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An Abrupt Knock On Our Door In The Middle Of The Night, Day 179

There has been nothing more terrifying on this trip than getting an abrupt and persistent knock on our door in the middle of the night.

In fact, it was nearly three o’clock in the morning when we heard the first knock on our camper door.

Being startled from a deep sleep, we both looked at each other and wondered if that is what we truly heard.

We waited a few seconds, and another loud and persistent knock happened.

And then another and another. We knew that we had to get up to see what was going on.

knock on our door
The post that holds the water, electric and cable had been knocked over. You can see the water coming out from the ground at the base.

Since the beginning of this trip, we have discussed what we would do if a knock occurred on our door in the middle of the night.

However, we both imagined it being when we were Camping for Free somewhere. We never expected it get the knock at a secured campground.

But that is exactly what happened. And now, we are thankful that we were abruptly awakened.

The Knock On Our Door

After the first or second knock, we both quickly wondered why someone would be knocking on our door.

water flooding
The water began to flow down the street and to other campsites.

Our first thought went to the possibility that the campground was beginning to flood. The other end of the campground where we were staying was flooded from a massive amount of rainfall a week or two ago. And more rain was expected overnight. In addition, we could hear water flowing outside our camper.

So when the knocks on our door persisted, Jim peeked out of the door window and recognized the man standing there.

A fellow camper that we met the day before had been on his way to the restroom and noticed that we had water pouring out of the campground hookup.

knock on the door
The owners of the campground quickly shut the main water line off and started digging to locate the problem.

We immediately thought that our hose connector must have broken. But when we went outside, we found a much bigger problem.

The water wasn’t coming from the faucet or our camper. It was coming out of the ground at the base of the hook up pole to our campsite.

The Culprit and The Fix

Because this wasn’t something we could fix, we immediately found the Emergency After Hours phone number for the Savannah Oaks RV Resort and gave it a call.

Within minutes, the owners of the campground arrived to diagnose the situation.

The pole that holds the electric, water, and cable was no longer upright. It looked like that someone had backed into the pole, causing the water line to break.

knock on our door
Here you can see that the water line broke off when the pole was knocked over.

However, the camp site next to us was empty. Although, the gentleman who knocked on our door did inform us that his wife saw a camper driving around about an hour before with the lights off.

And we all speculated what most likely happened was that someone hit the pole while driving in the dark.

It was then that we realized how lucky we were that the pole was there. That is because the pole is positioned next to the corner of our camper where we lay our heads when we sleep.

The Fix

Luckily the rest of the campers were sound asleep because the main water line had to be shut off. But within the hour of first receiving the knock on our door, the owners had the pipe fixed and the water turned back on.

fixed water pipe
The water pipe is now fixed and all that is left to do is to realign the pole.

It may have taken us another hour to fall back asleep, but as we did, we both knew that the night could have turned out much worse.

Here is to appreciating every day and living life to its fullest while we can!

Happy Traveling! – Jim and Mary


  • Day 179 of 365
  • States : 22/50
  • National Parks / Monuments : 20
  • Stayed In : Savannah, Georgia
  • Miles Driven : 62.2
  • Total Trip Miles To Date : 19,010.6
  • Total Gallons Used : 1,357.9
  • Biking Miles : 0.0
  • Biking Miles To Date : 186.7
  • Hiking Miles : 0.0
  • Hiking Miles To Date : 406.5

On September 9th, 2019, we set out in our NuCamp T@B 400 Teardrop Camper to travel to every state. You can check out all of our dates here : Dates for the States

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Naomie Moore

Wednesday 11th of March 2020

Ah yes, the adventures of camping. 95% of the places we camp have no utilities so having them is always a luxury. With 50+ years of camping under my belt, there have been many knocks on the door or in the tent days, a loud voice saying "wake up!" for any number of reasons, including flooding, microburst wind event, delivering a baby and other medical emergencies. My response is always: "who is it and what do you need?" And we always help fellow campers as some people just panic, but we never do thankfully. So grateful the random driver in the dark didn't hit your trailer, thank goodness for the utility pole! Such a blessing. May the remaining half of your trip be peaceful and free of campground conundrums. Travel safe!


Wednesday 11th of March 2020

Thank you Naomie! Camping is always an adventure and we love to hear other campers stories.

Al Temple

Sunday 8th of March 2020

Did they ever find out who hit the pole? Wouldn't take much investigating.


Sunday 8th of March 2020

Unfortunately, they do not have cameras at the campground and it didn't seem like the owners were too worried about finding out who hit the pole.


Sunday 8th of March 2020

Thank goodness all turned out need a "good story" like this, once in awhile to "spice up" your trip journal that you will reflect on in the years to come! I also enjoy so much your gardening articles. I just reviewed the one on making one's own potting soil, which I'm going to do. Couldn't help but wonder, now that Spring is on it's way and running through our veins, don't you just "itch" to be out in the garden again? Travelling and seeing the world is a fun adventure, for certain, but "there's no place like home", which I'm sure you'll feel, once you are back home. In the meantime, "Happy Trails". (Linda in Texas)


Sunday 8th of March 2020

We absolutely have the itch and we are visiting many gardens throughout the country to help. Plus, we are gaining so many ideas for when we are back!