Ten days into our excellent adventure, we have learned a lot of things. Unfortunately, some of this newfound knowledge was learned the hard way.
Here’s a few of the things we/I learned:
You can never find a cop when you need one.
- We sat on the shoulder of a cold, wet and dark I-84 for two hours waiting for the Good Sam rescuer. Not once did a cop stop to see what was going on.
were driving south on Highway 99 out of
Sacramento, when we observed a semi driving erratically, going off onto the shoulder and then over to the other side, crossing into the second lane when cars were trying to pass the truck by in that lane. Jon called 911 to report this. Ten miles later, the semi was so far over into the other lane he missed hitting a travel trailer by several inches. Jon called 911 again and was told a cop had been dispatched. Since the semi’s license plate was dirty, the dispatcher told Jon to pass the semi and describe the tractor. This was scary indeed.
- We had
a problem with the trailer a few miles out of Boron,
California(home of the 20 Mule Team Museum), and parked in a wide spot off the road for the two hours it took for Jon to jerryrig a repair. No cop stopped to see what was going on.
Don’t complain about the number of tools and parts Jon brought along.
Before we left home, I complained to Jon about the excessive amount of tools and parts he was bringing along. I won’t do this again. Given the number of problems we’ve had, those tools have come in handy.
Reliable cell phone service is a must.
We don’t use cell phones enough to justify going with a monthly plan from a major provider, so we use a pay-by-the-minute plan with an unknown provider. This worked really well in
and big towns we’ve gone through on the way, but not in smaller towns, though,
fortunately, we were able to get service both times when we sat on the side of
the road. We need something that is reliable almost 24/7, so one of us will
probably be switching over to T-mobile soon. We took a road trip in 2006 and I
remember being surprised to get cell service from T-mobile out in the middle of
nowhere in Nevada.
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Don’t turn on the water pump when you’re hooked up to an RV park’s water system.
If you do, you’re probably going to blow out the outside water system and flood your bedroom. I learned this the hard way. Nuff said.
You never know who your neighbors will be.
The RV park where we spent New Years hosted breakfast on New Year’s Day. Imagine my surprise when the couple I was sitting with turned out to be from Hermiston
than a 30-minute drive from Kennewick.
They’ve been fulltime RVers since 2005.
You can never be too prepared.
We thought we were prepared for our new lifestyle, but obviously we weren’t, or we wouldn’t be having all the problems we’ve had. It is not much consolation when experienced RVers tell us our problems are par for the course with newbies and that ours aren’t as bad as the problems they had starting out.