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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
CURRENT TRIP STATUS TO DATE:
- 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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