|New puppy, Pepper, lounges on the couch|
of our dream RV, as we head to Hattiesburg.
Once there, I parked on a slanted slab so dreaded by my previous experience in Hattiesburg with my pop-up camper, but a different wheel base and my home-made leveling boards worked perfect to level the unit and keep her stable. Still good. I set up my 32' x-pen yard at the RV site, with my lattice skirt along the RV wall, and found that the lattice needs to be cut down 1/4" more to clear the door. Humm, at my house it clears fine, but I'm not on concrete. Maybe there's a dip in my yard. I marked the lattice and sawed the excess off when I got home. I hit one pot-hole on the way home that made 2 drawers and the kitchen door fly open, but that just served to help me figure out how to bungie them shut in transit. I timed complete set up in 2 hours on Wednesday afternoon, it was easy work, and every preparation was working great!
|Lucky Lucy is comfortable on the bench,|
while Maxie (who can't be seen) chose
to lounge in the open crate at right.
NOTE: Always carry a big towel in your gear. Add a hair dryer to my equipment list.
I managed to borrow a towel, dried Maxie off as best I could, and held him in my arms for the next half hour. Lucky and Pepper weren't so affected by the cold. The trial stopped. After an hour and no worse storm happened, the trial re-commenced and we walked back to the RV, where we stayed cozied up the rest of the night. I realized I need a big tub to put wet items in. A few items in my cabinets were topsy turvy and I made notes for the future. We learned later, one 5th wheel had been turned around 90 degrees, blown off it's jacks and suffered damage, the brand new little A-frame trailer to my left had collapsed, and other RV'ers suffered minor damage. Part of the arena roof blew off. Trees snapped off, and debris was flying all over the grounds. No one was hurt. We were all extremely lucky. I managed to salvage all my stuff along the fence line by the next day, and though wet, none of it was harmed. I dare not contemplate how I would have faired in my pop-up,
Next day, Friday, to my great amazement, we all felt fine. Maxie Q'd one of 2 runs with only 1 problem caused by me to his NQ, and Lucky ran pretty well for her. I was calm. I didn't feel shaky until Saturday.
Saturday I wokd up with my shin muscles very sore. I could barely rotate my ankles, was off emotionally, and it turned out to be a horrible day. More on the trial-related horrible thing will be in my next post along with a summary of our runs.
Second horrible thing, I was packing up the RV to go home Saturday afternoon, dogs inside, me moving stuff in and out, when the f'ing door locked itself and I was locked out! Keys were inside. 95 degree weather. What?????? After recovering from jaw slapping shock, I found my iPhone in my pocket and used it to call 911. They offered to contact a locksmith, meanwhile I went back into the arena to see if anyone could help, but of course the trial secretary was busy recording scores, also told me campus security wasn't on site. After an hour 911 couldn't rouse a locksmith, but eventually sent a sherrif out to pick my lock. (They didn't send anyone at first because "we can't pick locks on motor homes, only on vehicles." I thought fast, and assured them that my Class C motor home was built on a van chassis, so it was just a vehicle So they agreed to try.) But this took 2 hours, with the dogs inside and me out in the heat. At least my dogs were air conditioning, but I wasn't. I used my time wisely re-arranging the outside storage compartments (which I had planned to do anyway), staying in the little ribbon of shade beside the RV. But towards the last half hour I was getting hot, parched and while still not frantic, considerably nervous. Finally I remembered the broken window latch I had taped shut on the drive home from Florida, managed to force the window open and get inside by standing on the handle of my little step laddar, and just as I got my butt in, my feet dangling out the window, the sherrif arrives! Lucy, I had some 'splainin' to do!
NOTE: Hide a second set of keys in a magnetic box and put it outside somewhere. I hear one can purchase a magnetic box with a combination on it.
Made it home without further incident, pacing myself, exhausted and not caring about our agility performance. Haven't even watched the videos. I'll assess this when I feel better rested.
Upwards and onward!