Getting Into Camp

California / June 18, 2012 / by Amy
Getting Into Camp

After six months of pulling in and out of camp grounds and RV parks, we are quite the experts in setting up the bus for the night. While we did reach the point of knowing what we’re doing quite a while back, it’s now so smooth that we barely even have to think about it. 

When we started the year, the process of getting the bus all hooked up for the night was one that took us a lot of time. With Gelb being the only person who knew what to do at first, we all had to quickly learn how to help and what needed to be done. 

After some practice though, we now have it down to a fine art. There are things to be done inside and out of the bus and we can now get everything done in no time at all. 

The inside is usually a case of re-organizing everything that’s been displaced by the movement of the bus. Stanley shakes quite a bit and a lot moves about while we’re driving. 

We now have a very handy box in which to put all the cooking supplies that live above the cupboard - it was getting very dangerous having boxes of cereal and bags of apples falling down every time we rounded a bend. 

The bedroom area usually needs a little tidying, too. The shelf above our beds will spill its contents every so often and the two guitars will, more often than not, have fallen over and be lying across the floor. 

There are also curtains to be put up, water jugs to be removed from their storage place in the sink, and the TV to be hooked up if we have cable at the campground.

The work to be done outside is more than cosmetic though. This involves hooking the bus up to all the things that make sure we’re comfortable for the night. We attach our sewer pipe, which collects our water from washing up, water hose, and electricity. 

When we’re hooked up, we have running water and then power means that we can have lights, watch tv, and run the air conditioners, which is especially important when you’re sleeping in a metal box in the middle of a desert...

We have our propane tank on board that means we can cook on our stove or in the oven and it also runs our water heater, which is the last thing that needs sorting out as soon as we get into camp. 

All in all, we can get set up and plugged in within a matter of minutes, with each person helping to get something done. Now that we have it down to an almost automatic process, it means we’re able to get to work, cooking or sleeping much quicker than we used to.