Home At Last

In my last post, I wrote about taking our motorhome into the shop to have carpet replaced in the bedroom and on one of the slide-outs (dining area). The rest of our rig has tile. We were told when we first made the arrangements to have this project done that it would take two days to complete the job. However, as with most home improvement projects, we’ve learned to hope for the best, and expect the worst… While it wasn’t the worst thing that ever happened with our home improvement projects, our two-day commitment to complete the job, quickly started turning into three days. I thought this posting would be a good time to let you know what we did for two and a half days without our home, after we spent the first trying to get our laundry done.

On day two, we decided we would go see the movie The Mule, staring Clint Eastwood. Both Bill and I enjoyed the movie and it gave us a couple of hours to sit and relax, and it took our minds off of thinking about when we were going to get our motor home back. We really were not too worried at that point because we knew we still had another day  off before we need to go back to our hosting jobs at the Visitor Center at McDowell Mountain Regional Park. After the movie, we enjoyed a lovely lunch at PF Chang’s. Then off we went back to our room at the hotel still thinking all is going well with our carpet replacement project. We decided we would make a call to get a status on where they are in regards to getting our carpet replacement completed. That’s when we were told that it was not going to be ready until Thursday,  the day we needed to go back to work.  That was NOT the answer we wanted to hear. If we would have been able to get our motor home back on Wednesday, it would have given us time to get it set up, and put back all of our belongings that we had to store in order for them to take the bed and dining area booths out to replace the carpet. In addition, we had to get our bed made up again, and get groceries for the upcoming week. We were both scheduled to work our half shift day Thursday. Now, this put us into putting the plan (B) in place. I am a big believer in always having a plan (B). Plan (B) was that I would drop Bill off at RV Renovators the next morning at 7 A.M. and I would go on to open the Visitor Center at 8:00. We were hoping  that Bill would be able to take possession of our home first thing that morning, get it back to the park and set up, and come to relieve me from the Visitor Center by 12:00 noon so I could go get the groceries (we had to really limit, and store the few groceries we had, because we knew we would be unplugged for the time our motorhome was in the shop) and try to put our home back together again so we can live comfortably once again…

On the morning of day three, we notified the morning desk clerk, at La Quinta Inn, of our situation and asked if we reserve our room for another night, and we get notified our motor home is ready, can we cancel without fees. She assured us we had until 6:00 P.M. to cancel without a fee. Good news to us. So in an effort to pass more time, and take our minds off our current situation, we went back to the movies, and saw Ben Is Back staring Julia Roberts. Seems like we had a little drug theme movie thing going on… Again, we both thought that was a good movie. Julia Roberts always delivers a great performance in my opinion.

When we returned to our hotel around 2:00 that afternoon, and were “patiently” waiting in the lobby of our hotel for our room to be cleaned, we received a call from RV Renovators letting us know our motorhome was ready. We were very excited to know we would be back in our home that day, but as a result, it cost us $50.00 to cancel the room we reserved earlier in the day. We would not have had a problem with that except for the fact that in the morning, before we went out to the movie, we told the girl at the front desk about our situation. We  explained that we are full-time RV, that we were having our motorhome carpet replaced, and that we were not sure if it would be done later that day or if we would need to stay another night. She assured us if we reserved our room that morning , for another night, we would have until 6:00 P.M. to cancel without any cancellation fees…However, when the call came in at about 2::00 p.m.  (check-in is 3:00 P.M.) and we told by the new, change of shift person at the front desk, that we needed to cancel our room for that night, we were told it was too late to cancel ,and we needed to pay for the night. We explained what the morning person told us, and were told to wait while this afternoon person checked with her manager… Finally, she came back and told us we wound need to pay $50.00 even though we never even stayed in that room at all… We just chalked it up to another case of the right hand doesn’t know what the left hand is doing…

In the end, both Bill and I are very happy with how our carpet replacement looks, and we are VERY happy to have our home back, because there really is no place like home…


As a final thought, I have to say, through all of this home improvement “adventure”, both Bill and I were able to laugh, and keep our spirits up. Bill and I contribute that to some very positive changes we’ve made in our lives this year that are working very well for us.

Stay Tuned!

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Robin
    Jan 14, 2019 @ 03:13:29

    They charged you $50??? That’s ridiculous. You two have the best attitude…and I’m so glad you are now back to normal with new and beautiful carpet! Can’t wait to see it! XOXO


    • beyondcinderella
      Jan 14, 2019 @ 13:19:11

      Yes, frizzy, we were surprised at the $50 fee they charged us especially after being told just a few hours earlier that we had until 6:P.M. to let them know we didn’t need the room. But we decided to stay focused on the good news that we were getting our home back.XoXo


  2. Bill
    Jan 14, 2019 @ 13:59:18

    I thought it was to good to be true, to cancel the room and not have any penalties.I guess it was better than the full amount. I do believe that La Quinta needs a better training program so the right hand knows what the left one is doing.

    The carpet looks great and we saw a couple of good movies, is it strange that we saw two movies that involved drugs?

    Love you Bill


    • beyondcinderella
      Jan 14, 2019 @ 20:06:26

      All in all we had a positive experience, especially when you think of how much worse it could have been. Like if we went through all that and say we found something wrong with the carpet when we went to take delivery of our coach…Now that would have been a BIG TIME “adventure” for sure. Love you!


  3. randombitsoftrialanderror
    Jan 15, 2019 @ 14:56:43

    Isn’t it discombobulating when your home is in the shop? We had to have some major work done in Elkhart this past year and ended up spending a month in the repair shop parking lot. We were homeless from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. on weekdays during that time. Since my husband’s office is in the rig also, it was exceptionally challenging as he worked from our truck. I have several photos of us sitting in local parks while he did conference calls. There’s even one with us in Shipshewana (an Amish community) where he was working while I went sightseeing–there’s a photo of him with all his technical gadgets in the truck as a horse and buggy passes by. We tried to stay positive throughout the while ordeal, but got to the breaking point towards the end. Still wouldn’t change the lifestyle for the world, though. 🙂 Glad you are back home!


    • beyondcinderella
      Jan 15, 2019 @ 17:39:27

      Hi there, and thanks for stopping by my site. Yes, it is very “discombobulating” when work needs to be done on our motorhome. It’s not at all like having work done in a traditional home because most of the time you can still live in those homes. Wow, I guess we had it made with only being out of our home for three days… I can’t imagine being displaced for a month, and trying to continue to work through it all. But, yes, I totally agree with you in that we would not change our lifestyle for the world either. We love what we’re doing and hope to continue for many more years to come.


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