Monday, December 7, 2015

Gunter Hill COE Campground

(NOTE: This posting was published four months after
our visit to Gunter Hill COE Park.)

Rosie's final stop on our way home from the Wally Byam Caravan Club's (WBCCI) International Rally was Gunter Hill COE Campground, which is located near Montgomery, Alabama. (Rosie is our 25 foot Airstream trailer.) We pulled into the park about an hour before sunset after traveling more than 500 miles in one day. Traveling that far in one day is hard. It's even harder if you are pulling a trailer.

The plan was simple. Instead of trying to unload and clean Rosie in the dark, we would get a good night's rest in Gunter Hill, which is about 10 miles from our home, then take care of Rosie the next morning.

Gunter Hill is a nice COE park that we visited several times before I retired. Being close to home, I could go to work then return to the park for the evenings. Now that retirement has given us freedom to travel, we stopped camping at Gunter Hill. It was nice to return to this park for an evening.

There was an issue with Rosie. We noticed the air conditioner was vibrating. Our first thought was that some of the anchor screws were loose after our long trip. One of the things we learned on this extended trip to the WBCCI International Rally was that some problems are Airstream specific and others are RV issues. We figured that this air conditioning problem was something a local RV repair facility could fix for us.

There are two camping loops at Gunter Hill. One is more rustic, has gravel sites and lacks sewer connections. The other loop was renovated several years ago and has concrete camping pads and full connections including sewers. In addition, the grounds are well maintained and this helps make the park very pleasant.

There isn't too much to talk about from this stop. We were exhausted and simply wanted a place to sleep before taking Rosie home and cleaning her up after our long trip. We didn't unhitch Rosie nor did we drop the stabilizers. We were too tired. Fortunately, we had stayed in this park and reviewed it several times. I'll quickly mention that Gunter Hill is a nice and relaxing park and one we hope to visit again.

After unloading Rosie, we took her to Alabama Motor Coach RV Service in Montgomery. This is the center we trust with our non-Airstream specific repairs. They found that one of the pulleys in the air conditioner was warped and replaced that part. Now Rosie is ready for a new adventure.


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