What time did you get in? I looked before I left for a new addition but didn't see you.
Bobbie, We got in after midnight and drove down to where the Casitas were parked, pulled up as quietly as possible behind Linda and Dale's rig, and just went to bed without trying to unhitch, stabilize or level anything. We really missed seeing you, though we are glad Merlin's okay now, and could understand why you had to leave so suddenly. Hope to meet you at a future gathering!
Gina did an amazing job of organizing and hosting this gathering, piloting us around the Crestline area on Saturday, and providing expert step-by-step instructions on how to properly and safely level and hitch our trailer (with very important details on getting the Equalizer sway bars on and off) and dumping and clean out technique. Gina, you are AWESOME! And, BTW, your two beagles are adorable, but where were those infamous flying monkeys?
Just read about your grey tank and hope that gets resolved quickly!
Chuck shared with us what tires
to buy when our old ones wear out, the benefits of a good camper shell (I think you may have convinced Kayla, who was pretty set against one), Passport, Trailer Life & KOA info, and a very cool gizmo that prevents the 7-pin from working its way out while on the road...(what is it called again?
Frederick lent us his extra block levelers, provided great info on the uses for solar
panels, and identified what all our roof vents were for.
Cindy & Bob showed us how to put up our awning
and gave us the requisite tent stakes that we didn't know to have on hand (we hadn't ever unrolled our awning
yet and had assumed it would need replacing, but it turned out to be nearly new and, while lacking the technical sophistication of the mounted roll-up awnings that most people have, it does a fine job and made our trailer look very homey).
Jim and Carol shared Passport, Trailer Life & KOA info, and clued us in on the aerodynamics of towing and the related benefits of camper covers and driving 55-60 mph (you were absolutely right, we got 12-15 mpg on the way home, which is decent considering that the truck gets 17-19 not towing).
Linda and Dale introduced us to their cat, Dallas, possibly a very appropriate option for folks with cat fur allergies, and a sweetheart to boot.
Jody, Don and Dominique graciously shared delicious baked goods with everyone and were very welcoming hosts.
We learned so much and had a wonderful time hanging out with everyone. Below are some photos of the trip into town, the potluck and some of the sweet rigs there (think I'll have to add photos via a few separate posts... seems I ran out of space in this one) Thanks, all!
Val & Kayla
& Jim & Carol's Casita