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.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

121 here today

The temperature got to about 121 degrees today.  I spent most of the day still cleaning and getting thing organized around here.  I had to take a couple of breaks and duck inside to cool down though.  Tomorrow is supposed to be more of the same.  No relief until Thursdays and even that won’t be much of a break.  Last nights low was 92 but we were cool with only one AC running.  Turned the second one on as soon as we got up this morning of course.  Even the water coming out of the cold water tap is over 90 degrees.
All in all though, we are glad to be back.

Friday, June 28, 2013

We are done

We arrived back in Havasu today.  We were going to stop over in Barstow for one more night on the road but the weather in Havasu is supposed to get REAL HOT so we decided to get here before it does.  It is already HOT.  My thermometer is showing 119.5 right now at 4:30p.  We had originally planned to spend the weekend in Las Vegas but with this heat coming we decided not to.  We are anxious to get unloaded and clean everything up.  Our lot here is a real mess too.  The winds blew in a lot of debris and dust so everything needs cleaning.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

No more Elks

We will be staying in campgrounds from now until we get back to Havasu.  We are now at The Orange Grove RV Park in Bakersfield.  We have stayed here several times and it never changes.
We have always enjoyed our stay here.  This place is a popular transit stop for people just passing through.  During the day hours the place is empty.  We arrived around 11:00a and pretty much had our pick of sites.  However, during the late afternoon/evening hours this place will fill up and before 8:00a it empties out again.  The price is right, they have a pool, meeting room, lounge, small store, free WiFi, and orange trees.
Every site has about 3 well groomed orange trees.  During the season you can pick all the oranges you want.  Unfortunately we never seem to be here during the season which is January through April.
For some reason though I cannot connect to their internet.  Landen connected right away with his computer, Susan’s computer connects but mine won’t.  It might have something to do with all the blockers I am running.  No problem, I still have my MiFi card.  The drive here was really good.  I was a little concerned about the Dash Air in the motorhome but it performed so well it was freezing us out.  The weather here was about 100 degrees today and tomorrow will be hotter.  We are comfy though with both ACs running.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Touring day

We left the motorhome this morning about 8:00 heading for Hearst Castle. We had a 10:00 tour and didn’t want to be late. We got there in plenty of time, which worked out well. When we arrived I checked in with the ticket counter and got our reserved tickets. This included a 40 minute movie of the life of William Randolph Hearst. We had about 15 minutes before the movie so we checked out the gift shop. Everything was way too expensive so we passed on buying anything. After the movie we had about 10 minutes to board the bus for the 5 mile ride to the top of the hill and the castle.
After the guided portion of the tour we were free to spend as much time on the hill as we wanted.  This is something new.  After Hearst Castle we headed up the coast a bit to check out the Elephant seal.
Landen got a kick out of watching them.  Then it was back down the coast to Morro Bay for lunch at Giovanni’s.  This is one of our favorite places for fish and chips.
While in Morro Bay we also stopped by our favorite salt water taffy shop.  Landen was like a kid in a candy shop…oh wait, he was a kid in a candy shop.  He bought close to a pound of candy.  Then we did the tourist shopping thing.  We finally got back to the motorhome about 3:30.  A full day of fun.  The weather on the coast was just perfect but here in Atascadero it is a bit warm, about 97 degrees.  I sure hope the dash air conditioner still works in the motorhome because tomorrow we start our inland journey back to Arizona.  I will break it up into 3 days of driving and the next 2 places have pools so Landen will have a chance to cool off.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Didn’t get there in time

Today we left Gilroy with little gas in the tank.  I planned to stop at a gas station about 30 miles down the road.  What I do when I know I will need to stop for fuel is look at the stations on Google Maps Satellite View and see how the station is arranged to see if I can get in and out with the motorhome with car attached.  This station was an easy in easy out.  Just as I was pulling up to the pump a guy was stringing yellow caution tape around the pumps.  He said they are closing the pumps for maintenance.  I begged him to wait a few minutes until I fill up but he wasn’t going for it.  I made my way over the Highway to the no name station on the other side to get enough gas to make it to another Chevron station.  Turns out the only exit of this station puts me right back on the highway…IN THE WRONG DIRECTION!  So I had to take the next exit, drive down the road for about a mile, then under the highway and back another mile to get back on the highway in the right direction.  Well we made it back here to Atascadero again.  We will be here for 2 nights so we can take Landen to the Hearst Castle tomorrow.  Today was Laundry day, Fun!  I just got the notice that I have used up my Data allowance for our Internet.  That means I am now on “Overage Charge”.  I think it will only be an additional $10 for the month so it’s not too bad.

