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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