We finally tow our T@B camper / travel trailer!

 

We finally get everything to where we are comfortable to tow a trailer for the first time.  I wish it was on some grand adventure, but it was just about 35 miles to our home from the campground in Monroe, WA.  We did stop a couple of times to make sure nothing was being destroyed and just to check on things.  The first thing we heard was the safety chains dragging on the gravel road.  Then we heard this plastic sound as we went over our first speed bump.  Yup, that was the gray tank plastic cover that had come off and was skipping across the gravel.

Luckily no sway at all!  The little T@B trailer tracked like a champ.  We did have some up and down bouncing (more than just bumps in the road)  We decided that we did not need the 2-inch drop on the hitch as the previous owners had with their taller SUV.  So we need to flip that hitch over.  That way the hitch will only have a 3/4-inch rise instead of the two-inch drop. We do however need to now add an adapter piece since the sway bar will have nothing to attach to.  (Sway bar adapter)

Check out the video!  Can’t wait for our upcoming trip 1 month out.

-Mara

Free Camping near Route 66 – Elk City, Oklahoma

 

This is a two-part series while exploring Elk City, Oklahoma this summer.  Great free camping right off of I-40 in Oklahoma!  So many roadside attractions to see along the entire length of Route 66.  It is a great summer road trip idea… especially in your RV!

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-Mara

Tracing History – Natchez Trace Pkwy

It was hot and humid late August in Tennessee.  We stopped in Nashville to stock up at Costco since we were going to be out in the country right off of the Natchez Trace Parkway.  I love pulling up the RV right into the large Costco lot shopping and putting the groceries right into the fridge!  What we didn’t know is that part of the Parkway was closed for some reason.  In a car that would be mostly ok but in a 36-foot Motorhome pulling a smart car not so OK.  It required a turnaround possibly u-turn. It was not even marked ahead of time nothing written on the thousand trails website! (See the video for full information. It did say it would be closed for a while on the sign.)

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The Natchez Trace Parkway is a 444-mile long drive through 10,000 years of History.  (NPS Gov Website referenced) From Natchez, MS to Nashville, TN  you can bike, camp, tour, hike and more recreational opportunities abound in this area.

We were intrigued by the ominous story of Lewis and Clark’s Meriweather Lewis and his suspicious death.  While we did not have time to drive the length of the parkway, there is a ton to see in each area!

Along Natchez Trace Parkway TN

I would caution those in RV’s to make sure to check the height of the bridges and make sure to have ways around the low clearances.  We had a bridge right outside the thousand trails campground entrance that was 11 feet tall while our RV was 12 feet 10 inches tall.

Check out these links for more information:

https://roadtripusa.com/the-great-river-road/mississippi/natchez-trace-parkway/

http://www.scenictrace.com/

http://www.legendsofamerica.com/ms-natcheztrace.html

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-Mara

 

Exploring Mammoth Cave National Park KY

After a failed attempt work camping at Amazon in Campbellsville, KY in August 2016. (I hurt my foot and decided to leave – longish story but not that interesting)  We moved to the closest Thousand Trails campground and that happened to be this one to regroup and decide where our RVing adventures would lead us next.

The thousand trails campground is located right inside of Mammoth Cave National Park.  So after my foot was mostly healed, I could not leave the area without some exploration of Mammoth Cave.  The area is full of rolling hills and known for their underground passageways that have been explored and mined for hundreds if not thousands of years.

This was a really really hot and humid August summer day in central Kentucky.  The kind of day that is really meant for sitting in a pool or drinking some ice tea on a front porch somewhere.  What was the most remarkable thing I remember about the tour?  Standing outside on that hot day and having a cold breeze taking over the air. It was a dose of mother nature’s air conditioning.  It seemed to just pour out of the entrance.

The tours vary in length and activity level.  I chose a moderate cave tour with stooping and and a ton of steps (at the end over 155 steps to reach back to the outside trail)  I was able to complete the hike within the cave even with a swollen foot from my short stint at my work camping job.  They give you plenty of warnings at the pre – hike lecture and if you need to change your choice at that point you definitely can.  Just be honest with yourself on your level of comfort in the dark and what you can handle physically.  It is a long way up and a crew to come down and get you out of the cave can take hours!

Here is the link for more information:  Mammoth Cave National Park Tours

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-Mara

RV Living – How to make a heated Water Hose

The temperatures in Western Washington have been really cold.  We decided it was time to start thinking about making a heated hose to prevent frozen pipes in our RV.  We had problems last year in Albuquerque when the hose bib itself froze and we luckily had enough in our fresh water tank until that unfroze the next day.

Here is a pretty detailed video of he we made our own heated water hose.

-Mara

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