Adventure Location: Decatur,
Adventure Date: 01-20-2023
It has finally arrived. The
get ready to roll again evening was a long time coming this visit.
Arriving on July 7 and not leaving until January 21 is a long time to
the teams members. But it is here now. YAHOOOOOO.
We did a good bit of running
around town today saying goodbye to several folks. But later in the
evening we got busy starting the breakdown of the camp.
Here we are dissembling the
utilities for travel. We like to get everything we can done the
evening before travel to make the morning easier. Mostly we break
down the sewer hose and supports and store it all. The sewer hose
goes into the rear bumper.
Then we top off the potable
water tank and wipe the hose off. Then coil it as well as we can and
screw the ends together. Then into an outside access bin it goes.
This hose is very stiff as if we need to consider getting a newer
hose that has less hours in the sunlight.
And somewhere along the way
the folding ladder gets strapped on the Castle's roof access ladder.
Check out the roof and you
can see two of the three solar panels we use most of the time. We put
the first two on in January 2006. The third one came about four years
later. We have 350 watts of panels and two AGM 100 AH Deep Cycle
batteries. Yes they do save us enough money to notice when in “plus
electric” campgrounds. The AC and microwave in our rig have to have
shore power to run because we chose not to add enough more solar to
In the morning the Castle and
Sierra are coupled, then the chocks between the tires are removed.
Then the stab jacks are raised and the door mat placed inside the
Castle. Now the critical last walk around where everything is looked
at. The main trouble at this point is we have to proper way of
checking the brake lights. However we do put on the emergency
flashers to guarantee the bulbs are OK but that does not check the
brake light switch for functioning.
For our normal situation the
morning finish up takes about thirty minutes when not hurrying. Then
we are ready to roll from the site.
Give a couple of practices
without several months since the last time and from wake up in the
morning we normally get rolling within about 50 minutes. Add a dump
stop to that if we need one. The Castle usually makes about 14 days
between dumps with just the OFM aboard.
The rig averages about 10 mpg
towing. We try to refill the gas tank every 200 miles or so. We feel
that the rig can comfortably make about 250 miles on a full tank of
gas but we do not push it at all.
We hope the OFM can remember
how to tow now after so long of a time. He is getting pretty old and
senile you know. However he can be pretty good at trying to have
tooooo much fun.