It’s a Learning Experience …

The trip up to Greensboro NC from Georgia on December 27th went fine, and we were set-up in our new parking spot at Oak Hollow Family Campground before 4:00 PM so there was no delay for Happy Hour! We enjoyed the three-night stay there while helping friends celebrate a delayed wedding party.

The trip back to Southern Maryland also went well, at least until we wanted to unhitch the truck from the trailer. The front left stabilizing leg of the trailer decided to strip it’s gears and would not lower into position, so we were in a bind. We could not unhitch the trailer from the truck without the front leg support, or the trailer would tip over onto it’s nose.

I stood in front of the trailer for several minutes just pondering our upcoming life on the road and how many more problems we will have. I was not entirely certain how to proceed. I eventually was able to reach a local RV repair service that the campground manager recommended, and the repair tech was available to come out to us after a short 30 minute wait.

After his arrival, he assessed the situation and left to retrieve some cement blocks to rest the trailer frame on after it was jacked up. While I was ready and equipped for a simple tire change, I was not ready to jack up the entire front of the trailer. Eventually, we were able to get the nose of the trailer up enough to unhitch the truck, then we gently let the trailer lower to the cement blocks for the night.

The following day saw the needed repair completed, and we now have a new stabilizing leg up front and the trailer levelling system runs happily again. In the end, it was yet another learning opportunity and I learned that I should bring a set of jack stands on our adventure in addition to the hydraulic jack, along with some more wood blocks.

This trip logged 1,242 miles with three minor mishaps, making a mishap every 414 miles. Uggh. I’ll never win any safety awards at this rate.

From here on will be a daily marathon of prepping the house for the listing photo’s, and then the open house later in January or early February. I don’t expect that we will spend another night in the trailer until February, so after some additional maintenance I will winterize the plumbing system to prevent any freeze damage and prepare for storage.

2 thoughts on “It’s a Learning Experience …

  1. Wow, wow. Wow!! Glad to hear you got help so quickly. While you were probably typing this, I was watching a youtube video of a vtl plane with no nose gear, blindly settling onto a quickly-built cradle the pilot could not see. You at least could SEE your dilemma! (Not that seeing it made it that much easier). All your years of experience make you a tremendously capable person.

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  2. Wow 😳! Challenges right and left but well met. You can use my travel journal for lessons learned as well as neat adventures Great to see you both today. Xo mom

    On Sat, Jan 1, 2022, 8:09 PM The Nomadic Parker’s wrote:

    > John Parker posted: ” The trip up to Greensboro NC from Georgia on > December 27th went fine, and we were set-up in our new parking spot at Oak > Hollow Family Campground before 4:00 PM so there was no delay for Happy > Hour! We enjoyed the three-night stay there while helping frie” >

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