We were able to move in Tuesday, December 1st — one week later than we thought. C’est la vie.
MAKING THE BED, LITERALLY
Being furniture less full timers, we had purchased a DIY bed from https://www.thuma.co (Thuma). What sold us on a Thuma bed was the “Japanese” joinery . . .
The final product . . . Flirt approved . . .
A few days after we arrived, the Welcome Person arrived with a card, senior event calendar, and good advice.
RVers all know the hardships & heartaches of storing their RV. How much will storage cost? How far away is the storage lot? Will I have easy access to my RV?
At Idlewheels, RV storage is free. (However, to be fair, there are only 6 spots for 111 units in the park.) Storage is IN the park itself within walking distance of our place. Access is 24/7. And best of all, there’s FREE POWER!
WHAT’S THIS SWITCH FOR?
And it was on the toilet, too, so I had to check it out . . .
Yes, yes, this is not my original experience, but a recreation — which turned out worse than my first encounter.
However, the best part is the graphic on the switch . . .
November 28 Castle Air Museum RV Park, Atwater, CA.
While we await our house closing, we’re staying at this pretty cool air museum. We took the nickel tour (actually $15) and it was a long walk around a number of American, British, and one Russian vintage aircraft.
I like the nose art . . . some artists are clearly better than others . . .
Idle Wheels is a 111-unit 55+ mobile home park just north of Mariposa. Our home is a 1440 square foot double-wide manufactured home. While we own the home, the park owns the land. This is the same as our Crazy Horse park model. With one major difference . . .
Idle Wheels is a resident-owned community. The park residents elect a 5-member board who manage the park and set the monthly HOA fees (currently at $90/month compared to $719/month for Crazy Horse). Idle Wheels is a domestic stock corporation with the residents as the stockholders. The park was incorporated in 1990 so it has a 30-year track record of success.
What really impressed us was the large solar array the park recently installed.
The park manager told us that the solar array has lowered PG&E electric rates of 25 cents per KWh to 19 cents per KWh.
Besides all that, there is free on-site RV storage and a fire station is within walking distance of the park.
CALIFORNIA HOUSE CLOSING
CA does escrow closings which were not used to and the whole process seems a lot slower than other homes we’ve purchased. C’est la vie.
However, the amount of cover-your-ass paperwork is truly epic. For example, here are some of the hazards on the Natural Hazard Disclosure Statement:
Special Flood Hazard Area
Potential Flooding Shown on a Dam Failure Map
Very High Fire Zone (I thought that was the whole state?)