Outside of Amarillo crossing my fingers

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Today was a haul.  We could have made it into Amarillo, but staying there last year left me disappointed with the park I stayed in.  So this year I decided to mix it up and I’m left with the same feeling as last year.  Different park too.

354 miles in total.  Pulling the Airstream that made for a long day.  And when we finally arrived outside of Clarendon I saw an RV park sign in the distance that I thought was the one we were shooting for.  It wasn’t.  Instead it was an old burned out RV park with many power poles, no mowing, nobody at the office, and a sign that said $15 per night.  We pulled in as we saw 1 5th wheel at the back of the park, and decided to park near it.  Unfortunately none of the power seemed to be working.  So we quickly changed gears and went up the road a ways.

The park that was not a park.....

The park that was not a park…..

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The “anti park” has a lot of sites. Shame to see it unused.

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Nobody was home, and nobody answered our call to the phone number posted.

I was using Allstays again to find parks, and this was the first time that the address location was off.  We were headed to Yankies RV Park in Clarendon.  But the Apple mapping brought us to this other no name park that doesn’t seem to be a park any longer.  Driving up the road a bit into town we saw Yankies RV Park and decided to give it a miss.  In other words…..not gonna stay there!

Finally I made a call to Lakeside Marina, which runs the Kincaid City Park Camp.  It’s actually on a private lake that was created by some company or other, and there are many signs warning that it’s private property, you need a permit, get to the office, etc.  Not a friendly feel off the bat.  Also, the pricing is “confusing.”

The “price” to camp overnight is $12.  Wow, super reasonable.  But wait, that’s not it.  Each person needs a day pass for the park as well.  $5 each for the day pass (or permit as they call it).  At midnight the day pass is no longer valid, so you need a day pass to cover you while you sleep.  Another $5 each.  Let’s total that up…..

$32 for the night with two people.  Hey, we’ve paid more and that’s not a problem.  But we were issued a receipt to camp, 2 day passes for me, and 2 day passes for Jodi.  How about this…..?

Call an overnight here $32 and stop messing around with semantics?  Yeah?  Save a few trees and issue one single receipt instead of 5 sheets of paper.

How does a $12 site become a $32 site?

How does a $12 site become a $32 site?

Keep thinking positive thoughts for the Titan

As we pulled into town I stopped to get gas.  The truck was turned off for a few minutes while I fueled up, and then it was started again.  And when I started it……?

The Air conditioner was blowing SUPER HOT AIR!  And it still is several hours later.  I’m worried about our trip progress in the heat here with no AC.

This happened years ago when I drove across the Rockies coming back from a job interview in Nebraska.  As I made my way down the mountains into Grand Junction the AC started blowing hot.  I called ahead to a Nissan dealer to schedule a look see, found myself a campground for the night, and cooled off in the Airstream.  The next morning?  The AC was fine.  That’s what I’m hoping will happen tomorrow!

So, send a positive vibe this way tonight!  We can’t afford a major truck repair right now.  So hopefully it’s just an odd thing that will “go away” overnight.

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  1. I have found that modern cars will shut down the A/C if they get come close to overheating or even “think” they are going to get close to overheating.

    In fact, I learned through experience on my Toyota that when the air would start blowing hot to check the engine temperature. After normal operation temperatures would return I would be able to reset the A/C by turning it off and turning it back on. The Nissan reset might require more time.

  2. If the AC doesn’t start working again check the fuse that runs the electronic engagement of the compressor’s clutch. If you can’t hear a click or see the internal part of the belt driven pulley spinning, then it’s a simpler problem and cheaper to fix than if you compressor went out on you.
    Box Canyon Mark

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