Get our RV running again

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A year ago, we bough our RV with plans to travel the country, wander, visit friends and family, and enjoy our time together with our cats. Nothing has gone as planned.

For 14 weeks, we were stuck in Kentucky with a dead transmission. I trusted a mechanic I found online, he seemed legit, knew what he was talking about, and was affordable. It took about 7 weeks to get our transmission back from him with all the lies, excuses, and problems. He swore it was ready to install. The week before Thanksgiving, he did bring it back, completely disassembled. We had to pay another mechanic thousands of dollars to find the parts the original guy had brought back, find the right parts, and finally put it in. The transmission he had brought back to us was partially ours, but also partially from different transmissions, not a single complete part in it. He even said he had repaired a part that I later found out was impossible for him to repair.

Then we headed south to visit family in Florida. We had a fire in our RV as the original mechanic had knocked the oil sensor when removing the transmission, causing oil to leak onto the hot exhaust. We put the fire out right away and got it towed again to a shop, who did a full tune up, including spark plugs and wires. 

Our brakes also went out, but we were able to replace the master brake cylinder with help from my brother.

We were going to head north to visit my sister, but the RV wasn't running right, so we went back to the same shop. Somehow the belt that powers the power brakes and power steering went out, so we had to replace that and also found out that we had an exhaust leak that was so bad it melted the brand new oil sensor we had just put in. Put in a plug and went to an exhaust specialist that the mechanic recommended. He looked at it and basically said he didn't want to touch it because it would be too much work and take weeks.

Since we have a Tiffin, we decided to head to Red Bay, Alabama where Tiffin's are built and most of the shops around there specialize in Tiffin. Most of the mechanics even used to work at the Tiffin factory. We were supposed to leave on the 7th to get it repaired, and the engine died and wouldn't restart. Had to get towed back into our campsite since we were sticking out in the road. It was running weird that time too, like it wasn't getting enough fuel, so I think it just needs a replacement fuel filter or maybe a rebuilt carburetor. But we have to get to the shop still.

We are getting towed at the end of March to the shop, going there the day before and just boondocking in their parking lot. I hope that they can do it all in one day since we live in our RV and I don't want to spend more than one night in their parking lot, but we'll see.

After that, we need to replace the Air Conditioner at some point, as well as the water heater. Then, and only then, will the mechanical things finally be fixed.

We are doing all this on a limited budget. I am on disability, and most of our money goes to paying back the money we've loaned from our parents to fix everything. We are trying to build up our blog ( www.bubbaontheroad.com), but that is slow going at best. We've made $30 in the past year, and since they only pay out once you make $100, we've actually made nothing. We also have Amazon links, so affiliate money helps. I've tried doing many things like mTurk and transcription, but my disability makes it hard to do many things. 

We appreciate any help you can give us.
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Sometimes when I get really aggravated over our circumstances, I look at this girl and think, "All she needs is a comfy place to sleep and she is good." Well, that is all we need too and we have that at least. #grateful #countingmyblessings #cats #rvfulltimer
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Well, we were really hoping to be in FL to see family for Easter and my birthday, but it's not looking good. We have to get the exhaust done Monday because the spark plugs took a while today. Then after that, we haev to come back when they have openings to fix the rest. We are stuck again and not sure when we will get out of here. Possibly going to Tennessee after this to stay until we can get back in to the mechanic.
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We’ve been living in our RV for eight months now. Nothing has gone well and now we are considering transitioning off the road. But how do we do that and why? Several factors come into play, our ability to afford and sustain this lifestyle, our quality of life, our ability to see doctors, and how much we are enjoying it. Not everything has fallen into place as I would have hoped, but I’m not sure I’m ready to give up quite yet. I want to transition to a more stable lifestyle, but so far, I’m not sure how to do it.
When we bought our RV, Sleipnir, we sold almost everything we had to afford living in an RV. We needed to make space, we needed to buy some stuff, we needed to have money for repairs. What I didn’t expect though, was that we would need so much money for repairs so soon.
We bought our RV for about $4000 a year ago. Since then, we’ve bought new tires, rebuilt the transmission, got a tuneup and oil system repaired, and now we need to get exhaust work done and possibly replace the fuel pump. None of this is cheap. If not for my dad loaning me money to fix most of this, I don’t know where we’d be. We’ve also had to borrow money for gas and food and are in debt to our parents by far more than I am comfortable with. I don’t see this as getting any better either.
We’ve had some old debts come back to bite us in the ass as well. All of this is done through my disability income. I haven’t talked about that much before, but I’m going to now.
A little over eleven years ago, I was hospitalized for the first time for a mental illness. It came on the heels of a divorce, working a very stressful job, and appendicitis that almost killed me. I lost control of what had been background noise in my head for years and finally could not handle it anymore. I spent about a week in the hospital, was put on medications, and diagnosed with Depression with Psychotic Features. I had been hearing and seeing things for awhile, but most of the time I was still in control. The day I finally broke down though, it was because it had become too much for me to handle and I could no longer do it alone.t
From 2007 to 2012, I was hospitalized a total of four times. I remember the first time vividly, the last three not so much. Before I went in the last time, I had an appointment with my psychiatrist and told him something that had happened at work. He told me I was done working there, I should file for disability, and if I didn’t check myself into the hospital as soon as I left his office, he would have be involuntarily sent there. I got a ride to the hospital, and that was the last day I worked there.
I filed for disability as soon as I got out and was approved in two months. I had heard stories of people having to wait for years to be approved, so it just goes to show how severe my situation is. My diagnosis had at some point changed to schizophrenia, but also with depression, anxiety, and OCD features.
Since then, I’ve changed meds about every six months as they seem to lose their effectiveness after awhile. I gained about 80 pounds and hated that I could no longer handle my own life. I lived with my brother for a bit, then with Tiffany, then moved to Wisconsin and stayed with my dad. Tiffany missed me so much that she convinced me to move back to Florida and we would get married, which is exactly what I did. We stayed there until the end of her lease and then decided together that we both needed change and moved to Wisconsin yet again. We were there for over two years before we moved into the RV and then headed out on our travels.
During our time in Wisconsin, I was seeing the same psychiatrist the whole time. Because of my tendency to get manic at times and run with an idea for awhile, as well as my constant state of barely any emotion, she changed my diagnosis to schizoaffective bipolar type. I’ve been on the same medications for over a year now, but I also just found out my doctor is leaving her practice so I’ll have to see someone else at the same office. I’m not sure how that will work out.
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