We headed out thursday to the local state park (about 15-20 minutes away) after I got home from work even though we were getting some rain off and on and the forecast called for rain throughout the weekend. We have had this family camping trip planned for awhile and we were determined to see it through.
While loading the trailer DW noticed some water (maybe a ¼ of a cup) in the bathroom floor. It appeared to be coming from the wardrobe slide. The trailer wasn't level, tongue and street side high, so I concluded that, along with wind and hard rain, caused some water to get by the slideout seals. I sent an email to Brandon York and he also thought that might be the problem.
My BIL and sister were planning on using my late parents MH, but my BIL had to work late on Friday and my sister can't/won't drive the MH. So I drive 100 miles, one way, to get the MH and my sister follows me back in my truck to the campground. 20-25 mph winds with gusts up to 40 mph. That was a fun drive!
Friday evening my niece, her husband and their two kids arrive. My DD and SIL bring out our oldest grand daughters to camp with us. We already have my DS's two girls with us. My brother makes it down with his 5'er. Everything is going pretty good and then the storms hit. We had a tornado go over us and it touched down about five miles later. We were all huddled in the bath house.
Grand daughters and niece's daughter in the bath house.
Saturday was cloudy, cool with light sprinkles off and on. We had planned on a big fish fry and the good Lord provided us with a rain free afternoon. We had some family come down just for the fish fry so we ended up feeding 14 adults and 9 kids. We cooked the fish my DW and I had caught this past 3 weeks. There was more than enough and we still have a couple of bags in the freezer. The rain held off long enough that we were able to sit around a campfire that evening. Somehow with all that wet wood, my BIL got the fire going while I was cooking fish.
Fresh, hot crappie fillets.
The kids did get to color some Easter eggs and had some fun hunting them and playing.
Kids coloring Easter eggs.
Sunday we experienced more storms and hard rain. My DS, his wife and Lil' Dude came down so my wife and the grand kids went to the house. I went after checking with my BIL that he was good to go with the MH, they were heading back that morning because of the rain. I spent the day with my new camping buddy then headed back to the campground. It continued to rain. but I was tired and slept good (weather alert radio beside the bed).
I get up this morning (mandantory work furlough day) and start breaking camp. My brother, whose retired and staying the week, keeps me company with his stories and my coffee while I'm drying things off, packing and hitching up. I load some of the wet items, like the awning mat, in back of the truck.
So I make it back home and unload all the food and dirty clothes. I make a close inspection of the trailer and besides being dirty, I find no issues except a little water around the wardrobe slide. I did keep an eye on it while camping and found just a little then too. Maybe a couple of spoonfulls each time. The trailer was level at the campground, but the wind did blow pretty good a time or two.
Having family down and being able to have that fish fry and campfire was worth every bit of any the problems we experienced. This is one camping trip I'll always remember with smile.
P.S. Sorry about the poor quality pics. I got them from my niece's phone. I stayed busy and didn't take any pics on this trip.