Wandering the World: If the camper is a rockin', please knock
Oh how I wish I had actual photos, or even better, video of this event. Keep in mind, this was literally our first night with our new to us camper. Neither of us knew ANYTHING about them. The night before, the previous owner showed us how to set up and break down. One time. In the dark. While we were watching 5 cranky kids. Needless to say, we should have paid more attention.
So picture this...
We had just spent 8 unplanned hours driving to the literal middle of nowhere. This town is known to have the brightest skies at night. And the stars were breathtaking. The screaming from overtired children, also breathtaking, in a different way.
So we pull in and realize that RV parks are shockingly different than campgrounds. I mean, our neighbors were RIGHT THERE. So in an attempt to set up, at 1am, in the pitch black with 5 screaming children, we pop up as quickly as we can and load the kids into the campers. We can't figure out the propane heat, only two lights are working, and no water, but we get them in PJ's and start to get the beds ready.
As I am on one end of the camper setting up a bed with several children, Tom walks to my end to get stuff for the other bed when suddenly...
People, I nearly had a heart attack. We had tipped the camper onto the now heavy end. Screaming children ensued and in an attempt to right the camper, everyone runs to the opposite end, where, wait for it...
Yup. We tip to the other end. Tom, being the calm, sane one says "Everyone just stay still." Then he and Zach (who apparently was paying very closely to the set up demo, head out to put down the stabilizers. Shockingly, they served their purpose! So in the future, if our camper is rocking, feel free to knock and see if you can help. We likely need it!
Things we learned:
- Always get a demo and practice in the daylight
- Traveling while pulling a camper restricts your speed to 65 MPH and so it will double the time you spend on the road.
- Even though RV parks put you close to your neighbors, they won't hear your mishaps. Or they are really nice about it.
- Stabilize. Always.
- If you camp in March in the desert, make sure you can hook up the heat.
- Kids are not reasonable creatures at 1am.