Our New House

It was brought to my attention that we haven’t updated our Blog since 2013. Since we have become stagnant and haven’t really traveled for a while I didn’t have much of interest to post. Not that our life isn’t interesting, there just isn’t much RV Travel going on.

Well recently we have turned another page in our lives. We decided since we like our lifestyle so much that buying a house wasn’t in our plans. However we have pretty much outgrown the RV so…

We bought a Park Model home in the same resort where we have lived for the last 11 years in the motor home. If you are not familiar with a Park Model, it is a small 400 square foot manufactured home. Ours however is a bit more than a simple park model. First off ours is set in the ground so it is ground level, then a 200 square foot addition was added making it 600 square foot overall and the whole thing is stuccoed and the roof is tiled. There is also a 117 square foot building on the property, which serves as a laundry room and a shop. This building is attached to the house by a covered patio with outdoor kitchen. Along with the real residential appliances they topped it off with an air conditioner that can turn the house into a meat locker in the 120-degree Arizona summers. You can see more photos by clicking on the link in the left column.

I have added a link to the photos of our house HERE.

So, although we are keeping the motor home, it looks like we are not Fulltimers anymore.

Best wishes to all our readers and I hope your travels are as enjoyable as ours.

I will leave the Blog up because I know others enjoy reading about our travels.

Friday, November 30, 2007

National RV closes operations

I just read that National RV in Perris California has shut down its operations today. 600 Employees were handed a letter this morning stating they were all laid off and the plant will be closing. It went on to say that this is a permanent closer and layoff. National RV is a manufacturer of Class A gas and diesel motorhomes. You may recognize their models as Dolphin, Sea Breeze, Tradewinds, and Tropi-cal. I guess they have been struggling for a few years now. We were within 30 minutes of buying a Dolphin just before we bought our Rexhall. I was cautioned about buying my Rexhall. A few people said they were going out of business soon. So far, it looks like I made the right choice. See the new 2008 Rexhalls here.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

650-horsepower diesel

If I were to buy a Diesel powered motorhome, this is what I would want in it. The problem is, this engine probably cost as much as my present motorhome and can only be found in a million dollar plus coach. I can dream can’t I?

Cummins Introduces 650-HP Diesel Engine
RV Business
Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Cummins Inc. introduced a new 650-horsepower diesel engine for luxury motorhomes, the ISX 650, at the National RV Show in Louisville, Ky., on Tuesday (Nov. 26).

The ISX 650, with 1950 lb-ft of torque, represents a new level of performance in the premium motorhome market, the company said in a news release.

“The Cummins ISX delivers superior performance through the use of its in-house core technologies, including Cummins’ advanced electronic controls, patented VG Turbo, high-pressure fuel system, combustion technology and exhaust aftertreatment,” the company stated. “The new ISX 650 is fully integrated with the Allison 4000 MH model automatic transmission. The Allison 4000 MH model is rated up to 650 HP and 1950 lb-ft of torque. This rating and transmission integration demonstrates the ongoing collaborative efforts between Cummins and Allison Transmission.”

According to Mark Conover, Cummins’ director-RV Business, “We’ve listened to motorhome customers and understand that horsepower and performance are top of mind. The ISX 650 will provide exceptional acceleration, improved ability to climb steep grades, better downhill speed restraint with superior braking horsepower and all-around first-rate performance.”

Sunday, November 25, 2007

This one got away

I survived!

Well it’s over and they have all gone home. The campground has pretty much emptied out. We have been full since Monday and now they are gone. We can relax now. For the most part everyone was well behaved but we did get our share of idiots.

I did had a little help from Security however.

He had to poke his nose in everyone’s business, especially if there was food involved.

Our daughter and her husband brought their motorhome to spend a few days with us along with some good friends. We had the greatest time.

And of course there was Thanksgiving with the family and friends. I did my usual turkey on the grill and it came out great. With the engineering background in me I can’t just toss the bird on the grill.

I hooked it up with remote temperature sensors to monitor the inside turkey temp and kettle temp. No guess work here. We are Hi Tech. We also had ham and all the thanksgiving dinner fixings. Oh and don’t forget the pies.

The weather was good and now that everyone has gone it has turned to cloudy and cool.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Full again

The campground is full again. We had 110 campers come in today. Funny thing though, I thought most would stay through Thanksgiving day but that is not true. I think I counted only 2 that are staying. According to the reservation system the campground will be full but they will be coming and going all week. I guess not everyone can get a whole week off for Thanksgiving. I am glad the guy right next to me is only staying for 2 nights. One of the first things he did when he pulled in was fire up his generator and it hasn’t been off since. Last year we had a group that took up pretty much the whole area down where we are. They were the type that didn’t think the rules pertained to them at all. I heard they might not be here this year.

