Camping Trip Review: Chatfield State Park near Denver, CO

Saturday morning. Bojack made himself right at home on the pull-thru pad.

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Name of Campground: Chatfield State Park, C Loop

Location: Littleton, Colorado (southwest of Denver)

Dates Stayed: Friday, October 16 – Sunday, October 18 (2 nights)

Miles Traveled: 50 each way

Site #: C Loop #132 (pull-thru)

Hookups at the Site: 20/30/50 amp electrical only (no water or sewer)

Amenities: Minimal water availability mid-April through mid-April // Numerous toilets nearby // Full bath facilities w/ coin-operated showers // coin-operated laundry // playgrounds, volleyball, horseshoes, and multi-use trails in walking distance // boat ramp if you want to bring your boat // large dog park in driving distance (for additional fee)

Who Came on This Trip?: Dave, Patricia, and Ranger (our dog) Continue reading “Camping Trip Review: Chatfield State Park near Denver, CO”

How Are We Going to Remember All of This? The Art of the Checklist

We’re working out ways to remember all of the things required to take Bojack out for a trip.

Next weekend we’re taking Bojack out on his maiden (Wait…is there another adjective I should be using instead if Bojack is a “boy” camper? Does it matter?) camping trip!

Our plan is to head somewhere local, and we primarily plan to spend the time figuring out systems. We got a campsite at Chatfield State Park, which is about an hour northwest of us, near Littleton, Colorado. You can see it on the map to the right. We lucked out, too, when we learned that the water would be turned off in the park right after the weekend we’ll be there.

So one of the things we want to figure out is a “to do list” of tasks and things to be checked before you hit the road. This will be a pretty long list, right? Continue reading “How Are We Going to Remember All of This? The Art of the Checklist”

Did I Mention We’re New to This? Fun With the Electrical Panel

Not my picture — I just sought out a Creative Commons image relating to something RV-electrical. And ended up with this….an image of 50 amp, 30 amp, and 15/20 amp outlets.

While my last post had summed up our adventure in getting Bojack to his new home at the Air Force Academy RV storage lot, in the midst of all of that, Dave was fighting with the electrical system.

On Sunday, we brought Bojack over to our house for the afternoon. I gave it a good cleaning inside and out, and Dave worked on some small projects, including replacing the battery and installing a disconnect switch. Continue reading “Did I Mention We’re New to This? Fun With the Electrical Panel”

Welcome Home Bojack! The Adventures of Finding RV Storage in Southern CO

Bojack Hanging Out at All Outside Storage in Monument, CO. This was a brief, temporary home while we negotiated his permanent home. It was a good sized space (12’x30′) and easy to park, but access to the storage lot was pretty complicated, and the lot was somewhat far from home.

With this boom in RV purchases across the country comes a boom in the need for RV parking. Continue reading “Welcome Home Bojack! The Adventures of Finding RV Storage in Southern CO”

The Terminology is…Different

We have a lot to learn!

I had mentioned earlier that we were trying to wrap our heads around some of the new terminology we’re seeing in the RV communities. Dave and I are learning what we can, but lately we’ve been seeing new terms at every turn in the forums and community groups we’ve joined.

Rather than try to provide you a glossary of our own, I will link you to some of the glossaries we’ve relied upon in our searches for definitions. After all, so many RV websites have glossary pages, and I think among them all, one can always find the definitions one is seeking. Continue reading “The Terminology is…Different”

Meet Bojack: The Motivation For This Blog

Everyone, meet Bojack, our new 22′ travel trailer. We’ll explain his specs in a future post. Pardon the arrows on the image, I lifted this image from the original Facebook ad, it was a nice view of the door-side.

We have to blame our friends, who own a Class A motorhome.

You know. Those big ones that look like buses. Those ones that you look and and think to yourself, “How do you maneuver that thing?”

You ponder whether you need a Commercial Drivers License to operate one of those. (Good news, you don’t!)

Anyway…where was I? Oh yes, I setting the stage for how Dave and I ended up with a 22′ travel trailer. Continue reading “Meet Bojack: The Motivation For This Blog”