A most important part of traveling with grandkids is staying positive and focus on how to make the difficult situation work for you and your kids.
We are pulling a 24-1/2' fifth wheel, small but it fits in the state parks, a major point for us. We are a bit squished in but we really have all the room we need. We can stop when we want and dry camp as needed.
Before starting Dale had checked out everything possible to make sure each item was in good working order. We did buy new batteries for the RV and a couple of new tires. Unfortunately we could not afford to put all new tires on the truck and RV but we were sure that we could make it back home.
We had spent the 1st dinner with Justin and Jenavieve so didn't need hot water until the following evening when we found that the water heater did not work. Dale worked and worked with the heater settings but it would not start with propane. The water heater does work with electricity so we have enjoyed the moments with hot water when we have hook ups. Mostly we use the old fashioned method of heating water in a pot then adding it to the sink or bathtub.
Two days ago we found that our fridge had quit working and we could not get it re-lit at all. Dale called the RV repair where we have much of our work done and the owner gave Dale several suggestions, none of which worked. We gave up and decided to just put everything in the ice chest once the fridge started getting warm. We did bring along a large ice chest for the items that we couldn't fit in the fridge so have lots of room in it.
We decided to just make the best of the fridge and water heater not working and not fuss about it. Kids didn't care one way or another so it seemed better to not worry about these things either.
Last night we couldn't camp in Denali because there was no room so we went north to the next town where we found a campsite with hookups. Now our fridge works and we are just hoping for the best