Murdo Girl…the road trip..camping 101

Remember Molly and Cary? They’re the friends we went to see in Indiana. Molly is the newly annointed (by Sherri) Miss Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow.

When we saw Molly and Cary in Indiana a couple of weeks ago, I asked Molly if I could share this email we got from her after she read the blog about Kip and me having to spend ten days at the Motel 6 while the RV air conditioning was being fixed. The email is hilarious.

Hi Kip and Mary,
After reading this email, you may think that your problems aren’t problems at all.  Well, here we go.

We decided to buy this used camper which was about 1/2 the cost and 5 feet longer than the new one we had wanted. We purchased it up by Chicago and while bringing it back home, we encountered a detour which took us through the country and there was probably about 18″ of water on the road.  Mr. Driver went through it pretty fast and when we got home and opened the sliders, we had major water all over the carpet behind the wheels. 

The next day Cary ripped out all of the wet carpet and pad and we put in a vinyl planking floor.  

Last weekend, we took the girls along with my sister and her husband, who are RVers, with us to the east side of Indiana to a state park.  It was to be a learning experience for us, and boy was it!  

Cary was very nervous driving the big hunker thing.  I was dying as I saw that we were getting 4-8 miles per gallon of gas.  But we made it okay and finally got the thing parked and kind of leveled.  All was well for a few minutes. 

Then, I asked my sister how to get the water on, so they showed us how to fill the fresh water tank.  Luckily we had a spigot on our campsite so we could fill it there, because we drove right by the one at the entrance that we were supposed to use.  We didn’t know. .we are dumb newbies. Sis said to turn on the pump and the water heater which I did.  We still couldn’t get any water out of the faucets so I turned everything off and we went to bed.  

The next day, Sis and I had to drive about 60 miles to go to a funeral so we left early that morning.  Brother-in-law came down to our campsite and he and Cary tried again to turn on the pump and the water heater.  Luckily we women weren’t there to watch or listen to the cussing when they encountered another major problem. There was water all over the floor. It was coming out from under the sink.  Since the camper was only kind of level, the water was quickly going east into the new carpet on the slider. They grabbed all the towels and soaked it up.  At the same time, this black wafer like stuff started coming out of the kitchen faucet.

Whatever it was, I don’t think it should have been coming out of the “FRESH” water tank!  Of course when we got back from the funeral, all the wet towels were in a pile on the kitchen floor and the sink had this black stuff all over it. We spent the rest of the weekend washing dishes in a bucket of cold water. On the bright side, the stove works just fine. 

Yesterday as we were trying to get ready to leave, we decide to drain the “fresh water tank” right there on the campsite so we wouldn’t have to pull the weight of the water and get even less miles per gallon. When Cary unscrewed the little place where the water was supposed to drain out………Nothing came out.  So we go get Don, the brother-in-law. He thinks that the black wafery stuff must be clogging up the drain so no water can come out.  We left it open on the way home hoping it would pee itself out along the road. I don’t know if that happened or not.

We finally got home last night and parked on our street. This morning Cary took the camper to our local service place with a list of things they need to look at and fix.  As he was parking the camper in the waiting line, he didn’t know it but he hit a 5th wheel and broke out the big window above our kitchen table.  I don’t think it hurt the 5th wheel. Cary didn’t even know he did it, but someone came up and told him he just busted out a window in our camper.  NO big deal since he did it.  now if I had been driving it would have been a major catastophy…or however you spell it. 

I hope this learning process doesn’t take much longer.  I’m wishing I had never brought up this idea of RVing, but you made it sound like so much fun!!  You scoundrel!!!!

Here’s hoping you get back on the road soon.  I don’t think we will be camping with you when you get to Indiana as I guess it takes awhile to get the new window in.  

Happy &^$*()  Trails?   Molly 

Molly and Cary in Ireland.

Kilronan Castle. They stayed here two nights. I doubt that black wafer like material came out of the faucet.

2 thoughts on “Murdo Girl…the road trip..camping 101

  1. sanjuan831 September 21, 2017 / 8:29 am

    I prefer the castles and cruise over RVing especially after reading that funny email.


  2. lifelessons September 21, 2017 / 1:49 am

    Not exactly the easy life–at least for beginners.

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