Sunday, June 29, 2008

For the Inquisitive, FAQ

Greetings, Friends and Lurkers

We know you are out there and we are glad that you are! Reading, enjoying, and laughing, huh?
A number of you have commented directly on the blog (thank-you) and some have mentioned the blog during phone calls or in emails.

I wish that there were an easy way to post a guest book on the blog – maybe there is, we just don’t know how

Thought I would take some of the questions we’ve gotten recently and post responses here. Please let us know when you have other questions or comments.

PART 1
HOW BIG IS YOUR RV? IS IT A SIX WHEELER?
For those of you with us from the beginning, you know that we are driving a Roadtrek 210 Popular – the vehicle measures 21’ 10’ plus an additional three feet or so for the rear mounted spare tire and the hitch that holds our two bicycles. It is a van conversion – a 2007 Chevy chassis built up, down and out (giving it, by us at times, a not-so-pretty nickname of “the fat van’) with a lovely interior and functional water, electrical, cooking, heating/ac, and generator.
If interested in pictures of it, go to the official Roadtrek site and look up the 210 Popular model. In addition to floor plan diagrams, they have a good video view of the inside.


DOES IT HAVE A SHOWER?
Yes. It has a small bathroom with toilet and a shower (the latter we plan to use but haven’t yet because we have had nice shower facilities in the campgrounds all but one night so far).

DO YOU EAT OUT MOSTLY OR MAKE YOUR OWN MEALS IN THE RV?
We have been eating mostly on board. Our indoor kitchen consists of a 2-burner propane stove, a 4-cubic foot refrig with small freezer, a microwave/convection oven, sink, and prep area as well as drawers and cupboards which hold at least one weeks worth of food .
We have been food shopping every few days to stock up on fresh produce and dairy.
We also enjoy eating out when there is an inviting place…we ate local trout at the Legion Lake Lodge at Custer State Park, SD and wonderful Bumbleberry Pie ala mode in the town of Custer (they serve 700 pies a day during summer season)at the Purple Pie Place. Any chance I wouldn’t stop there?

HOW’S THE GAS EXPENSE TREATING YOU? DID YOU COUNT ON THE EXTRA EXPENSE WHEN YOU STARTED YOUR ADVENTURE?
We did anticipate the expense. As noted previously,we have paid from $389.9 to $419.9.
At the beginning of the trip, driving across the plains, we were averaging about 14.5 mpg. That has dropped to approx. 13 mpg as we have driven out of the plains into the hills and also we are making many more short trips.

PART 2 – Coming Soon

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

enjoying every minute of your blogs. Sort of like a traveling voyeur. Fills my heart with joy it does. Miss you, but doing well! Will email soon.

Barbara said...

Dear "Anonymous",

Lovely comments but please give me a better hint of from who it comes!

Heather said...

Greeting from Massachusetts. Wanted to let you know that I am reading and enjoying, but obviously, not commenting. Consider this my guest book signature! Looks like a great time...
Heather

Gretchen said...

Hi Barbara and Alan, I have finally had a chance to catch up with you and your blog. Looks like you are off to a wonderful start. The cave exploration was very brave,lol. I don't think I could have handled that, even if I could fit.
Love,
Gretchen