We left Michigan with only a temporary license plate. The true license plate was overnighted to us in Asheville as soon as it was ready. Unfortunately, it was shipped to the wrong address. Instead of being shipped to a UPS Store, it ended up getting shipped to a bank. We frantically drove all through the area trying to figure out what had happened to it. We were getting more and more nervous. It wasn’t until we had retraced our steps that we discovered that it was sent to a bank. We mounted the license plate safely to the back of the car and finally we were able to relax. We headed out on a sprint to the south to dip below the frost line.
On the drive south, I called a few Roadtrek dealers to see if they could service our broken heater. The first one told us they could not even look at it till February 3. I tried to calmly discuss with the service agent that we were living in our RV and that was not going to work for us. She calmly let me know that most people in Florida were living in their RV’s. After a few more tries we hit gold with another service dealer three hours away from where we wanted to be. They told us to stop by anytime and they would take a look at it so we headed to Port Saint Lucie. I drove from Asheville till after midnight that evening trying to get as close to the dealer as we could. Once I started to loose energy I pulled over in the next rest stop and we went to bed in about two minutes. That was cool.
The next morning we showed up and their technician fixed the heater in an hour and a half. I wont bore you with the details but it should be set for a while now, and if it breaks again I will know how to fix it. This allowed us fill up our water tanks for the first time. We were so eager to get water running in the van. Warm showers and full meals could now be easily achieved in our home.
We then jetted across to the gulf coast to visit with Bruce and Sue Osterink. They invited us to stay in their guest house in Bonita Springs. We gladly took them up on their offer and had a wonderful time catching up with them. They told us of some fun things to do in the area and we went out exploring. Naples, then Fort Meyers beach, Sanibel and Captiva Islands. Check out some more photos here.