Well, the forecasts predict that we’ll get more snow in the area, whole I’m not so sure we’ll actually get it at the house it looks like the mountains will. The forecasts are for precipitation all up and down the west which will be quite a blessing. Pretty much everybody’s heard that Southern California is in a severe dry spell, and further North we’re way below typical snowpack levels. The jet stream bringing severe cold weather and snow down into so much of the country has been bypassing us, leaving us dry. So the snow will be very welcome.
Meanwhile as we wait for nicer weather, we are at least planning a long weekend trip to unlimber the motorhome in early April. I am so looking forward to it and I hope the intervening time passes as quickly as the last month and a half have flown by.
I guess I’ll pass the time sipping coffee and day dreaming. I really should get back on a regular routine on the treadmill though my innate laziness is quite a bit of inertia to overcome. LOL!
We went by the coach, “hidden” in storage to check it, pick up purchase paperwork to pick the sales tax off of it, and run the V-10 and the generator.
We were pleased to see no indication of leakage, no musty aromas, etc. We’re storing it in the open with a window over the kitchen counter cracked about an inch and the bathroom roof vent cracked open for air flow.
I started the V-10 first. The chassis battery seems on the “weak” side and I needed to use the house batteries to assist it in cranking. As soon as I did that the Triton fired up immediately. The Onan generator wasn’t as “happy” and took more attempts before it fired up, ran, and settled into a nice running mode.
I let both the V-10 and the generator run for about 20 minutes before shutting everything down, locking up, switching off the main battery switches.
We need to look into replacing the chassis battery in the spring.
We also want to replace both the kitchen and shower area powered vents with new Fantastic vents – Looking at taking advantage of the $39 installation offer at Camping World to get these done.
The other night Jean’s reading me some weather forecasts from the southwest with their predicted warmer pleasant temps.
I ask, “Why do you think I want to take up snowbird travel as soon as we can?”
A couple of days ago she’s seeing some journal entries from road travelers and tells me something along the lines of, “Look at this place. There are so many places to see in this country.”
At that time I suggested, “That’s why I want to get on the road with the motorhome as soon as we can. We’ve driven cross country a number of times but we were always time limited and drove right past those kinda’ places or spent an hour looking at them. Wouldn’t it be nice to wander slowly, no schedule, and see that stuff, really see it?”
I hope that by the time we can, we’ll be in alignment.
When our almost 17y/o jumps ship, I want to travel, not necessarily just head south in the winter, stay in on place until spring then come back north. And I don’t want to be on the move every day or maybe even every week. I want to visit places and see them in depth, no hurry, no rush, no day filled sight seeing. Rather, I want to relax, see places at a comfortable pace, and when we move, maybe move a couple hundred miles. I’d want to take advantage of longer term rates at RV campgrounds. Maybe spend a few nights here, a few nights there in various state and national parks. I want to wander without being lost.
Our 1999 H-R Vacationer has a single large awning. Though my previous wife and I had a class A motorhome for a while back in the ’80s, it was pretty basic, no awning, so I had no experience with them.
Our H-R came with a thick file of documentation but I could find nothing on the Colorada something or other awning. So I did some research on line and found enough info that I managed to deploy it once in front of our house though I didn’t understand exactly how to set the support arms correctly.
Yes, I realize that I don’t have the upper arms in the correct position. In reality, it didn’t actually matter since the wind immediately started blowing so hard that I stowed the awning. Unfortunately, when I was stowing it, the wind whipped it and the strap used to deploy the awning was yanked out of my hand and rolled up sideways as the awning went in like an out of control window shade rolling up.
Aww shit, I thought. That’s gonna’ be a problem if I ever want to deploy the damn awning again.
Fast-forward past a couple of “health issues” to August and we’re in Leavenworth WA on our second motorhome outing, also with sister and brother-in-law. I showed Terry how I had no tab-line to pull the awning out since it had gone in sideways and disappeared within the awning roll.
We made several attempts to get the awning unrolled before succeeding. I ended up on the roof of the coach at the aft end of the awning with him standing on a picnic table at the forward end. We managed to unroll the awning far enough that the damn strap flopped out. WooHoo!
I got the awning deployed and the support arms set kinda’ right.
The latches that hold my support arms in the correct positions don’t latch very well so I need to check into replacing them but that’s for the future.
I did manage to stow the awning properly when we left.
Other problems encountered have been that for both our first two outings, my jacks didn’t work. The second trip found the slide out not working. After the second trip the coach went into the shop for repairs. The jack problem turned out to be dirty wiring connections. The slide issue was caused by sheared off shear pins on the drive. So they didn’t end up costing us that much to repair.
Leavenworth WA is a small town that successfully recreated itself as a Bavarian styled, Christmas oriented town. Beginning as a small timber town, it became the headquarters for a regional railroad for a time until the railroad relocated up the road. In the early ’60s Leavenworth set out to transform itself.
The town itself is an visual imitation of a Bavarian village. Beer is ver popular with several microbrewery options. There are a lot of Christmas themed stores and several German restaurants. At Christmas they do a lot of Christmas lights.
We stayed in the Icicle Creek Campground just outside of town. It is located between a 2-lane highway and Icicle Creek/River. The river splits temporarily just upstream of the campground and the smaller part is called the creek and passes by the campground before rejoining the main flow downstream of the campground.
When we arrived and checked in, we were guided to our spot and directed in. I’m certain I could have backed our coach into our spot in 2 or 3 (or maybe 4) moves. The man who spotted me had me in there in a single move. LOL!
I’ll let pictures tell the rest of the story.
Thanks for taking a look.
Jean, my dear bride, had been browsing motorhome ads for a while. I hadn’t paid a lot of attention to it but it built up to a crescendo that I could no longer pretend didn’t exist. After looking at some in various places we found one on consignment and negotiated a price below the blue book value and arranged financing.
We bought the 1999 Holiday Rambler Vacationer, 36 (or 37) feet depending on which piece of paper I read, Ford V-10 powered, one slide, about 82k miles on the clock.
I got a front end alignment, a beefed up rear spring on the left due to a bit of a body sag. An oil change followed along with new drive tires.
Our first trip was to Westport WA, not terribly far from home. Before the trip we fueled the HR with Chevron gas. I added a suitable amount of Seafoam to the tank for 75 gallons prior to fueling. When we set up in Westport, the leveling jacks which had worked just fine so far, decided not to turn on. I checked the fuses and breakers I could find to no avail. Oh well, our site was level so we were fine. I deployed our awning but the wind was blowing so strong that I quickly stowed it. Without the jacks deployed the HR was swaying sometimes due to the wind. We slept very well and with full hookups the living was lush.
We spent the weekend walking, bicycling, enjoying the sights; Jean, her sister, and brother-in-law played games; I took photos and processed them.
We drove home on Sunday afternoon. Jean left immediately on a several day stay with friends down on the coast.
The next morning, Monday, I had a heart attack. I’m covering that experience in another series of blog posts.
Due to the heart attack and subsequent events, the summer became my “lost summer” and it was a while before we were able to venture out with the HR again.
Our next trip was to Leavenworth WA. I’ll leave that for my next blog post.