It's been quite a week. Today's adventures involved almost having my finger eaten by the awning (Ouch! but I think I understand how to avoid that in future), figuring out how to light the pilot on the oven, and doing my very first trip to a dump station. I figured it would be better to do that with only water in the tanks, rather than with something more, er, noxious. It turns out there's a little Mom and Pop RV repair place about 10 minutes away from where the Beast is stored, and they have a public free dump and water station. It's not in a neighborhood I'd care to frequent at night, but it's not clear why I'd want to do that at night anyway. I tipped a guy $5 to talk me through the process. It's pretty simple.
I also looked through the past service records and sorted them in order.
I feel OK with the stove, the refrigerator, the generator, the electric hookups, the water hookups, the sewage hookups. And I drove the thing through some construction zones and didn't take out any cones.
I filled the gas tank. $88 for about half a tank of gas, filling it up. 26.46 gallons. At 10 mpg, that's about 250 miles. Or about the distance to Flagstaff from here. Nice to know I could get to Flag on one tank of gas. For you non-Tucsonans, it was $3.319 per gallon.
But, it being Friday afternoon and all, let's reflect a little on this enterprise.
I remembered this morning how much I looked down on RV'ers. I was a backpacker and a wilderness traveler -- yeah, some real wilderness. I've slept in snow caves and under tarps by the side of rivers. RV? Schmar-vee! And then I was a tent camper, packing the family in the station wagon and throwing a canvas tent in the back, and taking off westward, staying in Canadian provincial parks whenever we could.
And now this? Yeah, this. I don't care if I never sleep on the ground again. I like the idea of having a stove that I don't pump up and a comfortable bed. The option in case of bugs of sitting at a table inside. I'll see how I like the ambiance of various RV campgrounds. But I think it'll be just fine.
The people I've met so far are friendly and helpful. I like that.