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Old 11-13-2013, 03:45 AM   #1
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Just finished our first big trip-1 boo boo

Golfing was done and the ski hill is not open so the DW and I headed south. The first three nights were spent boondocking at casinos and Walmart. I was somewhat relieved that the double 12v batteries were more than capable of supplying power until we reached a campground. The truck was able to keep the batteries charged while travelling (upwards of 6 hrs each day) so the furnace was always available. I think I will order a couple of more LED lights.

The first campground was at Myrtle Beach and we continued to Charleston, Hunting Island and Jekyll Island before we headed home via Hickory Knob State Park, SC. After that, another three nights of boondocking. All in all, we were 3 weeks on the road and had a great time, however I did have to take a penalty stroke at Jekyll when my golf ball landed next to a gator. The reptile did not move an inch but I thought better to take the stoke than lose an appendage. Cycling on the beach at Hunting was a real treat.

The snow started to fly less than an hour after we returned home. I was going to install a winterizing kit upon return but the low temps and lack of light forced me into just keeping the furnace going until it warms up in a day or two (or three or four!!!).

One problem I ran into is with the water pump. It appears after I washed my hands after the first dump station, I forgot to turn the pump off. There was not much water in the tank and when we stopped for the day, the DW noticed that the pump was running. I'm thinking that the damn thing was running for upwards of 4 hours with little or no water available. For the remainder of the trip, the pump continued to work but sounded somewhat different. I wonder if I need to replace the pump housing/impeller in the spring or just continue to use it as long as it works.

Our next trip will be to head down to the keys (after skiing is done but before golf starts). We are thinking of heading out around the second week of Apr for five weeks or so. We will want to spend time at Disney, Orlando, Everglades, NASA, the keys and head back up the gulf coast. I see that many of the state park campgrounds in Florida and SC are quite booked up already.

Any suggestions about decent campgrounds along the route? It is just the DW, dog and me. Also, any thoughts about the pump?

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Old 11-13-2013, 06:32 AM   #2
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As long as the pump keeps working why worry. If it ain't broke as the saying goes.
PS Never considered my home Province ski country.

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Old 11-13-2013, 07:11 AM   #3
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Usually the water pump overheats & shuts off. Once it cools off it works just fine, just don't do that too often though. I think yours will be OK as well. My water pump has good access & would be an easy replacement. Take a look at yours & if you are comfortable replacing it be prepared when you go camping with tools. If you don't want to take a chance of replacing it at night with the DW holding a flashlight, put a new on in now & you won't have to worry about it.

We like National, state & local campgrounds best. Walmart, not so much. Ski season is almost here, if I could only rationalize new skis some how. We will be at Killington, VT Dec. 16-20.

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