After spending five days driving across the country we finally arrived in Ohio and were ready to pick up our new home. We were trying to be early to the walk through, but google maps sent us the wrong way. There was a moment of doubt on my part when we pulled up in front of a house instead of an RV service business. It raced through my mind, did we just get scammed by someone? Then I looked over everything again and realized that google maps had sent us to the north portion of the street instead of the south portion. We turned around and drove to the south side and there was the RV service business where we were to pick up the travel trailer!
The walk through was very thorough, but a lot to take in. We had a check list written down to make sure we had all our questions answered, however; in the excitement of seeing our new trailer we left it in the car. We had been in Rockwood’s before and had seen our unit online, but here we were in our actual travel trailer. Of course everything looks so new and clean, but we know that won’t last. We became acquainted with the travel trailer and then had to set up the hitch.
The hitch we purchased wasn’t too difficult to set up, but it did take a while to set up and it wasn’t what I pictured in my mind. I thought it would be level and I would have the proper tools in hand to make a quick easy job of it, but life doesn’t always work out the way you want. We were on a slight slope, it was raining out, and I didn’t have the proper tools in hand. We were supposed to stop at a store on the way to get the exact tools, but that didn’t happen. The shop guys helped out a little though and we made it work. We hooked up the hitch, bought the necessities to camp for the first night (sewer hose, surge protector, chemicals, toilet paper, water regulator and hose), and then we were off!
We were intending to camp right near where we purchased the travel trailer for the first few nights, but a storm system came in. We decided to head north a few hours to get out of its way, which gave me a chance to tow for the first time. When you get your new travel trailer, no one tells you a single thing about towing. Luckily I had researched online and already knew a little about it. The biggest problem I had with my first tow was my own fault, I didn’t mount the electronic brake controller for some strange reason and it had to sit on my knee. It made it much more difficult to tow, but we made it work. Towing a 29’ travel trailer is tricky, but the Armada did a good job of it. It is a little scary when you cross a bridge and the cross winds hit the trailer and there is a moment when it seems like disaster. But then you just squeeze the electronic brake a smidge and everything settles down and becomes manageable again. I wasn’t looking forward to backing into the first camp site, but I lucked out, and the first one was a pull through.
After spending several nights’ tent camping, the first time setting up camp with the travel trailer was a breeze! The site was almost all the way level, the connections were conveniently placed and everything on the travel trailer is electric making it super easy. Then we had to move into the travel trailer and unload the car. Everyone was happy to have a little space and now when we take the car somewhere stuff doesn’t fall out when you open the doors! Now where to next!?