Maiden Voyage

We left Wednesday for a short excursion just 2 hours or so north of us. It was our shakedown trip in our 5th wheel, and the first trip of its kind for our dogs.

We packed everything we thought we needed and more than enough food and hooked up. We got the dogs tethered into the back seat of the truck and off we went. The trip went well, despite our female shepherd crying the whole trip. We stayed at Galesburg East Campground in Knoxville, IL. The park is very nice. All the spaces are pull through with plenty of space to open up our slides. They do not allow outdoor rugs bigger than 2×3 to keep the grass from dying. Each spot has a nice sized grassy area with picnic table. There is a pond where you can fish (catch and release only) and a nature trail. There is also a pool, for park guests only. Unfortunately it was so incredibly hot the past few days (over 105 with heat index) that we couldn’t really do too much, plus the dogs really didn’t like it when one of us was out of their site. Mind you we did take a nice long walk every morning while it was still cooler out. Outside of potty breaks for the dogs, they pretty much slept the whole trip!

On a whole this trip went well. Our air conditioners worked great (thank goodness) and we didn’t have any problems with any of the camper items that we used. The washer and dryer we added in worked (although the floor of the half bath was covered with water, and we are not sure if it was the washer, or the dogs water dish being knocked over) and we do need to put something on the entrance stairs so the dogs can grip it better when they go in and out. but otherwise we are very satisfied with the way things went down. We already have some things the dealer needs to fix (little minor things) so we don’t have a lot to add to the list.

I managed to get two pen pal letters written and finish the book “Every Breath” by Nicholas Sparks that I had started a few weeks ago. Otherwise I think I snoozed a bunch as well. The heat really did me in.

I will no longer be working as of August 11th, so we will be planning another short trip sometime that month. Maybe we can find something on a lake that’s not too far away. Then a trip to Michigan in September which will then turn into a trip to Mackinac Island then over to Minnesota to see my sister. After that, who knows. We do head to Florida for the winter after Christmas.

I do need to figure out how I want to organize my kitchen, and develop some sort of ‘traffic plan’ when it comes to cooking meals. I love the double sink in the island, but since its the biggest counter space I have to prep on, need to figure out the best way to make everything flow!

How was your week? Any RV organization tips for this newbie?

2 thoughts on “Maiden Voyage

  1. It looks like a very nice campground. I love, love, love the photo of your dog sitting on the dining room chair. If you are anything like me, the organization will never end. The only recommendation I can make (because every rig and family is different), is to check out dollar stores/Walmart for organization ideas with cupboard dimensions in mind. I bought square Corelle dishes because they fit and stack better in the cupboard. I bought nesting food storage containers from the Container Store. There are so many ideas and ways to organize your RV. YouTube is full of wonderful ideas–some you’ll find useful and some won’t apply to you at all. Then, when you think you’ve got it, you’ll find another brilliant idea that works even better. I’m so excited for you! Dawn

    1. That is our Schatzie. She could not stand it when my husband left the camper for any reason, and she figured out that she could see great from the chair! We decided that she is a nosy neighbor…always wanting to look out the window, even nudging the blinds open to see what is going on! I got some great Melamine dishes at Sams club, and some storage containers for sugar, etc. Haven’t bought a bunch yet because we knew that we would figure it all out as we go. Have to send the husband youtube and pinterest links all the time as he is not on social media at all.

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