Thursday, November 7, 2013

Happy Campers

Remember that one time when I said we wanted to get a camper? Well, we got a camper alright…

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Technically, this one is our second. But who’s gonna argue with Camping World?

Meet the new family member on wheels! She’s a Keystone Outback Terrain.

I wanted a nice quaint new or used manageable camper. David wanted a Mac Daddy. Guess you can see who won that battle. But hey, I’m not complaining. It’ll be nice and roomy that’s for sure!

Now let’s just hope it fits in the campsite we already have booked…

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We drove to Bartow, FL to buy the camper. David worked his cheap man magic and got us a great deal! I often take for granted how nice it is to have a husband who handles (and is great at) all that financial “stuff”. I pay the bills and pick out the fun stuff, but he does the dirty work. The wheeling and dealing. And for that, I’m very thankful!

I’d get ripped off a lot if I made deals by myself.

So anywho, we traveled to Bartow (about four hours South) to pick up the camper but had to be there very early in the morning so we left the night before. We stayed at the Howard Johnson in Lakeland, FL because it was cheap and it was the scariest night EVER. Y’all, don’t ever stay at the HoJo in Lakeland if you value your life. Any normal person would have left but we slept in our clothes, called our parents to let them know our whereabouts in case anything happened, and we forced ourselves to sleep with one eye open. It was SKETCHY.

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Smell ya later HoJo.

The next morning after we thanked the Lord for letting us live, we got in the truck (which wasn’t on blocks – whew) and made our way to Camping World.

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They were ready for us!

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That outdoor kitchen sold us on this model. Amazeballs.

We got to see the camper for the first time in real life and excitedly got our “new camper orientation” done while getting shown the ropes.

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Some paper signing and permagrins later, we were on our way!

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It was a long boring (slow) ride home. But hey, good hair day so I couldn’t complain.

Let’s see, getting home was mostly uneventful. One time the door swung wide open on the camper at a red light. And another time this car honked at us and pointed to the coach (term I learned at camping world which refers to the camper. Sounds fancy, yes?) but didn’t indicate what was wrong. We pulled off onto a small road and saw nothing amiss. Nothing at all. Then came the fun part, making the three point turn with a truck and a 35’ camper on the back to get on the main road again. We may or may not have had to apologize to each other after that ordeal was over.

Me: “Babe, I said make it go THAT WAY!!

David: I can’t SEE YOU to make it go THAT WAY!!” “Get where I can see you!!”

Me: “Right! Left! Right! Lefffftt!! Stop!”

David: “I can’t hear you!!”

Blah blah blah!

We plan to use walkie talkies next time for a more peaceful experience. And darn those people for making us think the bumper was falling off.

We made it the rest of the way home thankfully in one piece.

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And then it took up the driveway. And stayed like that for a week.

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But now she’s snuggled in the backyard where she belongs. Much better.

Side note: When we built our house my Dad suggested putting in a camper plug. Best idea ever! Now we just plug the 30 Amp right into the side of the house. It’s a 50 amp but we just used a converter. So convenient. However we now need a longer cord!

Dads are full of useful information. Thanks Pops!

One of the biggest reasons for getting a roomy camper was so that the dogs can join us now and still have room for guests and kids. You know, the ones we don’t have yet. I gave the dogs the grand tour and Remi immediately found his spot.

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Spoiled rotten.

As for pictures of the inside, I forgot to actually take some when we had her hooked up! Since she’s not plugged in right now I can’t turn on lights and put the slides out without moving the thing back to the driveway, so instead I pulled all of the pictures from the Keystone website. They’re much prettier than any I’d take and ours is identical so feast your eyes and hold onto your panties because it’s a beaut Clark!




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The coolest room in the place!




All interior photos and floorplan via Keystone RV.

Pretty freaking sweet huh? We could definitely live in it if needed. Which we’ll be doing at my parents’ house during Christmas time!!

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Yes, yes it is Eddie. Life is good.

And with that, we are Happy Campers!

1 comment:

  1. Awesome work once again! I am looking forward for your next post On pick up campers.



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