Janes Island State Park sits on the southern tip of Maryland’s Eastern shore next to the small town of Crisfield. While most of the park resides on the large Janes Island, the campgrounds and cabins sit on the mainland side of the canal overlooking the island to the west. The island is only accessible by boat, so kayaking and canoeing are popular past-times, with several water trails mapped out that are rated to accommodate the beginner to experienced paddler. Sunsets at the park are amazing.
Shortly after arriving at Janes Island, and just after disconnecting the truck from the RV, our attention was focused on getting set up when one of our tire alarms sounded. The driver’s side rear tire on the RV was low on air. Since we had topped it off before heading out that morning, that was odd. Since this tire sits under the slide, it made sense to check it before setting up any further. Sure enough, the tire had a slow leak (later determined to be a screw) that we had picked up shortly before our arrival.
We waited a few days to let the winds die down and the temperatures to rise before tending to the flat tire. A call to the Good Sam support line confirmed that, on level ground, we could use the RV’s landing gear to raise the RV to remove the tire and replace it with the spare. A local shop was able to plug the leak, and we had our full complement of tires once again.
This comment came to us from an observer who watched us transit a speed bump while at Kiptopeke State Park. This remark caused us to more seriously evaluate the way our bikes were mounted on the Cougar.
While we have always had the bikes on the back of our RV, the Puma had a bumper-mounted bike rack, specifically designed for an RV. However, the Cougar had no bumper, but instead had a receiver for a hitch. Since we had a hitch-mounted bike rack that we used on the truck, the solution was simple. Using this hitch-mounted rack, we drove north from Florida without any apparent incident. But what we didn’t understand was that the back of an RV is not the same as the back of a pickup. There is more movement in the chassis, which combined with any movement in the bike rack allows the bikes to have a range of motion that could easily cause them to hit the RV if we hit a big bump.
Dave discovered there was a “rattle-reducer” attachment that would stiffen the bike rack even more. Once this was installed, the bikes were even more solid. They’re not going to swing into the RV now.
While the park's remoteness makes it an attractive place to view the night sky, it also makes TV watching iffy at best. So, we've been putting the combination of our Visible phone's mobile hot spot and our Roku device to the test. It's allowed us to stream shows pretty successfully, and we're very pleased that it works so well. (If you want to learn more about how Visible works, we have more info on our discounts page.)