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Old 12-06-2017, 08:28 PM   #57
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We had a blast last night camping at Mountain Valley RV Park in Tehachapi, CA. It is a bit off the beaten track, a mile or so from Route 58, and right next to a small airfield from which they launch gliders and teach people to pilot them. There was this owl in one of the nearby trees that kept flying around every time we went out after dark. First time I thought it was a huge bat of some kind, but then my brain kicked in and I realized it had to be an owl. This is a nice place to camp, and if you are a glider fan or want to see them launched, it is also a great place to stay for a few days. The person at the desk was super-nice. Sites have water and electric, and there’s a dump station you can use on the way in and/or out. They even have trees, which is uncommon in the desert.

Tonight we are at a Harvest Host winery location near Acampo, CA. It is super awesome. Flat level gravel lot, plenty of room to park, and the propane generator is working like a charm. We should be plenty warm tonight.

We probably don’t really need the generator, but we’ve been carrying our propane generator around with us since Labor Day, so this is our excuse to pull it out and use it. It will be 31 degrees F tonight, so we will be running the propane furnace for heat. We also switched the fridge and water heater to propane as it is more efficient to make heat directly from propane than to burn propane for electricity and then turn that electricity into heat. Our main concern is that we will be running the furnace all night and the furnace fan might otherwise drain our batteries.

The winery is a treat and is decorated beautifully for the holidays. We had a lovely wine flight tasting, and bought three bottles. While the camping is free, we did spend some money on wine. Still, we think we came out ahead, and I get to give our generator a real test.

Tomorrow we will go at least as far as Redding, CA. If the weather is awesome and the roads are clear, we may make a break for Oregon. If not, we will spend at least one night in Redding and make sure the roads over Siskyou pass are clear before we make the attempt. These are the only potentially snowy roads between us and Seattle, but we will treat them with respect. We have chains for the truck, though we hope we will not need them!
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Old 12-06-2017, 09:50 PM   #58
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If you have to stop or overnight before going over the Syskiyou pass the Randolph E Collier reststop is a beautiful place. It is close enough that you can make a fast dash if needed, but it can fill up.
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Old 12-07-2017, 05:28 AM   #59
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Thanks for the detailed report Rocinante. Good to hear your tales from the road!

Here is the local forecast for 10 miles SSE of Ashland, which is the closest I could find to the Siskiyou Pass.

http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick...Type=graphical

These short-term local forecasts are remarkably accurate, we have found, because the NWS computers update the various line items in real time, based on actual readings on the ground. Note the Snow line near the bottom, and Forward 2 Days button at the top right. No snow is forecast through late Tuesday.

Safe home!

Peter

PS — Redding airport NWS readings: http://w1.weather.gov/obhistory/KRDD.html
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Old 12-08-2017, 07:44 PM   #60
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Thanks, everyone!
Last night we stayed at Mountain Gate RV Park, just north of Redding, California. Highly recommended place to camp. Sites are flat, level, paved and terraced up a lovely hillside, and rest rooms / showers are quite nice. Temps here last night were quite pleasant, with a low of 39, as compared to much cooler temps north of us.

This morning we woke to beautiful blue skies and left around 9:15, heading north. We learned that we had made a very good decision, stopping in Redding instead of pushing forward into the mountains. The roads were clear, but there was still heavy frost in shady spots. Also, to our geographic surprise, we discovered that mountainous roads continued from just north of Redding, all the way to Canyonville, OR. We had no idea. Our previous supposition was that once we were north of Siskiyou Pass, we’d have flatter roads, etc. Boy were we ever wrong, haha. While Siskiyou was indeed the highest point on the road, there were plenty of 6% grades and sharp curves ahead, literally all the way to Canyonville. So, we were extremely pleased that we had taken the better part of valor by stopping for the night in Redding at a very nice RV park.

This evening we are in the Eugene, OR, area, camping at Armitage Park, which is a county park in this area. Highly recommended! Flat paved spots, plenty of room, picnic tables and fire rings, full hookups, nice rest rooms / showers, and a great laundry room. Who could ask for more? Well, we could ask for warmer weather, as the low tonight will be 27 degrees F. So glad we just filled our second propane tank, so we have plenty of fuel to help keep us warm and protect our pipes / tanks from freezing tonight. Power is the only thing we connected tonight. We will do any water-wrangling tasks tomorrow morning!
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Old 12-08-2017, 07:53 PM   #61
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What a wonderful trip you’ve had!

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Old 12-08-2017, 08:02 PM   #62
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Rocinante's Big Adventure - 2017

Thanks, Maggie. It has indeed been an epic road trip. The last week or so has been more heavily concentrated on getting home than we would have liked, but given we’ve been away since Labor Day, we are antsy to get back and make sure everything is OK there. Sometimes the home you own, owns you.

Also, we are optimistic that we will have plenty of opportunities to visit awesome locations in WA, OR, CA, UT, etc. in the future. For now, however, we are done with road trips that stretch from WA to FL and require a similar return journey.
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Old 12-08-2017, 10:28 PM   #63
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While memory is fresh,

1). It’s a good time to analyze fuel consumption. Future reference. Especially if miles towing and miles solo can be separated. (Hopefully cruise control use and same travel speed). The length of the trip, the avoidance of extreme weather, etc, make it good as reference for the life of the TV.

