Other than posting trips we've taken the last few weeks, I've fallen behind in updates, so I thought I'd write a few lessons learned the last few weeks.
1. When you drive a big rig and your instincts tell you that your rig is too big to make those turns, don't listen to the staff who probably don't know what they're talking about. Listening to a staff member has cost us a bay door partially ripped off. Ask questions when making reservations about length of site, Check Google satellite for heavily wooded roads that may prevent you from making turns. Check reviews. Most of all, listen to your instincts.
2. If you pull into a campground during a rainstorm and you lose a shoe from the sucking mud that's everywhere, it's probably not a place you may want to stay. If you do stay, be prepared to spend 3 hours scrubbing your rig from top to bottom.
3. If you've paid for a place that really sucks, leave anyway. You'll be out of your money, but at least you won't be miserable as well. Just pack up and leave.
4. Something will always happen. Something will break or tear or otherwise fall apart. After all, your putting your RV through a mini earthquake every time you take it on the road. So, be prepared for repairs. And be prepared for them to be expensive. Two slide toppers cost us $1,000. Of course, $120 of that was shipping so we would get the material while we were still in Maine.
5. Out of bad, good can happen. After wrecking the bay door, we got our money back and left. There was one other campground in the area and I had no hopes of getting a site since it was the week before July 4th. Not only did we get a site, we got a fantastic site and it quickly became our favorite stop so far.
6. The further north we go, the fancier the grocery stores get. Today's had an asian buffet, an entire section dedicated to organic foods, AND THEY EVEN HAD CAVIAR! I got lost in the store and had to get directions to get out.
7. Lastly, if your sleep number bed quits working, before moving the mattress and taking the whole thing apart, check the fuse first. It will save a lot of sweat. And cussing.
Be safe out there!