Well, we did it! Our first camping trip in the RV and overall – it went really well. We only went about a 1/2 hour to Pine Mountain and stayed at Pine Mountain RVC, which is a private campground. I will write up another post about it, but we thought it was a nice place for a first time visit. It will be hard to ‘review’ properly since it’s our first park, but we will still give it our spin.
The drive was a pretty easy one and we tested out our video camera on Samantha – not as much of a reaction when the coach started moving – we thought she might be a little more freaked but she travels so well in our Jeep that besides a few ear twitches, it wasn’t a big deal. When we arrived we were shown our spot – nothing like a little concierge service in a campground. The nice thing about traveling on the off season? Space..and quiet. It took us about an hour to set up, which isn’t bad considering we were just trying to figure out a pattern and everything that needed to get done. On our first walk we had a couple that was in a Pace Arrow come over to chat a bit. They had a different model Pace Arrow, but their friends had an identical one to ours so they had to snap a shot. We took a quick walk around the park and then went back to the coach to pop some bubbly on a successful first outing! We made a pineapple and blueberry salsa for our mahi mahi and actually found the kitchen to be ‘bigger’ than expected. Always a good thing. We packed all glass, since as fulltimers we don’t intend on using plastic. We did have to make a stop on the side of the road to place the port & champagne glasses in a drawer, but overall we like the cabinet as glass storage and everything made it. We puttered around inside some and then settled outside to relax.
We forgot (among an entire list of other things) a tie out for Samantha. Since the campground was relatively empty, we decided to test her(and us). We have spent a ridiculous amount of time training her and she is under voice control and responds quite well. Since we were on an end spot, we had a little more space. Keith walked Samantha around the ‘perimeter’ so that she understood what was ‘hers’. She was awesome – sitting down by command when someone passed which impressed the people walking. She is a big dog and we will still need a tie out, but it was a nice feeling that while the park wasn’t too busy, that she was good enough to listen and obey. This caught the attention of our neighbors across the way. Cuvee and Catherine walked over – which began an evening long chat around the campfire. Excellent ribs, too much wine (water bottles was another thing that didn’t make the trip and needed to). I went through my one bottle of San Pelligrino way before campfire time.
Sleeping was a little tough the first night – the heaters we brought ended up being pretty loud, the propane kicked on and woke us up, and Samantha needed to check things out a few times. The mattress was like a rock and it just felt weird. The next day we chatted some more with Scott & Catherine and then took another walk. While we were finalizing our to do list, we caught Samantha being a total cutie. Time to pack up and it took us about an hour or so — we flushed the grey tank first and should have flushed the black so we used the black tank flush. Keith got pretty soaked, but luckily only with clean water. 🙂 Everything else seemed to pack up ok, and then Keith noticed we seriously needed some air in the tires. The tires are original, so we knew we were looking at a replacement but we were hoping towards the end of this year. We brought up the wifi (first time we brought it up!) and tried to find a service center for trucks/rv’s. Nothing was coming up so we asked at the desk and they pointed us to downtown Pine Mountain. We pulled into a gas station and backed up to the air dispenser – Keith is getting quite good at navigating already. The tool that we thought was meant to take off the hubcaps to air up, didn’t work. Some gentlemen told Keith there is a tire place next door and he should be able to help. Luckily, he was there (usually gone by the time we rolled over) and helped Keith tremendously – tires aired up and a lot of advice given from a former truck driver) The cost? “Whatever you think it was worth”. Keith handed him a $20 and the guy said are you sure you don’t have like a ten? Keith learned more from that 20 minutes so we were happy to pay. Our first trip out and running into very helpful people made me glad we are downsizing & doing this.
So we ended the overnight trip with two lists. One of things we need/forgot, and one of problems to solve.
-smaller ziploc sandwich bags – I only packed quart bags which was overkill for a half of jalepeno
-cable tv antenna – we didn’t really want to watch it, but we were going to test it
-water filter – this may fall under problems to solve, but the campground water was not drinkable in my book
-hatchet/axe/saw – for firewood
-outdoor games – we forgot bocce and horseshoes
-Samantha’s tie out
-matches – we brought one box but need a few more
-trash can for outdoor kitchen
-better coffee pot – the sellers left us a cute little 4 cup, which equals 2 cups, which is not enough caffeine
-trash carrying bag – carrying three little 4 gallon bags to the dumpster was a pain considering the distance.
-timer for cooking
-vacuum – the coach got messy quick and only one of our animals came along. We need to find a smaller but powerful vacuum
– Y connector for hose
Problems to solve:
-Leak from hot water heater
-awing auto retracts – retracts all the time and doesn’t stay out.
-leak from waterline over rear passenger tire
-MUST silence dinette rattle
-mattress slips on bed stand
-leak in fresh water inlet
-tack down mats in kitchen drawers
-find a replacement for the ‘locks’ that snap in the food drawers – those little buggers are a pain.
-figure out if we can make the A/C fans & bathroom fans quieter
Overall a great last minute trip – we have so much to still do but we really enjoyed it and with some adjustments, can really see a fulltiming future. YAY!