about 24 hours of driving, which if I split it up into 8 hour days gives me three full days of driving when you account for breaks and the fact that I’ll be going slower towing the Casita. If that is still too much, I’ll make it four days.
If I arrive at Madison, SD late on Wednesday that gives me two days before the weekend to get driver’s license set up and do anything else I have to do there to be able to claim residency. I’ll be spending a night at a campground in the area so that I get the required receipt for getting a driver’s license.
All going according to plan, I’ll still have several days left after this before I need to report in to Coffeyville. I may hang out in SD for a bit and find things to go see in the area, or I might head down to the Coffeyville area sooner and find things to do down there. In the coming weeks I’ll take a peek online to see which looks like a better area for sightseeing, with the understanding that I built this extra time into the plan in case something goes wrong and I may not end up having it.
Posts about mail forwarding, RV insurance, etc. haven’t come yet because I still haven’t done them myself yet, if that makes sense. I want to wait to write about them until I’ve actually got the first hand experience to share. I’ve picked out My Dakota Address in Madison, SD as my mail forwarding company and thus ‘home location’, but I haven’t started the process of setting it up yet. That will be coming sooner rather than later though, I can get that set up while I’m still living and working here in SC and the earlier I switch my mail over to it the less likely I’ll forget about something and end up with lost mail when I make the move.
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I think the most common pest problems I hear about when it comes to RVs are mice and ants, mice being a bigger problem if you’re using the RV infrequently and storing it a lot. Since I’ve been living in my RV, my biggest problem with pests has been spiders. I find (and kill) them inside the trailer on a pretty frequent basis. Twice I’ve been bitten overnight while I slept, the first bite got really bad looking, the second one was probably a different kind and wasn’t as bad. I’m not sure if spider repellant exists, but I’m leery of putting any sort of pesticide in the RV with Fish here, and most of my neighbors have outdoor cats which makes me leery of putting anything underneath the RV since the cats will hang out underneath them during the day when it gets hot.
Lately though the ants that live in the yard have finally made their way inside, lured by an unsealed box of raisins. I got rid of the offending raisins but they’re still here, not in great numbers but there is one little part of the RV in the kitchen where they have a path and travel back and forth, I don’t see anything else that they’re eating inside the RV and wonder if they’re just using it as a road to get to somewhere else, but since they haven’t disappeared guess I’ll need to do something about it.
Two days ago I finally went out and bought a cordless drill and rivet gun, to take care of that one rivet that’s a bit loose and leaking. The sealant I used on it is still holding up really well, but I have a feeling that once I get on the road the bouncing around will loosen the sealant and it’ll start leaking again.
I got both items at Home Depot, since it’s in the same shopping center as work. Both were the cheapest I could find since I won’t be using them regularly, but I did go online and read reviews first to make sure they weren’t total junk. The drill is by Ryobi and cost $30, the 1/8 and 3/16 size drill bits I needed for the rivets in the Casita cost about $6, and the rivet gun was $10. All total with tax it was just over $50, not too bad really.
Riveting is a two person job – one needs to be on the outside with the rivet gun and rivet, the second person needs to stand inside with the nut that the rivet is going to go into. Since Julie and my schedules dont’ line up well it looks like it may be Sunday before we have the time to do it, I’ll go into more detail about that when it comes.
Well there is plenty to get done today and a limited amount of time before work. Have a good weekend all!
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