Our first trip in our new home!
Updated: Jun 21, 2021
We were really excited about our RV purchase, but we were even more excited when Pinky's brother invited us up to his cabin in Cedar City, Utah for Memorial Day weekend.
We woke up at 3 am to make sure we would beat the traffic, since we had to drive through Las Vegas. I know we were both nervous, but at the same time filled with joy that our dreams were finally coming true. We didn't know what to expect out of Flower Child on our first RV adventure, but we would find out soon.
The drive to Cedar City was very uneventful until we had to make our final ascent of about 4,000 feet up the mountain to the cabin. Flower Child handled it with ease and really impressed us both, especially with a gas engine. We parked her right outside the cabin and made sure we leveled her with our leveling blocks and chocked the tires. We pulled out our Jackery (this is our solar powered battery) and set it up. We will provide video on all of our equipment soon. We pulled out the 300 watt solar panel that charges our RV batteries with a set of jumper cables that came with the unit. We deployed our table top ice maker and it worked magnificently. The rest of the day was spent visiting and having fun with family and friends.
The first night sleeping in Flower Child was OK. It did get a little chilly and the bed was a little stiff, at which point we decided to use our own queen size mattress in the future. We came to the conclusion that we were going to live in our RV so we needed to make sure we're as comfortable as possible. Take note all of you full time RVer's.
We woke up early the next morning. Pinky and I usually get up at 3 am so sleeping in for us is like 5 am. During the day we noticed a small water leak coming from under the faucet in the kitchen. We shut off the water pump and planned to fix it when we got back home. It wasn't like we would be boondocking for another 2 weeks. The latch on our electrical panel also broke so Pinky made a quick fix until we could fix it permanently.
The second night sleeping in the RV was about the same, but a lot colder. Our sweet little Cocker Spaniel Indy was so cold she was shivering laying between us, so I decided to get up and turn on the heat. It actually worked and pretty well I might add.
When we woke up the second day it was really chilly outside, but inside was warm and cozy. Pinky's brother had already cooked a breakfast of each, veggies and salmon. Yummy, it was really good! We prepared to leave paying particular attention to our Tear Down Checklist (on our lists page). We were concerned about how Flower Child would do going down the mountain because we weren't really confident in the brakes yet, but once again she handled it like a champ. Pinky did a great job driving down that mountain. I am so proud of her!
I took over driving duties after we stopped to gas up at the bottom of the mountain. Our RV was holding together the way we thought she would when we made our purchase. I have to tell you that I got her up to 80 mph a couple of times and there was no shaking or drifting from the front end. I wouldn't recommend 80 mph to anyone and I won't be doing it again. When we go full time we won't be in a hurry to get anywhere.
In conclusion our first trip was a great success. Yes, we had a couple of issues to fix, but we learned a lot about our RV. We have so much more to learn and both of us are looking forward to it, together!
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