Coloring the Void

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Boondocking, repairs, and crowds, oh my

I woke up, pulled on some sweats, and shuffled to the kitchen to check our battery charge. 75%. More than enough for a pot of coffee. I flipped on the inverter, then the coffee pot, grabbed my kindle and flopped on the couch. I raised the blackout shade to take in the view and let in some much needed light.



Boondocking? (note, this is taken with a really wide angle lens. Objects are much closer than they appear.)

Some time after midnight, a fifth wheel had pulled in, so close he would hit the short bus with his awning if he extended it. Yikes. I pulled the shade closed. In the world of boondocking etiquette, this is a no-no. The parking area we were in would hold ten rigs easily and none of them within spitting distance of each other. There was a second parking lot one had to pass through to get to the parking lot we were in, and it was empty. Why was he here? On top of us?

It didn’t much matter anyway. We needed to run back into Kalispell to fix our water problem. At our last campground, we were pretty sure we blew our water inlet pressure valve as every time we turned on our water pump, water gushed out the city water connection. We bought a replacement and did the repair at our boondocking spot, but water still spewed. There was a connector attached to the check valve, and the water seemed to come from there. We tried to replace the connector with another one we had but the hose clamp was a permanent clamp, not the typical unscrewable type. I have no idea why these are used as hoses can and often do ‘pop,’ but these permanent hose clamps must be cut off and even then, leave what they are connected to with a piece of hose hanging off of it that is impossible to remove without a chance of serious finger injury (we know, we tried – if you know of tool that can remove them, please let me know!). So that we would have water for the night, we McGyvered it. For the record, a Sharpie fits quite well into the hoses used on a Bounder. We duct taped the Sharpie in place and we had water again!

So we went back to the RV parts store we had found outside Kalispell and picked up the new part we needed, and a bunch more of similar parts and some hose. Just in case. It took all of three minutes to make the repair, after over an hour the day before of trying unsuccessfully to get that stupid hose clamp off the hose.

We wanted to test our system and stay close to Kalispell so we found a private RV Park (Crooked Tree Motel and RV Park – $35) not too far away and hid out there for a day. It was the weekend so were weren’t going to have any luck finding a public campground – everything is packed this close to Glacier. We grabbed burgers, t-shirts, and huckleberry stuff right next door at the Huckleberry Patch  and, for the prices, the burger and fries were pretty good. The burgers are extremely customizable, so we both got what we wanted.

Sunday, we headed out to Salmon Lake State Park for four days of relaxation.

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2 thoughts on “Boondocking, repairs, and crowds, oh my

  1. I’ll never understand the need for someone to park so close. It’s maddening. I’m glad to hear that you found a nice state park for a bit of R&R. After a long summer in Alaska, I’m sure you needed it.

  2. Ditto what Sarah said. I don’t get why people feel they need to come and park next to us in an otherwise empty campground. And to do it when boondocking is flabbergasting.

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