If someone told you they had driven through a campground and seen a toilet sitting on the campfire grate, you would not believe them. Maybe you should.
My folks had been wanting us to buy a trailer and go camping with them for some time. With our family grown, we found a 23-foot travel trailer that had been purchased new, but never used because of a sudden life-altering illness. We purchased this treasure and now we could go trailering with the folks.
We took the wrapping off of the mattress and the paper strip off of the toilet seat, stocked food, propane and clothes and all headed to Dosewallips State Park on the North Olympic Peninsula of Washington State. This had always been a favorite tent-camping park for all of us. Upon arrival the men stopped to fill both fresh water tanks while Mama and I chose our sites. When they pulled around and parked the rigs, I asked my husband, Mike, why the pump was running. And the fun began . . .
After searching for some time to trace where all of the water under the bed and in the hall was coming from, they finally located a small tube behind the toilet that had never been secured and was now a small fountain. Ultimately they had to completely remove the toilet and finish the plumbing correctly. Yes, there really was an RV toilet sitting on the campfire grate that day, much to the amazement and delight of other campers. It was also a hard lesson learned, as we never did get a picture.
Two years later we bought a 29-foot 5th wheel and never looked back. We were full timers for eight years and have been snowbirds for the last twelve with a park model in Tucson, Arizona, for the winters and, as lifetime Good Sam members, we look forward to new adventures every summer in the rig.
Submitted by Mike & Vicki North of Tucson, AZ (winter seasons) Washington State (summers) as a part of the RV Centennial Celebration “Share Your Favorite RV Memory” contest.
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