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The Trip Back to CT was STRESSFUL!

Hello My Friends!

Packing up our inaugural camping trip was a real bummer!  That final night as the flame flickered to hot spots in the ashes of our campfire, we began the task of packing up the outside since we were heading out early on Sunday morning.

I think that we will become better and quicker at packing up as our trips go along and when everything actually has a  home for stowing.  We woke up on Sunday morning to torrential rain, thunder and lightning.  It was the first time that I have been in a travel trailer during rainy weather.  The sound of the rain beating on the exterior was  resounding through the little structure.  Boy, we were sure glad that we had packed-up the outside on Saturday night and that we were in a TT rather than a tent!

The storm clouds cleared by 9:00. Stowing things inside was pretty easy.  We boxed up what we were not going to keep in the camper all of the time and put them in the bed of the truck.  It’s funny how I had to look at all items in the TT as possible projectiles when careening down the interstate.  Thinking in that way really helped in the long run because we had “issues” on the road.

About an hour into our drive, I heard Katie yell from the back seat, “OMG, I think that the door just flung open!”  Bill and I look out the side mirror in horror and sure enough, the door was flapping in the wind! “Didn’t you lock it?” asked Bill in a raised voice.  “You did when you put up the steps”, I said back (yay, we were both just below yelling). Now, I KNOW that it was double locked because we ran our pack-up list that we created the day before .  We sat at the campfire together and ran through all of the things that we had to do before pulling out of the campsite, and I wrote all of the items in the notes of my IPhone.  We checked the notes as we completed each task.  The door had been locked, twice, and the handrail was folded over the door.

This all occurred as the traffic in PA was going from two lanes into one and we just could not pull over; it took about 1/4 of a mile before we could stop which seemed like an eternity.  We pulled over, I ran down and saw that the tissue box, the sink cover and even the dinette table had moved around the camper.  THANKFULLY, nothing fell out of the TT door, and it did not look like we sustained much damage (some of the veneer on the dinette had been pulled off).  I double-locked the door, pulled on it to be sure that it was secured, and snapped the handrail over the door.  We began to sail away.

Guess what? The door flung open two more times!  We had to get off of the interstate, and pull into a police station so that we could really check out the darn door.  Just like before, it seemed to be locked even when pulling on it but we just could not take the chance, we had to tie it down.

Now, Bill is just like a Boy Scout, he is always prepared.  He had a ratchet tie in the back of the truck because you never know when you will need one; thank Heaven!  He wrapped it around the handrail and ratcheted it down to the stairs.  Now, even if the door did manage to open again, the rail would keep it in place.  We left KOA in Bellefonte PA around 10:00 AM and we were supposed to be home before 2:00.  We pulled into our driveway after stopping only twice for creature comforts: gas, bathroom and a doggy walk around 6:30.  All of the other interruptions were due to the door.

We missed our niece and nephew’s graduation party (we are so sorry!), and were tense in every way imaginable but we were home!  The TT made it and  so did we-yay! Now we need to call the RV dealer to find out where we go from here regarding to door, locks and handrail.  I’ll keep you posted.

Even with all of this, I LOVED the trip!  Would I do it again? Absolutely, hopefully next weekend!

Do you have any stress stories about your TT to share?  What happened? Did it change your love of camping? Thank you for sharing. 🙂

Happy Camping!

Pat

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Freedom Express!

Hello my friends!  I am sorry that I ended up going, “radio silence” for the past few days.  As a newbie in blogging, as well as in camping with a travel trailer, I realized that the internet is essential when I’m trying to post.  I finally said something to my son and he was able to get my laptop up and running in a matter of minutes.

We finally picked her up; our Freedom Express Ultra Light 248RBS! She’s a beauty! She is just a little over 28 ft. long and sports a very nice rear bathroom.  The four of us, my husband Bill, my kids Will and Katie, and Ginger and Bella our two dogs, made the trek from Connecticut to Coldwater Michigan to pick her up so that we could really begin the camping journey. Yahoo!  So far the journey has been pretty restful and relaxing with a couple of spicy moments to keep us all on our toes!

When planning out the trip we decided to stay 20 minutes away from the dealership at the Yogi Bear Campground in Freemont, Indiana for the first two nights.  First off let me say that we really enjoyed the campground!  As one of the employees at the dealership said, “Wow, that’s the Disney of campgrounds,” and he was right.  It had an indoor pool, outdoor pool, huge splashpad for the younger children as well as a huge water slide section (additional charge that was reasonable-$12 covers admission for an entire day.)  There was a jumping pillow, mini golf, delicious ice cream, and a well-stocked general store.  Beyond this, they had playgrounds for each section of the campground, full hook-ups and events for the family throughout the day.  Golf carts? Yup! There were also paddle boats, golf carts and pedal carts for rental too.  If anyone gets bored there they are really trying to have an awful time.  We were not, so we enjoyed every minute!

Another reason that this was a good choice was because the sites themselves were well-maintained, and the patios were an awesome size.  The campfire pits were in a good position, not too close to the trailer or the patio; perfection!

The final reason why this was the best choice for us is because we needed to go back to the dealership each day.  We received a temporary paper license plate for the trailer at pick-up and amazingly the real deal came in the next day.  Sure, we could have had them send it to us back home but having the real plate meant that we could add the vehicle to our EZ Pass which makes going through the tolls SO much easier.  I highly suggest getting one for your travels if you have not yet.  We got ours a few years ago from NY State and we have never regretted the purchase.

We also needed to go back yesterday because one of the tail lights did not work on the trailer.  Yes, we were hot and I might add a little crabby while we were waiting, but thankfully we had a professional trace the problem to a blown fuse.  Phew! It wasn’t a big deal and we were on the road within an hour and a half.  It made the next part of the trip more relaxing…except for pulling a gigantic, brand-new trailer behind the truck. Another newbie moment; at the beginning of the 6 hours Bill was tense and obviously nervous, as time went by he became more and more comfortable. Bill did an AWESOME job on his maiden voyage!  We made it to State College, Pennsylvania by 8:00 PM.

This is about halfway between Haylett RV, in Coldwater and our home.  The scenery is amazing and so is the weather.  Temps in the low 80’s with a gentle breeze; perfect for BBQ and swimming.  We are going to play horseshoes later this afternoon.

Well this post is quite long-I missed you!  Please check in tomorrow and I would really appreciate a share if you are so inclined.  Enjoy your day today.

Happy Camping!

Pat

 

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