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Sep 29, 2020 - Nappanee, IN

2020-09-28. Nappanee, IN Don't get me wrong. Nappanee is a lovely town in Indiana and home to the RV industry. But, it is not vacationland and frankly, being here is getting really old. We spent 2 days at Solar Energy Systems getting things straightened out, then 2 days at Newmar to get a new water pump. Newmar gave us a hard time initially because they don't take "walk-ins" but ultimately, took us the day after we arrived. Then, back to Solar Energy to have them fix the issues that arose while we were at Newmar. By that time it was Friday...

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Aug 28, 2020 - All our work is all completed! Yea!

Well this is our last 0400 wake up call. Yeah! We were waiting for a toilet part, a new light fixture, and a fitting for one of the air bags. The toilet part did not make it but our wonderful tech was able to scam one off a new production Motorhome. They brought it over late in the day. Bless his heart he stayed late until he completed everything. We were the very last RV out of the shop. Then he went over our whole list with us to make sure everything was completed to our satisfaction. They even washed our Rv for us and sanitized the...

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Aug 27, 2020 - We are suffering from the dreaded "waiting for parts syndrome"

It was another kinda boring day in the pet lounge. Zoey snoozing away on her towel between us. There is a couple in the pet lounge that travels with 3 different birds. A parrot, a hawk, and an owl. (The lady rehabs birds, keeps them in pet carriers). She had their screech owl out on her shoulder today. It was much smaller than I expected at about 6" high. Really cute but it is kinda weird to watch him spin his head around. Zoey and the owl eye-balled each other the other day, but now respectfully ignore each other. The confrontational...

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Aug 26, 2020 - Our service appointment continues

Well day 2 and 3 are under our belts. Are we used to getting up at 0400? Nooo, but you gotta do what you gotta do! Yesterday and today we sat on a couch with Zoey between us at the pet lounge. She did better, and just snoozed away on her towel. There are really 2 pet lounges but the one I showed you is larger. Some people got in an altercation on Monday between a large cat (26 pounds) and a large dog. The pets and the people did not like each other. The Newmar customer service lady came in to referee. The cat lady was very arrogant and...

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Aug 25, 2020 - Our service appointment is going well

Monday morning started off very early. Up at 0400 (yuck) to get cleaned up, have breakfast, and secure the RV for travel. We went over to the service center across the street at 0545 to get our temperatures taken and sign our Virus waivers. Has anyone had to sign one of these corona virus waivers? What they are is signing that you won't hold the company responsible if you get the virus on their property. I've had to sign them at the KOA campgrounds also. Once we pass the test then our tech will come out to our RV and go over our work order...

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Aug 23, 2020 - We made it to Indiana!

WE got underway a bit later today, 0830. This campground's quiet hours were 10pm to 0800, so we thought to be polite we should not light off until 0800. Its the weekend and everyone is sleeping in. Last night Spike took Zoey out and we got inundated by some little gnats. It seems like they flew in by the thousands. Yuck. They don't bite but they were everywhere. Spike is now the great gnat killer! We are on two lane roads today, avoiding big cities like Chicago etc. So we have come through many small little towns with nice little old...

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Aug 14, 2020 - Nappanee, Indiana

2020-08-14.Nappanee, Indiana Here we are again, at the factory, getting warranty work done. Our warranty expires in the beginning of September, so we've been making a list this year of the various things that we need to get fixed under warranty. There weren't major items on the list but it was long enough with the little things that it took three days to complete. While there, we stayed in the Newmar RV park right across the street from the service center and though just a big flat area, it had full hook ups, doggie bags and a trash...

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Apr 9, 2020 - Amish Country

2020-04-09. Amish Country This part of Indiana is the heart of Amish country. There is a different sense about the Amish here than in Pennsylvania. First, many Amish own the big RV companies, like Newmar, the manufacturer of our RV. They employ many Amish in the factory manufacturing the coaches and in the service area. Every business, including the grocery stores, pharmacies and other retail establishments has hitching posts in the parking lot for the horses. We are parked in the service center campground. All day long, in addition to the...

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Apr 8, 2020 - The Fix

2020-04-08.Newmar Factory Service We were scheduled for service on the RV here in Nappanee, Indiana at the Newmar factory beginning Monday. They had scheduled us for four days of work but thankfully, today, Wednesday, they finished what they could. Apparently, the service department is not open on Good Friday and will be shutting down for the next two weeks. We had about 20 items for them to "fix" and seriously, these technicians were wonderful. First, our main tech was Brian and he actually listened to what we had to say about each item...

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Aug 19, 2018 - Ohio to Nappanee, Indiana

2018-08-19.Through Ohio to Nappanee, Indiana Observations and thoughts about this part of mid-America.... Each town's borders is marked not by the "Welcome to" sign but by the Dollar General store. Water towers proudly proclaim the names of the local high school football teams in each community. Racing freight trains across the Indiana farmland. Listening to the song of the train whistle seemingly ever present on the wind. This is the heartland. Small towns tired and worn but all boasting an American Legion post with FFA signs punctuating...

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Oct 16, 2017 - Day 1 of looking for sculptures in Michiana country!

There are 56 life size sculptures in six cities in this area of Indiana (love that they call it Michiana!) made by Seward Johnson and I want to see them all before they are removed this Friday, so I started this afternoon by visiting the ones in Goshen, Nappanee, and Wakarusa. First I volunteered a couple of hours driving a gas-powered golf cart around the park giving rides to women going to and from the session buildings and the RVs. The convention starts Tuesday night, but there are two sessions going on now dealing with RV maintenance....

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Aug 31, 2017 - Amish Acres

On Thursday, we went on an excursion that was coordinated by Grand Design. This trip was to nearby Nappanee Indiana to the Amish Acres. Amish Acres is an 80-acre Old Order Amish farm that was homesteaded in 1839 and is now open to the public. There are two restored barns that have been converted into a gift shop and restaurant that serves "Thrasher-style" meals. We rode around the farm on a tractor-pulled trailer, with a stop at the one-room German schoolhouse where our Amish guide told us about the history of the farm and Amish life....

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2017 Life in our RV

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