For the first time, other than camping at South Padre Island, we will be camping here in Central Texas. We are going to spend the Labor Day holiday at Bastrop state park which is within range of one tank of fuel for the truck. Even though the heat is going to be high, probably over 100F, fuel prices are dictating our staying close to home. It usually takes three tanks of fuel just to get to the state line (north) from where we live.
Here is the post on our one tank weekend camping trip report. To sum it all up, it was a dismal failure. I'm not trying to be too negative, just explain what happened.
First, I made our reservations, online, via the State of Texas Parks and Wildlife web site for three nights totaling $54
Next, there was a windstorm the night before we loaded up so the camper was blown out of alignment and we had a horrible time loading.
Then, my old nemesis the old style gray plastic plumbing fittings, reared its ugly head again. The cold water fitting, leading up to the sink let go, while I was flushing the system and prepping to go. By this time all the RV shops are closed and we are running behind. We stop at homeless depot on the way out, and surprise, surprise, surprise, they no longer stock a full spectrum of pvc fittings. I grabbed as many of the wrong parts as possible in order to hack together something that would work and we hit the road.
Next, we get to the campground and am informed by the park staff that the $54 I've already paid only reserved me a non specific spot. I had to pay an additional fee to enter the park, then a daily usage fee for myself and my wife which added up to another 30 bucks or so. Thanks alot TP&W
Also, the campsite was o.k. it had water and electric, but, no sewer hookup. Had to use a dump station on the other side of the lake, a couple of miles away. We got setup and then I spent 3 hours cobbling together a series of fittings to fix the sink fitting failure.
Finally, it was so freaking hot and humid we ended up hiding out in the camper, with the aircon running, the entire time. No campfire... noooo way. It was even too hot for the dogs they didn't even want to go out and sniff around which is rare for the beagle. Then in one last hurra, one of those gray plastic fittings, attached to the hot water heater cold water side, let loose and flooded the camper as we were getting ready to leave.
The wife and I have decided that we've had it. We are accelerating the sale of our commercial property, buying a new, not new to me, camper and moving to Colorado where the wicked witch of the north, I mean my wifes mother and family live. I know they hate Texans up there, something to do with that part of the country originally being part of Texas and now not, causing much jealousy. However, the wife's a native, so I figure that should buy me some sort of a reprieve.
So much for our first and last camping trip in state.
Mike and Dianna