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Old 05-09-2024, 09:57 AM   #1
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Maiden Voyage with new Flagstaff 21FBRS.

Earlier this week we took our first trip with our new TT, our first "real" camper aside from a used 1980's pop-up. A whopping 6 mile round trip to Webster Park Campground. It was a safe bet to see how we would do backing it into a site, how the 2 of us and the dog would manage, and just what things we forgot to bring. The campground is a very nice county park that we hike in a lot, and last year the bathrooms and showers were redone. Wifey chose to use the shower and bathroom facilities there, while I chose to use the full features of the camper. Luckily I am not a big guy so I could manage in the camper's shower, and lav space just fine. The campground rules say that you can't connect to the park water spigots full time, only to fill your fresh water tank, but we found that every camper on site was connected full time. So our 50' of water hose was augmented with another 50' after a quick trip to Walmart and we were off to the races!

Turns out we really didn't forget anything, and the weather cooperated very well except for a thunderous downpour the last night there. The following morning was bright and sunny but several sites were very wet with large areas of standing water. The first night got down to 45 and the furnace kept us warm. Baked potatoes and corn on the cob on the campfire with steaks and red hots (Rochesterians know they must be Zweigles) on the Suburban version of a Blackstone griddle. That griddle also makes the best grilled cheese sandwiches in about 1 minute.

Next week is off to Oneida Lake near Syracuse and farther trips following in June and July. Getting acclimated to the camper and getting our routine set so we're comfortable going out of state soon.
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Sounds like you had a great time. Camping close to home on the first trip is a smart idea. We always included or dogs to get the used to the trailer even loading supplies in the driveway.

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