Heading to Springfield
We are nearly ready to go. Yesterday, I tweaked a few items in Vintage Thunder in preparation for this major trip to the WBCCI International Rally in Springfield MO (and many other points as well). I put a new 12v electrical connector on the wireless router, since the previous one was loose. The router tended to shut off randomly, which was annoying when we were traveling and using the laptop in the truck. (One moment we'd be online, then the wireless signal would just disappear.)
We also did considerable re-packing, based on our experience from the Homecoming trip. On this trip, we expect to be on the road for a minimum of two weeks, perhaps longer. So the packing is that much more intense -- remember, we're bringing my office on the road, too. I've got it all in here: paper, files, magazines, CDs, DVDs, laptops, etc. Now all I need to do is stop off at a computer store and buy a portable laser printer. My current HP Laserjet is a bit too large to take in the trailer.
Amazingly, the Argosy 24 has swallowed it all. It has taken some careful packing, but we've got an incredible amount of stuff here. We've loaded most of the heavy stuff toward the back to compensate for our tongue weight, which was a bit higher than I would have liked on the last trip. (Don't worry, we are still in a safe zone on the tongue.) Should we decide to go to the beach, we're ready. If we need to cook a meal for eight, we're ready. Hiking, browsing, working, partying - we've got what we need to do it. And we're still about 1500 lbs below the GVWR for the trailer.
We also need to pick up a blue boy (blue tank, for graywater disposal). The International rally has only one pump-out scheduled and we are not allowed to run graywater out on the ground due to the porous nature of Missouri limestone. Since Vintage Thunder has only a 10 or 12-gallon gray tank, we'll have to collect the graywater and tote it over to the (nearby) dump station daily. I hate to have to buy one of those things because they are huge and expensive ($100+) but in this case we have no choice. We'll stop at a RV store along the way, and store it in the shower during travel like everyone else does.
When they were fixing the Fantastic Vent leaks, Colin's guys also installed wiring for a macerator pump. I'll talk more about this later, but basically it's an electric pump that attaches to the dump valve. I was asked to try this out by folks at Airstream and report back on it. I'm leery of it, but I'll give it a try.
First stop today will be Danbury CT to pick up a sewing machine for a friend of mine, and then we'll camp somewhere nearby, perhaps just over the border in NY. Look for daily posts from here on in ... perhaps we'll see you on the road?