After spending a few days setting up our new Airstream, it was time to head north to spend the month of July in Hudson / New Richmond. We plan to arrive on Monday the 4th. We will be keeping the Airstream at Barry and Sue’s house. We built an RV spot for it before we left, and Barry has added water and electricity – sweet setup.
Before leaving Illinois, Carolyn, Jeff, Nicole and Evan stopped by to see the new digs. They were our first visitors.
We left on Friday and headed to Dubuque to see Christine and Andy. We stayed at Miller Riverview Park right on the Mississippi River. Pam snagged a site right on the river! We had dinner at Pete’s Thai Kitchen. Very good Thai. If you go there, you need to try the Thai Chili Margarita. Wow.
Saturday, we head to Wisconsin. We stopped in Monroe to see Bob and show him the new Airstream and take him out to Baumgartner’s for lunch. Bob had the Limberger sandwich – not too stinky.
We are staying at Tom’s campground in Dodgeville. This is an old homestead where the owners added a campground where others could come to enjoy rural Wisconsin. We have a great site on a hill overlooking the fields. Great views and sunsets.
Saturday night, Tom, Doug, Greg and Rita stopped by for a visit.
Lots of changes for Pam and Kelly. After full time living in our 27′ Airstream for 8 months, we decided we need more room and improved living space.
So, on Monday, we traded in our 2019 27 foot Globetrotter on a 2022 33 foot Classic. The new trailer is 5-1/2 feet longer, with lots of better storage and is significantly more comfortable. For details, watch the video below.
Kelly has a desk to work at and a 60″ projection TV. Pam loves the new refrigerator that is massive compared to the old one. The other major improvement is the bathroom. It has a wonderful shower that is huge and lots of cabinets and mirrors. Going with the twin bed version gave us lots of additional storage (inside and outside).
Another major upgrade is our truck setup. We are getting rid of the aluminum tonneau cover and roof racks and ordered a Leer 180 truck cap and a truck bed slide. This will give us significantly more storage in the truck bet and make it much easier to load and unload.
Chaning the truck bed meant we needed to sell our eBikes. It was just too hard to carry them above the truck bed. After 20,000 miles riding up there, they were beat up. We went through multiple covers trying to keep them safe and dry. We sold the bikes to a nice couple of ladies who traveled from Michigan (4 hours) to pick them up. Eventually, we will change over to folding eBikes that will fit in the truck bed. At this moment, we will most likely get Lectric XP 2.0 bikes.
After the caravan ended, Pam and I started to head back west to Illinois where we will spend about a week before heading to Milwaukee for an Airstream rally.
On our first day of travel, we drove through West Virginia and made it to Gallia County Jr. Fair Campground (293 Miles). This is a typical fair ground camping in a large grass field (with hookups) for $30. A big storm rolled in, so we were grateful there were no trees.
On our second day of travel, drove to Prophetstown State Park in West Lafayette, Indiana (322 miles). This is a very new campground, and the sites were great for with full hookups in site 164. A bit expensive for a state park $30 + $9.60 in taxes + $10 for a 1-time entrance fee = $50.60 for 1 night.
On our third day, we stopped by Airstream of Chicago to look at a trailer they have. While there, we met the GM of travel trailer for Airstream – Bryan Melton. How cool is that.
We stayed at Sycamore RV Resort in Sycamore, IL for a few nights. This was a good find. It is run by Dale and Anita. It has 2 manmade lakes from an old gravel pit. The sites are nice and the walks around the lakes are great.
Finally, we made it to Lowden Memorial State Park in Oregon, IL. We are here for 4 nights and will meet up with Carolyn and Jeff (Pam’s Sister and Brother in-law). This park is cut into the woods and our site (64) is huge. Oregon is a cute down, where Pam bought soap at Oregon Soap Shoppe and we had lunch at Ogle County Brewery and stopped by the Oregon Dam Park.