Saturday, January 4th, 2014This morning, the kitties were brave enough to explore a little before breakfast. We enjoyed some more visiting with our family, and then about 10:30AM we hit the road. We thought about getting the Mammoth washed at the Blue Beacon, but the waiting line was 4 or more trucks deep, and we didn't want to wait.
Somewhere, we knew we had to make a stop to dump our tanks... we decided to leave Durango with them partially full, since it would slow us down from getting out of town quickly. (We knew the trip home would be mostly above freezing, so no worries there.) Unfortunately, we had a difficult time finding a dump station! I used an app to locate rest areas with dump stations or fuel stations that had those facilities. We stopped at least 2 places along the way that ended up not having a dump station, which slowed our progress a little.
We finally found a rest stop near Iowa Park that had a dump station! It didn't take too long to dump, but it was windy, and the wind chill was cutting -- especially when we weren't really dressed for it.
The big tank fuel pump was still going a little slow yesterday and today, but the last two fill-ups, when the temp was above 50, the pump seemed to run just fine!! We'll have to do a little more investigating to find out what was giving us problems. We were never in danger of running out of fuel. We just ran it for about 20 minutes each time we got to a quarter tank in the truck, and would get from 1/4 to 3/4 filled.
We ended up getting home about 7PM. It was 62 degrees and pleasant! So we unloaded a lot of the trailer, but not all. We decided to just relax for the evening. The kitties, whom had slept all day, began to run around and play.
All-in-all, a VERY good trip. We're tired, but grateful to have had great weather and no major incidents.
Sunday, January 5th, 2014
Technically not the trip anymore, but figured I'd follow up with the final tidbits...
We woke up this morning to a stiff 20mph north wind, and temps in the 30's! We got the trailer backed into the driveway, and worked to get it re-winterized. The wind chill made it feel about 22! We'll get it completely unloaded over the week, hopefully when it's warmer!! Tonight should be in the teens. Wow, just like Durango!