Albert is our travel trailer. A bucket list item for sure. It has been a dream of mine to 1) own a camper 2) camp in said camper 3) customize the camper and 4) travel across the country. #4 will be the subject of several future posts but it is the reason we chose this particular model.
Anywho…we purchased Albert last June. His owners lovingly cared for him while they had him. We were in love at first sight when we saw the ad on our local facebook sale page. He is glorious!
We couldn’t wait to get out on the road with him. We had a business trip so he had to stay parked in the driveway for a few weeks but then we decided to hit the open road! OK OK that is probably a stretch. We had a weekend and tickets to an Arlo Guthrie show at the Flying Monkey so we needed to venture fairly close to home. We had stayed in a few Jellystone campgrounds in the past and decided to give our local NH site a try. So we headed to Ashland NH to the Jellystone campground.
Let’s be real. The campground was not bad in and of itself. It was the staff. Let’s start with the fact that I run a business that requires me to have internet access. The website advertised free wifi. There was no wifi. I’m not talking low signal strength either. NO WIFI. Staff acknowledged this. Staff insisted on providing their expertise in guiding my husband to park Albert. This involved our new camper coming within millimeters of crashing into a tree not once but twice (with the staff driving). OK once we got parked, we hooked up and settled in. That day and the next were great for us.
We had our dogs who drew a lot
of attention from the kids, especially our big fella. He is fuzzy and loves kids.
The sites were pretty close together but not the worst I have seen. We could probably fit a car in between each camper. We were put in a location that was mostly tenters. The last night we were there, a woman and her three teen daughters arrived in the site next to us. They had two aggressive dogs. We were charged on three occasions by these dogs and the only thing that stopped the attack was they were able to grab their dogs’ leashes before they got to us. There is a rule that your dog has to be restrained at all times. After the second incident (and trying to address it with the woman) we reported it to staff. Staff were unconcerned and took no action. We later reported all the issues to management and corporate who only responded to the wifi issue claiming they don’t advertise having wifi (I have a screenshot that says otherwise). Do Better Jellystone.
While we overall had a great time camping with Albert, it was mostly because we enjoyed exploring the camper and figuring out how everything works. We met a great guy who was camping next to us with his kids and helped us find a secret valve to turn the propane on for the outside stove. Albert was light and pulled like a dream. We barely knew he was there as we traveled the back roads and highways of New Hampshire.
As I write this it makes me long to be back on the road with Albert who is presently covered and winterized in a little wooded cove on our property blanketed with snow. I drive past him every time I leave or return home. Each time I greet him with a “Hi Albert!” as I pass by. I am counting the days to wake you from your winter slumber, Albert and we will be off on our next adventure. As Willie says “I just can’t wait to be on the road again”…