May 2, 2017: We hadn’t planned to stay at Kansas City East / Oak Grove KOA for two nights. But after leaving the WalMart in Quincy, IL, we started noticing a strange gassy smell coming from our pickup truck.
We were close to Kansas City, MO when Sash finally couldn’t handle the smell any longer. So, I looked for a campground in the Kansas City area, and found Kansas City East / Oak Grove KOA. The gal on the phone was really courteous, and picked out a perfect spot for us. I booked us in for two nights to give us some time to evaluate the truck.
Considering our only other experience in staying at an RV Park was the one at Hollywood Casino in Joliet, we were really impressed with KOA.
The pricing was the same as that with Hollywood Casino RV Park, but the amenities were far more, and the staff were more friendly, and more experienced with RV Parks. The 50 AMP pedestal worked perfectly, as did the city water and sewer hookup. The laundry facility was in working order, and there were plenty machines to go around. The large spacious off-leash dog area was impressive too.
And it was very quiet there. Sash really needed that time to breathe in some fresh air. We both actually found some time to work on our business stuff. Mia loved being able to rest herself on cool, dry grass.
The KOA’s Wi-Fi worked great during the day, but by the evening it slowed down to a crawl. That’s why we have our own Verizon Jetpack.
One downside to this particular KOA is that the spaces are quite close together.
There several families with kids camped there, but honestly we didn’t hear them make much noise.
What’s Wrong With the Truck?
So after the first night, I woke up and got ready to take the truck into town to have it looked at. I found a place in Oak Grove called, “Oak Grove Auto Repair”, on 16th street and Broadway. They seemed nice enough, considering I was a walk-in. But they couldn’t figure out where the smell was coming from. They said they checked everything, even tested the catalytic converter. Yet, the truck was still putting out a gassy odor.
We decided to just keep the windows rolled up and the doors shut tight, and that seemed to really help. The next morning, we left KOA pushing further west. I figured I’d just take to Mission Hills Automotive once I got back to San Diego, the shop that I’ve been taking my truck to recently.