Saturday, November 22, 2014

Vogel State Park

Loading up to go to Vogel State Park in Ga. We head out in the morning. Gonna be cold up there at night....brrrrrr. Great hiking though. So, we drove up to Vogel State Park in north Georgia last Sunday. An 8 hour drive, mostly in the rain. The hardest rain was at the park while we were trying to get backed in and set up. We did find a really nice site located right on a mountain stream which was running quite nicely. The picture of the owl was for Carsen's benefit. She has been afraid of owls ever since the beginning. Something about the way they can turn their heads around freaks her out. The mountain shot is a Brasstown Bald, the highest point in Georgia. We took the shuttle to the top and walked back down. It was really cold up there. As the week went on, the weather got colder and colder. We even had snow flurries on Thursday morning. By that night we were ready to head back home to warmer weather. Cold weather campers we are not! So, Friday morning, we packed up and headed back south. It was 25 degrees when we left!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Just back from 4 days of camping at Jennings Ferry Campground near Eutaw, AL. Very nice campground, trees were in full color, nice big sites, we were right on the water, great bathhouse which we took full advantage of and if you have the Interagency Geezer pass, it is only $11 a night! This is a Corps of Engineers facility.

Monday, November 3, 2014

New tow vehicle

After searching and searching and late nights researching, we decided that we wanted a Suburban 2500 to pull our trailer. After spending a lot of time looking for the right one, we found one in Birmingham that looked perfect for us. The owners used it to pull their travel trailer and claimed it did fine out west. They posted a real nice video detailing all the fine points of the truck. It is 4WD and also has 4 wheel steering! This was am option that GM spent untold amounts of money and time developing that eventually ended up in the dustbin of time. Apparently, they spent so much time and money on the option that they had to price it very high and people weren't buying it. It was an excellent option and makes towing a trailer and backing a trailer so much easier. It is called Quadrasteer. I'm sure there is a wiki article if you are interested in the details. So, we talked to the guy and made an appointment to go see it. We ended up buying it and it is now ours.

Friday, October 10, 2014

First road trip

Loading up to go glamping. About a 4 hour drive north to Brierfield Ironworks State Park.  There were several ways to get there, we chose to take the secondary roads and avoid the interstate at all costs.  We had to go through lots of small towns and as always in southern towns, the highway always goes around the courthouse.  There were several white knuckle moments negotiating in some tight spaces.

The truck was doing OK for the southern part of the trip, but as we made the transition to the rolling hills of central Alabama, it became apparent that the Dodge was not equipped for the task.  The 25' Airstream was right at the trucks limit for tow weight and I was surprised at how the semi engine was struggling.  I was thinking ahead to the mountains out west and if this truck would be able to make it out there. 

Finally, we made it the the park, got checked in chose a spot and settled in.  I chose a spot that backed up to the stream thinking we could sleep with the windows open and be lulled to sleep with the sounds of running water.  Upon closer inspection I discovered that the stream was dry.  If we wanted running water sounds, I'd have to leave a faucet open all night!

The park is a historic site where the Confederate Army has an ironworks kiln used for making weapons.  The kiln was destroyed by Union forces during the Civil War.  The ironworks here are one of two in the area.

There is also a firing range located here where they hold Civil War reenactments and also train members on using black powder rifles and pistols.  We were treated to a display on Sunday morning.  It was loud, very loud but seeing these guys shooting the antique guns was interesting.

The park has lots of trails to hike and old buildings to explore.  It is nice and quiet there.  We had a good time and spent a lot of time enjoying our new camp chairs under the awning.  Naturally, when camping, it always rains and Saturday was no exception.

On the trip home, we went back the same route and had the same issues with the truck.  In my mind, I am already shopping for a replacement.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

No AC in house

We had to driveway camp last night as the AC is out in the house. The blower motor is shot. They are supposed to be here today to fix it. I do not have my fingers crossed. Glad we had the Airstream, otherwise we would have been at the Motel 6.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Our first camping trip.

We are headed out for our very first real camping trip.  We will be traveling a stunning 12 miles from our house to Meaher Park which is located on the causeway almost to the other side of Mobile Bay.  A really nice state park right on the water.  Lots of wildlife, including gators!  Unfortunately, I don't know what happened to the rest of our pictures!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Driveway camping

Driveway camping in the trailer tonight. Chilling on the sofa watching tv. Hmmm, beer in the house...brb!

So, we brought the trailer home and parked it in the driveway next to the shed.  Plenty of room and a mostly level spot.  I did have to put some lego blocks under one side.  Plenty of room to get it back far enough so that Sharon could still park her car in front and the truck next to the trailer.

We are so happy with our new trailer!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Going to Gulfport

Going to Gulfport to bring this home tomorrow. 2014 25' Airstream Flying Cloud.

So, I asked my buddy Tom to go with me to Gulfport as he has experience with Airstreams.  It was Tom and Robin who convinced us to go with the Airstream after we saw theirs.  We fell in love with them immediately.  So much more room than another brand that we were looking at.

Part of the package that Foley RV included was a Blue Ox weight distributing hitch.  This would prove to be the best hitch for the money.  When the installer hitched the trailer to the truck, the back end dropped so much, I thought I was going to have to buy a new truck!  But once they got the hitch adjusted, it was perfectly level.

Our tow vehicle is a 2008 Dodge Ram 1500 with the Hemi engine.  Seemed OK for now. Time will tell.

The walkthrough went as planned and soon we were on the road back to Mobile.  If you are in the market for an Airstream, I highly recommend Foley RV.