WHAT A DAY !!
It started out great – a relaxing, leisurely morning – no rushing now.
I drove the final 54.4 Miles to my boondocking location in Overton, NV – and that was with getting lost in Mesquite because ‘Bridie’ (you know that SOB) took me no where near the address I punched in for the local Ace Hardware.
And that mileage also included getting lost in Overton (yes, only ME could get lost in a little town of about 2 stop lights) trying to find the Laundromat that Toni told me about where I could fill my fresh water tank.
NOW in my own defence you have to remember that I have to focus on the driving as well as looking for the place I want to find.
As soon as I got off the I-15 I pulled in to have something to eat and saw this sign.
Yup, I do believe I’ll find a riding road or two around here.
I checked out the Overton Wildlife Refuge place where there is FREE camping that TONI & DOUG like so much. And I can see why. It only has about 8 sites and each one is nicely separated from the next one by distance and lots of trees and shrubbery.
Before I decided on that place I wanted to check out the other boondocking spot just a few miles up the road. I much preferred the openness of the second place – just goes to show there’s something out there for everyone and not everyone likes the same things.
I pulled in – put the jacks down – and was just putting out the slide when a knock comes to the door. It was none other than Jean of TRAVEL WITH JEAN AND SKIP. I follow their Blog but had not met them before. I knew they were here but when I saw how big this place is, with boondocking on both sides of the road – I didn’t figure I’d ever see them. Turns out I pulled in just across the way from where they are settled.
While chatting with Jean I notice that I could be a little farther away from the rig behind me so I decided to move ahead another little bit. Then I couldn’t get the rig levelled. I drove around and tried it a few more times – still couldn’t get levelled. That means each time putting the jacks down and then retracting them.
I thought perhaps if I put some blocks of wood under the front tires that would help. NOT !!!!
We can’t be having this !!!
So I went to retract the jacks and they now wouldn’t come back up. The little panel had all these lights flashing. They are NOT supposed to be flashing.
I even tried the ‘Manual’ button and no luck. A guy across the way came over to have a look but once verifying that the fuses and breakers hadn’t blow we were at a loss. He did suggest though that perhaps ‘something’ overheated from me putting the jacks down and then retracting them several times in a row.
That kinda made sense even to me so I ‘let it rest’ for about an hour and tried again. NADA !
I moseyed over to where Jean & Skip were and they came over to have a look. Skip did things that men do like looking under the hood etc. while Jean & I had a lovely chat. But he wasn’t able to figure out either why the jacks wouldn’t retract. We just had to let it be.
I came back inside and immediately put a post on the RV Website re the problem hoping someone would know what the problem is. I also sent an e-mail to Newmar.
Nothing more can be done tonight but wait to see what tomorrow brings.
Here is a short video of my new front yard and neighbours for the next week or two or three.
What a beautiful night it is here in Overton, NV – at 10:00PM it is still 15F/15C – will be sleeping with the windows OPEN tonight.