Testing the Tardis at Vasa Park Resort

Oct 12

It’s been a month since we picked up the Tardis (our 2013 Airstream 30′ Flying Cloud Bunkhouse) and we really wanted to get out an go! The problem is that the day after we picked up, on a slow turn heading out after our first night, both of the safety chains broke free from the trailer. Given that the trailer was less than 24 hours old (to us) we were quite surprised  but our ProPride hitch is a pretty robust and we got home to Whidbey Island with no problems. It took a while, but after a bit of welding by Jim at Irish Welding Services in Langley, we are back in business.

Jim Cussen welding our safety chains back to the Tardis

Jim Cussen welding our safety chains back to the Tardis

With an eye towards breaking in our Tin Can Tardis, we spent this week at Vasa Park in Bellevue, Washington. Vasa Park is a private park right on Lake Washington, not far from where we used to live in Sammamish. It also has the advantage of being only a few miles from work so this was a week of much shorter commutes. The park’s hosts are Walt and Susan and they are great hosts.  Walt is also a bit of a trailer-backup-whisperer, he was a big help getting out trailer into a tight spot when other vehicles blocked the obvious way in.

Vasa Park is right on the shore of Lake Sammamish and is a great swimming spot in the summer.

Vasa Park is right on the shore of Lake Sammamish and is a great swimming spot in the summer.

The trailer worked like a champ.  We added a pad to the top of the stock mattress and the bed was quite comfortable. The U-shaped dinette is remarkably flexible with a sliding and twisting table top that lets it work in a bunch of different configurations which makes it work well for dining as well as work. The bathroom also works really well, even the shower, and the kitchenette is spacious and very functional.  The stove works even better than the one we have at home.

I started the updating our internet infrastructure in the trailer by adding a Wilson Sleek 4G cellular booster and a Pepwave Surf SOHO router that should be able to automatically switch between using the campground’s WiFi (which is awesome, by the way) and our Verizon MiFi. The configuration was pretty simple but something was not working correctly.  When I connected to the SOHO’s WiFi network, the signal was good and strong and it would work for a very short period of time (about one web page load) but then the internet connectivity just stopped. Connecting straight to the park’s WiFi worked perfectly, though, so I didn’t go much farther in getting it working. The MiFi worked well in the trailer. I have an antenna hooked up to it though I haven’t had the right combination of time and guts to drill the hole in the roof and run the wires in to our wiring cabinet. Soon though.  Soon. We definitely need to have the WiFi working on our own network because trying to do AirPlay from my laptop to the AppleTV works great on a local network but not so well when it needs to go out along the shared WiFi (and it’s much less secure as well) so getting this fixed is a high priority.

Our bunkhouse’s Cozy Cave™ worked wonderfully.  I crawled back into the cave with my iPad and read for a while.  It was just as inviting and comfy as I hoped it would be. We do need some sort of seat/cushion thing going on in there and we may need to replace the mattress with something a bit more firm.

The Cozy Cave™ is the bunkhouse room with the top bunk removed. It's a great place to read, work or watch TV.

The Cozy Cave™ is the bunkhouse room with the top bunk removed. It’s a great place to read, work or watch TV.

So the week was a big success and we are looking forward to our next chance to take the Tardis out for a spin.

 

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