Monday, June 24, 2013



Landen had one of the best weekends of his life.  We did about everything one can do at the track.  Yesterday we got garage passes and Landen got to see more drivers along with some of the NASCAR announcers and more signatures including Rick Hendrick, which is Jimmie’s team owner.


As we were roaming through the garage our daughter text us and said she saw us on TV.  We also got to see a first when one of the drivers went off track and his exhaust set the grass on fire.  Although Jimmie didn’t win he did well and Landen had a great time.  After the race they let us walk the track.  Then since we had to park so far away from the exits they let us drive the track to get to the other side so we didn’t have to drive all the way around.

Landen had a ball as I drove down the switchbacks and down the straight stretch right in front of where we were sitting.  Then we took the pit road to the track exit.  Although I was only going 40 MPH it was fun for us all.  I thought we had it made since there was no traffic turning in the direction we needed to go, until we got about 5 miles down the road and there is was.  Fortunately the traffic was turning off soon and we weren’t stuck too long.  It still took us about 1.5 hours to do the 15 minute drive though.  After we got back to the motorhome I discovered we had no hot water.  It only took me about 10 minutes to find the problem and we were back in hot water.

Well today I expected to wake to rain.  It didn’t happen.  All the weather reports over rated the rain that was coming.  We got a small sprinkle at the beginning of the race yesterday and there was 1 short rain caution during the first part of the race.  I haven’t seen any rain since.  So we made our way back south to Gilroy again.  This is another one nighter before we head south again.  This time I went around the east side of San Francisco.  MUSH BETTER!  We ran into some slow traffic but I can much better tolerate slow traffic than driving through San Francisco streets and traffic.  Other than the drive and having to do some shopping, this is a relaxing afternoon.

Sunday, June 23, 2013


Sorry, I am too tired to post today.  Will update tomorrow evening.

Saturday, June 22, 2013


Our plan is to start traveling south Monday.  This is the weather forecast for Monday.
Atmospheric River Moisture Plume
Computer model forecast of the moisture plume stretching from the Pacific Ocean to the West Coast on Monday (yellow and orange shadings).
Of course this thing is heading right for us.  I guess this is one of the good things about only traveling 2 to 3 hours a day.  If it looks too bad Monday we will hang out here and do 5 hours broken up by lunch on Tuesday.  Unfortunately we have a schedule and have to move on.
So far this NASCAR experience has gone extremely well.  We are close to the track and the traffic has been light.  It only takes us 10 to 15 minutes to get back and forth. 
As you can see there are not many people here today.  However Sunday will be a different story.  Not much going on at the track today for us except for Sprint Cup Qualifying.
We did hang out over by the haulers for a while so Landen might get a look at some of the drivers.  Just happened that his favorite driver, Jimmie Johnson, came walking by.  Also he spotted Carl Edward.  He got Carl’s attention and gave him a wave and Carl waved back, made his day!  There was a NASCAR Pro Series West Race today.  We watched half of it but lost interest since we don’t know any of the drivers.  It was getting late and we were getting a bit more sun than we wanted so we decided to head back to the motorhome and rest up for tomorrow.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Track day Friday

We hit the track about 9:00 this morning.  Being only Friday the traffic was no issue.  We have some pretty good seats that overlook just about the whole track.
The rest of the stands are limited including the Grandstands.  For the final practice we sat in the Grandstands since there were not a lot of people there today and no one was checking tickets.
The only good thing about the grandstand is the upper seats are in the shade and they are right in front of the start/finish line and some of the pits.  Before they went out for practice we stood near the haulers and Landen got to see some drivers heading for the garages.  Landen had a great day and even after everything was over he didn’t want to leave.  We had to remind him that we got 2 more days.

Thursday, June 20, 2013


This morning we took off for the Jelly Belly factory.  The factory is in Fairfield about an hour away but we took a detour through Napa for breakfast.  Susan and I have been to the factory 2 times prior to this.  A couple of years ago we came through here with Landen and toured the factory.  Unfortunately it was a weekend and the workers were off for the weekend so the factory was quiet.  It’s what they call a “Quiet Tour”.  I planned this time during the week so the factory would be active.  Wrong!  This is the time of year they stop production and do repairs and cleaning.  Not only was the tour a “Quiet Tour” but all the equipment was covered so there was even less to see this time.  I give up.
Every time we come to this Elks I have noticed a shop next door that appeared to be a race shop where they build and work on Porsche and Aston Martin Race cars.  I decided to check it out this time so Landen and I went over.  It turns out I was right.  This is the TRG shop, which stands for “The Racers Group”.  They race at Laguna Seca, Long Beach, 12 Hours of Sebring and others.  The team has posted the most wins of any in the Grand-Am Rolex Series with 28, including the 2005 and 2006 Rolex Series GT championships; three wins in the Rolex 24 at Daytona and a single victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France.  After asking if they gave shop tours they said, The shops through those doors.  Make yourself at home.  If you have and questions feel free to ask someone.  So Landen and I entered the shop. 
He spotted this NASCAR and asked about it.
They tried NASCAR for one season and decided to stick with the Aston Martins and Porsches.  We even got to checkout the inside of a race hauler.  This was a pretty cool experience for Landen.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Long busy day

