Sunday, June 28, 2009

The importance of "wheel chocks"

I highly recommend learning from other people's experiences and in that vein, I've read lots of travel blogs and RV forums in an effort to learn as much as I can. Unfortunately, second hand knowledge is just that, second hand and can't really compete with the far more enduring first-hand experience. Combined with that little factoid is the reality that reading a book of instructions isn't enough to prepare you to drive a car or fly a plane or any other similarly challenging activity. All of my efforts to prepare for life on the road were about to come crashing down in a very frightening experience.

When we arrived back at "The Nest", the crew at AM Solar was waiting to educate us on the operation of our solar set-up. Our first step was to hook up and pull our rig out of their shop and into the sunlight to see the beauty of free electricity (well, "free" in a relative way!). We attempted to make the hook-up as we'd done several times before, but things just wouldn't go right and it didn't take long for things to go horribly wrong.

Fortunately, HIS Hand was over us and we survived our mistakes with only a few cosmetic dents to show for our new understanding of the importance of "wheel chocks". If you haven't learned this lesson yet, take my word for it - this is a vital lesson for trailer life!

At this point, 'nuff said! We'll be heading south tomorrow for our second "divine appointment". California, here we come again!

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