Thursday, May 23, 2013

Vacation Story Continues...

So...I don't know what you would do, but we decided that since this is likely our last opportunity for all of us to go together, we would take a big trip this summer.  Because hotel stays require three hotel rooms for our family size and that kind of defeats the purpose of being together, we decided to buy a travel trailer.  So...last Friday for the first time ever, we (well okay, Bob) picked up our travel trailer and towed it all the way from Grand Rapids to the U.P.  Now, for the tricky part.  When we got home we knew that we were going to need to turn around.  Please keep in mind we have never backed up anything, and now here goes Bob with a 33' trailer! 
 (Do you notice Matthew staying a safe distance away?)

Turn successful, now to back up without hitting the house.

Yeah!  Now, how do you unhitch this thing?

Bob was relieved to have that job done.  He wasn't too pleased, however, when he realized the RV place forgot to give us one of the bars needed to unhitch.  Time to improvise!  

Thankfully, we have a friend who is an avid traveler and has a large RV.  She warned us in advance that we might experience problems with a new "rig".  Problem #1...No one told us during our training inspection that we would need to sanitize the water system.  Thankfully Bob is very thorough and read the instructions.  (Although it happened this morning)  Sanitizing the system turned out to be quite a job  and took a long time.  It also revealed Problem #2...No one told us that the water valves just might be turned off behind the access panel and that they should be checked before using the pump.  Of course the cold water valve was off, but again, thankfully no damage was caused.  Problem #3...Low tire pressure.  Easy fix--ten minutes.   Now it's time to pick a selection of tools for the next problem and pack.  

Ahh packing....well packing continues.  We're planning on leaving in an hour so I need to finish packing.  I'll let you know tomorrow how I did.

1 comment:

  1. Oh yay! Thanks for keeping us updated on the trip...Bailey will love to see some pics of Nonnie and Papa too! :)