April 26, 2017: After filling up our propane tanks at the Love’s Travel Stop in Gary, IN, we towed the toy hauler to the Cabela’s in nearby Hammond.
This Cabela’s has a parking area designated for trucks and RVs. There’s perhaps 15 to 20 extra long spaces for parking. We were the only RV parked here; the rest were trucks.
There are two dump stations, two fresh water faucets, dog kennels, and horse corrals, all within the truck & RV parking area. The water faucets would not produce any water, however, and the dump stations were sealed shut. I walked into the Cabela’s to inquire. A maintenance guy came out to check things out.
“The water pipes froze up last Winter” he said. “They ain’t been fixed yet. That’s why there’s no water”.
He offered to find a fresh water faucet elsewhere around the Cabela’s building that I could drive my trailer up to. But there wasn’t any.
So for our first night sleeping in our toy hauler, we had to go without fresh water in our tank.
Otherwise, we could still our generator, considering all the trucks parked nearby were running there’s too.
But this Cabela’s felt pretty safe at night. It’s location by the freeway, and how it was approached by city streets, left it islanded away from drive-bys and loiterers. There’s Wal-Mart on the other side of the parking lot that’s open 24 hours if you need anything.