8/14/14 Thursday in Lebanon,PA (Hershey-TT)
Had to be careful getting the slides in but they made it and we were off before 9 am. We prefer the Interstates (I-80W then I-81S). Less intersections and congestion in general in our opinion. They are lovely as well, treelined without commercial advertising much of the time. Normally they have rest areas that are big rig friendly but on this trek we didn’t see any on the map. Really? Three hours of driving with no opportunity to visit the restroom? When John got desperate he pulled onto the shoulder of an exit ramp and stopped for our break. Our water pump didn’t pump so we figured maybe that was because of the angle we were sitting at. At least this way we had a little road to get up to speed for entering the freeway.
We must have been traveling through the Poconos; lots of hills and John bemoaned our gas mileage.
I-81S where we traveled had its share of construction areas and more than its share of rough roads. At one place I-80N was having a very long construction wait. Maybe in a few years it will be better.
Other than the water pump our trip went just fine. We arrived at noon so John was starving and we had lunch before we put our slides out and jacks down. Once we did all that (had to keep the kitchen side slide in-too tight) we tried the water pump. Still not really giving much water even though we were level. BUT we only had a little water in there so I suggested we fill it to 30% or so and try again. That was the answer!!! So glad we figured that out.
I’m all for that. I treated myself to a nap as John watched golf and other shows. Then we was hungry again so he made popcorn to accompany our black eyed pea soup.
After another struggle with DISH we got our locals changed. I think they’re all inexperienced. Or else they are focused on solving some technical problem. She suggested we just change our address online. With that in place we took a walk around this lovely park. It seems more like a park than a campground. Lakes with Canadian Geese. I should have brought my camera on the walk. Spacious sites, water (great pressure!), power, sewer and depending on placement, satellite. We have all 4. They are “upgrading” the power so many of the pedestals have 20,30 and 50 amp BUT the 50 amp outlet has a cover plate over it and is locked. Thus if you want/need 50 amp power when you sign the paper showing the site you’ve chosen you can check “unlock 50 amp power”. I think you will get charged $3/day. We chose to stick with the 30 amps. It does seem to be weak: 1 high amp item takes the voltage down to 114. Lots of signs for 5 mph speed limit along with enforcement: first time you’re caught a warning, the 2nd time you are not allowed to drive in the campground. “We have a lot of children running about this park. None can be spared!!” There seems to be lots of pride in the place. We’ve seen no trashy sites yet. In fact it’s hard to tell the annual sites, other than the cabins. A really peaceful, beautiful place. Plus we’re in Amish country and of course Hershey is nearby!
On our walk we stopped to talk with a couple who have an older (2000) Safari Sahara. It’s in beautiful condition. He hasn’t had near the issues we’ve had. In the 4 years he’s had it he’s only spent $200 in repairs. Luck of the draw I guess.
Back at home we watched last weeks “NY Med”, our new favorite show. The last show was tonight though.