This morning we drove into San Francisco.  Traffic not to bad.  We spent some time at Fisherman’s Warf than jumped on the boat to Alcatraz Island.
Landen especially enjoyed his time on Alcatraz because he has a Zombie game that takes place on the Island.  He said everything on the Island was just like in the game.  He was showing us around because he was already familiar with the place.  After a whole day in SF we fought the traffic out of town back to Petaluma.  Then after a short rest we jumped back in the can and headed to Rohnert Park (just north of Petaluma) for dinner.  We are now back in the Motorhome and ready for a good night rest.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Do nothing day

We had no plans today except laundry.  When we have to use a Laundromat, Susan will use about 5 washers and get the job done in a hurry.  While she was in doing laundry Landen and I were in the car listening to Metalica and Ozzy Ozborn.  After lunch Landen and I did a trial run to the NASCAR track.  It only took 10 minutes to get to the track and is literally down the street from us.  We played it cool and just drove past security into the track.
We checked out our seats and where we need to be for the garage tour then checked out the rest of the track.
It is smaller than I though and we got a good view of the whole track from our seats.

We got a pretty nice site here at the Petaluma Elks Lodge.

Monday, June 17, 2013

What a PIA

Today we are in Petaluma California.  We are now on the north side of San Francisco.  I didn’t want to deal with traffic so I decided to head for the coast and take California 1 up and over the Golden Gate Bridge.  What a dumb move.  Of course the coast route was closed when I got there so here I am with 55 feet total length trying to find my way around the narrow streets of SF not knowing where to go.  We made it with no real big problems but as I said, What a PIA.  Landen got a kick out of going over the Golden Gate Bridge and seeing Alcatraz Island. 
He took the pictures, I was too busy watching the road and traffic.  After I arrived I sat down and mapped out a route around San Francisco for the return trip.  I am willing to sit in a little slow bumper-to-bumper traffic rather than deal with narrow crowded streets.
I feel like we are back in Havasu with the wind.  It is blowing about 22 MPH with 26 MPH gusts, but it is only 70 degrees instead of 105.  The wind is supposed to blow for one more day then is should be good.
We are here for a week so we can settle in for a change.  Tomorrow we need to find a Laundromat and I need to wash the car.  Landen is happy that he can sleep in tomorrow and I am glad I don’t have to drive for 2+ hours.
We finally lost our local channels on our Satellite TV.  I was pretty amazed we had them all the way up to Gilroy.  There is cable here at the Elks Lodge in Petaluma but I used the cable input to rewire the motorhome for 2 satellite inputs for our DVR.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

No blown fuses today!

We are now in Gilroy California, The Garlic Capitol of the World.  No really, that’s what they call it.  Next month is their big garlic festival.  Glad we won’t be here.
The drive was great.  No problems on this leg of the trip.  Came close to a problem though.  I never worry about driving under the canopy at the gas stations since most are plenty high.  As I was pulling into the station in Templeton the attendant came running out and pointing up.  I opened the window and he asked if I would fit.  I then noticed the 12’ sign and told him I would fit.  He watched as I slowly pulled in.
No problem, except the gas was $4.25 a gallon.  I had to laugh because the attendant asked if it I was going to pump over $10.  After I said it was going to be over $100 he said he would turn the pump on from inside.  This was good because I didn’t have to swipe my credit card several times to fill it.
This Elks Lodge is very nice.  It sits on top of a hill surrounded by a golf course. 
I am surprised that even though the lodge is on a hill and the parking lot is pretty steep, the RV sites are level.  In fact this is the first level site we have had since we started this journey.  I thought Susan was going to be out of luck with her NASCAR race today because we are in trees and it took me a while to finally find the signal.  I thought I read that where this lodge is supposed to have WIFI.  Wrong.  This is too bad because I found out that Landed has been playing his games online and has used half our allotted monthly usage in just 3 days.  Of course I put a stop on online game playing unless we are on another WIFI.
No wonder my body was tingling.  See the big tree behind our motorhome. 
It is of the Cellularus Towerus variety.  In other words…A Cell Tower.
This is the sign placed near it.  If I didn’t have cancer I will now after spending 20 hours under it.  Or maybe I will get lucky and the radiation will kill the cancer.
It’s nice to sit for a day and not have to chase down problems.  I am pleased though that even though the problems have affected the motorhome none of the problems have been with the motorhome.  Oh I forgot to mention that our Satellite receiver would not come on yesterday when we arrived.  Found out the plug fell out of the socket as we were traveling.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Another fuse

