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The “Maiden Voyage ” is now completed and our trailer is safely back at the storage yard…

We left Ottawa on Wednesday mid morning and drove to the Riverside-Cedars Campground located just east of Morrisburg Ontario on Hwy 2.  Our site was a 15 amp semi serviced site ( Electric only with no water or sewer ) that we had stayed at in the past with old Class C motorhome 


Above pic is the old camper and the pic below is our new to us camper.


The new (to us )camper was fairly easy to set up with two people and everything was done within 30 minutes.  Levelled, opened up and hooked up to shore power all in good time…

First lesson learned:

Fill your fresh water tank before you set up…   Our site was electric only… It took a few trips from the closest water supply with the 10 litre water jug before I had enough in the tank to test out the plumbing.  

Second lesson learned:

Not all cats like camping… Even though Shadow ( our cat ) loves being in our backyard while at home he seemed overwhelmed by the great outdoors… He was comfortable in the inside…. hated the outside however…  A happy pet is a happy camper whereas an unhappy pet causes stress in the family…

On the positive…. The propane system all seemed to work.  The hot water tank was not tested but all the rest of the plumbing properly functioned…  Outside of a few lightbulbs needing replacing and a fuse needing replacing the 12 v systems worked great.

Third lesson learned:

Carry the basic spare parts… Fuses and spare bulbs make life much more bearable….  Tape is also a good idea…. Electrical, Duct and don’t forget Gorilla Tape.  All three types were needed on our first trip.

Back to the trip….  After setting up we had a great rest of the day.  The weather was great, the BBQ was hot and the drinks were cold…  Wednesday was a fantastic day… We all slept well and Thursday morning having my morning coffee while watching the locals was a great start to the day.


After coffee I made breakfast for the family ( In my opinion food tastes better cooked on a Coleman stove ) did a bit of cleanup then hooked up my FT 817 along with an antenna and tried to make a few ham radio contacts.  Contacts were made In Hamilton Ontario and North Western Quebec.  Noticing that the skies were starting to darken I brought the Radio gear inside but left the antenna outside…

Then the rain started…

48 hours spent watching it rain… lots of time enjoying the peace and quiet, watching local TV stations (the campers antenna worked and I brought our old 32 inch TV along so I could watch the Sens-Pens Game 7 hockey game.  At our campsite we could receive 4 American PBS stations but no Canadian stations….  However I was able to stream the game on my IPad using the CBC Sports app.  ( Good thing I have a good mobile data plan

Fourth lesson learned:

Plan for bad weather activities.  We had a deck of cards…. A TV with limited reception and three tablets.. Next time I come across a garage sale I will be looking for board games.  Unless you are camping really close to home you gotta figure out what to do in the rain.  Also keep your menu in mind as BBQ’ing outside in the rain starts to lose its appeal after a few meals..

On Saturday the rains let up…

Here’s what the ground around our site looked like…


And these pics were taken on Saturday afternoon.  The ground was saturated to the point that I was having some concerns about being able to hook up and get the rig off our site when it was time to go.

Fifth lesson learned:

Plan where you set up.  The weather forecast was calling for two days of showers… What we got was much more than showers…  The site I chose was in the open and also close to the washrooms but was not really high ground which meant we got swamped and we came very close to having to get winched out after hooking on to the trailer when it was time to leave on the Sunday afternoon.  

On Sunday morning I hooked up the radio again but found out that my balun (transformer) for the antenna was not as waterproof as I thought and that ended any thoughts I had of playing hamradio on this trip…

We decided to pack up late morning and head it home…  

By my calculations we travelled 475 KMs in total and burned off 1 tank of fuel.  We were sitting about at the 1/8 tank level when I filled up on Tuesday evening and our fuel light came on just as we pulled away from the storage yard.  My rough guess is that it took approximately 100 litres in fuel for the trip.

We spent 5 days camping and had a great time ( Shadow not so much of a great time ) and learned lots about our new to us camping rig.  


We are feeling much more confident about our upcoming trip next month…

Thanks for reading…

Bob

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