Birth Announcement – It’s A Girl!

December 2nd ~ Buckley Cove, California

Ellie Mae Camp-it

Delivered: November 30th at 4:00 PM

Weight: 9,564 pounds

Length: 24′ 11″

Proud Parents: Tim and Joanne Joseph

Well, we did it! After a relatively painless delivery, we are taking home our new baby girl – a 2017 Prism (by Coachmen) 2200LE motorhome!!!

Introducing our new baby, Ellie May Camp-it

Introducing our new baby, Ellie Mae Camp-it

On Tuesday evening we picked up an Avis Rental Car (VW) in the San Fernando Valley and drove seven hours up to Sacramento. We found the best deal through American River RV. Tim had pre-arranged the pricing, finance terms and insurance before we ever left home, so off we went with cashier’s check in hand for the deposit.

Arriving at their satellite store on Wednesday for our appointment at noon we found a bit of chaos, but still the people were friendly. We had already seen the interior of a coach with the floor plan/configuration we wanted, but not the color scheme. All we had seen so far were pictures of the nickel colored interior.

So upon arrival the first thing I asked to do was see the actual unit we were purchasing. A bit disappointed that it had not been cleaned BEFORE our appointment time, they were just starting the cleaning process and we were asked to wait. I managed to at least stick my head inside to see the colors and decided I liked them even better in person than via pictures.

Next step was the painfully long and drawn out paperwork. It really should have only taken about 5-10 minutes, but because the cleaning crew needed 1-2 hours, the finance guy simply spent the time-sharing stories, and general BS while occasionally placing a form in front of us to sign.

Two hours later the coach was ready for us to inspect, do our walk-thru and learn what the different hoses, lines, etc. did and connected to.

Somewhere in the neighborhood of 4:00 we drove off the lot and the Ellie was officially ours!

But we still had a rental car to return, so Tim drove the RV and I drove the VW and we navigated to the Sacramento Airport which was their only drop off point for one way rentals.

When that was crossed off, we FINALLY both jumped into the RV and headed to a local RV park to spend our first night.

With the sun setting early, it was already dark by the time we arrived at SacWest RV Park and Campground. Tim had asked for a recommendation of where to stay, and found out that Jerry, the guy who had done the walk-thru with us was “year-round” there. We wanted someplace close by so that we could do our hookups, try things out and be able to get help if needed.

As it turns out, our new unit is a breeze to hook up. It literally took only a couple of minutes to plug-in a power cord and connect the water line. We have not attempted the clean out hook ups just yet.

When you are actually staying in the unit, you quickly discover things that were missed during the initial inspection. The most serious item was a black pixel line that ran through the picture on the TV.

The next morning we called Jerry and he told us to drop by the lot at noon. They popped our TV out and installed a brand new one on the spot for us.

There are some other minor items that Tim will take care of over the next week or so, such as: blinds that are not aligning properly, a cabinet door that does not stay closed when driving down the road, the entry door opens/locks hard, and a privacy screen that does not fit right. We probably should have caught some of these during our inspection, but I think in the excitement of the moment that we were not as thorough as we should have been.

The bed is comfortable and I slept fine but Tim thinks it is a bit too hard, so I will order a 2″ memory foam for it.

We brought some initial supplies with us in the rental car which gave us a starting place for creature comforts including sheets, heated mattress pad, comforter, towels, paper towels, plates, cups, TP, toiletries, and a few items of clothing.

Time for a trip to both Wal-Mart and Trader Joe’s to pick up some additional supplies.

We have most of the basics now, either here or ordered and will be waiting for us at our shop when we return in a day or two.

We took a few pictures to show the inside and where we are now camped along the river at Buckley Cove in Stockton. The wind was kicked up something furious and we were rocking like crazy. Thankfully it has now died down considerably. Hope we don’t get blown into the water.

U-shapped dinette which will convert into a bed

U-shapped dinette which will convert into a bed

You can’t tell from this picture, but where the TV is, that end piece of wood is another slide. It will move forward, into the coach to expose some additional pantry storage, and provide more privacy for the bedroom area. The TV will also pivot to allow it to be watched in either the main part of the coach or in the bedroom.

Bigger wardrobe than most of the Class C models we looked at

Bigger wardrobe than most of the Class C models we looked at

The freezer/refrigerator are on the far left of this picture, then the bathroom door. The first cupboard is for linens, but I have already blurred those lines 🙂 The two cupboards on the right open to a nice hanging rod with more room than most of the small units. The full drawers underneath give us each a place for socks, undies, sleepwear, etc.

