The fifty giant Motor homes dwarfed our rented 25 foot RV at the park near Flagstaff. Some had TV's set up outside that are bigger than most of us have in our homes. Folding chairs, outdoor rugs, even potted plants said these folks had been here for awhile.
|Yes, it is doggie bathroom|
Finally our first RV trip is underway. After talking about it for years, we took the plunge. As is my custom I read several books ahead of time, watched a video or two, and talked with friends who have enjoying this lifestyle for years. I was encouraged by the experiences of fellow bloggers of urged me to go for it. The night before we left home I reviewed all the rules about dumping black water and not drinking from the fresh water tank (it is a rental, after all).
Rather than risking problems driving a motor home from Scottsdale up 6,000 feet to Flagstaff, I decided to drive our car up the mountain and pick up the unit there. This also meant we could park the RV and use the car to run errands or go to some hiking trails in the area during our stay.
I passed the first important test. Pulling into our assigned spot I didn't hit anything but was still close enough for all the various plugs and pipes I had to hook up. Betty and I decided we would use the RV park's showers and bathrooms most of the time. But, I still will want to practice draining the tanks and using the miniature shower occasionally.
|There are 2 outlets...is this the right one?|
I plugged the power cable into the proper receptacle and felt a surge of satisfaction as the correct lights on the control panel glowed green. The sewer connections could wait until morning but I would figure out the process for black water, then grey water, and then flushing with fresh water.
Our first evening passed without incident. I did learn that RV refrigerators are not like ones we have at home. It uses a different principle to cool food: effective but slow. Along with our food we ended up buying a bag of ice to speed things along and have ice cubes for our drinks. The next morning I found the freezer was freezing and the main part of the refrigerator nicely cooled down.
After a bit of experimentation Betty and I figured out how to hook up the privacy curtains that cover the front windshield. We found the switch for 2 small night lights that illuminated two step-downs that might have been dangerous in the middle of the night. After watching a movie on Netflix (solid WiFi at this park) and reading a bit, we called it a night.
Thursday morning began bright and sunny. The windows may have blackout curtains, but light still pours through the roof vents. Shortly before 6:00 AM we were wide awake. The unit was a little chilly and I wanted to test the furnace. It worked like a charm, heating everything up nicely in about 15 minutes. The hot water heater also did its job, almost too well. The water was close to scalding. Several hours later the water was still hot, even though I had turned off the heater after only 20 minutes.
As I type this we are about 24 hours into our RV experiment. I can report success. We will be at this park until next Tuesday. Then, it is off to another park in Show Low, about 140 miles away. We agreed we could easily stay where we are, but want the experience of packing things up, driving the vehicle on non freeway roads over a decent distance, and quickly setting up in a new location. Next Wednesday I hope to post about that experience and all about our new "home" in the White Mountains.
|Cruise America didn't pay for this trip..maybe they should have!|