Sunday, October 15, 2017

.....and then the Jello jiggled once again.....

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7:51 am - Sunday - October 15th - 23º F, 91% humidity, wind - CALM......got down to 19º F last night.....glad we are plugged into 50 amp electrical service....rocking four electric heaters right now.....

Where in the world are we?

......wait a minute.....where is the snow?  Where is the lake?  Read on......


When last we bid our daily adieus, there was 5" of snow on the ground, and we had pretty much decided to just spend one more day at Ririe Reservoir.  Seemed like a solid plan.....I thought it was a solid plan......TLE thought it was the prudent thing to do......and then the snow began to melt on the campground road.....and then I began to think about a certain hot springs about 90 miles south of our position where the sun was shinning, and there was no snow on the ground.  Within an hour I had unhooked our umbilical cords and we were descending Meadow Creek Road down to US-26.

Of course, there was one more thing that was really the impetus for our sudden decision to extract our home from the snowy environs of Ririe Reservoir......when it gets really cold....like down into the 20's the coach tends to lose air pressure in the rear air bags which results in the rear of the coach settling down quite a ways.  To counter act this I have been putting the trailer jack down when the trailer is still on the hitch to keep the rear end from settling.  This has worked well in cold weather, but as I was walking back to the bedroom there was this sudden loud 'BANG' followed by the rear of the coach dropping suddenly.  At first I thought the weight of the coach had pulled the hitch ball out of the tongue, but when we went outside to investigate we saw that the jack itself had failed.  Okay, well, that changed our plans somewhat.  We would need a new tongue jack.  The complicating factor was that we were going to head to the hot springs on Sunday, and I was pretty sure we would have to drop the trailer there as the nice lady in the office of the hot springs RV park said their only long pull through site was occupied.  In Idaho and Utah most everything is closed on Sunday's including trailer supply places, so that meant we would need to get the tongue jack replaced on Saturday, which, in turn meant that we would need to leave Saturday, not Sunday.  You might be thinking...."Why don't they just unload the VW and drive into town to get the jack?"....and that would be a valid question.  Trying to get the VW out of and then back in the trailer with 5" of snow on the ground would not have been pleasant.  Could we have done it?  Sure.....we just didn't want to deal with that hassle.

I quickly located a local trailer supply (State Trailer RV & Outdoor Supply) right on US-26 which a large parking lot.....perfect.  Within 30 minutes we were on our way, and within another 20 minutes we were parked and I was walking into State Trailer Supply.  I was greeted by a very helpful associate who walked me right to the correct jack, and then helped me find the new bolts to fasten it to the tongue.  I was in and out in less than 5 minutes, and we were on our way southward. 

The further south we got the less snow we saw in the fields through which I-15 passes.  The hot springs RV park to which we were headed has turned off their water for the winter, and they offer no sewer connections, or dump station so we needed to dump our tanks prior to our arrival there.  Just south of Pocatello we exited the freeway to stop at the local Flying J travel center which I was pretty sure had a dump station ($7.50 to dump), and they did!  So we dumped our black tank, and then refilled our fresh water tank adding just over 60 gallons.  

Within 12 more miles we exited I-15 to US-91 south, arriving at Downata Hot Springs just before 3 pm.  As it turned out they did have another pull through site in which we fit perfectly, so we didn't have to drop the trailer.  Within 1/2 an hour we were soaking in their hot pool.....




.....and that was how Saturday evolved.....that's the wonderful thing about having wheels on your home.....you can change your circumstance quickly and painlessly......most of the time.

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1 comment:

  1. Sounds like things all worked out wonderfully, next to install the new jack when the spirit moves you. Enjoy the hot tub.

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