With soo much to look forward to this spring, it makes the winter months drag by!! This is especially true for Rick who is counting the days left for work!!!
Since our maiden voyage with the new RV, we have been in preparation/transition mode for our full time RV journey. We took the RV back down to the dealership for them to winterize it and work on the "TO DO" list from our walk thru. We have been working with the dealership and Grand Design over the last couple months to ensure everything will be ready come April.
We have also been making some purchases as well as selling things. We have been selling some items we no longer use on the FB Buy, Sell, Trade's and Ebay. We also hosted both our families Christmas parties this year and they identified the holiday items they wanted. I was like a notetaker, making sure I logged all the items. Once Christmas was over, we packaged everything up for each person. Happy to report I only have two bins of misc. items left for a rummage sale and/or Goodwill.
It almost seems like there is more coming in than there is going out. Christmas this year was all about what we will need on the road. It was not as hard this year to think of what to get each other or what to put on lists for others. I will do a post for those items, with links, for those interested.
We also sold our Outback camper, rather quickly. We posted it on Craig's List first as well as the local FB Buy, Sell, Trade's. We were selling it with most everything in it, so it was ready to go. We had a couple general inquiries and then we received a text from a couple on a Saturday that wanted to come look at it the following day. They came out Sunday and spent an hour or so with RIck, walking through it, asking questions about camping in general and asking about our upcoming transition. They then said they were going to think about it and call us, but did mention that they were very interested. Well, in less than 30 minutes they called back and wanted to take it. They came back with a deposit to put down and we arranged for them to come back in two weeks to help Rick winterize it so they understood how to do it. They are an older couple who had a pop up several years back when they camped with their kids and now they would like to take their grandchildren camping. They were sooo excited to get back into camping and really liked the camper since it had bunk beds. We have stored the camper for them since they did not have a place lined up and they will be picking it up in April. We even gave them all sorts of information on state campgrounds we have been to and the best sites at each. It is good to see the camper going to a family who is going to take good care of it and is excited to get back into camping.
With getting the RV earlier than expected, we decided to take it out on our last scheduled camping trip for the year at Astico County Park. We love this county park and the sites are wide open and long so we knew we could fit the RV in there. It would be a great first trip to get used to the new set up and we were only 45 minutes from home if we forgot something.
Well as luck would have it, the weather was less than agreeable and it rained Friday and Saturday. We arrived and had to set up in the rain. What we did not realize is that the power cord is at the mid-front of the RV and the electric hook up is at the rear of the site. The 50 amp cord was not long enough to reach and we did not have a second cord to extend with. (Note to self-order more cord) Also, since the 50 amp pedestal is at the rear of the site, we could not back up any further. We then decided to back it in on an angle to back up far enough to connect and also miss backing into the pedestal. For those not used to handing a 50 amp electric cord, it is VERY heavy. So pulling that around in the cold rain was not a fun experience. We were also hooking up our Progressive electric management system for the first time in the rain and now dark. Well, all went well and no one was electrocuted. We did plan ahead and made sure everyone had raincoats, blankets and plenty of rugs to hold wet shoes, so that made it a bit more bearable for 4 people jammed into this new little place trying to get acquainted with everything for the first time. One thing that was an added bonus was the fireplace. It really kept it cozy inside and the ambiance was comforting.
Another thing we really like is the steps. You can see above that they go all the way to the ground and have adjustable legs for uneven ground. This makes it a very stable climb without the bounce of regular camper stairs. For those that know me, stable stairs with skid pads will hopefully help to alleviate some of my accident prone falls!
Even though we weren't able to get out alot and hike like we love to at Astico in the fall, we did have a great time playing games inside and watching movies by the fire. We were certainly able to get acquainted with the interior and who knew we could seat 7 folks in the dining area playing games?!?!
Sunday was dry and we were able to hook up and dump the tanks at the dump station without any issues. I would call this a successful maiden voyage!
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