That being said, there have been and continue to be some challenges. First was getting us in here. If you see a sailboat in the marina surrounded by other boats, you form an impression of its size. See that sucker hauled out on blocks and alone and that initial impression can change. Same thing here. When you see the RV in the park, it looks comparable to the other RVs around, maybe a little bigger. See it trying to pull into your gate is another. This thing is big.
We managed to get through the gate with 2-3 whole inches to spare. I don't know what I was so worried about. They only had to pull up one post. Then we had to back up into the road to make another turn. Then it was 4 wheel drive time as we drove through unimproved field around the edge of her house.I got lined up and then tried to make the turn up a short, steep slope onto the pad. The first attempt up I hit a patch of mud caused by drainage from the horse's water trough. Since I was turning at the time, it didn't go well. The nose of the truck started sliding down the slope and to the side...right toward the light pole.
I managed to get that slide arrested and backed up to try again. Maybe if I turn sharper, earlier, I will be straight enough going up the hill that I won't slide sideways.
Same thing. Halfway up I start sliding sideways. It probably didn't help that I had the kids in the back of the truck and they had unbuckled to jump around the back seat to get a look at the horses, and dogs and everything else. Let's try this again.
Third time was the charm. I made it up to the pad However, the pad wasn't really long enough for the RV and the truck. So the nose of the truck is down and off the pad making it harder to get level and get unhitched. After several repositioning runs, we were there. There were some small custom modifications of the pad to make places for the leveling jacks to touch down and we were parked. Good thing the electrical cable reached.
We got a water hose set up. The only thing we didn't have was sewer.
After we set up, we went inside. My little sister Kerri was there with her son Nicholas. I was nice to see my side of the family again.
That night the forecast called for rain. So Michelle and I had to go out and set up a temporary wire fence to keep the horses from messing with the trailer. The horses had to come up from the back pasture for the shelter of the barn. One of the horses, Buddy, was very curious about the new thing in the pasture.
Next day was fence day. We tore down some fence from around what used to be a pond and set it up around the RV. We also took down the fence between our RV and Michelle's house. Did I mention that it rained the previous night? The mud was awesome. Five pounds extra on each foot and all you could do not to slip and fall on your ass. Several hours later we had a fenced compound. It wasn't particularly straight fence, but it was there. That night, New Years Eve, was supposed to freeze, so we disconnected the water. Couldn't use it anyway, we figured, we didn't have sewer hooked up. We rang in the new year with fondue and alcohol. Good times.
Next day was working on the sewer. The problem was that it was New Year's Day. Not much was open. And apparently, there is a new phenomenon of giving RV sewer hoses as gifts, because both the Wal Mart and the RV store we had been to on the previous day were out.
So, here we are. Set up, but still some work to do. Keeps it interesting to take it to the last minute. I fly out Friday. No pressure.
My lovely sisters.
Then we took some pictures.