Sunday, May 24, 2015

Another RV Option

Chaplain Tangen made a comment today about someone he saw camping in a U-Haul. I came home and was surprised to find out U-Haul MAKES campers -but that's not what Ch. Tangen saw.

While Michael continues to hunt up RV models; I'm thinking this.....really. I was already drawing my own "dream RV" plans this a.m. BEFORE chapel......and Ch. T sparked my imagination.....

You can find anything on Pinterest. Turns out MANY have designed their own RVs from U-Haul trucks, horse trailers and busses......Here's one we liked for a U-Haul. LOL You just never know what will be inside a U-Haul - that'll preach!

I'm pretty sure Michael doesn't want to build an RV - but I keep thinking of exactly what would work well..... LOL I'm guessing it wouldn't save money.  We're looking used....not brand spanking new conversion.

The One That Got Away

By now blog readers know our retirement plan is to move into the trailer until God opens the doors to Japan.  We discovered, on this trip, that Michael and I had different ideas of what "moving into the trailer meant." I truly thought it meant we'd camp in his mother's neck of the woods for 6 - 12 months, with occasional road trips. He plans to travel the states.  We'd best go with him.   I'm game, but I need to rethink a few storage issues and such.

Michael has been looking for a Class A Diesel pusher RV.... Last week he found one which fit our budget. This was the first time I took much interest in the search. I knew we wouldn't really do it unless it fit the budget...and I didn't think it would be possible to find one that fit our budget. ::snort::  He found one - it even has bunks. The kids don't want to have to take couches and dinette up and down every day for months on end. I understand. I crave a spot to be in the a.m. before all wake up and that doesn't happen if someone is sleeping on the couch and table.

I still wasn't 100% sold on this plan - but our van has 130K miles and the idea of putting another 50K or so on it while we travel pulling a 31 foot trailer....well we're going to have to buy a new truck or we're contemplating and praying and doing a LOT of research and praying.

And THIS showed up...Wow - it's not BROWN...I like red...and it has a G for Gherkins.  Michael insists it isn't for Gherkins.....

He's probably right. 

We had some questions which they were quick to answer.  The layout was good. The mileage low. While not as much counter space as we had hoped for, it did have lots of storage. The master bedroom had a full closet, dresser, and lots of cupboards.
The Specs and Ad said this model had 3 bunks. It became apparent to us that they had chosen to have two bunks, rather than three installed.  That was a shocker and it took us a day to decide we COULD modify the existing bunks.....Michael told them he'd fly to GA to see it in person. We spent 3 days thinking this would be our new home and on the 4th day.....

The ad disappeared from the Camping World website and the salesman quit communicating with us. We are assuming it sold to someone who didn't need to fly in.  And I had such plans for new decals on the outside to match the bold red paint.

We assume this isn't the home for us. It's not the end of the world - we DO have a trailer and a van and will move in to it if we don't find the right fit before August.  It just stinks the salesman was so attentive and then NOTHING......We're looking at other dealers now.  ::wink::

The Three R's (God Schools Me)

I asked God to increase my faith.

He is. Sometimes spiritual growth hurts.  But it's good.

I don't feel any need to go into great detail - simply this,  I'm "stretching."

God is faithful. Today he met me in 2 Chronicles 20:17-24 and took me to school. I don't often think in three point sermonese alliteration but it fell right into my journal and I thought I'd share the 3 R's from 2 Chronicles 20.  I need to corral my thoughts and have them at my fingertips.

Three R's from the passage.

1.  Resolve to stand and watch God at work.

2. Replace fear with courageous, joy-filled worship.

3. Recognize God's constant presence and unchanging character.

BTW those enemies become corpses....just a freebie thought - not an "R".

My "word" for the year is Resolve. I've not had time to blog much, but through a zillion circumstances I am reminded God has called me to be steadfast, to make a pre-decision to follow Him, to commit to tenacious be resolved.

This song means much - and I want to save the lyrics for when it's no longer sung. LOL

"Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)" by Hillsong
You call me out upon the waters
The great unknown where feet may fail
And there I find You in the mystery
In oceans deep
My faith will stand

And I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine

Your grace abounds in deepest waters
Your sovereign hand
Will be my guide
Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me
You've never failed and You won't start now

So I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior

Oh, Jesus, you're my God!

I will call upon Your name
Keep my eyes above the waves
My soul will rest in Your embrace
I am Yours and You are mine