The two of us are died-in-the-wool midwesterners. We love the water, and living near Lake Michigan was always a blessing and a joy, but we think about water they way Midwesterners would think about water. It’s wet. Not much more than that. And sometimes it gets places you don’t want it to get…
One of our goals in Galveston was to check out one other RV park. When we arrived we found that the ONE park has not morphed into TWO parks, and so we took some time on Friday morning to stop off and see what each park had to say for itself, and to offer us.
No matter where you are on Galveston Island, South of the city of Galveston you aren’t ore than a few hundred yards from the Gulf of Mexico. Which means you also aren’t more than a few hundred yards from corrosive salt spray. The time we’ve spent near salt water is minimal, so it’s never been a huge issue for us but it’s one I’ve been aware of. Our campsite when we volunteered for the Forest Service was about 1 mile (as the crow files) inland from the coast. Last year our abbreviated stay at Fort Pickens Campgroun was only a few hundred yards from the Gulf, but our winter in Florida Ocala was 70-ish miles in either direction before you hit salt spray so it wasn’t an issue for us. And similarly our stay 2 years ago at Los Fresnos was some 20 miles inland so there too the issue of corrosive spray was minimized.
Galveston, however, is quite another situation. And as we stopped to chat with staff at two of the parks here it’s interesting how quickly precautions against rust came up — from them. They are very aware of the impact of salt spray on their equipment. One of the couples volunteered that a year ago they bought new bicycles and by the end of three months they were rusty. I guess they didn’t think much about their bikes at the time, but the amount of rust dawned on them as a very unpleasant surprise.
Every place you go has it’s drawbacks. Heat, humidity, snow, cold, flooding, hail, tornadoes… you name the place and I can pretty much guarantee that you’ll find a hazard there to be aware of — if not more than one.
Of course the ‘cure’ for this hazard (corrosion) is simply to get out there and wash your RV. Of course that’s not as easy as it might seem. For one thing some RV parks (commercial ones) have prohibitions / restrictions against RV washing on their property (it’s a water consumption issue). But then, washing an RV is not the obvious thing one might think it is. For example — you want to make sure your jacks aren’t getting rusted — getting at them to clean them properly isn’t always the easiest thing way down underneath. And there are a lot of other parts that are susceptible to corrosion that aren’t easily reached as well. It pays to think about what’ susceptible to the threat/danger and what isn’t. Just saying…..
The thing about living in Sticks & Bricks — about being in one place for a long time — is that you become subconsciously aware of the hazards around you. I remember being in Reedsport OR and one of our friends commenting — as if it were done everywhere — that the following weekend was his weekend to pressure spray the outside of his house for mold and mildew. All that humidity and fog creates the perfect growing climate for all sorts of stuff that like to live on shingles and roofs that never truly dry out. RV living is like standing blindfolded in the middle of an obstacle course while people are running the course around you; you’re getting in th way; you’re aware of them; but the reasons aren’t always obvious for all the commotion. No wonder RV’ers talk to each other; we’re just trying to keep our problems to a minimum.
Never assume that where you’re going is going to be Utopia! Wherever you go, there will be problems. Well… let’s not call them “problems” — let’s call them challenges. If you discover what the challenges are and act to minimize the risks you’re doing well. If you neglect the challenges and get caught with your proverbial pants down… well, that could be the end of your RV experience and in the worst case scenario it could be the end of your life: hurricanes and tornadoes can be ruthless, as are earthquakes, accidents, etc..
Think about what you’re doing, and where you’re going. Make sure safety is Job #1 for you.
Thanks for stopping by, and I’ll be here again tomorrow to chat about what we’re up to. Have a safe and happy day!