We just had The Camping Trip from Hell. Let me explain. 1. Two blocks after leaving the house we realized we forgot two things and had to turn back to get them. (just the beginning) 2. When we got over the mountain and onto White Sands Missile Range to play golf at their nice little course, a storm was moving in. It took about a half hour to get through security clearance. There had been a lightning strike nearby and there was a desert fire going further up on the mountain. We decided to have some lunch at the Frontier Club on base and reassess. Didnt look good, so after about a 30 minute procedure to get cleared to get on base, we decided to leave. 3. We stopped at White Sands National Park to get a Golden Age Passport, which we had heard was supposed to be distributed at the main gate. No one there. We went to the VC and they said, hmm, no one there? They didnt call me to let me know. Im sorry, but youll have to come back later. NO problem, we thought, well just come back on the flip-side. 4. We get to the Oliver Lee SP, found a campsite, positioned the popup camper and began to set it up. When we were ready to raise the roof, nothing happened. After sometime, discovered the fuse was blown. Replaced the fuse and tried again. ERRR. Stopped after just a short burst. Another fuse gone. No more left. Get in the Explorer and head back to Alamogordo (about 15 miles) and go into Walmart. This one is larger than the one we usually go to, but of course Las Cruces has three, and they have a larger selection of RV equipment/supplies, but seem to be out of the 10 amp fuses. I am forced to buy a variety pack for $20. 5. When we get back to the site, a storm is approaching and we are a little panicked. We replace the fuse and decide to disconnect from the campground power supply. In the past we had raised it using only the campers battery. We also jiggle the roof around and lift it manually a little just in case it is binding. It goes right up! Thank the Lord. 6. We try to connect the campground water supply but nothing happens. The storm hits and we button down the hatches. We get at least 50 mph winds, driving rain and lightning all around us. Much larger RVs pull up stakes and leave! The camper comes through like a champ, but Java, poor thing, was shaking like a leaf. Finally after about an hour, the storm passes and we go back to trying to figure out the water situation. We also try to turn on the refrigerator (120v feed). The water just isnt doing anything. Finally, I take the hose off of the camper and there is no water running from the campground source! After fiddling around looking for a valve or something, Skip pulls the yard valve up hard and Im holding the hose it drenches me! We shut it off and reattach the hose to our camper and turn on the water. Success! Not so quick. We forget to put the new pressure regulator between the campground source and our camper and there is a huge whooshing sound followed by water gushing out of the back of the camper. *smh*. 7. Good news is, it seems like the fridge is working , but we cant hear it. We decide to try the campers water tank, which we had problems with before. Skip directs the water into the filler tube. The tank is supposed to be about 15 gallons and everything is running fine for about two minutes and suddenly whoosh! Back pressure from the tank gets Skip all wet. Top that off with more water leaking through the bottom and back of the camper. We shut down the source and go inside to try and figure out what is happening. We have never been able to find the water tank and the last place it could possibly be was next to the sink, under the bench that allows you to sit at the table. We take up the cushion and there is a plywood sheet there that is screwed down. Im asking myself, why would you screw down a cover on an area that had something that needed service such as to open and close the tank drain. We get the plywood sheet off and of course, there is the water tank. The floor in there is all wet and the tank still has a little water in it. I find the drain valve and a hole drilled in the floor, just not in a spot where the drain is directed. ARGH!!! I close the drain and we proceed to clean up. Even after cleaning up for several minutes and going through half a roll of paper towels, the water is still coming out of the cubicle where the water tank is. I fiddle with the drain valve to see if I can figure out if what I think is shut IS shut and finally decide that yes, it was shut and that the water tank itself is leaking. 8. Its starting to get dark and we decide on a quick dinner, which we forgot one ingredient for. Nonetheless, it tastes good and we take some time to reassess what we should do. We decide that we will stick with our plan, after all, we are learning a lot about the camper. We go to bed early and Java curls up in her bed on top of the rug that we keep in the camper. We figure that the rug may get a little damp, but we think the water has pretty much drained out of the water tank. I awaken during the night and use the travel toilet in the camper nice! Works fine. 9. Next morning, Java wakes me at our usual time 6:15, but she is upset and shaking. She jumps onto the nook bench and then up onto the bed where I am. She is all wet and shivering! I felt so bad for her and we didnt bring any towels as we didnt expect to need them. So I use my hoody to bundle her up and try and soak some of the water off her thick coat. She is still shivering and Im starting to get worried about her. She finally settles down and I do as well. We have a cup of coffee and decide to have breakfast; while eating, we decided ti would be best to just pack up and leave given more storms were forecast. After breakfast, I start moving some things from our Explorer into locations in the camper where they can stay permanently. We get the drawers and cubbies cleaned first and before I know it we have things pretty well organized, so I am pretty happy with that. 10. We start taking the camper down and back the Explorer up to the camper to attach it to the hitch. As we are cranking the tongue jack up to get over the hitch ball, the camper starts rolling backwards!! Skip reaches out and grabs it and fortunately the camper stops! It could still be rolling if it had gotten away from us! Our mistake: we took the chocks out from behind the right camper tire and the left camper tire was on a couple wooden blocks which we needed to level the camper. We quickly repositioned the chock under the tire. Whew! 11. Fortunately, we were able to get our Golden Age Passport this time at White Sands. We took the camper directly to our RV repair shop and left it there. We let him know when we will be heading out for a trip next time and he said he thought he could fit it in. Yes, it was a trip from hell, but we learned a lot that Im glad we didnt have to learn 400 miles or more from home. 1. We can deal with just about anything. 2. The Fridge works we think. 3. The power cord converters work fine and the lights in the camper and power outlets work great. 4. We finally found the damn water tank and now understand why the water pump wasnt doing anything and why we couldnt get any water through the sink. 5. We have a clear organization with camper-devoted items in the camper to stay and a list of more things we need to buy that will help make us camping ready (e.g. towels, can opener, and other stuff) without much angst about packing. 6. Our 2001 Explorer Sport handles the towing very well, but needs a couple of fixes to make it ready for a long trip. 7. The camper tows nicely even with the slight shift in weight distribution. 8. We need extended mirrors for the Explorer to see around the camper. 9. The camper seems to weather wind and rain very well. 10. Keep chocks in place until the camper is attached to the tow vehicle! Its a good thing the guy and his wife that sold us this thing isnt within punching distance!