I arrived in Miami on Monday afternoon and on the way to where I am staying got to stop by and see my truck - it looks great! Went to Walmart in the evening and got a cell phone with Straight Talk, the $30 a month prepaid plan (1000 min, 1000 text messages and 30 MB of data) and a Samsung R451C phone with a slide out QWERTY keyboard ($100), which uses the Verizon network. Seems to work good, but I'm still trying to figure out the web part of it.
Ahh, the joys of trying to work outside the system! I had received two quotes online for RV insurance, one with Good Sam (GMAC) for $791 per year and the other with Progressive for $844 per year. Yesterday I got the title signed by the seller and this morning I called to get insurance on the truck, so I could get my temporary registration to drive it from Florida to Minnesota.
I called Progressive first to see if they could somehow match GMAC's price but they said they didn't have any listings for Isuzu motorhomes (actually there were some a number of years ago) and when I gave them the VIN number they said they could not insure it as an RV because it was registered as a commercial vehicle (belonged to a small package shipping and mailing service), and was not built as a motorhome. I asked how much it would cost to insure it as a commercial vehicle and they said they don't insure commercial vehicles.
I then called GMAC and they said the same thing. I can't believe that GMAC doesn't insure commercial vehicles! For both of these I called the toll free numbers that were listed on the quotes. One of them said something about not being able to insure it if I put a truck camper on it!
Next I called the agent in Minnesota where I had previously insured my car when have I returned home for a month or two every year (the vehicle will be registered in MN), which is also Progressive. He said they couldn't do it as an RV but he could do it as a truck. However because it listed as a commercial vehicle it costs more to insure it if it is used outside of a 100 mile radius of where it is registered! It ended up costing about $100 more for six months, with less coverage. They also wouldn't put road service on it because it is a commercial vehicle! It doesn't make any difference that I'm not using it commercially and don't even have a business.
Anyway, I finally got insurance on it and they faxed proof for the registration, so I was able to get a 30 day temporary permit to drive it back to Minn. to register it. Because I will be mounting the camper here in Florida, I asked about renewing the permit if I need more time and they said no problem.
I picked up the truck and on the way home I stopped a Home Depot to check on wood, tools, etc. and confirmed that the prices here are 10 - 20% higher than in Northern Minnesota! I was looking at lumber and plywood, but couldn't find out what kind of wood it was. I wanted Douglas Fir, but only found a small amount of that, and nothing in the sizes or dimensions I need. I looked at the pressure treated lumber but it didn't say what kind of wood it was. I asked the "sales" guy, and he had no idea, but took me to the customer service desk in the lumber department to find out. Both of them gave me the same answer when I asked what kind of wood it was. First answer was "pressure treated". Thanks, I can read that. What "kind" of wood is it?, I asked again. "Prime" they said. I said that prime is a grade of wood, not a kind of wood. Received blank looks. So I then asked if it was Southern Pine. "Yes, I think so!" was the reply, so I guess they just needed some prompting! I guess I will have to find a real lumber yard, but first will give Lowes a try.
Tomorrow the pastor and church here who have been helping me, need to pick up some donated office furniture, so I'm able to use my truck for that and repay them some for their kindness. Then in the afternoon I will go to my cousin's to look at the truck camper!