I am fairly used to a small refrigerator/freezer from our cabin, so this was not a huge obstacle for me. Still I will need to plan accordingly to have some simple items on hand that are easy to fix – especially keeping Tim’s finicky tummy in mind.

The bathroom is very tight quarters. But at least it has a medicine cupboard with two shelves as well as storage under the sink. The shower will be OK for quick rinse offs, but I will probably want to use the larger ones at decent campgrounds when I need to wash my hair.

I kind of like my tiny kitchen

I kind of like my tiny kitchen

A few things that I wanted were dual sinks, three burners, and both a microwave and an oven. Believe it or not I got ALL of them in this tiny unit.

Even TWO sinks!

Even TWO sinks!

In the far left back corner on this last picture is a pop up charge station for all our electronics. There is also a USB port in the “cockpit” and one in the bedroom.

Our view along the river in Stockton

Our view along the river in Stockton

High wind warnings for tonight and part of tomorrow have been announced, so we are happy to stay put here at River Point Landing Marina Resort and enjoy getting to know our new baby!

GRATITUDE MOMENT: Today I am grateful for something new to learn – and it will be a learning curve, as neither Tim or I have ever owned an RV before. So excited for the many new destinations right here in the USA and across Canada that are waiting for us to explore. Hope you will join us!

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About Tim and Joanne Joseph

Hi and welcome! We are Tim and Joanne Joseph and we have just embarked on our "next chapter". At a stage in life where traveling the world, taking pictures, and sharing our adventures with friends and family will be our dream come true.
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107 Responses to Birth Announcement – It’s A Girl!

  1. Congratulations!!! Now go get some rest!

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  2. Keng says:

    Beautiful girl. Congratulations!

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  3. tippysmom2 says:

    Congratulations! I love it and love the color scheme you chose. Is the area over the cab of the truck also a sleeping space?

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  4. corkscot says:

    It is a beauty. Enjoy it.

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  5. Barbara Yurick says:

    Congratulations Tim and Joanne about your new “baby”. I can’t wait to hear about your road travels.

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    • Barbara, we are really warm weather travelers, so possible destinations coming up during winter months might include Joshua Tree National Park, Arizona, New Mexico and or Death Valley. It will be quite fun planning some routes to take.

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  6. Congratulations! She is beautiful, inside and out! Just perfect!

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  7. mike alesko says:

    So where are you planning to go in it? There must be endless possibilities.

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    • Mike, our main interest will be seeing as many of the US and Canadian National Parks as we can, but yes the possibilities are endless. Anywhere scenic, in nature, will be first priority, but we also enjoy the bizarre curiosity, historical sites, ghost towns and everything in between. Can’t wait to see what is around the next corner, but love to stop and appreciate each moment along the way.

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  8. Mollie Hunt says:

    I want one just like it. Thanks for doing the research.

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  9. Congrats on your new ‘baby.’ Peggy and I have full-timed it twice: once for one year and once for three years— in an even smaller 22 foot RV and absolutely loved our experience. Enjoy! –Curt

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  10. Paul Finnell says:

    Ellie May is just beautiful! Is Mr. Drysdale jealous? 🙂

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  11. Maxxtrails says:

    Congratulations, Ellie May Camp-It (I love the name) looks beautiful … and I love the way you announced her 😊 When we picked up our unit I had only seen color swatches so I know how you feel, I was also much happier with the colors in person than the swatches and picture. Enjoy this new chapter in your live and Safe Travels.

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  12. Jerry Cave says:

    Beautiful baby

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  13. Whooooohooooo! It looks fabulous. Have fun!
    Alison

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  14. Reg and Sue says:

    Congratulations! Lots of fun ahead for you with your new purchase. Perhaps we will see you on the road next spring as we head east with our trailer.

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  15. Penny says:

    Love the name. Very creative. If you want to come visit Florida during the cold Northern months, I know you have me and the Jantzens to welcome you.

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  16. cindy knoke says:

    Oh she’s a beaut and how exciting! I predict many excellent adventures ahead!

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  17. Terry says:

    Very nice unit, we had a 1979 22′ class c and loved it. Bought it used in the early 90’s and enjoyed it for 10 years. It slept 5 (our whole family). And although it did not have a microwave it had a 4 burner stove with a nice oven for baking cookies in. Warm cookies next to a campfire under the stars, does not get much better than that. Our shower/bath was a one piece unit, so very tiny, but we all got use to showering in it. We even did a lot of dry camping, no hookups. Have fun and enjoy the ride.

