By Machelle James
Since we moved up here to Heber-Overgaard, AZ, full time, we have all had to have an adjustment period. Visiting our 5th wheel and living in it are two separate situations.
I will share that our daughter, Jenna, had a mental health crisis when we moved up here full time. The doctor asked us if anything had changed recently and we were both nodding, “YES!”
Without us realizing it, Jenna was having a hard time accepting that she would not be in her old school everyday and seeing her teachers and friends. Routines are very necessary for special needs children and we uprooted her routine and she was way off kilter. She had the worst meltdown of her life and unfortunately, AJ and I took the brunt of it for three full days.
I will say that as of this week, Jenna is finally adjusting nicely. One day a week we go into the valley for her to go to her school and see her friends. I get to see my friends and family and Costco shop for the day, so that’s a win-win for me!
We have been feverishly working on our cabin and it looks beautiful! We had to repaint it, as the previous owners had it painted inside and out many years ago and then the property was abandoned and all the paint was chipped and peeling.
We also installed new doors, windows, plumbing lines, electrical lines, and put tile and the spare fridge in my She Shed. (Aptly named “Shell’s She Shed by the Sea Shore.”) I ordered the kitchen, bathroom vanity and all my appliances! Lowe’s did a great job working with us and giving us a PRO discount. It’s way better than sale pricing!
We should be moved into our cabin by the end of August. I cannot wait to take a bath again. After working so hard on the house, a nice hot bath will be so nice on our muscles!
We had our first 4th of July Parade in our small town and we just loved it! I can say that you can see the fireworks from our property! So YEAH to our campers for next year!
We also had the reps from Good Sam come out and meet us. They informed us of what all it entails to become a Good Sam Campground Member, the discounts we would have to offer and what makes for good campground reviews. It was a very eye-opening and informative meeting. We haven’t said yes or no yet, as we need to run the numbers and see if it makes sense for us.
We are getting super excited to finally meet with the engineers to put all the pieces into their places.
I would love your feedback on what you would like to see here for you to visit us. We will have large pull-through spots as a #1 non-negotiable amenity. Then what? Dog area? Laundry room? Showers? Community center? Playground for the kids? Ramadas with BBQ area? Propane for sale? Horseshoes or Cornhole or both?
Remember, our campground will be no more than 50 spots, with approx 25–27 full hookups. The rest will be electric only and we will have a free dump station for those campers. Of course, it will cost less to use those sites.
Let me know what you’d like to see here and I’ll see if we can add it to our Campground Master Plan.
Thank you for following our journey and as always, see you in the trees!
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Machelle James and her husband, AJ, are building, from the ground up, a 15-acre RV park in Heber-Overgaard, Arizona, in the beautiful White Mountains 140 miles from Phoenix. Follow them on Facebook @ AJ’s Getaway RV Park or on Instagram at ajsgetawayrvpark.