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Old 06-25-2010, 09:05 PM   #1
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Smile Made our 1st trip in the motorhome!

My wife & I made our first camping trip in the motorhome and I'm happy to say it was very enjoyable with no mishaps or serious trouble.

We traveled about 100 miles to the Washington (state) coast and stayed 3 nights at Grayland State Park. Very nice!

We stopped about half-way there at a state weigh station on Hwy 8 near Brady. It was closed for checking semi trucks, as I had hoped, but they leave the scale turned on as a courtesy so truckers (and RVers ) can weight their rigs. I was pleased to find I have some extra capacity and also that the coach is fairly evenly balanced.

I did have to tighten up a few exhaust bolts on my newly installed exhaust system but that was a minor inconvenience and not unexpected.

We continued on to Grayland and pulled into the State Park and maneuvered our way back to our reserved spot (#100 is a great spot if you can get it).

I managed to back her into the moorage slip without the need for tug boats, just a bit of verbal aligning over the walkie-talkie from the DW. I dropped the hydraulic anchors, slid out the slide and made the shore connections.

Finally, we hoisted the sail and then it was time to C H I L L.

In typical Washington State fashion the skies were a little damp the day we arrived but the sun did eventually make an appearance and the clouds did this funky-cool thing in celebration.

Can't wait till we can do it again!

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Nick, It looks like you were having a ball! Enjoy!

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Old 06-26-2010, 02:31 AM   #3
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Ahoy mate! Glad to see your maiden voyage to be successful. Keep us posted and well keep the light house on for you.
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You picked a beautiful park for your first outing. Thanks for the tip about the Brady weigh station. Did you take Hwy 12 over? There is a little place in Centralia called Brazel's if you ever feel the need to unburden yourself of some cash. They have rv spots there. Also the Lucky Eagle casino. Next time you feel the need to head to the coast I would recommend Ocean City and Pacific Beach also Cape Disappointment. We go to Copalis Beach all the time.
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Old 06-26-2010, 11:52 AM   #5
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Hi Tom,

We live West of Gig Harbor so I went the "back route" thru Shelton (Hwy 3 to Hwy 101) then Hwy 8 West which merges with Hwy 12 at Elma. So actually the Brady weigh station would properly be on Hwy 12 not 8 - my bad.

After weighing each axle, the weigh station has enough room to then back up and move over to weigh just one side. Lets you get individual wheel weights that way.

Thanks for the tips on the other ocean areas to visit!
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Glad you had a great time. We're waiting on new tires to come in & anxious for our first long trip! Your wife takes some great pics of you under the rig. :-)

And I like that funky-cool thing the clouds were doing!
I'm also a photog. ;-)

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