This season of camping will be our ninth season of RV'ing for my DW and me. Every year begins with another level of excitement around mid January as we start to plan the coming camping season. Deciding where to go for trips, long 3 day weekends, extended 5 day outings and at least one two week journey to some fantastic place we've never been to. Also, we plan several local get-away's at our two great state parks, one being on the banks of Lake Erie and the other on the banks of Lake Ontario, just below Niagara Falls. From these SP's we will commute back and forth to work. Last week was the first of these local-cations. I actually took our Georgetown and tow to work to get a jump on getting to the campground as fast as possible from work. Check in, un-hook car at the office, stop and fill water tank, pull up to camp site and un-hook dolly and roll into spot I always put it when we get this same camp site. Now just back in the rig, set camp and open a cold beer. EXCEPT that I didn't see the 2" diameter tree branch hanging as I cut the corner backing into the site. RIIIPP! Pull forward and jump out to see what happened, it appears that the branch caught the bedroom slide topper and ripped it. Oh well, S... happens. Re-adjust angle and have a helluva time lining up and backing in, but finally get it right. Jump out to put blocks under the jacks and look at slide topper again and now I notice my main awning ripped out and pushed to the right about 4 inches! All that's holding it on is one well bent mounting bolt that held its ground valiantly to prevent the whole thing from being totally ripped off! Well I leveled and put down jacks, opened a beer and just sat there wondering how I could screw up backing into a site I've been at maybe 8 or 9 times. DW met me there, I just pointed up and said nothing. Had a very quiet evening, next morning packed up the RV, attach dolly and load car and left. I didn't feel like camping ever again!
One week later, we are set up camp at the Lake Ontario park, commuting to work where I right this. Parts are ordered and may be in by the end of the week for repair early next week. Cost $1300 with labor and tax.
I know the nature of RV'ing will always present challenges. I was and to some degree more po'd at myself for messing up our beloved motor home than the damage to it and cost. My immediate thoughts were I don't need this aggravation and I'm done with camping and RV'ing. How many fellow RV'ers have felt the same way after a miss-hap has caused second doubts??? Dear Wife and I are still all in on camping I am happy to say