Not All Who Wander Are Lost

Not All Who Wander Are Lost
June, 2019 - Mount Denali, Alaska

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

RV Accessory Shopping

Last Saturday we drove to Camping World in Madison to purchase some items for the RV. It's items we will need while camphosting this summer at Astigo County Park in Columbus, WI.

Our site has 50 amp electric, but no water or sewer hook-up. That meant we needed to buy a sewer tote. For those of you who aren't familiar with RV camping, let me explain. You know when you use that toilet and shower in your RV, the waste has to go somewhere. It goes into holding tanks attached to the underside of the RV. Some RV sites have a sewer pipe in the ground. When your tanks are full, you just hook up your sewer hose to the pipe and flush away. If you don't have a sewer site, but you only camped for a short period of time, you empty your tanks at the dump station.

The park we will be staying at has a dump station, but that would mean we would have to hook up the entire trailer every 5 to 7 days to dump the tanks. Somewhere along the line, someone invented a portable tote to take care of this nasty little chore. You empty your RV tank into the tote, hook it onto your hitch at the back of your vehicle and pull it to the dump station. Then you use your sewer hose to make the dump. This will definitely be Kevin's chore!

We also bought another fresh water hose to put water into our fresh water tank. There is a water outlet near where we will be parked and we should have enough hose now to fill from there. If not, we may need to buy a water bladder. I didn't even know there was such a thing. It hold 45 gallons of water. It folds up into a 12" x 12" x 4" square when not in use. You put it in the bed of your truck, fill it up, take it back to the camper and fill your tank.

I also bought a 200 watt inverter so I can use the laptop in the truck while we travel. We have internet through our cell phone so can be online while we travel as long as we get cell phone service. Cool, huh!!

We have never stayed at a place for any length of time without water and sewer hook-up so this will be a new and interesting experience for us. We really didn't want to turn down the opportunity for this camphosting gig because we will get some experience and it will be a resume builder. Plus we really like the park. Our site is right on a river. We'll be sitting under our awning looking right at the water.

Our main job will be to rent canoes and kayaks. We are required to work 15 hours a week (3 hours a day for 5 days). That's it. We don't get paid, but we get a free campsite, electricity and firewood. We will be co-hosting with someone who was there last year. We may also help out with some registrations and selling firewood.

We're excited to get started. Today are showings #31 and #32 of the house. Now all we need is an offer. Keep your fingers crossed for us :)

There are two primary choices in life;
to accept conditions as they exist,
or accept the responsibility for changing them. Denis Waitley