Friday, August 26, 2016


8:29 am - Friday - It is 38 degrees as I write....that is Fahrenheit, not Centigrade!  While the weather guessers are forecasting temps in the mid to high 70's for the next 10 days the overnight lows have been getting into the high 30's the past few days.  I'm rocking two electric heaters this morning to take the chill off the interior of the Newell.  Of course, part of the reason is it so cold inside is we leave windows open at night.

Thursday I spent the morning sweeping the awning mats, raking the artificial turf, and wiping off the tables and chairs in our site.  Then it was on to the trailer to vacuum, and reorganize.  It's time to begin getting rid of stuff I have no room for once we begin to move again.  I know, we're not leaving for weeks yet, but it's never to early to begin to thin out the herd.

We reported for work at 3:30 pm, and I spent about an hour 'cleaning' tent sites in Section E, as well as the grounds around the office/store/laundry before being called to site 147 to check out a potential electrical issue.  As it turned out power at the pedestal was fine, but the RV owner was having an issue with his transfer switch allowing power into the coach.  Whenever I come across this issue it makes me thankful I have a low tech 34 year old Newell has no automatic transfer switch.....I am the transfer switch.  To change my power source from the pedestal to either the generator, or inverter I simple unplug the coach from the pedestal and replug it into the generator/inverter outlet in my electrical bay.....takes less than 30 seconds.  It also reconfirms to me why I prefer to arrive at an RV park well before sundown. If something does go wrong I have plenty of daylight to troubleshoot, and solve the problem.  Once it gets dark troubleshooting becomes much more difficult.

The foregoing brings up one of my big bugaboos about RVers arriving at an RV park well after business hours, especially after 10 pm when many kids and/or their parents are in bed sleeping.  The last thing they want to hear at 1 am is your rumbling diesel pusher pulling, or backing into the site next to them.  Personally I would be embarrassed to do that.  People arrive here at TVC all the time at 11 pm, midnight, 1 am, 2 am, and even as late (early?) as 3 am and think nothing of the disturbance to their fellow RVers their late arrival is going to cause.  If I am around when these late arrivals arrive I suggest politely to them it would considerate of them if they just remained parked in the registration lane until after 8 am the next morning when the office opens.  Most agree and do just that, but there is a subset of people who really don't care about disturbing their neighbors and insist on going to their site.  I realize that sometimes circumstances such as a breakdown, or accident can upset a carefully planned schedule causing some to arrive later than they planned, but the majority of these late arrivals plan on arriving that late, or early as the case may be.  Please.....if you are reading this, and you do this on a regular basis.....don't arrive at an RV park after 10 pm and insist on going directly to your site.  Be considerate of your neighbors!  Better yet, plan on arriving hours before will be happier, your family will be happier, and most importantly your RV neighbors will be happier!

We were off, once again, by 11 pm, and home shortly thereafter.  Thanks for stopping by!


  1. I agree with you about arriving late, we always arrive in the day light, really like to see where we are going. Some people just don't care about others.

  2. Wouldn't it be awesome to have a rule, no site parking after 9:30 & provide electrical hookups by the office for those who had delays or simply planned to come late. Everyone is happy except the night crew...but that's quicker than getting then to the site. It's "your" campground, your rules!