I was in the right place at the right time again today. I was checking out a beehive in one of the sites when a surfer came up from the beach bleeding from the face. He told me he got hit by his board and needed help. I got on my campground radio and had the lifeguards there within minutes. Turns out the guy was OK, just a good blow to the nose. While waiting for the lifeguards I took a look at his nose, and a look at his surfboard and said, “If it’s any consolation, your board looks worse than your nose.” His board had a pretty good ding in it.

Susan and I passed our test! We both had our physicals and passed with flying colors. I think it has a lot to do with our lifestyle and the fact that we are a bit health conscious and Susan prepares healthy meals.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

After sunset

Well I got plenty of sunset pictures but here is an after sunset picture.

It’s kind of like a bonus. Last night after the sun had completely gone down and it was dark the moon was shinning over the water. The ocean was so calm that the reflection was killer.

It’s a damn good thing I am not driving the motorhome in California for these 3 months. California gas prices are the highest in the country. I paid $3.50 a gallon to fill the car the other day. The car is bad enough. I wouldn’t want to fill the motorhome right now.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Finally a nice day

The weather was just great today. It’s back to shorts and flip-flops for me. What a nice change from the last couple of days where we had rain and the temperatures didn’t get any higher than the low 60s. The day started out early for Susan and I. It was our day to start our medical checkups. We went to the clinic this morning to have blood drawn. Our grandson got a kick out of watching them pull blood from his Papa’s arm. After that we all went out for a big breakfast since we had to fast before the blood draw.

I was out wandering around our end of the campground this afternoon since I am off duty. As I was heading back to the motorhome I spotted a girl in a wetsuit hobbling up from the beach. Huh…Stingray sting I bet. So I went over to see if my hunch was right. A soon as she spotted me she asked for hot water. Knowing that hot water is the best thing for a stingray sting I asked, Stingray and she answered, yes. Fortunately I was close to the motorhome so I told her to stay put and went for a bucket of hot water. I returned with a chair, a bucket of hot water, and our Camp Host radio. I called for the Host on duty who informed the Ranger on duty and soon the Lifeguards were on scene. A Stingray has never stung me but this is the second one I have seen. Although not life threatening, it sure looks painful.

Well this is how the day ended.

Even with clear skies, the sunset was great.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Surprise rain

We were woken last night to the sound of rain on the roof. Not just drizzle but down right rain. I climbed out of my nice warm bed to lower one side of the awning so the water would not pool up inside. This ruins many awnings. Then I crawled back into my warm bed, briefly thought about all the tent campers, and fell back to sleep to the sound of rain on the roof. When we woke this morning the rain had stopped and the sun was shining. It turned out to be a great day. This was totally unexpected. Even the weather forecasters didn’t have a clue.

Many spent the afternoon exploring the tide pools.

Later a surfer takes a brief time out to catch the sunset.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Back to normal

Ah, the sounds of pounding tent stakes, wood pallets being broken apart, kids playing, and the smell of campfires. It’s back to normal down at our end of the park. Sure our solitude is gone, but it’s kind of nice to see the families getting settled in for the weekend. We had over 130 campers check in today. This weekend is our Saturday off so we are free until Tuesday afternoon. I am sure I will have to remind a few campers of the rules and assist a few others but… that’s what I’m here for.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Loosing our solitude

Tomorrow the whole park will be open again. Our end of the park has been closed down for maintenance for about a month now and it sure has been nice and quiet down here. This is not to say that I had the month off since us Hosts cover the whole park. It’s been much easier with half the park closed down meaning half the people but not necessarily half the problems. I took the opportunity to do an oil change on the motorhome. Even though I have a few more privileges than the average camper since I live here fulltime for 3 months, I am not sure if oil changes are one of them and didn’t want other campers to think they can do the same.

If you ever want to experience how crazy some people can be, try Camp Hosting. The other night I thought it was rather strange that one of the bathrooms was locked every time I passes it. I finally informed the Rangers that we might have a “Bathroom Camper”. Sure enough, one of our local homeless took up residency in the bathroom. We have a “Crazy Lady” that every conversation with her becomes a confrontation. The other night she confronted the wrong person (Ranger) and almost went to jail. She was ejected from the park, but she will be back.

As with most State Park campgrounds along the California coast, a train runs very near the park. During the day it’s not too bad since only the local commuter trains run. These are modern, short and fast so the noise is minimal and it is over with quick. The problem is at night when the slow moving, long freight trains come through. They are pretty noisy. We have had campers check out early because they couldn’t handle the noise. They said they were heading home to get a vacation from their vacation.