The thing is…I don’t actually know how to drive a truck with a 28 foot trailer on the back! Jono drove the trailer home from GJ (and the truck from Denver, too) But then again, when I took the pop-up camper on our trip in 2014, I had only done one weekend trip before that to Highline Lake in Fruita. I guess I just have the attitude that if I think I can, I think I can, I think I can…then I can!
So, Friday afternoon when I pulled out of Vail on our trip, that was the first time I had EVER driven my truck with the trailer! (I probably should have taken it out for some practice…but na) When I got on the highway, the trailer seemed a little squirrely, so I just gripped the steering wheel tighter at 10 and 2, and slowed down. (It’s perfectly ok to drive on I-70 at 55 in a 75 mph zone, right??)
My plan was to leave Vail around 2pm so that I would get to Grand Junction around 4ish. But that would be too easy. It is much better to arrive in the dark to the RV park, make super sharp corners, maneuver around a dually parked with the rear half of the truck sticking waaaay out in the middle of the “street” and hook up for the first time. Who even really needs to hook up? I think shoving the boxes aside and just crawling into bed is good enough for a first night!
We stayed at the Junction West RV park on the western end of GJ, right behind the new Luv’s truck stop and next to the FedEx sorting center. You are lulled to sleep by the sounds of cars and trucks. Even though this RV park is basically a gravel parking lot, it is actually not that bad. The location is great for our purposes which is to load up on supplies at Cabellas, Target, etc. The sites are level and the bathrooms are VERY clean. The sunsets are beautiful. And best of all, the owners/workers here are so helpful and nice. It was a great first stop on the tour.
Well, we had our first “mishap”…something was obviously very wrong with the camper because the lights would only turn on if we were plugged in. So, on Saturday, we (Jesse) hooked up the trailer and drove it over to the kind people at Pine Country Trailers (Henry Fox was my guy who sold me the camper). I was absolutely sure that there was some major electrical issue. (I’ve had plenty with the Suburban…like the time the driver’s seat got stuck/jammed all the way back away from the steering wheel and I had to drive home from Vail with a backpack behind me so I could reach the pedals!) I am so glad we didn’t call first to ask about this issue and instead moved boxes around again, pulled in the slide, unhooked from the electric and water, rehooked the camper to the truck, and drove it straight away to get serviced. Henry came out to help me personally. He opened the pass through and showed me where to flip the switch so that the camper can access the batteries when you are not plugged in. Yep, that’s right…
he flipped a switch
Electrical malfunction solved! (Yes, my face is burning red from embarrassment even right now)
On Sunday, we loaded up and headed out right on schedule. Just need to make a quick stop at Target and then Mesa Verde here we come!