On Monday, January 7, 2019, we took our motorhome in to have carpet replaced in the bedroom and dining area slide out. In order to do that, we had to pack up everything that was stored under our bed because they had to take the bed out in order to replace the carpet, and everything in the storage under the dining area booths had to be removed because the booths had to be removed to replace the carpet there. Then, we were told to have our motorhome at the renovations company by 7:A.M. so they could begin the work. We arrived promptly at 7:00 A.M. only to find the service manager that took our order and told us to be there by 7:00 A.M didn’t show up until 8:00 and no one else knew anything about why we were there or what we needed… this was not a good sign to us that we were going to have a positive experience from the get go… But, we wanted to stay positive in our thinking as it was too late to back out at that time. Finally, the service manager arrives and tells us we are free to go as we leave our home in their good hands, and that we had a three-day promise of delivery back to us…

We left the RV shop and drove to a coinless laundromat, something we have never used before. We went in thinking we would need to use our credit card to operate the machines. Sounded easy, and like the only way we were going to do it without coins, and since no one was working in the facility to ask, we set out to buy laundry soap (ours was back in our motorhome at the shop). We put our bank credit card into the slot and pushed the appropriate button. Nothing came out. So we tried again, and again, and again thinking we were doing something wrong because the message going across the screen kept saying “insert card correctly”. Finally, we asked the only other person in there if she knew how to get soap out of the machine. She didn’t speak English very well, but was more than willing to try to help us. She didn’t notice we were trying to use our bank credit card, so between Bill and this woman, they figured out we could use coins on this machine.

Now that we had our soap, we quickly put the correct amount of soap into the regular washers, sorted and put our clothes into the regular size washers, put our bank credit card into the slot, pushed start, and got the message “insert card correctly”. We tried this again and again until we finally decided the washers we picked must not be working…


So we quickly went back and bought more soap (we already put all our previously purchased soap into the regular washers), and we removed our clothes from the regular washers and put one load into the bigger washer directly behind us thinking surely these washers will work… But still nothing happened when we put our bank credit card into the slot. We still got the message “insert card correctly”…. What to do? What could we do but go and ask the nice lady that helped us get our soap if she used her “card” on the washes. She said she did, so we told her we are trying to use ours but it isn’t working.

She came over, looked at the card we were using, and told us “that’s a bank card”, we asked what she used and she directed us to the machine where we needed to use our bank card to purchase the Easy Card that operates the machines.

I can’t even say “who knew”, because apparently everyone that came in there before, while, and after we were there all know…

Once we understood the right card to use, we put all our clothes back into the regular washes we had already put or laundry soap in except for the one bigger washer we had already put bleach in to wash our whites. We didn’t realize that the bigger washers were a LOT more expensive than the regular washers. As a result of our lack of knowledge of coinless washers/dryers, it coast us over $4.00 to wash this tiny load of whites instead of $2.00 in the regular washers… But hey, the bleach we fought hard to buy was already in that washer… Ha! :):) We are so thankful, and grateful, to the woman that helped us learn how to use these washers/dryers and soap machine. I didn’t take her picture, and we didn’t get her name, as she seemed focused on getting her own laundry done, and we had already interrrupted her enough.

After a long, hard morning, of learning the world of coinless laundromats, we went out to lunch, and visited the local mall to walk around and get our exercise in while waiting for our room at La Quinta inns & Suites to be ready. We were surprised when we received an email saying our room was ready 3 hours earlier than we expected. We’ve stayed at La Quinta several times before in Arizona, and other states, and we are never disappointed.

We are enjoying a beautiful, spacious room, while we wait for our home on wheels.

While we wait for our motorhome repairs to be completed, Bill and I are thankful, and grateful, that we have the means to stay in a beautiful place while we are temporally without our home. That said, we also pray for those that are truly homeless, some of their own making, but many through no fault of their own. It’s hard to tell the difference, but I pray for them all, that they find food, water, shelter, and a way to get their lives back on track.

Stay Tuned!



6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Robin
    Jan 08, 2019 @ 23:30:08

    Oh my gosh…what a laundry story!! Just can’t wait to see the new look!! Enjoy the space and relax! xoxo


  2. Ellen Kaufman
    Jan 09, 2019 @ 00:30:35

    Sorry you had such a bad experience with the laundry and all.
    Yes, the La Quinta are very nice and have been remodeled and Harvey’s nephew Bob Kaufman
    Is a regional President for all of Florida. Can’t wait to see pictures of your newly remodeled motor home. Love you


  3. Bill
    Jan 09, 2019 @ 12:48:27

    Don’t forget it’s an adventure, we will get through this process. Love you


    • beyondcinderella
      Jan 09, 2019 @ 14:52:28

      Oh, I’m fully aware of the fact that this is becoming an “adventure”… but we are still staying in our positive thinking and zen space so it’s still all good. Love you!


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