Williams, AZ - Railside RV Ranch
Williams, AZ was our first stop on our journey of traveling the country and living in an RV. We had looked in the Flagstaff, AZ area knowing that the weather would be cooler than the Tucson valley where we were coming from.
As this was going to be the first week of our travels, we decided that while we were all adjusting, that includes our daughter and the dog, we were going to reserve full-hookup spots. The trouble we were running into was that as the middle of the summer is the season everyone is escaping the heat, reservations hard to come by.
We lucked out and found a spot in Williams, AZ just a few miles from Flagstaff at the Railside RV Ranch. Ironically, I had stayed here a few years prior with my parents as we took an RV through Yellowstone, now that I think about it, we're just about on the same path.
Railside is easy to get to and easy to pull in and park by the office. We had called and cancelled our first night reservation, we were too worn out from loading in 120 degree heat in Tucson and told them we'd be happy to pay for the night if they would hold our reservation for the next two nights.
Well, they held our reservation, but not our pull through spot. Nothing like having to back up the first night that you need to hook up. We hadn't backed this trailer up at all, once or twice but not enough to fit it in a spot.
We must've smelled of rookies because out comes three different gentlemen to help us guide the trailer back in our spot.
They all had different ideas of how to do it. Great.
We managed to get it 'close enough' to get hooked up and out of the drive. There was a gentlemen that we thought worked at the RV park helping us guide the back end of the trailer because there was a tree at the end of the spot. He said everything looked great.
We started to get ready to unhitch and set our levels down, our 5th wheel hitch is supposed to slide off as we pull forward once we unhook the pin. We pull forward and we start pulling the trailer! Eeek, that wasn't supposed to happen.
Another gentlemen was telling us what we needed to do to unhitch. We thought we had made a fatal error installing our generator at the front of the truck, then the lever couldn't open far enough to release the hitch. Mark borrowed some tools and was able to flip the handle over to be sure we were unlatching it completely.
Later we find out that the man had never seen a hitch like that.
We finally take a minute and lift the front end of the trailer to release the tension on the truck and since we had already moved the truck forward a bit, the two just came unhitched just like that.
But wait, there's more...
As we walk around the trailer to start pulling out the steps and extending out the slides, we realize we were guided right back BESIDE the tree.
So, the rear bunk slide could only slide halfway out.
You just have to laugh.
You have to. No reason to get upset. It was our first try and we made it without hitting anything.
The lesson from that takeaway is that strangers don't always know better.
We were gracious and thankful for their help. They know their rig, not ours. We need to just take a deep breath and go with our own instinct. We also know that we need to walk around the trailer before we unhitch to make sure it is setup in the best possible spot for all of the hookups and slides.
Our daughter was excited to be parked directly next to the railroad and even more excited to be next to the playground.
We had a pretty decent cell phone service and they offered waffles for breakfast that we didn't partake in but should have.
Most of the spots are pull throughs and we ended up enjoying being next to a pretty good field of grass so it was easy to take the dog for a walk.