The motorhome we ended up buying was located in the not so close city of Kaiser, Oregon. To save from having to pay California's use tax (like sales tax), we have to keep the rv out of California for one year. So, instead of driving the rv to our house and loading it up with our stuff, we loaded up my suv and drove it to motorhome.
Matt flew up to Oregon to pick up the rv, get new tires and figure out how all the tanks worked (important to know the difference between the black tank and fresh water tank) before the rest of us arrived so that we'd have a smoother transition into rv livin'. Matt ended up with a last minute flying companion. On our rough pack of the suv, we realized there was NO WAY all of our stuff would fit. So Jack got a last minute plane ticket and we got four more bags on the plane instead of in the car.
Epic fail #1: On the way to the airport to drop off Jack and Matt, we stopped at Matt's office where I accidentally destroyed our roof-top carrier. The carrier had hinges on the side and is supposed to lift open on the long side. The top is NOT supposed to slide back (unless you ram it into a cement wall and completely break off all the hinges). DOH! Carrier was tossed into a nearby dumpster and a big load of camping gear was left at home in last minute storage.
I'll be sharing our travel plans, some reviews, cooking ideas (because I know you are all jealous of my easy-bake oven), and ... oh who am I kidding?! I'll be lucky to get our photos posted!