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It's About Time I Contontinued This Blog

Posted 02-22-2015 at 06:51 AM by Indy Glenn

...............It's Sunday morning - yesterday we had 5.5 inches of snow - of course I had to go out to our coach and take pictures of it in the snow. Buying our coach when we did, late October, is like being a kid - getting a bike for Christmas - and not being able to ride it until Spring! Hahahaha
But we are planning trips for the upcoming Glamping season and sometimes, planning and anticipation is half the fun!
In my original blog entry, I said I would talk about our first foray in our "Glamper"!
Friends of ours, who are avid campers, set up a trip to a state park on Raccoon Lake, in the west side of Indiana for Halloween Weekend. A good first Glamping trip - not far from the house - nice park - good friends.
And besides Angie and I testing out our new toy - our Airdale pup, Haddington, would get a taste of the good life too!
Off we go Friday afternoon for the hour or so trip to the camp site. The wind, 2 lane hi way, sleet & rain, all made it for a fun, exciting trip. We arrived at the park - got on line to fill the coach fresh water tank. First time for us. After getting a 3 hour walk-thru and briefing about all the systems in our "camper", I believed I had a good handle on things. Key word,here is "believed"! Upon reaching the water spigot and lining up the wet bay - off I go turning valves - hooking up hoses - and looking like I knew what I was doing - after all, I am the driver of the "Glamper!"
After the coach is hooked up to water supply, valves are turned, reminded me of some submarine movies I have watched as they prepared to "dive" - the water started to enter of fresh water tank evidenced by the hollow, splashing sound coming from the tank, I am one proud papa!!! For some reason, I walked around to the curb side of the coach and there was a steady stream of water coming from "some-where" under the coach. "Say it isn't so, Joe!" Back to the wet-bay, slowly becoming "Sick-Bay". A double check of all the "valves" and trying to remember the lessons given not long before proved useless as I could not find the valve to stop the fresh water from spewing from beneath.
So after making other campers wait a looooong time to fill their tanks at the only fresh water spigot open that Halloween Weekend - we head to our camp site - with ego bruised - trying to find our number. Of course we passed it - heads down to a dead end on a leaf covered road so I, "driver of the Glamper" makes a u-turn on this cul-de-sac where I had no idea of where the road was or wasn't in this 39' "Glamper"!
To continue - we finally made it to our camp-site, got the shore-power hooked up - we are in tall cotton!! But waterless. Not to worry as we were told and complied with friends suggestions of bringing bottled water. We are really roughing it now! LOL
The evening comes with no trick-or treaters, (all the more candy for me), we entertain our friends with a pot of chilly Angie made. It was a great evening in our new "Glamper!"
The next day, Saturday, other friends of our showed up with their "Glamper", they are experienced "Glampers" and we immediately went to work on my water issue. Well - thanks to Jim, putting his hand into a dark hole in the wet bay and finding a "third" valve" - closing it - euricka - the fresh water tank filled!!! Now we are in even taller cotton - real pros!!! (NOT)
The weekend turned out to be a beautiful, Fall weekend! Some other camper friends that we travel with had dinner for all on Saturday night! It is amazing what can come out of those "RV" one left hungry as we went from dinner to the camp fire and some tall stories, adult refreshments, and a beautiful night.
Sunday found us in a local restaurant for breakfast returning to the camp-site to break camp and head home. We made it - our first time - all was good in the world !!!!!
The trip was a tease for the 2015 camping season, which we are so looking forward to.
The winter has been interesting - I took the coach to a local Freightliner dealer with bad results - too bad, as I am not a mechamic and need someplace just to perform annual maintenance. We sprung a roof leak and with this found the Indy area is lacking good choices for RV repairs. But good fortune is with us as our coach manufacturer, Newmar, is 3 hours away and performs everything I want or need done. So the roof leak is fixed, the chassis work/inspection I want completed is scheduled to be done as we get ready for 2015 and making some great memories with family and friends.

I'll see you "On the road"!!!!

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