Wednesday, July 17, 2013
ANATOMY OF A TRIP Part 2
TRIP DAY minus 3 Saturday:
Since the sun was shining despite the weather report - still good - I decided to fill the fresh water tanks. Meryl had suggested this but I had thought not be have the water in the tanks for so long, but we might as well take advantage of the weather. The water will stay good in the tanks for a very long time. We a set of fresh water hoses at the house. Our outside spigot is in the yard and we need about 30 feet of hose to reach the Roadtrek. One 10 foot hose and one 25 foot hose does it The hoses are connected with an RV water filter in between. Filling the two fresh tanks went easy with the hose fill tube on the end. I fill the tanks through the holes in the door frames, front tank first. I turned the water on to run very slowly. I think now that this is the secret to get no back flow and pockets of air in the tanks. I turned the water spigot less than one eighth of a turn. It may take er to fill but it saves the time it was taking to clean the water that spilled out before'
It took 40 minutes to fill the tanks including getting out the hoses setting them up, filling the tanks, turning on the water pump to make sure all works , and putting it all away.
I also pulled out the USB flash drive that I keep in the Roadtrek with manuals on it to update it.
TRIP DAY minus 2 Sunday:
Today was spent doing local non-Roadtrek errands and shopping for a few food items to bring on the trip. Tonight Meryl packaged dry foods we will take with us in airtight sealed plastic containers. All food placed into the cabinets are sealed this way so as to not attract insects or other unwanted critters.
TRIP DAY minus l Monday:
Clothing for the trip was put together today and packed into the laundry bags that we will have with us for the trip. They clothes are taken out to the Roadtrek in these bags. Of course it is actually raining today. In the Roadtrek the clothes were put on the hanging shelves that we have in the wardrobe closet. Extra shoes for the trip were brought out and put in the rear overhead cabinet.
The Garmin GPS from our car was moved into the Roadtrek. The Tom Tom in the dash does not show traffic ahead. Cameras were brought out and put in a safe location. We discovered while we were out there that the remote thermometer's batteries had died. This was a reminder to check the batteries in the walkie-talkies that we use if Meryl has to go out and guide me backing up.
I then left Meryl so that she could bring out the non-perishable food items and pack them in the upper kitchen cabinets. She also brought out items for the fridge that can keep in it until we turn it on just as we are leaving. Must keep cold things will be put in the fridge at the last minute before we leave. For us, this is primarily my insulin pens. If we need groceries along the way we will just buy them then.
Inside the house a bag is kept out to put all of the things needed for this night and the morning. This comes out to the Roadtrek as we are ready to leave.
END OF PART 2. PART 3 NEXT WEEK.