2). Scale tickets, as well, before the house. All three, whether or not any WD changes. Relations change over time. Should be a good “set” to it at present. Hit before home. Half a link might be wanted. And do an axle split too. (Y’all have been tossing the same things in the same place for months. Take advantage).

Ton mile calculations are fun. My 3.97T TV and 3.94T TT as a 7.91T rig sees 123 ton-miles per gallon. On average. That’s a campfire spitter, ha!

3). Measuring tread depth before and after such a trip is usually revealing. The one time one can make something of small changes. Expectations about FF-RR and Port vs Starboard. Life expectancy. If you DIY, same for greaseable joints.

What doesn’t seem so long ago for me was determing oil consumption. For the first thirty years we were happy about 500+ miles/quart while towing. And did we hit a solid 8-mpg or was it 7.2, a 10% difference? A 7000-mile trip was pretty much one-half the life of a set of tires up into the 1970s. And the spare I started with wasn’t always the one at the end.

7000-Miles is about two weeks for me today. You can see why what appears a pain to an RV’er is just a matter of course for commercial service. Weights, tires, etc, all part of expectations. Predictions. The RV’er advantage is that such a trip is usually a reference for years to come.

It’s funny, but we start off “loving” the TT. True. But it’s the TV that gets a lot more regard (love) after a few such trips. As such, haven’t quite understood those changing every few years. A decade is about right. We don’t have many of those. It’s a distinct memory of parents and grandparents not only the sight of the TT coming up the street, but the particular TV as well.

Enjoyed riding along. Thx.
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Old 12-08-2017, 10:57 PM   #64
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Well, I have to say that on this trip, between the TT and the TV, the TV was far more reliable.

Good suggestions above, though overall we are less detail oriented than that.

Having lived in Rocinante "full time" for over 3 months, we are thinking about the possibility of downsizing to a 23FB. We won't do anything before the 2018 models come out, but it is an interesting idea. One goal of that switch (not to start a TV thread, please please don't do that) would be to get longer life and better gas mileage out of our TV via a trailer that is considerably lighter on the tongue and that we feel would be better suited to our truck. Another goal would be to fit more easily into National Park campgrounds out west and elsewhere with mostly smaller campsites that do not easily accommodate a 28' trailer. Examples near us include Olympic National Park and Mt. Rainier National park.
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Old 12-09-2017, 08:23 AM   #65
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. . . we are thinking about the possibility of downsizing to a 23FB.
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The 23FB looks good to us, as well, moving up from the FC20, and down from the 25' rear corner bed we had in the 90's. The 23FB thread is a good read:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f142...um-166374.html

Have a good weekend, and enjoy the holidays back home!



Thanks again for letting us tag along on your trip.


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Rocinante, Indeed it seems you had a wonderful trip! Certainly there've been angels all around you. Steinbeck must be smiling. Thank you for sharing your journey. Merry Christmas and continued safe travels in 2018 🎄
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Old 12-09-2017, 10:17 AM   #67
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Thanks again. Yes, it's been a wonderful trip. Almost home, almost there. We'll arrive tonight. Already told our HOA president that Rocinante will be in our driveway a few days while we empty it out, clean it up and then take it to our dealer on Friday for official winterization and a move to storage until the next trip.

Yep, that 23FB has been preying on our minds since before Thanksgiving, when we saw a couple of them camped at Fort Wilderness in Disney World. They are so darn cute!
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Old 12-09-2017, 10:01 PM   #68
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Home again, home again, jiggity jig!

Last night we camped near Eugene, OR, at Armitage Park Campground. Highly recommended, btw. It's a great place to camp! There is a Costco right down the road, but beware of that location as their parking lot is a disaster if you're towing a trailer.

It was super-cold last night, relatively speaking. Temps went down to 28 degrees F, but we were fine, as our propane heater was working great, and both propane tanks were full.

At the moment, Rocinante is resting temporarily in our driveway while we empty her out, clean everything and put some of the clean linens back in there before we take her to be winterized and then on to winter storage.

Thanks for following along, folks. We're home, safe and sound. Oh, man, it's cold here, too! No nights are supposed to be below freezing until we get her winterized, but we'll be running the propane heat at 50 degrees F with all the cabinets open inside, just to make sure we don't freeze anything.
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Thanks for the update.

Home sweet home!

Happy Holidays.



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-- snip -- that 23FB has been preying on our minds -- snip -- so darn cute!
And functional too. The reduction of 6 inches in width gets you through spots that a width of 8'-6" hangs you up. Less to store off season, less to tow in season, and not much capability given up. Two closets, dual sinks, a microwave, an oven, a reasonable sized bathroom with privacy, and a full size queen if that trips your trigger all are packed into that cute and cozy coach.

The new ones have good design upgrades and the older ones are easy to upgrade, except for that quiet ducted AC.

Have a Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year, and a long think on your next move. Pat
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