Sunday, December 04, 2016

that white four letter word beginning with S

As in snow!

The temperature this morning when we aroused was 33 degrees and then while eating breakfast it began to snow some large flakes widely scattered.  We loaded up and headed out and the widely scattered flakes became snow flurries and soon became a heavy wet snow fall.  On the Interstate it was soon uncomfortable with all vehicles using good sense keeping about a 100 yard spacing and all at an even 45 mph.  In the area of Springfield, IL it was the worse with heavy wet snow and deep slush on the roadway and the temperature dropped to 32.

I was truly thankful that I wasn't pulling a large box with an extra two sets of wheels with a swivel in between the truck and trailer.  This new single unit was a no white knuckle drive.  As we continued westward it began to wane and lighten.  By the time we crossed the Mississippi it was still snowing lightly and the roadway was a bit clearer with little slush.  By the time we crossed I-70 at Kingdom City the snow was all gone and it was dry pavement and clear sailing to the Martin Manor where the temp was a balmy 38.

Okay, I promised pictures.  Here is our new camper parked at the Martin Manor RV park.  I have already posted pictures of the inside.

rooms out ready to camp
 rooms in ready to travel
I like the large rear window for when we back up to a nice lake somewhere

Saturday, December 03, 2016

night #2

Made it back to the dealers by 9:00 am and they worked on our questions very quickly as Saturday was not a busy day. Our questions were resolved and we were on the road a little past 10:00 heading South.

We are now in an Illinois State Park a little south of Bloomington, IL.  Because of our late start this morning it was dark when we arrived and that isn't a good time to try and set up a new to us camper.  It was hard to see to back up into our spot without backup lights on the camper.  We do have a back up camera and I put Jo to walk behind down the center of the site and I tried to run over her backing up.  I could see her in the camera but nothing else.

I had intended to take some pictures this afternoon but will have to do that another day with the sun shining.  Tomorrow we head back to the Martin Manor.

Friday, December 02, 2016


It's going to be a beg learning curve.  We are camped tonight in a Wisconsin State park with electric hookup and finding out just how different this is going to be.  We are only a few miles from the dealer we bought this unit from and that is a good thing as we have found a couple of items that are not working like they should.  We have called our salesman this afternoon and will head back to his shop to get things working like they should before we head on toward home.

Sorry no pictures today, but soon

Thursday, December 01, 2016

fingers uncrossed

We made it to our RV Sales destination a little past noon today without any further tire problems.  We dropped the bad tire off at a tire dealer nearby to have a new tire mounted and they will deliver it to the RV sales office so they will then have a full set for our trade in.

Tomorrow morning they will add a few suspension strengthening items to our truck and then mount and give us a walk through of our new Truck Camper.  I hope to have a few pictures to post tomorrow.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016


Headed out this morning to take the trailer up to Wisconsin for the swap.  A little past Springfield, IL I heard a loud POP and saw tire shreds flying from one of the trailer tires.  I called our emergency road service (a new service that I just signed up for yesterday) and it took a little over an hour for the help team of two men to arrive.  They mounted our spare so we are again on the road.  The big problem is that there is some damage around that area so I have filed a claim with our insurance company and alerted the Trailer Sales that we are headed toward so they know to prepare for a repair job before they can sell this unit.

We have had an emergency road service all the time we have been traveling but I let our previous provider lapse and just yesterday opened this new account with our insurance company.  Now fingers crossed that there will be no more tire problems between here and our destination tomorrow.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

more pictures

Today I found a group of pictures of the very TC that we have a down payment on.  It was on the web ( where our dealer had posted to promote the sale of this unit.  This was a good find as it shows us more detail than we can remember from our short visit.

Still don't have a date set for the trip to pick up this Truck Camper and bring it home but should be within the next two weeks.

This is our floor plan except we have a swinging door to the bathroom instead of the roll out as shown here



This shows the backup camera that projects wireless to a screen in the cab of our truck
 The slide-out trey for the basement storage bay
 awning toppers for all slide-outs
 a small storage space accessible only when the TC is off of the truck
 speakers for outdoor music (probably won't get used)
 The entryway, the switches inside the top step control the slide-outs
 The top cabinet is for a control panel
The magazine rack is being replaced by a cabinet
This picture is from another TC but shows the cabinet that will be installed in place of the mag rack
entry way
 pull-out pantry
 pantry and fridge
 entry to bathroom
 control panels
 medicine cabinet
 bathroom door closed against the shower for traveling
 shower pan
 skylight over shower
 entry to my side of the bed
 bedroom with queen size mattress
 Jo's wardrobe
 my wardrobe
 inside Jo's wardrobe
 skylight/escape hatch over the bed
 blackout shade for skylight
 TV is mounted with swivel so it can be rotated to be viewed from the dinette
 overhead storage
 the black rectangle is the AM/FM/CD/alarm clock
dinette converting to a bed