So this getting back into camping thing has been an adventure to say the least. Just the amount of time that we put into deciding what to camp in was exciting at its best and draining at its worst.
We brought our lovely Trail and Trail home to its semi-permanent place in our backyard. There will be some things that we will need to do to make it a permanent place, but all in good time.
We had a big trip planned for our new toy, but first we had to do a trial run. This was the plan. Weekend one we would camp in your backyard. Weekend two we spend one night in a local campground. Weekend three would be the maiden voyage and staying at multiple campgrounds.
Doesn’t that sound like a good plan?
Well, you know what they say about plans…
Weekend one had the entire family getting sick, one after the other. Needless to say, but I am going to say it anyway, camping in the backyard was not something that anyone wanted to do. So we did not do the camping in the backyard. But I would definitely recommend it to others.
The family was feeling better by the time weekend two rolled around. We made reservations at a local campground. My review of that campground will be coming soon.
So here is what I learned when we did our trial run.
Get some sleep the night before
For various reasons, we did not get a good night rest on the trial run camping night. I was so excited about the trip that I didn’t sleep well the night before either. Two nights of poor sleep made me exhausted when we returned home.
Get a new mattress or at least a good mattress pad
I have heard this complaint from many other people about their RVs. Many of the mattresses are just crummy to sleep on. If I have a complaint about our trailer – that would be it. The mattress seemed okay when we initially laid on it, but after spending the night on it, we will definitely be getting a better mattress.
Get a full hook-up site
This was a trial run for our trailer, which meant that we needed to “kick the tires” on everything. So we reserved a full hook-up site where we had running water, electricity, and sewer connections. We tested the bathroom and the sink. We tested the appliances. We tested the heater and the air conditioner. I am pleased to say that everything worked as it should.
Make a list of things that you need
Even though I had already made a list and had quite a few things in the trailer, the trial run showed us additional things that we wanted to have with us. Since we camped locally, we did go out after we had set up camp to purchase a few additional things that we needed. There were also some things that we had to go out and purchase afterward. Do you need paper products? Longer hoses? Stuff to organize the place? This is where we figured out what we would need for a longer trip.
Check out the campground
We explored the campground. I made lots of notes about things. Were the staff friendly? What was the general feel around the campground? Did it feel safe? Were the bathrooms clean? What kind of noises were prevalent? What types of RVs were allowed and how did people set them up? What types of things were there to do? Would I recommend the place to others? More importantly, would I want to go back? Ultimately I want the camping experience to be good and a good campground will play a big part of that.
Unplug and enjoy your family
This was a trial run. But it was also time to spend together as a family. I enjoyed spending time with them. We laughed together, played together, and made happy memories. And in the end, isn’t that what it is all about?
What about you?
Have you done any trial runs with a new (or new-to-you) RV?
What things did you learn?