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Pops goes on tour.

Oh, That’s Just Wrong!

This is what you can find in commercial campgrounds in July.

This is what you can find in commercial campgrounds in July.

I guess I’m officially an old curmudgeon now. Out for my morning walk, I passed a park sign that announced a “Christmas in July” celebration today, complete with an alleged turkey dinner (bring your own sides). That’s the thing with campgrounds that bill themselves as resorts. They have to offer amenities and manufacture social events to justify the cost of staying there. Some folks just love this kind of stuff as a way to have fun, meet new friends and socialize. For me, it’s offputting to even think about trying to enjoy being in a roomful of complete strangers and sitting down to eat at a bench and table. I prefer meeting people one-on-one, like the couple who were in back of my site that were full-timers. Very nice folks. They recently left for a month to head for Wisconsin to see the kids and grandkids, and will return after that. Anyway. walking on, I saw the above holiday tragedy of inflatable characters. Some were animated. It just seems so bizarre. Is it just me? This is fun?

Oh, the humanity!

Oh, the humanity!

Over in the “seasonal” section, the RVs run the gamut. These folks park their RVs there all year, and return when they can. Winter is off-limits, but anytime else is fine. About 1/4 of them are there now, and the rest await their vacations.

Seasonal campers go from this little trailer to 36-footers.

Seasonal campers go from this little trailer to 36-footers.

Walking past the "beach", complete with umbrella, loungers, paddle boats and algae-laden water.

Walking past the “beach”, complete with umbrella, loungers, paddle boats and algae-laden water.

It's a pleasant walk early in the morning. One needs only to watch for "protective" dogs, but the camp lacks the snakes, pumas, and bears that one might find in the boonies of the Great Southwest. That's good.

It’s a pleasant walk early in the morning. One needs only to watch for “protective” dogs, but the camp lacks the snakes, pumas, and bears that one might find in the boonies of the Great Southwest. That’s good.

The weather is once again heading into the low 90s, complete with high humidity. I’ve broken down and now run the A/C off of shore power to survive. That’s not as idyllic as it sounds, because everyone else is running A/C too, with the result that line voltage is often down to 100 volts, which is very tough on electric motors and compressors. It’s a race to see whose unit burns out first. Everything else in the Enterprise is now running off either solar or propane to try to limit the ridiculous cost of AC power, and limit the potential damage of such low voltage.

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4 thoughts on “Oh, That’s Just Wrong!

  1. Virginia Massey on said:

    Woof. Christmas in July isn’t my cup of tea, nor is meeting a big group of strangers at one go. Big sweaty gatherings of potential bacteria fests in the buffet don’t tend to be a big draw for me either, but if that’s their bag, good for them! If they want to add a game to it, all they’d have to do is leave it up for a week to see at what point the weather tries to pull it all away, and then have a race chasing it down the field to retrieve it.

  2. Hi Doug

    A word of FREE advice on your ac, try not to run it when its over 98 outside- I know that SOUNDS STUPID, but AC’s always blow up on the hottest day of the year, because the hotter it gets the higher the interior pressure exceeds max ratings & over 100 the a/c freon cannot transfer heat anyway, so its really just a waste of money. Some very modern Mini split systems operate up to 115 deg – they are rated up to SEER 26 now, vs. what we have at SEER 10

    Best to run your ac early as possible in the day up till its 95-98 degrees outside & then shut it off and just suffer till its under 98 deg again at 6-7 pm. This way you will not blow up the compressor. I installed a large 12″ fan under my trailer that blows 1350 CFM – it also works great to push hot air out of the trailer. It only uses 50 watts ac current and I got it for around $50 from Lowes – just had to cut a 12″ hole in the floor.

    Cheers Jerry

    • If we hit 98 in northern Illinois, there’ll be something seriously wrong – though it is expected to hit 92 again today. The high humidity pumps the heat index well above that. I think what will kill my A/C will be the low voltage, at times dipping below 100 volts. 108-110 is usually considered the low limit, so I’m surely killing it slowly. Better it than me, however.

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