Our First Actual Trip

We had our first outing this weekend where we picked up Muddlin’ Through from storage and went to an RV park for the night.
(Previous use had been camping in relative’s driveways or Cracker Barrel boondocking as we stopped for the night on our cross-country trip.)

As expected, things were much roomier without our adult son and all of the holiday gear (presents etc.) that we had with us on our cross-country trek.

We used a lot of the time to organize things in the RV. Still a ways to go, but progress! Although we still don’t have everything in the RV yet that we will have eventually, we are still pleased by how much storage space remains.

I took my first shower! It went well. I had plenty of room. The bathroom felt smaller than our walk-in shower at home of course, but did not feel cramped. Didn’t hit elbows on anything, and didn’t need to do any awkward contortions or poses. The Truma provided plenty of hot water for the single shower, which was all we tried.
Bottom line is that bathroom worked as well as we’d hoped it would for showering. Our love for the Truma continues to grow.

We experimented more with the best way to use the bed (as regards *sleeping*) and will have a video that gives a lot of those details in the very near future.

Linda was dismayed to discover that one of the windows on the passenger side is crooked. By window we of course don’t mean the precise Ford glass, but the cutout and frame that WGO builds. It’s not a functional issue, but for anyone with a bit of “that crooked picture on the wall must be straightened!” in them, it’s annoying. We knew going in to the Paseo not to necessarily expect the craftsmanship that companies like Pleasure Way or Leisure Travel promise, but this seems like something that should not require any particular cabinetry crafting skills to have gotten right.

Convection microwave worked great, although so far that’s just been used for reheating pizza and making microwave popcorn.

We may have an issue with our awning – I need to do more research before worrying. Trying to extend it the motor runs but nothing moves (much). A cycle or two of retract/extend resulted in it working properly each time, but something is amiss.

I also investigated the best way to connect an XBox 360 to the Receiver and TV. Since upgrading to an Xbox One, my 360 has been gathering dust, so I decided to see if it makes any sense as a game system for the RV. Time will tell if it gets any use, and if not out it will go!
HDMI won’t work if you want to use the Jensen amp and speakers for game audio as the audio from the TV is fed back to the Jensen amp via HDMI. What worked ok was to use the Xbox analog video cable and connect audio to the inputs on the shelf next to the Jensen receiver and connect the Xbox component cable to the component jacks on the TV itself. You _can_ do composite to the shelf jacks, but the video quality will obviously suffer.

We continue to love the refrigerator/freezer in the Paseo. We brought cold items in a cooler along with two small blue-ice bricks. Items included a half-gallon of milk, a quart of lemonade, a few slices of frozen leftover pizza and a small container of frozen pulled pork. Fridge took about 1:30 to get close to the desired temperature, maybe a little longer. I failed to watch the temps and the time as closely as I’d like to have, and didn’t set up a temperature logger. I’ll try to get better performance data next time. Both fridge and freezer were nice and cold, and we had plenty of room. Can’t imagine needing more room unless we were needing to go a week or more without replenishing.

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Author: Don Meyer

An average guy trapped on the surface of a sphere who enjoys SF, programming, sailing, Legos, and many other nerdy pursuits.

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