Last few days in Amish Country
Berlin, OH - Events of Saturday, September 26 through Wednesday, October 30, 2015
After returning from our 4-day trip to Pittsburgh for our annual doctor and dentist appointments, we hung out around the 5th wheel over the weekend. On Saturday, Paul worked on a project that has been in progress for the past couple of weeks installing a backup camera for the 5th wheel. Paul relied on the backup camera on the motor home quite a but, and he really missed having one on the 5th wheel. After studying reviews of various makes and types over the summer, he finally ordered a backup camera system from Rear View Safety through Amazon. It came in about a week before we headed to Pittsburgh, and Paul got right to work with the installation.
There are wired and wireless systems available from Rear View Safety and from numerous other suppliers. The wired systems are more work to install, but they are more reliable because they are not subject to interference or signal loss, so that's what Paul decided to go with. The system includes a monitor for the truck, a camera for the back of the 5th wheel and all the cabling necessary for the installation.
Paul spent several days before we headed to Pittsburgh running the cable for the camera from the front of the 5th wheel, underneath the trailer and up inside the rear cap. He got it done before we left. He was planning to complete the wiring for the monitor in the truck when we got back.
On Sunday, we had to move to a different site at Scenic Hills. We were originally planning to leave Berlin before the end of September; but several months ago, we decided to extend our stay by several days until the end of the month. Unfortunately, we found out the site we were on was already booked by someone who was part of a group that had requested adjacent sites. Therefore, we had to move a couple of sites up the row.
Even though the final wiring for the monitor in the truck wasn't done yet, the camera on the back of the 5th wheel was ready to go. Paul wanted to try the camera when we backed into our new site, so he made final adjustments to aim the camera, and he made a temporary wiring hookup for the monitor.
When we arrived in Berlin last spring, it was only the third time Paul had backed the 5th wheel, and he found it to be more difficult than he thought it was going to be. In general, trailers are harder to back than motor homes because with a trailer, you have to remember to turn the steering wheel in the tow vehicle in the opposite direction you want the trailer to go. Most people agree backing a 5th wheel is more difficult than backing a travel trailer because 5th wheels tend to be longer and it takes more time for them to react to steering changes.
Since it was late on a Sunday morning with few people around (most of those leaving on Sunday had already left and those scheduled to come in had not yet arrived), we took our time and made several shots at backing into the new site trying to find the best position to start the turn and learning when and how much steering correction to make. We both learned a lot. The camera was also a help because you can't see much in the mirrors due to the big overhang of the 5th wheel is right up behind the cab.
We were initially somewhat annoyed that we would have to change sites only a few days before we left, but it turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Not only did it give us practice backing, but it also gave us the opportunity to remind ourselves what needs to be stowed for travel and to go through the hitching process. With the 5th wheel being so new to us, the packing and hitching procedures aren't as ingrained in our memories as they were for the motor home, so we have to admit we were a little rusty after sitting in one place for 5 months. After we got set up again, we relaxed most of the rest of the day Sunday.
On Monday, we ran some errands up near Canton and made one last stop at Smoke the Burger Joint. We both had smoked, build-your-own burgers ($6). Margery had blue cheese on hers, and Paul had American ($1 extra for cheese). We also had some of their delicious, hand-cut, twice-cooked fries ($2 for small, $2.50 for medium, $4.50 for large). Everything was yummy.
Paul was planning to finish the wiring for the monitor for the backup camera system on Tuesday, but Tuesday turned out to be a rainy day. Therefore, we ran more errands stopping at Der Dutchman Bakery for our last cream sticks before our departure. We also stopped at Walnut Creek Cheese to stock up on some meat for the freezer and on some bulk spices we would need for our dry rub for smoked pork shoulder and beef brisket. We then headed to Walmart to restock the larder before hitting the road.
Wednesday was cloudy, but the rain had stopped so Paul was able to complete the installation of the monitor in the truck. It was a little nerve wracking because it involved drilling a hole in the back bumper to mount the plug for the camera.
Also nerve wracking was drilling a hole in the floor of the truck in order to be able to run the cable from where the monitor is located up near the dash to the back bumper of the truck. After everything was hooked up, Paul tested the camera setup and everything worked.
After testing the camera, Paul completed the installation. He sealed around the grommet where the cable ran through the floor of the truck and secured the wire under the truck with wire ties.
With the installation of the backup camera system complete, we did a few things in preparation for our departure the next day then headed out to the Chalet in the Valley for lupper.
We have been to Der Dutchman numerous times over the summer for the breakfast buffet and for lupper, but we had not made it to Chalet in the Valley. Chalet in the Valley serves Swiss/Austrian-style food like Weiner schnitzel, jager schnitzel and cheese fondue. We love their cheese fondue, so that's what we had.
When we got back to the rig, we relaxed with an evening of TV before heading out for a new destination the next morning. We'll tell you where that was in our next post.