The 201703 trip – home
Monday, April 10
As I said in a previous post, our theory was to wait for the winds to die down. Unfortunately, the winds didn’t quite die down in time. The high-wind area was moving east across Colorado and we had to no choice but to drive on through the end of it if we were going to get home on time. We had already pushed the trip one day past what we planned because of the weather. We had at times up to 28 mph cross winds plus gusts to speeds unknown, but It was exciting, yet still manageable, even with the lousy hitches. We arrived near Topeka, KS at about 8:15PM. We stayed in Deer Creek Valley RV Park. We were getting in late – but they left our reservations at the office to pick up and a park attendant showed up shortly after we parked. It was a brand new, well laid out, spacious park. No shade of course. The pads were concrete, quite level and way longer than we needed. The utility pedestals were even lighted. This was the last stop before home and storage, so we did a quick dump n flush in the morning before we left.
Tuesday, April 11 We made it home safely with no additional “fun”. All glory to god! Left Topeka area a little after 7:30 and got home at 4:30PM. Debbie drove the whole trip of 6375 miles. It was an interesting test of nerves, patience, trailers and tow vehicles. I now have a makeshift heater for my water pump compartment. We will be watching forcast temps a little closer and disconnecting water hoses if the temp is going south of 40 degrees. I requested a replacement for the Tire monitor that kept failing on is – and it works fine. We had issues adding water to the kids trailer fresh water tank – we discovered that the fill and vent hoses, which are connected high up on the side of the water thank, were allowed to hang down to the plastic cover in the sub-basement. The end result is they would fill up with water, then make it difficult to add water to the tank. I loaned a wather thief to enable them to get water in – but I don’t like that because you can over-pressure your water tank if you arent careful. After returning, we opened the sub-basement and clamped up the hoses to the bottom of the floor – and the next water fill worked fine. They got their wonky hitch replaced – then we ordered ProPride P3 hitches for both trailers.