Originally Posted by Civilguy
So, are you back from Seattle? You left us all hanging back there after reporting in from Bismarck!
Since we haven't broken out the trailer yet this year, I'm sure going to try and at least hear from those who did get some travelling in. ; )
Thanks for asking Civilguy. The trip was great, no major issues with the camper and no complaints about campsites. In addition to driveway camping while in Seattle, we ended up spending 6 nights in various campsites, 4 of which were KOAs. We are not normally KOA type campers, we prefer county, state and federal parks but these aren't normal times. While KOA isn't my thing, I thought accommodations were fine. 2 of the 4 KOAs allowed us to check in without actually talking to anybody in person, the other 2 were a little friendlier, which was fine. We wore our masks and they didn't poke fun at us. We stayed at Beaver Tail Hill State Park in western Montana and it was fine, no check in, we just drove to our campsite which was already tagged for us. Probably the worst camping was at Cedar Pass campgrounds in the Badlands. We've camped in the Badlands before so we knew what to expect. This time, there was no water available in the campsite area. The only water was in the dumping station. They had one marked potable and one marked waste. They were separated by some distance but it did give me pause. We're still alive and didn't get sick so I guess it was fine.
In terms of newbie goofs, just a couple I will admit to. I dumped our tanks just fine but forgot to close the valve after emptying the black water the second time so we had some spillage, not a lot. And I left the refrigerator
closed when we got home so I was greeted with black mold a week later.
And in terms of how the Scamp
performed, it was great. We thought the 45" bed might be a challenge, but we slept fine. We used the furnace
a couple of mornings to take the chill off before morning coffee and we ran the A/C once while in the Badlands. We learned that Dometic refrigerator doesn't cool very well when it's 90 degrees outside, so we lost some food. I never take chances with food safety, if in doubt, throw it out.
The only unresolved issue is the potential leak coming from the A/C. I read up on the forum here about possible causes. We only had one night of leaks
after a particularly heavy rain. Other, lesser rain events didn't seem to cause a problem. I have it on my watch list.
Overall, we're very pleased and looking forward to our next outing. Which is next weekend at Father Hennepin State Park on the eastern shore of Lake Mille Lacs here in central Minnesota. And I've got a Monday morning appointment in Backus to get my axle
tab welded so our floor stops creaking. Scam said they are very busy with service appointments, which makes sense since they've been closed down like almost everyone else.