Sunday, May 26, 2019

Things you don't want to deal with on a camping trip.

Well our first camping trip of the year is in the bag and it was not without issues.

First we acted like newbies and rushed getting ready and left our camera at home, we also only took 2 blocks for leveling the trailer, luckily that was enough. We also forgot our box that we carry the fittings for our septic dump hose in so we couldn't dump the black or gray water on the way home.

Next was the things you don't want to see at a campground even a free one.

First people just letting their dogs run free.

Second was people holding spots for others, I watched one guy get turned away from a spot, he could have parked it the middle I have seen people due it before or taking another spot somewhere else but last I saw of him he was headed back to town. And I felt sorry for him.

Third was people letting their kids use the area with in the camp as a moto track, now I know everyone was there to have fun and the parents wouldn't want the kids out of their sight for long but the people without atv's probable didn't appreciate it.

As campers we need to monitor our activity's and the way we do things when we are using even free campgrounds  as there could be complaints to the BLM about the activities there which, could result in tighter restrictions.

If you are goung to let your dogs run and ride atv's around the camp then choose a dispersed site where as far as I am concerned there are no rules.

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Making Fitted Sheets Fit Better

Hi there everyone, the Camping Bastards wife here.
We have a queen short mattress in our Keystone Laredo 5th wheel and plan on getting a regular queen mattress in the future, so instead of buying queen short sheets we bought regular queen size.

Clara Clark Deluxe Sheet Set, Premier 1800 Collection.
We have been using this brand on our bed at home for years and they are great, very soft even after being through many washes in our hard water. I bought these on Amazon for about $25.

Well these are a bit too big and I have tried to use those elastic sheet clips to make the sheet fit better, but those never seem to hold tight enough and come off when you try to tuck under the top sheet and blanket.

I looked at the fitted sheet and noticed that the elastic isn't sewn in the casing edge it's loose. So, I got my seam ripper and opened a small space about 1-1/2" and got a hold of the elastic
 
I then proceeded to pull the elastic out until the sheet fit a bit more snugly. I tied an overhand knot in the elastic to keep the new size, which can be untied at a later date when we get a new mattress.

It took a good bit of adjusting, as you can see, but the bottom sheet does fits much better.
After we have a camping trip or two I'll have a better idea of the fit and can adjust it if needed.
The top sheet I will do nothing to and since it tucks under around 18" I don't think it will come un-tucked very easily. Now I just have to repeat the process with our other sheet set that we bought when first got the trailer.

Happy Camping Everyone