First trip with the new Rig…
Pretty much a typical “Rookie” experience:
I had to back up and adjust about 8 times to get the Tow Vehicle under the Trailer Hitch properly in my backyard, even with those “yellow ball” magnetic things.
(I’m going to get a iBall wireless Backup Camera – these “yellow balls” aren’t cutting it, or I’m so inept I can’t use them properly.)
I finally get it all hooked up and put the (2) Cats into the Car.
They *hate* it! They yell at me the entire time we were moving!
(Like I didn’t have enough stress)
I drive about 5 miles to the Park, but the Office is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
(I knew that ahead of time)
I call the “After Hours” number as instructed – several times.
Nothing – it rings a bunch of times then goes to a Voice Prompt asking for an ID #…?
So I drive around the campground aimlessly waiting for *something* to happen…
I finally get flagged down by a guy mowing the sites.
He gives me a Pass Card for the Gate (to get back in after hours) and tells me to go ahead and pick any site I want.
I can settle up on Thursday when the Office is open…
I find a really nice, shaded site – but after almost a dozen attempts backing up, pulling forward, backing up etc. (again, I’m a Rookie!) my first choice is way beyond my Competency Rating.
I’m either going to clock a tree or the power stanchion before I get anywhere *near* into it correctly.
The Mower Guy watches me with amusement, and after about 20 minutes gently suggests I try and find a more open site.
I follow his advice, find a nice open site, and after several more (6+) attempts I get it more or less where I want it.
After pulling into the “new” site, it’s surprisingly Level!
(Don’t need my Levelators! Cool!)
So I drop the TT off the Hitch and easily level it up front-to-back with the Tongue – Easy-Peasey Lemon-Squeasy!
Life Is Good…
Next I go to drop the Stabilizers – CRAP! I left the Stabilizer Wrench back at the House on the lawn!
So I head back – with the two cats bitching at me the entire time.
I grab the wrench, head back (with ‘the boys” still yelling at me in Stereo), drop the Stabilizers, and herd the cats into the Trailer.
(The younger one hid under the bed, poor thing, for over 4 hours after we “settled”…)
I connect Elec and Water – but the Sewer hoses won’t connect properly.
(Bayonets won’t click together all the way. I guess I need another new set.)
I spend a good 20 minutes fiddling (swapping ends, etc.) and finally get it to sorta stick together.
With a huge amount of trepidation I pull the Black Tank Handle.
The tank empties without the hose coming apart!
Then I pull the the Grey Tank handle – and it stays together!!
Next I turn on the LP, crank up the A/C, turn on the Water Heater – *and the power goes out*.
Thinking it was My Fault (TM), I head outside to make sure I didn’t trip the breaker.
While I’m out there the Mowing Guy drives by and says this entire side of the Park is out – so it’s *not* My Fault (TM)!
I open up the awning, bring out my camp chair, and sit there just enjoying the scenery with a glass of Jim Beam and Branch Water…
(Life Is Good)
About 2 hours later, the power finally comes back on – WooHOO!
Now I’m ready to check (over-the-air TV) and the Park’s WiFi…
TV is.. ok – about 10 stations, but only 2 in English. Thank goodness one of them is ABC HD…
(The other is a religious channel.)
I have a bunch of TV shows already on the hard drive, so I’m all set anyway.
Next I power up the WiFi booster.
Good strong signal – but it’s Encrypted, I don’t have the Password – and the Office is closed until Thursday!
(The Mower Guy didn’t give it to me when he gave the Key to the Park – but to be fair I didn’t think to ask.)
So I call the after hours number again – and still no answer after numerous attempts..
Finally in desperation I head next door, and the nice young lady there gives me the password.
After some configuring – I’m Golden!
(I’m using a Pepwave Mini – nice unit! *Strong* Booster and creates a really good HotSpot/Local Network for the laptop and the Roku.)
So I’m finally sitting pretty at the Savannas County Campground/Park.
I plan on staying until Thursday – or more likely Friday…
(I decided to stay until Sunday)
It’s 82 right now with a decent breeze, but it’s supposed to go down to 58 tonight – so I’ll see if the furnace works!
(Never did need the furnace, but I fired it up just to make sure it works.)
All in all, I’m LOVIN’ this new Adventure/Lifestyle!