I found another blown fuse today.  After getting on the road today and getting up to speed I hit the Cruise Control and… Nothing.  I tried several times during the trip with a no go.  After arriving in Atascadero, CA I checked out a few things with no luck so I figured I will have to do the rest of the trip with no cruise.  I went about cleaning the motorhome, what a mess it was, all the time thinking about the cruise problem.  After getting the motorhome sparkly clean again I decided to check the brake light switch.  I depressed the brake pedal and it would not budge.  I mean it wouldn’t move an inch.  This is not good at all, I thought.  I started the engine and at least had brakes with the engine running.  Well at least I can still drive it.  See, my motorhome has an electric assist that operates the power brakes even if the engine is shut off (for safety).  With the engine off I can depress the brake pedal and hear a motor run which electrically gives me power brakes.  So I though, another blown fuse.  Sure enough I found it and all was well again.  But Why?  After looking through the schematics and giving it some though I realized both the brake problem and hydraulic leveler/slides problem had something to do with lights.  The hydraulic levelers/slides shares the same circuit as the turn signals, in case you were wondering (don't understand why).  Must be the car I am towing.  Before tearing the car apart I decided to check out the electric cable between the motorhome and the car.  Well that was it.  I found all the wires loose in the connectors and some of the clamping screws even fell out and were rattling around inside the connector (shorting wires as they did).  I even found a burnt spot on one of the wires as evidence.  The problems could have been a lot worse.  Glad that’s over!
The trip here was otherwise a good one.  I got a good idea of what towing an additional 800 lbs can do.  I climbed a 7% grade and was down to 40 mph in 3rd gear.  I have never been reduced to less that 55 mph with my other car.  I still had acceleration but didn’t want to rev the engine too far.  The motorhome didn’t seem to mind the pull though.
We have full hookups at this Elks Lodge.  Tonight we are going to enjoy nice long showers since we have sewer hookups and don’t have to conserve.  We will have full hookups again in 2 days when we reach Petaluma, Ca.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Another travel day

Today we left Ontario, CA and made our way up the coast to Santa Barbara.  It was a better drive than I expected.  The traffic was not bad at all.  There was only a short time I was down to 35 and the rest was 50 to 65.  After backing in to our site here at the Santa Barbara Elks Lodge I looked down to lower the jacks and saw no life in the panel.  It was completely dead.  That also means the slides will not work.  Not Good!  After not finding the correct fuse I called the Motorhome manufacturer to ask where the fuse was and they couldn’t tell me.  There only comment was just check all the fuses until you find a bad one.   It took me about 15 minutes to find the blow fuse and all was well again.  The only question now is Why did the fuse blow?  I have been through all the schematics and am more puzzled that before.  Things that were not supposed to be working with that fuse blown were.  I guess I will deal with it if it happens again.
Anyway, we are only here for one night again then our trek north continues.  I called ahead to see if there was a space available for tomorrow and they said there were about 4 spots open right now.  Hopefully there will be one for us tomorrow.  There are alternatives if not.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Movin on

Today we left Vista California and traveled a whole 75 miles up to Ontario.  I know it’s now very far but why be in a hurry.  We don’t have to be in Sonoma until the 21st.  We are only going to be here for one night then we are on the road again.  Tomorrows drive will be about 2.5 hours, most of it in LA traffic.  I am not looking forward to that.
Today we went to the Bass Pro Shop in Rancho Cucamonga.  I thought we were at Disneyland when we pulled into the parking lot.  They have a very large parking lot and there was no place to park. 
While there Landen got a chance to do a little target practice.  He hit the target every time and even got a Bulls Eye.  The Motorhomes on both sides of us here at Ontario are from Arizona.  One is from Havasu and the other is from about 30 minutes north of Havasu.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

We are back at it

We left Havasu at 8:00 this morning.  It was already 90 degrees and we anticipated getting out of the heat.  I took about 250 miles of driving to get out of the 100s.  It wasn’t until we left Beaumont, CA that we hit cooler temps.  Turns out it got to about 110 today in Havasu and supposed to be about 118 this weekend.  We are now in Vista, CA where it got to about 70.  We are on a 3 week trip.  We will be picking up our Grandson, as we do every summer, and heading up the coast to Sonoma for a NASCAR race.  Landen is so excited.  So far the trip has been a fixit trip.  We lost a hub cap somewhere along the way, the battery went dead in the car, our portable fan quit working, and Susan’s iron stopped working.  However the motorhome ran great and the dash air that I just recharged blew cold air the whole 100+ degree trip.
More later.