Over the past couple of months, we have spent a lot of time digging trenches, moving dirt, and going back and forth with the inspectors. After weeks of waiting, finally, a delivery showed up that we were amped about – electric pedestals!
Since we are building out the park in phases, we only received 17 pedestals, enough for our first phase of campsites. This first phase is designed as back-in-only sites that are for vans and small campers (teardrops, pop-ups, truck campers, tents). Due to this fact, we had only planned to put 20 amps and 30 amps into each of the pedestals. Not to mention that when we showed the electricians and the inspectors these plans they gave us the initial “okay” to move forward with the installation.
Well, that “okay” turned into a “hold on” as they looked over the codes again and realized that 20% of the sites needed to provide 50 amps as an option. With all the pedestals already installed by the time this discovery was made, we thought we were going to have to completely redo several of the sites to fit the standard of the code. Luckily, we got in touch with our electrician right away, and adding 50 amps to 20% of the sites was going to be an easy addition to make.
After weeks of digging trenches with the backhoe, making and spreading topsoil into each trench for the bedding, and making various adjustments to the bedding until it was approved, we were electrified with excitement when we got the approval to backfill the trenches.
Does this mean that we can be open for business? Not quite. While there is now electricity flowing to the campsites, a lot of work still needs to be done at each site.
Since there was a lot of dirt displaced while making the trenches for the electricity, we now have a lot of piles that need to be screened and moved. We plan to screen out the larger rocks, use them for our roads, and to build driveways at the campsites.
Despite all the work that still needs to be done, adding these pedestals was a huge step forward! Just seeing 17 pedestals lined up down the road at each space truly makes it look and feel like a campground now. We have done a lot of work over the past year, but a lot of that work your average person wouldn’t even notice, but everyone can spot these beautiful pedestals and see the progress that has been made.