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  18. Anna Cottage says:

    It looks absolutely wonderful, great days ahead for you both, all the very best to you.

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  19. Congrats! A cosy little nest to double as your wings!

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  20. Gaye O'Brien says:

    Congratulations, we look forward to your life on the road with Miss Ellie.

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  21. thelongview says:

    Wow, she’s beautiful! Happy holidays with Ellie!

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  22. Yay what a beautiful new addition. Congratulations 😉

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  23. Neosomaliana says:

    This is soooo cozy! I’ll definitely put this on my bucket list after seeing this

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  24. Hearty congratulations dear.👍👍👍👍👍👍

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  25. Anabel Marsh says:

    Wow, amazing what you can pack into such a small space! Happy travelling.

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  26. patwdoyle11 says:

    Love the announcement approach and her name. On my bucket list is to rent one for a cross-country trip one day. Cannot imagine living in one for long. Best wishes for your adventures!

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  27. leta122 says:

    Congratulations from sunny south FL. You bought the exact rv I’m looking at. Is yours a diesel? I’ll be interested to read your posts about your new rv as you learn about it – kind of help me find my path. I spend my summers in Bangor, ME area (at a KOA campground) and live in south FL in winters in my home. If you ever decide to come to Acadia National Park in Bar Harbor, ME, keep me posted as I camp about 45 min. away. I especially liked all the details of picking up Ellie and all the things you are learning about her and camping. I have a very small trailer rv right now which I’ve used for 2 summers and have loved it. Just too small for a long summer of camping so I’m ready to move up. Sending you lots of good experiences and fun as you embark on your new lifestyle. Keep us posted!!

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  28. Lilly says:

    Hi Joanne, when I first saw the announcement it took me by surprise. I was thinking about you two yesterday and if you’re around and have some time, let’s get together. You can even bring Ellie May and spend the night.. sorry, no hookups…..;)

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  29. Congratulations! And thanks for chronicling your new adventure. I’m looking forward to hearing about your journeys.

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  30. paperpopups says:

    Such a clever name. I bet you will be having some ‘Texas Tea’ in there. Congrats – have lotsa fun!

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  31. Kim Gorman says:

    Congratulations! Looks like a great way to travel around the country.

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  32. Marie says:

    ENJOY!!!!!!

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  33. JerseyGirl says:

    Congratulations she looks gorgeous! Enjoy your new addition

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  34. Congratulations and many happy miles! She is beautiful -and so spacious!

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  35. Linda and Paul says:

    Congratulations! We can’t wait to see all three of you in our part of the USA when you get our way!
    Good luck and HAPPY RVing!!!

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  36. mvbattelle says:

    I know you will have great fun with your new baby. We took a new RV from the factory at Forest City, Iowa, to Anchorage, Alaska a couple of years ago. If you’re interested in reading about our adventures take a look at: http://www.here2where.wordpress.com.

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  37. I totally love the description…an ideal can for camping

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  38. I mean an ideal van for camping
    (stupid autocorrect)

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  39. Roxie says:

    Wow, lovely new addition, congratulations! As responsible parents, bet the learning curve is forgiving, so don’t sweat it. Instead, like every new addition, savor the joy. Cheers!

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  41. Nandini says:

    You got me on the title ….enjoy your baby 🙂

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  42. curvyroads says:

    What a fun and creative announcement! We made a different choice for our first RV (43′) and love it, but thinkeep we may want to go small in the future for ease of fitting into everywhere! We actually were looking at very similar Sprinter-based units on our last trip to Florida. Still down the road a ways, but I look forward to following your experience!

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  43. Haha, love the name and clever announcement. Have fun.

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  44. Dahlia says:

    It was my father’s dream to live such a life and by default/extension mine. I hope you have a wonderful time – for I can then take vicarious enjoyment 🙂 An excellent post and announcement. Congratulations on your new baby 😀

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  45. charlypriest says:

    What a baby….. that´s a pent house on wheels.
    What was curious to see was the sink, never saw that type. At the same time I have never been in an RV. Enjoy the trip and the new home. I´ll drop by as time permits to hear about your travels.

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  46. Congrats! She’s gorgeous. Happy trails and… Happy New Year. Hugs.

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  47. Lady G says:

    Congratulations on your bouncing baby ….bus!!!😂

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  48. stephen1001 says:

    Congrats on the new arrival, already 9,564 lbs, they grow up so fast!

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