Getting Closer to Having Pavement
Bushnell, FL - Events of Sunday, April 20 to Tuesday, April 29, 2014
As we explained a while ago, we made a decision late in our stay at Blueberry Hill to sign up for a special promotion the owners of the RV park were having that offered an allowance toward paving, a shed and landscaping in exchange for committing to the 6 & 6 rate for your site for two years. The 6 & 6 rate allows you to stay on your site for up to 6 months a year and to store your RV on the site for the other 6 months. Even though we probably won't be staying the entire 6 months and definitely won't be storing our motor home on the site in the summer, the rate is fairly reasonable; and the rate is discounted even further for the first year.
We stayed in Florida much longer than we planned in the hope of having our shed delivered and of watching our concrete being poured. In the meantime, we're mostly hanging around the motor home relaxing, taking short walks around the campground and playing with Freeway.
The weather has definitely taken a turn toward summer. The highs in Lower Alabama where we are headed next have risen from the 60s and 70s to the lower 80s, and the highs in Bushnell have risen from the upper 70s and low 80 to the low 90s. While relaxing around the RV park, we have been treated to several nice sunsets recently and a beautiful sunrise.
As we mentioned in our last post, things were moving verrrrrrry sloooooowly on the pavement front. About a week ago, the workmen dropped off boards for concrete forms at our site. Over the next few days, we watched them stake out the areas for pavement on numerous other sites throughout the RV park, but not on ours. As we also said in our last post, the sequence of the work sometimes defies logic.
After we finally caught up to one of the contractors a few days ago, we finally understand some of the logic. We are next on the list to get concrete, but we are one of the last two sites to get concrete that are still occupied. Therefore, the contractor said he was proceeding with laying out the other sites in this batch of sites, but he was holding off staking out our site until the last minute so we wouldn't have to trip over the stakes any longer than necessary.
We also found out the sub-contractor with the front-end loader that digs out the areas where the concrete is to be poured is the primary reason for the delay. It seems he is busy on other jobs, and the paving contractor is having trouble getting him to commit to a date to come to Blueberry Hill.
The front-end loader was supposed to be at Blueberry Hill last Thursday afternoon or Friday morning, but he never showed. On Monday, someone from the concrete crew showed up at our rig and said he was there to lay out our site because the front-end loader was coming that morning. Yay!
Paul folded up our patio mat to get it out of the way, and the workman proceeded to measure and stake our site.
After defining the shape with stakes, lines are painted on the grass to make it easier for the operator of the front-end loader to see where to dig.
Everyone got to decide exactly what areas of their sites they wanted to have paved. A few chose to pave a parking pad for the RV in addition to a patio, but most did not. The reason for that is the pavement under the RV is much more expensive than for the patio because it must be much thicker and have more reinforcement to stand up under the weight of the RV. Therefore, paving under the RV eats up your allowance rather quickly, so most people, including us, decided to just pave a patio and parking pad for the tow or towed vehicle. We also kept our patio on the small side because we wanted to leave some grass for Freeway and some areas for landscape plants.
By the time our layout was completed, it was late morning and there was still no front-end loader so the concrete worker left. We were so tired and hungry from watching him lay out our site all morning, we decided to head over to Beef O'Brady's in the afternoon to take advantage of their Burger Monday and get a Build Your Own Burger for $4.99 (regularly $7.99).
We both had the same thing as last time - Margery had a burger with pickles, lettuce, tomato and mayo with onion rings for her side, and Paul had a cheeseburger with fries. Everything was yummy.
The front-end loader did finally show up on Tuesday morning and dug out our pavement area. After that, he dug out about a dozen additional sites that will be paved after ours.
Our area still needs to be leveled, have the edges squared up, have the forms built and have the reinforcing mesh put into place. Following all that, the site needs to be inspected by the building inspector before concrete can be poured. Add to all that the threat of rain every day this week, and we have no idea of when we'll actually get our concrete; but at least we know we're next. As soon as there is more progress, we'll have an update.