Renting an RV – Day Two of Trip

Timberlake RV Resort: Anderson Indiana

We arrived around 3:30 at Timberlake RV Resort in Anderson Indiana. The park is located about five miles out of town near a shaded river valley. Again Karen selected a stopping point when I was ready to stop driving. We had full hookups, however we have learned there is not much need for a sewer and water hookup when you’re moving each day. We can dump our tanks when needed at the dump station when we leave along with filling the fresh water upon arrival or departure.  The RV rental company had asked us to run the gas/electric refrigerator on the gas setting if we planned to run the air conditioner all day.  Apparently they had a problem recently with something heating up because of the electrical load.  I learned not all 30 amp services are alike. We had to shut off other electrical items with the air conditioner running. Yet another reason I’m leaning towards having a propane/electric refrigerator. Although our trailer will have 50 amp service and that could make a difference.

It cooled off by early evening which is when all the other resort occupants finally came out of their campers.  We and the dogs were out all day walking the wooded trails. Ringo decided to take a swim in the river which for him is wading out chest high and sticking his muzzle in the water. Huck followed him in the water. So later both got a dog bath at the outside shower of the rig.

Well we wanted the full experience and are getting what we asked for. So far I was getting over sickness and Karen started out with a cold on the road. We lost power the first night (for only four hours) and fought traffic on the south side of Indianapolis, Indiana. If you find yourself passing through Indianapolis I suggest taking the north loop. My sister in-law later told me she plans her trips to take her through the city no later than 6:30 am. Karen and I decided it might be a good idea in the future to take state highways around larger cities rather than the interstate. We would be interested in your opinions on that. I’ll complain about the city traffic later in another post!

Our dog Ringo had an issue with the right side of his face so we had to schedule a stop at the veterinarian in Howell, Michigan. Karen called ahead and made an appointment. The 25’ rig is easy to maneuver in city traffic and takes up just less than two parking spots deep at Walmart where we stopped to take on a couple of days of food. Once we park for the night we don’t want to move as we are not towing another vehicle to run around in.

Karen took some wonderful photos of the park while I talked with a younger couple across the street from our spot.  The husband works as a welder on pipelines. He had traveled alone until he bought a very nice Keystone Alpine fifth wheel at which time his wife and child joined him.  What a wonderful couple. He walked us through his home. He showed me a system he places between the tires and said it drastically reduces the amount of movement that occurs while walking in the trailer.  Basically the system fits between the tires. It extends pressing against the two tires.  He could not recall the name of the system so if this picture of it looks familiar please let me know.

Used to stop trailer movement

Used to stop trailer movement

Visiting with the neighbor

Visiting with the neighbor

Good view from hill

Good view from hill

Some long term campers

Some long term campers

They spray from bugs

They spray for bugs

Our spot

Our spot

I also want to quickly add when we stopped at the office to pay our $38 for the night the couple working inside said they are full-timers and workcamp at the park because their granddaughter lives nearby. They travel to Arizona for the winter. They work 12 hours a week each for their camping spot. They work together for eight hours one day and four hours the next.  Somehow their work schedule gives them a full week off each month.

We could see spending a week at Timber Valley RV Resort. As this was just a planned one night stop over we did not spend any time looking up tourist attractions in the area.

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4 thoughts on “Renting an RV – Day Two of Trip

    • Thank you Mary. You would have loved Covert Park at the beach. I’ll be posting on that in a few days. It’s a more rustic park with all kinds of campers and tents. All about 100 yards from the cooling waters of Lake Michigan where you can wonder off shore for maybe 75 yards and have water up to you chest.

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  1. Enjoyed the post, especially the photos. Hope you both are 100% feeling better soon. Glad you are enjoying your travels.

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  2. Thanks Steve. We got over our colds and had a great time. I talked to a guy at a rest stop about all the problems he has with his DRV Elite. Wish you could have been there. I’ll post a little about it later.

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