We Are Now Cruising In Becky's Land Yacht
"Becky's land Yacht is a 30ft 1986 Mallard class "A" Recreational Vehicle with a chevy 454 and just 25,000 miles.
On October 17th 2020 we purchased Becky's 30 Foot (Class-A) Land Yacht!
Becky really did not enjoy the boat much. Seems being on the water was just not her thing. So we started looking around for a used land yacht, a motor home (RV). We ended up finding one by accident on our way to Walmart to do some shopping. It was right next to the road and had only been for sale for about 4 hours. So we looked it over and tentatively baught it right then.
The previous owner had replaced the floor with fancy wood flooring. He had also replaced the roof which was another plus. We worked on it for about a week fixing some of the minor things and figuring out how some of the things and systems worked. It worked kind of like our previous boat but on a smaller scale, being as it is only 30 feet long and about 7 foot wide.
About a week before we left on our trip we spent the entire week packing up clothes and other things. We also went shopping and stocking up on food and other necessaties.
With the first snow still on the ground, we left on our snow bird trip on November 29th. Our first distant planned stop was to visit my sister Brenda in Navarre Florida.
We spent that first night at the Walmart in Owatanna, MN parking lot. The temperature dropped down to 19 degrees and we were not plugged into any electricity so we could not run our electric heater and the generator did not start, cranking battery was dead. Then we found that both our main and house 12 volt batteries went dead. By the time the sun came up we were very cold and could not start the RV to even get heat from the engine. The next morning we called the automotive department there at the Walmart and asked them if they could come out to their parking lot and give us a jump so we could come in and have them put 2 new batteries in. They did and we got the new batteries and we test started the generator. Then we were on our way again.
We spent the night at a way side rest north of Aims Iowa. Got up the next morning and got underway after cooking and eating some breakfast and making a pot of coffee. We then started the generator for a while to cool off the refrigerator before we got underway.
We had a short day, did not get a good nights sleep last night, so we stopped just north of Des Moines Iowa at a way side rest. Spent the night there.
We drove most of the day and stopped at a small RV park just south of Butler Missouri. Electricity came with the camp site which was a good thing as the generator would turn over but would not start. Got up and left the next morning after cooking and having some coffee and breakfast.
12-02-2020 & 12-03-2020
Stopped at an RV park in Ft. Smith Arkansas and spent 2 days there. Took showers and washed clothes and took a much needed break from driving.
12-04-2020 & 12-05-2020
We stopped at an RV park in Texarkana, Arkansas. It was a nice place so we stayed 2 days and enjoyed ourselves. The weather there was great, in the 60s.
We spent the night in an RV park at Lafayette, Louisiana. Got up and took showers and did some launtry early in the morning and got back on the road.
12-07-2020 to 12-20-2020
Arrived at Brenda's in Navarre, FL where we spent a great two week. Brenda and Michelle were great hosts. She took us out so we could look around. We got to see the damage from a hurricane that went through there a couple of weeks earlier. I also took the generator apart, cleaned it, and put it back together and to my surprise it started working again.
We spent the night in the parking lot of the Walmart in Perry Florida. Got up the next morning and had breakfast and coffee. Filled up with gas and got underway.
12-22-2020 through 12-27-2020
Visited our friends the Voss's from Tower Minnesota who spend winters in Crystal River Florida. Becky made a great Christmas dinner for just the two of us. We even had wine with our dinner. Several days later the Voss's came over and took us out to see the beach on the Gulf of Mexico. After that we went out to a sea food restaraunt where we had a big basket of delicous clam strips and hush puppies. Then we went over to their house and sat around for a couple of hours. Then back to the RV at the park. We had a great time with Lynn and Larry Voss. Then it was time for us to take off to see friends in Texas.
We stopped and spent the night at the Loves Truck Stop in Moorehaven Florida. We were tucked safely in between a couple of big rigs and the next morning we got up, fueled up and got back on the road again.
12-29-2020 & 12-30-2020
We arrived at my sister Jody's in West Palm Beach Florida and parked in her driveway. It was really great to see Jody after such a long time. She is working her buns off from 11 PM until 7 AM almost every day. She was trying to spend as much time with us as she could but we could see that she was getting worn out so we cut our visit short. She was also looking for another place to live as her landlord had asked her to leave because she was going to sell her house.
One day it even got into the 80s, that almost melted us. But the heat only lasted for the one day and then back into the 70s.
We spent the night in Zuber Florida at the Loves gas station. Left the following morning after having breakfast and filling up with fuel.
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