We are staying at Rushmore View, which is an interesting/quirky tiny RV stop. We are here for four days. The RV office people were absolutely lovely. But it is a SMALL RV park – in fact they say right on their website – “Built in the days when RV’ing was car-camping and compact motorhomes, most sites are short and close together.” No fooling. There was truth in that advertisement.
Totally reasonable distance to right side neighbor….
But…we kind of like it. Walking distance (less than a block) to a laundromat (totally empty of people in am in August). A little convenience store – and this cute little creek thing runs right behind us….
I was ticked because originally we booked a pull through spot here that I immediately hated (#27). ‘Cause nothing ever goes as planned….
Once they changed it – I’m perfectly content. Go figure.
Anyways, we like Keystone, SD. You can pretty much walk everywhere in town tourist trap wise.
The boys panned for gold at Big Thunder Gold Mine while I worked at this little,!funky, rinky-dink RV spot.
So mom told me that power outs at RV places are typical. She was right. This is our third real RV camp stop …and we lost power.
We had bought a Temp Stick. This sucker is easy to use and alerts your phone via app if temp in RV gets too hot (we set ours at 80).
Yes, we have auto generator start for certain temps, etc., but we also leave elderly dog in RV with air on while we go goof off for an hour or two. And nobody needs a tech malfunction in this scenario.
While we didn’t need it this time…I’m glad I got this as backup so I don’t inadvertently as mom said “cook my dog” in the heat. Vomit. Shudder. And now you know where I get my Snark from….
I need to get this Blog organized. Truly. But I’m going to start posting about boondock stops we love. We had pulled into Love’s Truck Stop…and pulled right the hell back out because it was FULL of the Sturgis/Covid Rat (aka Soon to be Donor Bikes) Crowd.
Don’t post here re anti-motorcycle stuff. My husband, father, and I have all owned motorcycles (including Harleys).
That being said – Sturgis this year was DUMB. Seriously Darwin at his finest. DUMB. Anyways, we are dodging that Covid rat crowd as we travel through SD. We even wore two masks in Wall Drug – because those idiots were THICK in there and maskless. Dumb.
Anyways, we ended up staying/boondocking at a BP lot called Coffee Cup Fuel Stop in Hartford, SD that was wonderful. Truly.
So we made a “friend stop” in Illinois. First, it pays to have awesome friends. Gratitude. Second, this post should be sub-titled “excellent product discoveries via other more experienced moms…”.
So we were introduced to some truly awesome, easy to load, water balloons. They load about 40 – 60 or so at once off of a hose and self-tie. SELF-TIE! These suckers rock. Ordered some that are waiting for us when we get home.
We also learned about non- paper, but marine biodegradable in 50 days straws. This stuff rules – and no icky mouth feel. Love ‘em.
We had a really great time visiting. We were really sad to have to leave so soon. We are hoping we can hang longer (maybe meet in Wis Dells?) next year!.
We have now been living out of RV for about/over two weeks. Some stuff is still broken. But some things GParents were able to help us make, fix/modify.
We needed interior step cover so elderly dog didn’t fall to her doom while we are driving.
We had been using beanbag chair – that was too big. GParents suggested we make a step. This was a three day build because of stain, polyurethane, glue drying issues. The whole family worked on this one. Looks easy – but….
It worked PERFECTLY. Looks good. And does not rattle – a nice snug fit.
Also, we had Callie’s stitches removed while we were here.
Head stitches are out.
Things that haven’t worked out:
First sewer hose.
First water hose – same problem. Too short.
Banging curtain on sides of house needed weatherstripping:
Bought chocks. Not sure if necessary, but….
Boppa made wood pads for jacks:
Mirror magnet didn’t work – new magnet.
Needed additional magnet for when those heavy paper cups tip over? Not even kidding.
Needed temp curtain (thank you Grandma Kathy) until we can figure out how to purchase permanent one. Why this wasn’t included with a new RV purchase?
And the damn Dinette/bed. It does not lay flat. Cannot be pushed down or cusions changed to go flat. We have tried.
Sleeping on it was impossible for the kid. Pushing it down wrecked edges of table (this is some cheap POS).
So GParents gave us cushion mattress to go over top of table. And we are sticking beanbag in space to fill gap.
No idea who thought this design up. Design and construction for this just sucks.