June 2007
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View entire year's route With Google Earth 28K
View year's Camps With Google Earth 3.5K
View this month's route With Google Earth 28K
June 3-5, 2007 Todays route using Google Earth
Camp Lunga,   Quantico MCB Va. Google Earth $22.00 per night
Sunday, June 3, 9:00 am. This will be our maiden voyage with our new trailer. Our last camping trip, December 1-2, 2005, was in the same site we are now in. Since then we traded in that trailer and purchased a new 32 foot fifth wheel by Americamp. It's a beauty. We will be traveling to Quantico Sunday afternoon. The base is about 25 miles from our home in Northern Virginia. If all works well, we should be transmitting live webcam images while we travel and as we setup camp. We should be leaving home around noon but this being the first trip in over a year, there may be some delays. Tune in and watch us try to negotiate a totally different rig than we are use to. Text and photo will be updated after we get settled in.

Sunday, June 3, 9:00 pm. Well, while we hooked up the trailer and during most of the drive down it was raining. Not the most pleasant chore, trying to learn how to hook up a 5th wheel in the rain. But we made it. Unfortunately, due to a plug coming loose in the computer setup, there was no live webcam coverage of the trip. But the trailer camera is now up and running. More coming tomorrow.

Monday, June 4, 10:00 pm. Today we went out to several hardware stores for supplies. Then lunch at Allman's Bar B-Que Google Earth in Fredericksburg. The afternoon was spent installing towel racks, cleaning windows and wiring computers. Frank re plumbed the shower to get rid of the hand shower replacing it with a regular shower head which we like much better. Then we relaxed and had dinner. The rain quit last night, and around the middle of the day today the sky cleared and we had a beautiful afternoon (see photo) Got the main trailer webcam mounted and running like it should. Currently it is updating the image every 15 minutes.

Tuesday, June 5, 10:30 pm. Drove down route one and found some diesel fuel for the truck, then had hamburgers for lunch at 5 guys in Stratford. Found a small rug to use in front of the shower. Frank rigged a small computer fan to blow some air into the shower to help clear out the humidity while showering. Today was another beautiful day. We relaxed most of the evening.

June 6-24, 2007 Todays route using Google Earth
Home,   Clifton, Va.
Coming home was a lot easer. It was a nice sunny day and no rain. This being only the second time Frank had the trailer in reverse, it took about 45 minutes to get it backed into the driveway but all worked out in the end. A very nice first trip.
June 25, 2007 Todays route using Google Earth
Hillview Acres Campground   Cambridge, Ohio Google Earth $24.00 per night
Today my sister and I began a trek to Indiana to return the trailer to the factory to have repairs done. The new truck performed marvelously and pulled us up and over the mountains with no problems. We are averaging a bit over 9 miles to the gallon of diesel while pulling the trailer. This campground is very nice with lots of trees and decent sites. Very clean and neat. We have a good signal but the Internet connection here is sporadic. Trying to upload images is difficult. The truck cam worked pertly well yesterday.
June 26, 2007 Todays route using Google Earth
Jellystone Park,   Pierceton, IN Google Earth $34.93 per night
A rather nice Jellystone campground, clean, neat but mostly seasonal and permanents. We were in an un-shaded area for over-nighters. It is hot today, upper 80s. We are now only about 10 miles from the trailer manufacturer. Tomorrow morning the final leg to get our slide-out fixed.
June 27-28, 2007 Todays route using Google Earth
Americamp (went out of busness in 2009) Google Earth
Today we took the trailer to the factory for repairs. Charlie, their Warranty Manager, gave us a tour of the plant. I will expand on this later but, so some friends can see the tour we had, I am posting some of the photos in a quick format. Americamp factory tour Image Gallery  

Tuesday, June 27 We spent the night at the beautiful Oakwood Inn (closed or sold in 2009) in Syracuse, Indiana. Google Earth

Wednesday, June 28 They found a broken part on the main slide out and had a person from the company who made the mechanism come out to take a look at it. But that will not happen until late afternoon. So we had a full day to use up doing something. We chose to drive some back roads around Amish country. Beautiful farmland and a very nice day for a drive. We had lunch at Amish Acres Google Earth Historic Farm Restaurant. Good, all you can eat food, and friendly service.

June 29, 2007 Todays route using Google Earth
Buckeye Lake, KOA,   Buckeye Lake, Ohio Google Earth $46.00 per night
We picked up the trailer this morning and, after thanking Charlie for all the work, got on the road at 11:00. We had scattered rain during the day which made driving difficult at times. We also had to deal with some road construction around Dayton Ohio. We ended the day at a very nice KOA campground, level sites, trees, cable and free high speed Internet.
June 30-, 2007 Todays route using Google Earth
Home,   Clifton, Va. Google Earth
The drive today was easy but a bit long. A most unusual thing happened today. We pulled off the highway to get diesel fuel, and pulled into a small town not too far from Hagerstown Maryland. Pulled into a small, rather difficult to get into service station, and waited in line to get to the diesel pump. A trucker was filling his tank on the other side and walked over. Better fill up quick, he said, before they find their mistake. The diesel was priced at 28 cents a gallon. We filled up using our credit card. 28 gallons cost us $8.18. After leaving, we called the number on the receipt and the lady said they knew the pump was programed wrong and we had to come back and pay for what we pumped. I told her we paid what the pump charged and anything else was their problem. If they knew the pump was mis programed they should have turned it off. The trucker had pumped 165 gallons. Once home, Frank cut 5 minutes off his time on backing the trailer into the driveway. Only took 25 minutes today. Yes our drive is difficult to back a long rig into.