I think it is important for us to be able to laugh at our mistakes and some of the dumb things we do. The following is one such event. I post this for everyone's enjoyment of some of the things newbies do.
I have not had the opportunity to make much use of my 2019 Casita
. I have never, prior to this trip, been in an RV park. I never wanted to visit one. My interests have been strictly boondocking
or camping off grid. My desires and goals in this regard have not changed. As such, I have only used my Coleman AC one time when I first picked it up in Rice, Texas in late 2019. I was visiting family and plugged into their shore power. I have not wanted or needed to hook up to shore power again prior to this trip.
Regardless, I was persuaded by relatives to join them for a week in an RV park just outside of Marysvale, Utah. The details of my experience there are another story.
I arrived early and the RV park owners were very accommodating and allowed me to move into my spot several hours prior to the normal check-in time. I set up everything with few hiccups.
My family did not arrive until late in the day. Their truck was seriously overheating on all of the up hill grades. They were forced to stop frequently to allow the truck engine to cool off. So I was left to my own devices until they arrived.
It was a bit on the warm side. I believe the outside temperature was well over 90. There was absolutely nothing at this RV park to catch my interest, so I decided I would lay down and rest until my family showed up.
My best description of the RV park was "boring". Imagine yourself in a large parking lot for RV's in the middle of the desert with a single, very young and small tree for each RV. I was the only FG trailer in the park. All of the RV's were large RV's, toy hauler's, and high end motor homes. Talk about David and Goliath.
I was perspiring buckets. I have a Coleman Air Conditioner installed on my Casita
. It works wonders if you have a generator
or shore power. However, I forgot the remote to turn it on (or so I thought). I sweltered in my hot trailer cursing myself and using some vocabulary, which I try to hard to avoid, because of my stupidity in forgetting the remote. I had the MaxAir fan on high in the exhaust mode and one of the windows
open. That helped move the air some.
I fell asleep. My family arrived, set up, and then one of them came over and knocked on my trailer door. I was awakened by surprise. I explained my plight and how disgusted I was with myself for forgetting the remote. Their AC was working perfectly, which I very much appreciated. They have a 40 foot 5th wheel pulled by a Freightliner tractor.
On to the next morning.
I was up early, had my bath, was dressed and ready for the day. My relatives were still just getting up and were not yet ready for me to join them. So I laid back on the full sized bed I have in the rear dinette. As I lay there, I was looking up at the Coleman AC Unit. I was really disgusted that Coleman had absolutely no controls on the AC unit itself. I was also very angry at myself for forgetting the remote.
I had my glasses on and as I was looking up at the AC unit, I read the large label on the unit that said "Thermostat Controlled". I got up and went over and set the thermostat to Cool and do you know what happened? The AC unit came on! Now I was really upset with myself. Have you ever had one of those moments where life just hits you in the face? They say you learn from your mistakes. I seriously doubt I will make that mistake again!
I have some other stories to share as well all in the vein of good humor and giving everyone something to at least smile about.