Our campground is an hour from our house. On 3/30 we went to our seasonal and opened the camper. No surprises so I got to 409 everything and unload the tubs of kitchen ware back into the cabinets. On 4-06 we went back out and spent the night. Had a great time getting together with some of the neighbors we had not seen all winter. On 04-12 we went out to spend the weekend. Got the lot all spruced up, furniture of out the shed and into the casita. DH even has an outdoor sink hooked up by his grill so he has a "full kitchen" outdoors. Since he is retired, he gets to spend more time out there then I do... I just get the weekends and an occasional long one.
Enjoy your site!
I talked my husband into buying our TT 3 years ago for the express reason of putting it on a campground 1 hour from home. He retired at that time and is now able to spend all the time he wants with his grandkids, making lots of happy memories for them all. We are there every weekend through the season, starting tomorrow. We will be relocating to another state after I retire and we will not see his grands that often. At that time we will sell the bunkhouse model, get a bus and hit the road. Enjoy that grandson!
I often make toast, with my brand new bought for the camper toaster. Our smoke detector will go off everytime I use the toaster since I put the toaster on the counter right under the smoke detector. My solution was to put one of those stretchy food covers over the smoke detector everytime I toast. It works perfectly. I just sometimes forget to remove it after the fact.
But the cover is a pretty color green that matches the interior of the camper...but I digress. :-)
I have a seasonal site at Jellystone Millbrook, IL and there are 3 consecutive halloween weekends starting the last weekend of Sept. (9/28). We have fun decorating the sites and the kids all go trick or treating with lots of other activities planned. There is the Forest of Fear which is a big draw as well. Lots of fun!
I clean my awning with Mr. Clean Magic Eraser and nothing else. Been doing this for a few years now with no issues. Yea, it takes a little rubbing of the spongie thing, and it means working over your head. But the end result is an awning that won't mold or mildew at all. Once cleaned, go over it at the campground the night before breaking camp and get the dead bugs off and it will keep it clean.
Secret about Mr. Clean Magic Eraser I've finally figured out: the wetter it is, the easier it is to use. Make it good and wet, wipe it on the awning (no scrubbing needed), let it sit for about 10 seconds, wipe again and touch up those really stubborn areas with slightly more pressure, then wipe it dry with a clean cloth. Not rinsing doesn't seem to hurt anything (even after 5 years of doing thing), and it helps retard mold and mildew.
Try it, you'll be amazed. .... OK, if you don't "believe", just try doing it over a 1 square foot section of your awning (the dirtiest spot). That won't take but a moment to do. I bet you'll end up doing the entire awning!
Nice thing about this is, you don't have to do the entire awning at one time. You can do small sections, wipe dry, and rest a while, or even wait for another day to continue. But once you get started, you'll want to do the whole thing.
Yep, love those Mr Clean Magic Erasers. They now make them larger with a long broom stick handle. Makes it even easier to clean the awning.
Wow, so sorry to hear of your troubling experience while here in Illinois. Unfortunately, the high end shopping centers seem to be targeted more as thats where the money is, as well as a lot more higher end vehicles. I happen to work in the tower behind the center you visited. Last year we started having a rash of robberies in the parking lot. A lot of SUV's were having the spare tire stolen from underneath. And of course, that isn't easily noticed as missing. I ended up putting a lock on mine and was spared. Between Oak Brook PD and my own troops (I work for the FEDS), the guys responsible were apprehended. But no sooner than you stop one group, another comes in and takes their place. So as said before, be aware of your surroundings and always stow valuables prior to arriving at your destination. Remember, things can be replaced but you cannot.
There is a family that comes to our campground every year with their large home schooled family and they are full timers. They have a Wildwood which they pull with a truck the size of a medium U Haul. They have clothes, bikes and everything else in the truck. The wife follows the trailer with a 12 passenger van. This is the 3rd year I have met with them and I notice there is a new baby this year, so I guess the life works for them. I must say, their kids are some of the happiest and well mannered I have met!