Have Pet, Will Travel

As RVers we know the stress that can come with rolling into a new place and have to find a vet. Some times it is just a matter of asking a simple question. But, we’ve all been there. WoofTrax knows what that is like so they teamed up with Ask.Vet to provide you 24hrs connectivity to an actual veterinarian by text.

Ask.Vet powered by WoofTrax

You may know of WoofTrax from their app “Walk for a Dog”, it is my favorite exercise app. Even if you don’t have a pet that requires walking you walk for shelters. You can find more information by CLICKING HERE.

CoachProxy — Officially available!!

We are so happy to say that CoachProxy for the Tiffin motorhome is now available for sale!

It took longer that we had hoped as we made adjustments based on the feedback of our beta testers and actually redesigned the interface and some hardware components. Being a startup, this took some time but so happy to report that we feel great in being able to finaly release the product.

CoachProxy
CoachProxy

To remind you, CoachProxy is a plug and play control product that is for Tiffin Motorhomes that are 2015 or newer. With a device such as your cellphone, tablet, or computer you can control any device that is on the Spyder system locally or from anywhere in the world! (Worldwide if your motorhome has internet access.) It also is the first Voice Activated interface to your motorhome! Thats right, if you have full time Internet and an Amazon Echo or Dot, you can upgrade the CoachProxy to support full voice control. “Alexa, turn on main light.” It will also alert you to your tank levels and battery voltage via text to email. (Again, Internet is required.)

So the store is NOW OPEN so get them while you can! —> https://CoachProxy.com

Note: It is recommended, but not required, that your motorhome have it’s own internal Wi-Fi network running. Meaning you connect all your devices to your own Wi-Fi SSID and that the router is then connected to the RV park or JetPack for Internet.

You can build one for under $100 if needed. Feel free to check out this tutorial by David Bott… Secure Private Wi-Fi for Under $100.

Want to control your Tiffin Coach? Feeling Talkative?

As you may recall, we announced CoachProxy some time back and we are currently in the beta test phase of the release. The beta program is going very well and I did something you may not have expected this soon. We think this is really cool and wanted to share it.

No better way really to show this other than a video. So, here you go!

Voice Control is really for the advanced users, but it does show what we are able to do with CoachProxy in a Tiffin motorhome. I just had to get away from the normal development and do something fun. This capability does require a CoachProxy, an Amazon Alexa enabled device (Echo, Tap, Dot (must be ordered via Echo), Fire TV, etc), and an always on Internet connection (required by Amazon Alexa devices).

Our new lil’ slice of Vegas!

We’d like to announce that we have purchased a lot at the LVM Resort in Las Vegas! We closed the deal yesterday, so it is officially ours now. Some studious followers may have noticed that we moved onto the site about 3 weeks ago and we’ve already been doing some upgrades here and there.

Without further adieu, here’s a video tour around the site!

Tank Treatment – Out w/ the Old, In w/ the New

TST Tank Treatment - Bye bye..
Bye bye TST Tank Treatment

We’ve been pretty consistently using TST Orange liquid tank treatment over the years of our RV’ing. Occasionally, we’d pick up the packets instead of the liquid, but usually the liquid. It had performed pretty well (we thought), but in our recent trips out west in the heat, it simply didn’t hold up.

Each time we’d flush either toilet ( mid or rear ), the foulest stench would emanate throughout the coach (cause the AC’s are on) and it’d take easily a few minutes to dissipate.  It was so bad, I ended up troubleshooting the vent system for the black tank to ensure there wasn’t a disconnect in the wall where the vent line ran, etc.. VERY horrid smell.  We figured out that it was just that the holding tank treatment wasn’t holding up.  We tried double and triple doses with only very limited success.  As the tank crept above 50% full, the stench would return.

Watching a YouTube video from LoveYourRV, I caught him talking about Happy Camper holding tank treatment and decided it couldn’t hurt to try it.

Hello Happy Camper!
Hello Happy Camper!

All I can say.. is WOW.  We’ve had several 90+ degree days here in Vegas, days that would normally send us rushing for an exhaust fan after a flush.. and NOT A SINGLE WHIFF of the tank has come forth from the belly of the beast!  Even when the tank was up around 80% full, still nothing.  Completely odor free.

Now, I will note that the Happy Camper treatment is considerably more expensive ( by almost 3x ), but I was trying to use 3 times the dosage of the TST Orange and still had odor issues, so on a per-dose of effective odor relief, it’s a win.  And on a WAF (wife acceptance factor) scale, it’s not even close.  Happy Camper‘s we now are.

Introducing CoachProxy!

The time has finally come to reveal what we have been working on for some time now for our fellow Tiffin motorhome owners or soon to be owners. CoachProxy!

CoachProxy

CoachProxy is a simple, intelligent interface for operating your coach from any web browser, whether that’s your Phone, Tablet or Computer and is capable of doing this from anywhere you may be, on any number of devices!  Items such as lights, shades, heated floors, and vents to name a few. It can also alert you to things such as your tank levels getting to high or your batteries too low.  ‘Continue Reading’ for more details and a VIDEO! Continue reading “Introducing CoachProxy!”

