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Moving into the rest of our life………… Over the last several years Alice and I have been “wintering” with our motor-home at a campground i...

Thursday, June 14, 2018

The REST of the story on our new Ford Focus SE....

In the prior post we mentioned having blown the transmission on our tow vehicle (2011 Ford Fusion) while vacationing at Port Pickens in Pensacola.  Here's the highlights of a real SNAFU that turned out well:

  • Transmission blew on our tow vehicle while in Pensacola, which is 500 miles & 8 hours away from Titusville.
  • We had the car towed to World Ford in Pensacola. They pronounced the transmission and associated parts DOA and the cost to repair exceeded the value of the vehicle.
  • We told the salesperson that we needed to purchase a new vehicle that was towable four wheels down.  He showed us several, we picked one out and made a deal...he gave us a brochure on towing it, showed us how to disconnect the negative terminal of the battery etc. Alice followed me home in the new Focus  while I drove the motorhome.
  • A few days after getting home we called our RV service place to make an appointment to have a "base plate" installed on the car for towing.  They questioned if the car was towable...I assured them it was as I'd told the dealer it was the top priority.  We made the appointment.
  • The RV service place questioning of the towing on that car got me thinking...so I went to the Owners Manual, and the brochure/flyer the salesman had given me highlighting the specifics, and found he was referencing a different engine-transmission Focus than the one we were sold. The one we was sold was NOT towable except for short distances at slow speed.
  • I wrote a letter (email) explaining all this to the dealership General Manager with a cc to the salesman.  They immediately owned up to the problem, said they'd find a way to make it right.
  • A few hours later they called.  They had located the exact same car (color, trim etc) but with the correct engine-transmission that was factory approved for four-wheel down towing.
  • Since it is a 15 hour round trip from Pensacola to Titusville, we agreed to meet them in Alachua which is 2.5 hours out from Titusville, saving their driver five hours drive time.  We did that yesterday, and the new Focus SE 2.01l is now here.  End of story.

Saturday, June 09, 2018

Returned yesterday from Suwannee River State Park and Fort Pickens....

https://photos.app.goo.gl/jW44BADTRAmtZ55i6

Click the link above for stills and video clips from our recent trip to the Panhandle.  Trip was OK but....blew the transmission on our Ford Fusion while at Fort Pickens :(.  Cost to repair was more than the car was worth....ended up buying a 2018 Ford Focus
at World Ford in Pensacola.  Thank God Mel and Dotti Fringer were with us on this jaunt to haul us a bit while we sorted out our transportation issues!  Love the new car but not happy with how we had to end up with it...really liked that Fusion and hoped to get another 100,000 miles on it.  It had 83.500 on it with the transmission cooked.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Rainbow Springs State Park Campground April 2018

We just came back from Rainbow Springs Campground at Rainbow Springs State Park.  It was wonderful having several of our friends from the former Space Coast Sams camping Chapter with us. Here's a link from Google to some snaps and video from this event: https://photos.app.goo.gl/UmD2xzDPgJN7ylGI3

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Camping Reservations, Florida State Parks...Current

Updated May 4th, 2018:

Current Reservations

June 10th Update: NOTE:  We have cancelled our reservation for Saint Andrews State Park Jul 29-August 1, 2018. Decided it's too far a trip for mid-summer.


Robert Payette-r.payette2@gmail.com

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SiteSuwannee River State ParkSite: 019Thu May 31 2018 - Sun Jun 03 2018 (3 nights)$43.00
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SiteO'Leno State ParkSite: 004Thu Jul 26 2018 - Sun Jul 29 2018 (3 nights)$36.94
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SiteSt. Andrews State ParkSite: 105Sun Jul 29 2018 - Wed Aug 01 2018 (3 nights)$53.74
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SiteRodman CampgroundSite: 47Sun Aug 12 2018 - Thu Aug 16 2018 (4 nights)$55.54
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SiteFort Clinch State ParkSite: 014Thu Sep 20 2018 - Thu Sep 27 2018 (7 nights)$107.71
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2-35102420 FL
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SiteBlue Spring State ParkSite: 014Sun Oct 28 2018 - Thu Nov 01 2018 (4 nights)$60.70
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SiteOchlockonee River State ParkSite: 023Sun Nov 04 2018 - Thu Nov 08 2018 (4 nights)$46.66
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SiteAnastasia State ParkSite: 096Mon Dec 10 2018 - Fri Dec 14 2018 (4 nights)$68.58
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SiteLake Louisa State ParkSite: 037Sun Jan 06 2019 - Thu Jan 10 2019 (4 nights)$59.98
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SiteLake Kissimmee State ParkSite: 002Tue Feb 05 2019 - Fri Feb 08 2019 (3 nights)$40.30
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SiteFaver-Dykes State ParkSite: 003Sun Mar 24 2019 - Thu Mar 28 2019 (4 nights)$46.48
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Monday, March 12, 2018

Dave and Ashley got married today!!

David and Ashley got married today, in a civil ceremony at the Titusville Town Hall.  Here are some snaps and video from the event: https://photos.app.goo.gl/ysgRAKj8dij9Qbn52

Friday, March 02, 2018

Was he ever knocked out!

Between getting "fixed" and having his teeth done he was pretty much looped out....didn't take food or water until this morning, but he woke up cheerful, with appetite and ready for a walk :).  He also wants to lick the surgical area which is not good....trying the coller they gave us but he hates it... We'll go to Petco when it opens in a few hours to see if we can pick up one that's more comfortable for him.

Thursday, March 01, 2018

Moving right along....

So, our Buddy missed his appointment to get fixed and chipped yesterday as he managed to steal 5 Krispy Kreme Raspberry filled glazed donuts...from the middle of the dining room table in a sealed box.  We seem to have gotten through last night with no repeats, so he's off to the vet at 0830.  We'll then head out to the rig in Christmas and turn the power and refrigerator on to cool off, as we're leaving Friday to visit good friends Dean and Joann Paradise on the West Coast....then off to a state park for four night (Lake Manatee State Park).

This will be our first camping outing with Buddy since we found him living free at Stephen Foster Cultural State Park  in White Springs FL last month.  So now we're armed with toys, leashes and leads, and some meds for car-sickness which seems to affect him.  We're hoping his "procedure" this morning doesn't take too much out of him.

update, 4;55pm:  Just got back from the Vet...Buddy has been fixed and chipped, teeth done etc but he's a bit swollen and not comfortable.  The vet said that if he gets any more swollen to call him immediately, so we've had to put off the first part of our jaunt to Joann and Deans :(. and stick around for a few days while he recuperates.