We’re back on the road now that our RV maintenance and repair is complete! During the rest of September, we’ll be stopping in Millinocket and Bar Harbor, Maine; Jones, Michigan; and Chicago, Illinois. In October we will be visiting in Hopkinsville, Kentucky; Medley and Grantsville, West Virginia; and Hampton, Virginia. In November we’ll be in the states of North Carolina, Tennessee, South Carolina, and Georgia. We’ll be finishing off the end of the year in Florida. Stops in November and December are still being finalized, so please reach out to request a demo in the Southeast US.
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The past few weeks were scheduled for required RV maintenance and repair. We had no idea that it would be such a wild ride! We stayed mostly at the Colonies RV and Travel Park at Fort Monroe, right near Hampton, Virginia. It was one of our favorite RV campgrounds because it’s right on the beach!
I’ve been trying to get pictures of ghost crabs for ages, visiting various beaches and wetlands in the Maryland and northern Virginia coastal areas, but we stumbled upon a bunch of ghost crabs completely by accident at the beach along the Colonies RV and Travel Park! We happened to see some other interesting wildlife as well.
The day we arrived in Hampton, Virginia, we heard news of an incoming tropical storm. We decided not to leave, though, because we would have had to give up our place in line at the RV repair shop and wait at least another month for the next available appointment! (If you’re wondering, all of the RV repair shops we could find were booked many months in advance because COVID caused a severe shortage of RV parts.)
By the time the tropical storm reached our area that night, it had developed into a low-grade hurricane. We woke up to an alert on our phones at 2 am that night that there was a tornado warning, but the tornado had already passed at that point! It missed us by only a few miles! The RV was damaged in the storm, so we had to stay in Hampton for a few extra days.
The next day we arrived at Camping World of Hampton Roads, the place we scheduled our RV repairs at. The Camping World was damaged in the storm as well, but, luckily, they were willing to work on the RV even though all of their systems were down for several days. Everyone working there were incredibly helpful and nice. They made us feel like family. They let us hang out inside, along with our dog, Bailey, while our RV was being worked on. It was extremely hot outside so we were more than appreciative. Bailey was very pleased to be there — everyone gave her lots of attention and she didn’t want to leave!
Our new friends at Camping World even let us spend the night on their lot when our campground became booked solid. They checked in with us all the time to make sure everything was okay and that we were taken care of. They even offered to drive us around town if we needed anything! Thankfully, we didn’t have to bother them with that because food delivery is very available in these troubled times.
We’re really grateful to them for being so hospitable and flexible. We were shocked when one of them brought a fuel pump from his own home to install into the RV when they didn’t have any in stock! They did an amazing job on everything, and it was way cheaper than we were expecting.
Other RV repair shops quoted us double or more on our repairs, and they weren’t able to schedule us any sooner than September. Even if that wasn’t the case, there’s no way that other shops would have taken such good care of us while we were there. We really lucked out by meeting them, even considering the hurricane!
Now that repairs and maintenance are out of the way, we’re back on the road again! We’re making our way through the Northeast, then a bit into the Midwest, and then through the Southeast all the way to Florida by the end of the year.
Keep an eye out for our next blog post, coming soon, from our amazing time in Erie, PA!
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