I got up at 7:45 AM, got dressed, and fed the cats. The Magnum BMK was showing the house battery pack at 24.2 VDC and 47% SOC with the refrigerator and other significant loads not drawing any power. I worked on my iPad for a while until I heard muffled voices from the compound around 8 AM and saw Pat (John’s son) working on the roof of one of the trailers. Linda got up at 8:30 and we had granola for breakfast and had a leisurely morning.
Check-in time at Williston Crossings RV Resort WCRVR) was noon. We only had 75 miles to travel to get there and did not need to be there right at noon. Around 10:45 we started getting the inside of the coach ready to travel and by 11:15 we were taking care of the outside stuff. Paul and Eugenia were already hooking up their car and obviously preparing to leave as well. We walked around the coach and checked that the bay doors were closed and locked. On the way around we got the tow bar off the ground and secured it. I then switched on the chassis batteries, opened the engine accessories air valve, and returned to the cockpit.
The chassis battery gauges read lower than normal for a fully charged condition but had plenty of energy stored in them to crank the engine quickly. With Linda spotting from outside I did a three point turn to get the bus pointed towards the exit. John came over in his Kubota utility cart and chatted with Linda while I moved the car behind the bus and we continued to chat with John as we hooked up the car. We thanked him for his hospitality and assured him that we would be back; both for a solar system and to just hang out for a longer time in the woods by the Suwannee River. I started the engine and Linda checked the lights. Everything was good and when she was back on board we started the slow roll back to the county road.
We pulled out of John Palmer’s place around 11:30 AM and slowly made our way back to CR-354. I stopped there (to check for traffic, of course) and raised the tag axle to shorten the turning radius. I did not have a sign post at the edge of the road on the left, as I did when turning in, but the ditch on the other side was deeper closer to the road so I did not to get the passenger side steer tire very far off the pavement. I completed the left turn cleanly and put the tag back down before continuing.
It was closer to 11:45 by the time we passed the east boundary of the property and saw the sign for the River Rendezvous RV Park. We took CR-354 to US-27 and headed east to US-129. Just south of Trenton we vectored off onto SE CR-339 and then picked up NE US-27 Alternate which eventually became Main Street in Williston. The trip took about an hour and 40 minutes and we arrived at the main entrance to Williston Crossings around 1:25 PM.
It’s usually nice to return to a place you have been to before and liked. We enjoyed our time here during winter 2013/14 and it felt a little bit like being home again in that the place, and some of the people, were familiar to us and pleasant to be around. One of the most familiar people was John, our next door neighbor of two years ago. He was doing site escort duty and led us to our site after Linda got us registered. We pulled up in front of site #233 and disconnected the car while John read the electric meter. John then helped me back onto the concrete pad. We were in place and level at 2 PM and visited briefly with John, giving him a quick tour of our interior remodel. After John left we hooked up the shorepower cord and put power to the coach.
I checked the chassis battery voltage on the dashboard gauges with the engine off and they were 28+ and 14. We went through our usual arrival routine with the addition of checking the reading on the electric meter. We pay for our electricity here so checking the meter on arrival is prudent. I checked the maintenance chargers and they showed the charge level on the upper and lower 12V portions of the chassis batteries as 75% each. They should have been fully charged after almost two hours of engine operation so something was still not right. The house batteries were down to 24.0 VDC and showing a 43% SOC. The battery charger section of the Magnum 4024 went into Bulk charging mode, charging the house batteries at 107 Amps.
We are parked facing approximately WSW so the front of the coach gets the afternoon sun. It was in the low 80’s, and a bit warmer in the coach, but we turned on the ceiling exhaust fans rather than run the air-conditioning, deployed the window awnings on the driver side, and lowered the day screens on the inside. We used AntennaPoint.com to locate broadcast TV towers. The two we cared about, CBS and PBS, were both north of us. I rotated the front antenna to point in that direction and did a channel scan. They both came in with solid signals so I repeated the set up with the rear antenna and bedroom TV.
Once we were set up we had vegan hot dogs for lunch and then walked to the CVS Pharmacy just outside the front entrance to the resort. We crossed paths with John again and this time he had Ali with him so we had a quick reunion. When we got back to the coach I was tired and with the warm conditions I dozed off. When I woke up I set up the printer, NAS, and Amped Wireless router.
Meanwhile Linda had started preparing red beans and rice for dinner and discovered that she did not have diced tomatoes. I drove to the Grocery Depot, which is also just outside the front entrance to the Resort, and bought a couple of cans that included green chilies. It was 6:30 PM and the Resort gates were already closed so I had to use the code to get back in. The dish was excellent and would not have been the same without the tomatoes.
After dinner I e-mailed Butch, Chuck, and Lou. We are parked close to one of the Resort’s Wi-Fi towers with a strong N signal and reasonable speed, leading me to wonder if the Resort has upgraded their system and Internet connection. Linda made a stovetop apple crisp and finished it just before our Tuesday evening TV programs began at 8 PM. The crisp was different from an oven baked one but still very tasty. We watched a few TV programs on PBS and CBS. Linda has been fighting something and took some OTC Tussin nighttime medicine for her cough, congestion, and itchy throat. She has coughed enough that it now hurts and is very tired from many nights of poor sleep.