Well now. We are stopped at, wonder of wonders, a real honest to goodness official CAMPGROUND tonight. The "People of Wal-Mart" are safe for the time being
We are in the Happy Hills Campground in Hancock, MD. I guess that it's OK, kinda hard to tell since it's a dark as the inside of a Russian horse doctor's valise. It has electric, water and sewer which is all I really need.
We got the forklift loaded with nary a problem. I had the trailer hooked to the HDT1000, and took it over to the North yard, and backed it up to the ditch far enough so that when we dropped the tail gate, it was level with the bed of the trailer. That way I didn't have to worry about hanging up going up the ramp because of the serious lack of ground clearance. Sure hope that I can get it unloaded at Ben's just as easy.
I latched the hitch to the ball on the HDT1000, and it was a danged good thing that I did. When I drove over the ramp, it was trying to lift the HDT up off the ground. Those Bulldog Hitches are GREAT.
I knew that I wouldn't be able to drive the FL to the front of the trailer so just got it barely in front of the tires. Even that put a pretty good load on the hitch. So much that even with 33 lbs. of Rim Guard in each front tire, the steering was VERY light, and on the grass the V61 ribbed tires were sliding and not gripping very well at all.
Anyway, once loaded I set off for the parking lot across the street where I do all of my loading and unloading. The HDT wasn't wanting to pull too well in high range, so I went to low range, and it didn't even grunt hard.
I got it all tied down an off we went. We stopped at a service plaza some miles down the road to recheck the tie downs, and I also added the straps on the mast. I had been keeping an eye on it through the rear view camera, and the mast seemed to be 'wobbling' a bit, so I added a pair of straps to it as well. After that it was good and stable, and we pressed onward.
We will be getting a late start tomorrow, as Ben won't be available to take delivery until after 5:00.
After that, our plan is to stay in another actual campground tomorrow night and get a good early start so we can do the Skyline Drive through the Shenandoah National Park again. This time we will be driving it from South to North, instead of the other way around like we did the last time.
Well, I guess I've blathered on for long enough, so I better post the pics that #1 son took of me getting the loaded trailer over to the parking lot and lined up behind the HMS Rainmaker. Unfortunately, I didn't have him get the camera to take pics of the actual loading. I'll be posting another update tomorrow night.
Danged browser hung up after loading the first 3 pics. so I added the rest with this edit.
Edited by OldBuzzard, November 05, 2013 - 10:08 PM.