Bardstown, KY

As you may have guessed from the photos we are in BOURBON COUNTRY. Visiting the folks and having a blast just catching up and shopping in town.

We don’t get to see Michael’s parents as often as we would like and the new coach puts some distance restraints on where we can stay near them. Bardstown is Dad’s home, so it makes for a nice visit.

This time around we skipped the distillery tours – after all I am already a Maker’s Mark Ambassador – and just stayed in town shopping. The fellas were patient and great about all of it because they knew The Rickhouse was the finish line.

We met up with Tom and saw his beautiful and throaty Shelby Cobra — as a Tesla owner I can tell you I do not miss most things about ICE vehicles — but when it fired up and I could feel it in my chest. Oh how I wished my Daddy could have seen it.

So, back to the shopping.

Hurst Discount Drug was a nice little shop. Diner, pharmacy and gift shop all rolled into one.

The Olive Spout was fabulous. Alexis was very helpful. I sampled several vinegars and came out with a 750ml bottle of my favorite – Gravenstein Apple White Balsamic.

We popped into Making Good Scentz and it smelled so yummy in there!! I came away with several lip balms – because you know I am all about the lip balms – and a lotion that smelled so yummy I had to. After all, when you are in BOURBON COUNTRY you will buy all the things BOURBON!! Yep, BOURBON BARREL scented lotion!!

And before we went to the Whiskey Museum we made a visit to Kentucky Bourbon Marketplace. Soft t-shirts, bourbon chocolates, bourbon, and a ghost story closed out the visit.

Again many thanks to our wonderful parents. We had a fabulous day and we are so grateful to you have you both in our life.

xoxo,
Lehnanne

*BIG RIG note — White Acres Campground in Bardstown, KY is a great place to stay while you are in the area. Easily fit us, with pull throughs at about 90′ long. Spacious, and easy in and out.

The Hardest Thing

Furkids are our lives, we cherish them and take care of them. It never ends well and the ending never gets easier.

While we were on the fence about whether it was time for Dexter with his dementia making life very hard on us all (with 3 separate biting incidents in the past month or so),  Cinder decided to stop eating, has been sleeping almost constantly, and has started having bladder control issues.

Dexter sitting pretty
Dexter sitting pretty
Cinder and Michael
Cinder and Michael

We decided it was best to send them on their way to college with a vet we knew and trusted.  Today was truly a horrible experience.. having to say good-bye to not one, but two of our loving companions.. and things didn’t go smoothly.

WARNING: Potentially disturbing content follows.  Please continue reading only if you are prepared.

Continue reading “The Hardest Thing”

6 years

In April 2010 Michael and I took a month and went coast to coast. It was a wonderful trip but eye opening. Tipping the scales well over 300 I was using a mobility scooter to go any farther than 50 feet. Between my degenerative discs, fibromyalgia and weight getting from point A to point B always involved a struggle.

When we returned from the trip and I looked through the pictures we took I saw myself for maybe the first time as I was. Obese, unhealthy, and honestly believing that I wouldn’t see 40. I made some changes.

These days when old pics pop up on slideshows I often have to pause to recognize that version of me.

It was a lot of work, pain, sweat and tears — but I wouldn’t go back.

6 Years

Red Bay

We pulled into Red Bay yesterday afternoon. The service lot is about half full, so we don’t know when we will be getting in to get the work done. We stopped outside of Little Rock on the way here to visit with family. We had a nice dinner and breakfast visit with Michael’s Aunt & Uncle.

We are doing well and will be heading to NC after this.

Apologies if you tried to follow along this past trip and the live feed was down. Think we have that squared away. Not much to see out of the window now except the back of some rigs waiting on service and rain. =)

Home Sweet Home

Hi all – just an update to let you know I am HOME. I was released from hospital yesterday. I wanted to thank everyone for the cards, flowers and thoughtful gifts. It was a rough week to be away from my babies and Michael. I had the best room in the hospital. No joke, it was a suite and every staff member that came commented on it. I had a fridge, a view of Dallas skyline, ROOM SERVICE style meals instead of a plate of whatever / whenever. I think I gained 5 lbs. None of that would have mattered if the nurses and staff were not STELLAR.
If you need anything and you are in the Plano Texas area — The Medical Center of Plano should be your go to.

The staff at ER at Burleson also impressed the hell out of me. Was in and out in record time for ER and Dr. Singhal was quick to get me to a hand surgeon. Not only did he get me to a hand surgeon – I feel like he got me the BEST. Dr. Steven Clark was AMAZING. He explained everything, sometimes twice thanks to pain meds. I have regained much of the use of my middle finger. But, those who know me know that if I HAD to lose the ability to bend any finger — the MIDDLE FINGER is the one.

I can’t thank David & Brenda Bott enough for taking such good care of my babies while Michael sat with me in the hospital. You guys are the best!

If you want to see pictures, leave a comment. I will get Michael to post some album or something. I don’t want to see them — Dr. Clark used words like FILET THE FINGER … I don’t need to see that.

Love to you all!! Now I am of going to have a CUPPA and binge on some Scandal!!