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Written by BBduncan on 13 Jan, 2006
We had a lovely stay at Green Mountain Park. The nature trails were quite a workout. My daughter especially enjoyed those. We are picture-takers, and this park had a lot to offer regarding subject matter. However, what I will most remember is what happened the…Read More
We had a lovely stay at Green Mountain Park. The nature trails were quite a workout. My daughter especially enjoyed those. We are picture-takers, and this park had a lot to offer regarding subject matter. However, what I will most remember is what happened the day we pulled out to head to our next destination on what we were calling our Western Trip.
We had purchased a brand-new Sierra travel trailer by Forest River and a new 2005 Ford F-350. We love our new truck. It pulls our camper like string through soft butter. Our campsite was the next to last at the first creek crossing, and they have a small rock wall (approximately 12 to 18 inches high) along the edge of the road to keep you from going into the creek. As we were pulling out, he watched out of his side mirror to make sure he was okay there but then had to divert his attention to the campsite across from ours because their truck was parked almost on the road. As he continued to pull out, watching the front of the truck, he felt the camper give a slight tug. Now, since we knew that the rear stabilizers would probably drag the concrete as we crossed a certain section of the site (as it did when we backed into it), he just gave the truck a little more gas. All of a sudden we heard what sounded like a small explosion, my daughter yelling to stop, and then my husband saying ***? We hadn't been dragging the concrete after all. What actually happened is that the trailer tires hit the rock wall, and when he gunned the truck, he actually pulled the camper on top of this wall. It blew the front tire. That was the first boom. Quickly realizing that he had to get off this wall before the trailer slid down into the creek, he was left with no choice than to continue to pull forward. Of course, the second blowout came from our sewer system as it exploded when it came into contact with this same wall. What a way to start a day!
Lesson learned--always have someone outside spotting for you when trying to maneuver tight places, or ask the neighbor to move their truck! I was so proud of how he managed to keep his cool. He changed the flat tire. We could tell that the axles suffered from this experience, but we took our time and were lucky enough to only be about an hour away from Tom Johnsons Camping Center, where we had bought the trailer. We called them and they said to bring it on in. They fixed our sewer right away, so we were able to stay in their park in our unit until the new axles arrived and could be installed. It was a slight detour before our next stop in Tennessee, but it turned out to be a lot of fun at the Tom Johnson Rally Park. Of course, that's another story.