Saturday, January 31, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
After picking up the pills, we decided to have lunch at the Tucson Takamatsu, a Japanese and Koren restaurant. We've eaten at their Phoenix restaurant a lot, but had never been to the one in Tucson. We were surprised to see that it is a MUCH larger restaurant than the one in Phoenix! But it still has the same great food!
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
We finally got all the details squared away and Gary sent us a Retail MSRP sheet which we then proceeded to send to several Oregon dealers for a quote. Two of the dealers came in with quotes within a few hundred dollars of each other, but we finally decided to purchase the camper from Thunder RV in La Grande, OR (which is where Eagle Cap is located, too). Thunder RV is mainly a Northwood dealer (Arctic Fox/Nash/Desert Fox), but they also carry Eagle Cap. We decided on them, not because they had the lowest price (which they did), but mainly because we've heard many good things about them from the people on the Northwood Owner's Forum. The other dealer, who shall remain nameless, had several "poor" reviews on the RV Service Review website.
We are not selling our fifth wheel...when we make the trip to Alaska this summer (with a side trip to Yellowknife, NWT), we will put it in storage. When we come back in the fall, we will winterize the camper, put it in storage, then take the fifth wheel south for the winter. We were going to wait to get a camper once we get our lot at the Escapees' park in Sutherlin, Oregon, but when we decided to make the trip to Alaska this summer, we decided to get it early.
The camper we've ordered is the 950. We've ordered the following options:
- Swing out jacks
- Fantastic power fan
- Entertainment package
- Satellite dish w/TV antenna & Digital Magic
- 11,000 BTU air conditioner
- Water filter
- 2.5 KW Onan generator
- Full length wardrobe
- Diamond plate riser
- Exterior grab handle
- Counter top extension
- Hickory cabinets
- Slate interior color
In addition, Eagle Cap will install a 110-volt outlet in the slideout, install a Wilson antenna on the roof, and move the 110-volt microwave outlet into the microwave cabinet (we did not order the microwave; instead, our router and amplifier will be housed in that cabinet). They are also going to shorten and raise the wardrobe doors in the full length wardrobe so that we can add a memory foam pad on the bed.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Friday, January 16, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Sunday, January 11, 2009
The product is Elemonate from Walex Products Company. The statement on the package that said "dissolves grease and organic sludge" caught my eye because we've been having problems with the gray water sensors...they always show full even after the tank has been emptied, so I thought I'd give it a try.
Well, we tried it and it works! The sensors now say empty when the tank is empty! I want to go back to Camping World and pick up another package before we leave Tucson. I don't know how often I'll need to use a tablet, but certainly not each time.
Friday, January 09, 2009
The pills that Maxx was prescribed at the veterinary's office on Wednesday seem to be doing the trick as far as getting rid of his cough...he hasn't coughed at all today and only a couple of times, briefly, yesterday.
We had thought that, because of the diuretic that Maxx is taking, he'd have to get up in the middle of the night to go potty, but...fortunately...he's been making it all through the night!
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
They took X-Rays, did an echocardiogram, and drew blood for tests, including another VF titer test. Turns out that Maxx has heart problems, probably caused by the Valley Fever. We were given a bunch of pills...a diuretic to get rid of the fluid in his body that's collected around his heart and some of his other organs, an ACE inhibitor for his heart, and an anti-arrhythmic to help with his irregular heart beat. We were also told to increase his Valley Fever medication from 50 mg per day up to 200 mg per day.
The vet talked to us about doing open heart surgery to remove the sac that's grown around Maxx's heart and about some type of infusion that would be done 3 times a week for a total of 15 times (at $400 a pop, or $6,000 for the entire treatment). Since the average life expectancy of Basenjis is 13 (although many live to be 16 or 17), and Maxx is already 13-1/2, we declined both of these options. We'll keep him as healthy and pain-free as possible with medication.
This little trip to the vet cost us a small fortune, too!
Monday, January 05, 2009
The Tetracycline pills that we've been giving Maxx haven't done one bit of good, so I called an made an appointment at the Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson, a veterinary center that has a lot of specialty services, but also includes a center for Valley Fever. Our appointment is on Wednesday.
While we were at the Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market getting Earl's prescriptions filled, we noticed a Mexican restaurant next door, Little Mexico Steakhouse, so later this afternoon, we went there to celebrate my birthday.
Sunday, January 04, 2009
Saturday, January 03, 2009
Of course, we can never get out of there with out buying a bunch of other stuff, too. We ended up also buying replacement rugs for our 3 outdoor steps (which have begun to fray) and a product called "Elemonate" for the gray water tank. Our gray water tank sensors have been reading "full" even right after dumping, and this products says that it "dissolves grease and organic sludge" so I'll give it a try.
Friday, January 02, 2009
The vet didn't have Tetracycline in the dosage we needed, so she gave us a prescription which we took to Fry's to fill. While we were waiting for the prescription, we did grocery shopping.
Thursday, January 01, 2009
We arrived at Justin's Diamond J RV Park shortly after noon. We're in Desert View #12, backed up to a great view of the desert out out back window: