Louise + Thelma Meet!
Friday the whole crew came together for the first time! We had butterflies in our stomach rolling up to the RV dealership in anticipation for the big hookup and you know...actually driving with a 39 foot RV off the back of our truck. Okay so I (Jordan) wasn't that nervous because I am not brave enough (yet!) to drive the truck and the RV at the same time (although I have a feeling I'm going to get lessons sometime soon - gulp!). We also watched a few videos so how hard could it be? Where are the emojis on this blogging thing? Because I need an eye roll, laughing/crying face to cover the emotions of learning how to to hook up and then drive off with an RV.
Our confidence wasn't necessarily improved after seeing our guide at the dealership looking up videos on how to hookup the truck to the RV. WHAT?!?! Fortunately he brought out a buddy who seemed to bring the comedy and skills that were needed to teach us what to do.
Our first foible came when we discovered the battery in the RV was dead. Yep, no power to move the levelers up and down. Um....okay. So we sat around and chatted while the battery charged. Then we realized we were going to be there for a century so our comedian ran to the back and got his 300 pound battery charger (his words not mine). Voila! Then came the backing up until the truck hitch met the RV. Interestingly, that part went pretty smoothly. Stay tuned for September 25th when we will be doing it on our own.
The two guys walked us through the unhitching part and gave us a few other pointers before our grand exit. My mom and I hopped in the truck bracing ourselves and this was the conversation we had with the guys before leaving the lot:
Two Guys: So, you've towed before, right?
Us: Nope! This is our first time (big smiles and enthusiasm).
Two Guys: Um...WHAT?!? YOU DECIDED TO TOW A FIFTH WHEEL FOR YOUR FIRST EXPERIENCE?
Us: Well, um....there's a first time for everything.
Two guys: (Nervous giggles and the distinct look of passing out)
Us: Okay, well we are going to go practice in the parking lot next door. Thank you!!
I think the fear of us towing the fifth wheel made our original guy want to help us with some basic driving lessons. Ha! He followed us over to the parking lot and helped us with turns and most of all....backing. Left is right and right is left. Yeah I know...we were confused too. But my mom learned quickly and our guy was super helpful. Then we were ready to brave the open roads - or at least the real roads outside of the parking lot. Before leaving, our guy braced the edge of the truck door on my mom's side and told us to have fun. Take wide turns. And have fun. He looked a little teary.
We made it to the RV camp just fine! But then the parking. The dreaded parking. We attempted the backing in process. I got on my phone so that my mom could hear me through the speaker in the truck. Go right! Go left! No the other left! Turn the wheel the other way. Do you see the cement block on the right, Jordan?! And just like we anticipated (and hoped for!) people started appearing our from their RVs and asked if we needed help. One guy actually walked over to assist mom with the directing but then ended up hopping in the truck and backed it in in less than 15 seconds. No exaggeration. That's the nice thing about RV living - there is a sense of camaraderie and immediate support that takes time to build elsewhere.
Here are some pictures of Thelma (the RV) and Louise (the truck).