Packing and prepping the camper

Packing is all I want to do lately.  I have a thorough (I think, now) packing list but it is based on just one weekend camping in the freezing cold after Thanksgiving.  I debated taking my bike for a while, but it will go.  Things that I haven’t decided on are How many pillows do I need?  Which tools?  How much cold weather clothing (lots! I think today because it was 28 F when I woke up)? 

The camper is ready after having electric brakes and two deep cycle batteries installed.  I had the folks at Charlie’s Camping Center in Randallstown, MD do it because I liked the way they spoke to me on the phone and they seemed to emphasize their service department just as much as sales.  We went after a vet appointment and they didn’t mind having the dogs in the showroom, which is lucky for us because it was miserably cold and wet. 

Angus in the showroom at Charlie’s

Before they let me leave, they showed me how to adjust the trailer brakes, how to light the fridge pilot in the event that I run it on propane (which I will), how to maintain the trailer/tow vehicle connections, and where the fuse for the wiring is located in case I need to replace it.  They also gave me a spare fuse, chatted about the trip with me, and told me about membership with Flying J, who has locations all over the US and where I could stay overnight and shower for free, refill propane and gas at a discount, and get air and water for free.   It’s essentially a parking lot, so I don’t anticipate staying in many, but it could be handy. 

My new batteries!

Now the camper with its valuable removable parts is in the driveway, and hopefully at some point during the next three weeks we will get to spend a couple nights in it to see what we’re missing.


2 responses to “Packing and prepping the camper

  1. Hey Shan!
    I just LOVE pictures of handsome Angus. Sounds like you’re getting close. Dad would be proud of the list. Got a Gantt chart up anywhere?

  2. Can you lock the batteries down at all so they don’t get lifted?

    Definitely recommend San Simeon State Park right off of Rt. 1 in CA. Stay in the campground at the top of the hill if you can. Great view.

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