3rd and 4th May 2017: Collected the motorhome from Baltimore port with the help of Kurt Mueller (pictured). Only authorised individuals may enter the dock so you have to pay for an ‘escort’. Looks like they had problems with the digital door lock and entry, the alarm had gone off several times (Growler from VanBitz with SMS alert) even though I had not set it. However, it did eventually appear and we headed off to get propane.
Very friendly local U Haul filled her up for us – no fuss and a total of around $48. Then diesel – filled her three quarters full for $40 (!) and then finally a supermarket stop (you are not allowed to ship any food -gas tanks must be empty and fuel tank no more than a quarter full).
At last, our first overnight site – Bar Harbour RV Park. Much consternation and chatting about right hand drive – they had seen many European motorhomes but never one they thought of as “the wrong way round” – I corrected them and pointed out that in fact it was ‘them’ who were the wrong way round!
Being ‘the wrong way round’ turned out to be a huge bonus as we went in ‘front-first’ next to the water on our pitch as the services were all on that side – and what a view!
Learnt a fair bit today:
Propane filling no problem
Diesel comes from a GREEN nozzle (petrol from black)!
Our step up transformer only works after a fashion – runs our plug sockets but when it comes to the microwave – the lights are on and table turning but no heating! Also, it won’t run the battery charger – if the charger is on (it takes 1kw) then it trips at the pole. A nuisance but not a huge issue as driving and generator will keep the batteries topped up. The good news – it DOES run our coffee machine!
The site is in a great spot and no complaints but expensive by UK standards at $67 a night. Next stop is Washington DC (also $67 a night) We leave for there on Friday and will spend the weekend there sightseeing.
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