Sorry to have gotten our posts out of order with that Anniversary Post, but I couldn’t pass up that special occasion with all its special memories (Barf!).
When we last posted about our trip back to our South Carolina “home”, we were overnighting in a handy Walmart parking lot with about a half dozen other RVs. We got a good night’s sleep despite a very heavy rainstorm. Of course with my luck, it was still raining cats and dogs (very large cats and dogs) in the morning when we were going to leave.
You’d think that it would not be a problem towing a car behind the motorhome, but with our Honda Element, before you can drive you have to go through a specific procedure with the automatic transmission or you can severely damage it.
After starting the engine, you have to move the shift lever in this direction with a five second stop in each gear: P-R-N-D-2-1-2-D-N, then idle the engine for at least three minutes. Once that is done, the engine can be shut off, the trans left in neutral and the steering wheel unlocked. Then you are good to go.
Of course that meant having to go out in the pouring rain. Even with a raincoat and a boonie hat, I still got soaked. Probably would have been drier if I had gone swimming.
Once the Element was done, we headed down the highway for the last part of our trip. It rained on and off most of the way, but when we pulled into the campground, it had stopped. Thank heavens, one bath a day is enough.
We set up in our spot. Because the campground is heavily treed, out came the portable satellite dish. It is a necessity for us, have to catch those “Everybody Loves Raymond” reruns. ;c)
The site has only 30 amps, but the power pedestal did not have a GFI plug on the 20 amp side, so I was able to use my current adapter. One side plugs in to the 30 amp side, the other the 20 amp, then you can plug into it with your power cord and you have 50 amps. (If the 20 amp plug has a GFI socket, it won’t work).
I showed the set up to the campground owner and offered to pay the 50 amp price, but she said it was okay. No argument from me.
We are here for about 3 weeks, so we set up some of out more homey items, like the steering wheel table I made from some plans our friends gave us (thanks Steve and Karen!).
I have some minor maintenance items to putter around with, including driving up to Gaffney, SC Freightliner shop and get a replacement hub cap for the one we lost on our Sioux Falls trip. Can’t wait, that missing hubcap really bugs me.
We had one unusual surprise when we arrived and it has to do with this:
Why is a container of Tide upside down in the kitchen sink, you ask?
I was getting some items out of our cabinet over the washing machine and found the shelf was covered with Tide, making a real mess. I had to take everything out and clean it up with numerous paper towels that Marti was handing me. It wasn’t obvious why the container leaked, it was upright and the cap was on tight.
Then we found this, a crack in the bottom of the container.
Of course the container is nearly full, so we have to find another one to transfer the liquid into. Since the Tide has Downey fabric softener in it, is is really slimy. It took several hand washings to get it out of my skin. Yuk!
The best part of being here is seeing the grandsons. We watched Andrew at football practice last night, his team was undefeated last year and the whole squad is back together again this year with their same coaches. Maybe a second winning season is in the future?
Today Owie was over visiting with us, doing what he and Marti enjoy the most, playing video games on the Wii.
It is going to be a great visit. :c)
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