It’s time for our shakedown trip! Yep, we bought a new motorhome so we needed to take a trip and test it out. Our goal was to first go somewhere with hookups so we could test all the appliances and equipment which run off power and also check out dumping the tanks at a  dump station. We also decided not to tow our vehicle so we could simplify our tests.

Why did we choose Lost Dutchman State Park? Simple, it was the only campground in the Phoenix area that we could find an available site with electricity. We weren’t willing to head into an RV Park!  AND, the best part is family was staying in Gold Canyon so it made it quick and easy to visit with them. LOVE!

Our goal was to live in it for a few days and determine if there were any issues or needed repairs before we venture out on a long journey.  We made lists of items we either wanted to personalize or modify and were lucky that we didn’t find anything that was actually broken, at least not yet!!! It also gave us an opportunity to familiarize ourselves with the RV and how everything worked!! That will be a long term learning process but we are getting there.

We have stayed at Lost Dutchman State Park multiple times before and have always enjoyed our stay. It was winter and a bit cold for the Arizona desert but that gave us ample opportunity to test the heat pump and the Truma water heater. All works fine!

Campground: Lost Dutchman State Park
Location: Apache Junction, Arizona
Site: 41 (pull thru)
Cost: $30
Services: W/E (50AMP)
Comments: A perfect place to have a shake down of our new rig and visit family and friends.

 

And, as usual, the hiking was fabulous. We lucked into some good weather as it has been a cold, rainy winter in Arizona. The clouds departed and the sky was perfect.  The weather could not have been better for hiking.

 

The scenery around The Superstition Mountains always impresses us no matter how many times we visit.

 

Our next shakedown trip will be boondocking so we can test all the appliances and equipment which run off our batteries and see what the solar panels can do for us. We will probably have the tow vehicle and associated equipment all ready to roll at the same time. Maybe we will go somewhere close or maybe not? Only time will tell…until then….