Martha and I camped with our Jayco Escapade CSLP Motorhome this weekend at the KOA RV Park near Wellington, CO.
The goal was a shakedown ride, use of all systems and see if everything was in working condition as this is a 2006 unit.
I'm happy to report it all went well, though it took me a few tries to figure out the proper way to flush the black water tank! I thought the gray water tank, upon being drained, flushed the black water tank, it does not. Doh.
The water level sensors on these holding tanks are notoriously unreliable and I'll have to figure out the right amounts of cleaners/deodorizers to use but otherwise, no issues and more importantly, no messes when I did the flushes at the RV Camp's sewer port conveniently located at our parking spot.
It didn't take Martha long to get comfortable on the J-Steel Sofa.
It pulls out into a twin sized bed, we slept in it together the
first night, with no real issues.
The second night, Martha had the above bed all to herself, and I tried out the queen-sized bed in the overhead compartment. Quite roomy, though a bit short on headspace. Quite comfy otherwise.
Martha cooked us a couple of meals and the testing of the restroom facilities went as planned, with everything working as it should.
Sunday morning, we packed everything back up in about 30 minutes or so and headed on home.
We did find, the upgraded sewer hose we bought will not fit in the tube compartment designed to house such things. The sewer hose that came with the RV will be thrown out, too short and lacking a coupler on one end.
I need to cut some 2x8 boards for use as leveling blocks, even a slight grade can cause some slight issues like pots wanting to slide off when on the stove.
It's really nice to have full hookups when glamping, you don't worry about power usage and don't have to run the generator which is a bit noisy and of course produces fumes when running. The fresh water tank was 1/3 full when we picked up the RV, but since we had "city water", we didn't use any of it except to make sure the water pump worked.
The RV electrics are powered from a single deep cycle battery! I was quite surprised, figured there'd be a bank of batteries. Of course this means either putting another deep cycle in series for more capacity or perhaps solar panels for when boondocking or dry camping.
Cost for the night was $45, not too bad considering the cost of lodging for two these days. The price is lower in state parks and such I believe.
Sunday morning, leaving the RV Park.
You'll note the TV antenna is stowed and the motorhome is
not trailing power/water/sewer tubes!
The Jayco Escapade (we're still working on a name for her) just fits on the driveway but blocks one of the bays for the garage. Still, the HOA doesn't permit an RV to be parked more than 72 hours so it's not like it'll block the bay for long.
Chatting with our neighbors about the motorhome
I'll be taking the Escapade over to its storage parking spot on Tuesday, there's some stuff to do like applying fresh sealant on the roop openings, outfitting it with "nice to have" stuff inside, putting in a small TV, trying out the towing of the trailer with URAL sidecar on it.
Looking forward to the next outing!