We made our annual visit to Manassas, Virginia, after we left the Reading, Pennsylvania, area. While there we did some remodeling in the RV, and we caught COVID-19 from Jason’s visit to the FCC in Washington DC.
Remodeling the RV
Our motorhome is officially a 2008 model, but because of how well Newmar makes motorhomes, especially back then, it has held up extremely well. We have had this RV for four years now and we plan to have it at least that long yet. So we decided that it was time to make some changes so that it would be more functional for our needs. A key understanding is that a class A motorhome is made up of parts you can get from any Lowe’s, and in this case now Ikea, and remodeling is not any different. Weight distribution needs to be kept in mind, something you don’t in a sticks and bricks house.
The built-in layout was working very well for Jason, but it was not working for Barb’s budding crafting needs. Her need for flat working space and storage of materials has been growing rapidly as she has been making 40 – 50 birthday cards every month to send to alumni “Wish Kids” of Give Kids the World Village. We volunteer each winter when we are in the Orlando area and make cards year-round to send to them for their birthdays.
We also purchased a new theater seat side-by-side recliner for the opposite side of the RV. This also has the capability of being a full couch, which a little granddaughter will be able to sleep on when visiting. We also returned the two additional passenger seat belts back into service.
Washington DC Visits
We visited the National Zoo to see the pandas before they were sent back to China, due to the agreement not being renewed to retain them in the United States. We stopped by the National Air and Space Museum by Dulles. Then later, Jason also had an opportunity to attend a work function at the FCC building in downtown DC. Unfortunately, he brought home an unwanted souvenir.
Traveling with COVID
This was our first time dealing with COVID-19 since the pandemic. It was disappointing to have to isolate ourselves and not give hugs and goodbyes to our Manassas families.
Fortunately, the campground we were at in Virginia was accommodating to extend our stay and the campground we were going to in Tennessee was accommodating to adjust our arrival dates without penalties. It all worked out. Even more of a coincidence was trying to coordinate furniture delivery for our RV remodel in Tennessee, that company was also amazing. No one wants COVID so they all seem to be very willing to work with you to keep you away!
Since we travel mostly with no contact anyway, we did finally make the transition from Virginia to Tennessee after a few day’s delay to feel better.