Many years ago Dave's Uncle Ray moved to Houston, after his divorce he met a lovely true blue Texan lady whom we have come to love very much.
Monday we headed out of Houston :) to Stephen F Austin State Park for two nights, since the weather has been cool, rainy and dreary we weren't able to enjoy the park but hope to someday get back here when the weather is nicer.
So how did the Houston RV Show go, very well indeed. We arrived there about 12:30, the first dealer we browsed through was Holiday World of Houston. They are a big dealer for Keystone and Grand Design. We found the Grand Design Solitude 369rl very comfortable and offered us almost everything we wanted in our next rv. Tom Marino, a salesman for Holiday World, worked us up a price, he came back with a decent starting point but since this was the first dealer we had stopped at we wanted to keep looking. We continued looking knowing that the ones with figure prices weren't in our budget but it was still nice to look at them. After 6 hours we had found nothing that came close to what we had seen in the Solitude for a comparable price. So we let Tom know we were on our way back, by 7:30 we had come to an agreement and made a deal we all were comfortable with.We made arrangements for a Wednesday afternoon pickup, where after a 2 hour PDI and the obligatory discussion with the Joe Grossen from the financial department, she was ours. Our only issue during the walk through was the awning, coming home from the show the driver either got to close to a tree and scraped it up good, one was ordered on Wednesday and we were hoping it would be in so we could get on the road Sunday, we wanted to drive through Houston Sunday morning hoping it would be the best time for that. By the time we were done Wednesday at the dealership they had both rigs set up for switching out, since the old one wasn't connected to power or water we moved over only what we would need for the evening and for breakfast. Thursday after a quick trip to Home Depot and Walmart we got started moving stuff, first on the agenda was getting shelf liner down, since in the old rig the liner was always moving around when we took things out decided this time to tack it down with some light weight adhesive.The rest of the day was devoted to moving the kitchen over and by 7:30 most of it had been transferred. Friday was spent finishing the kitchen, bedroom moving day and getting the bathroom cabinets emptied in the old rig, our new bathroom has in place of a closet 4 large deep shelves so was pondering what to do in there. For now I've put lots of baskets in them, we'll see how that works. The basement is much larger than the old rigs so he was able to move most of the stuff that we've been carrying in the truck into the new rig, he also spent some time keeping up with where our awning was. Friday the awning arrived at the dealers, the service manager said they would call us Saturday morning around 8:30 to let us know when we would be coming in to the bay.
So much more room to entertain in, more storage more everything :)
Forgot until Wednesday night how much I had missed my king bed.
We had a great experience with Holiday World RV of Houston and our salesman Tom was great, no high pressure to buy and always checking in with us while we were on the lot. Would recommend the to anyone looking in the area for an RV to at least go in and see them.
Friday evening since we were so tired we headed about a mile down the road to dinner at Good Ole Boys, they are located in an old garage and were recommended by the salesmen from the dealership. It is what is know as a real hole in the wall but has some of the most outstanding fish Dave has eaten, crawfish, baked oysters and grouper were what Dave had, hand cut onion rings and a fried shrimp basket for me with a piece of pecan pie to go. Not only was it some of the best fish we've had at $57 (plus tip) you couldn't beat the price.
Saturday about 8:45 one of the techs came over to see if we were ready for them to take it away, by 9 they had taken it in and we went out shopping, one last massive shopping trip to HEB and a few other stops, we got back a little after 12, no rig in our spot so we headed over to the service area. The gentleman who drives the forklift to move all the rigs here saw us, he had one more to get out of the way and ours we would them be coming out. The new awning works and looks great, we've tried all the systems and everything seems to be good to go.
Saturday we also had our first guest come over, Dave's uncle and aunt came out to see our new home, it was so nice to have the space to entertain like we enjoy doing. After a short visit we headed to Good Ole Boys again for dinner. Boudin balls and fried mushroom started our meals, followed by two rib eye steak dinners, a 2 & a 3 BBQ meat plates and 4 slices of pie all for $74 (plus tip) sure can't beat the prices or the food. We spent a little time talking with Ray & Beth back at the rig, next year we plan to visit them in Houston and take in a rodeo, we always have enjoyed our time with them can't wait until we see them next year. Early to bed Saturday for and early departure sunday, I'll leave the details of which for another blog.
Until next time...