Just returned from a great weekend at Brazos Bend State Park. I was there for a hiking get together and walked 15 miles on Saturday. After that I skipped the night hike and went to bed at 8:30. The Sunday morning hike was canceled due to deteriorating weather, relieving me of the decision to make it or not.
I was a bit bummed about how tired I was because I missed all the fun at the campfire Saturday night. I saw the remnants of the fun this morning and helped clean it up before the rangers made their rounds.
My camper was great. Friday night was quite cold so I ran the furnace, instead of the CoolCat because I was plugged into a 20 amp outlet that was shared with tent camper at the same shelter. Saturday night was in the mid 60's so woke up hot and started the fantastic fan to bring in the outside air. The rain started this morning about 8:00 and lasted for only a short while, but with it, the temperature started going south fast. More rain hit while I was on the way home, so the hike cancellation was a good idea.
I found a nice little trick for cold weather camping, that those who live in cold climates surely know, but had not occurred to me before. While packing the camper after the Friday night frost, I started the furnace. When I closed up, I left the furnace running so when I got to camp, the inside was nice and warm. Since I would have power at camp the battery drain was not a problem.
This is novel to me because in my old pop up, the furnace power circuit went through the galley switch and shut off when closing up the camper. Arriving on site with a warm camper is one more little nice thing about an A-frame.
I ran into one problem resulting from poor manufacturing. Some other A-frame owners have noted the large quantity of air in the water pumped from the tank. I had noticed this in my camper but had not thought much of it. Friday, after using the outside shower, I noticed some water dripping off the fresh water tank and stuck my head under to have a look. The water was actually coming from the place the draw tube attached to the tank and was slowly draining the tube. The leak is undoubtedly the source of air in the pumped water, which was worse this time than it has been before. Since I don't have a PEX crimper to reset the line on the nipple, it is back to the dealer for a fix.
Clear skies and cool weather at Brazos Bend.
An early evening campground bandit.