April 1st is the start of camping season for us, and that is no joke.
Sorry, but I can’t help the lame joke. I’m just so happy to be, as Willie says, “On the Road Again…”
But before we hit the road each camping season, we take a little shake down trip. This is a trip to figure out all the things we forgot over the last five months and to resolve all the issues our camper developed since our last visit to the RV dealer.
We visit our dealer at the start and end of each camping season. We get the travel trailer either winterized or de-winterized depending on the time of year. You should be able to figure that part out.
I know others do the winterizing/de-winterizing process themselves, but Dan and I like to leave it to the professionals. They find other issues, too, which we wouldn’t even know to look for. Like last Fall. Timmy, the Service Manager, suggested we get our travel trailer’s roof resealed. We want to keep our travel trailer for a long time. We trust Timmy as he has always treated us right. So when Timmy says jump, we say how high.
But not literally. I don’t want Dan to get up on our travel trailer’s roof, and I’m sure not gonna get up there, so we happily paid the price and got ‘er done.
This spring, besides getting de-winterized, there were a couple of surprise, minor issues which needed to be resolved.
Timmy showed us some kind of anode which lives in the water heater. He said it should be replaced. It looked like a giant stick of rock candy but not a flavor you would want to lick. Go for it, we told Timmy.
The water pump had a leak at one of the fittings. That was fixed, but the service technician recommended we replace the fitting with a “barbed connection.” We told him we were thinking the exact same thing! Not really. We didn’t even know the darn thing was leaking. We asked him to have Timmy order it, and “Barb” would be invited in the next time we passed through.
Then there was that matter of water on the floor after putting the slide out. It turned out some fittings had shaken loose. So, those got tightened up back there, too. We’ve used our camper for three years now, spending 179 nights in it. So, stuff is gonna happen.
We also get the propane topped off, the tires checked and take care of any other miscellaneous concerns that have popped up since our last visit.
We always plan our de-winterizing/winterizing and shake down trips to line up with our dealer’s location. So, once we were all good to go, we told Timmy goodbye and said we hoped we wouldn’t see him until the fall. It sounds kind of unfriendly, but if you’re the owner of a recreational vehicle, you get it.
Then we traveled down the road for another hour and fifteen minutes where we found our home for the next several nights.
Where did the road take us? Our fascinating destination will be the subject of my next blog post!