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Old 07-01-2016, 10:34 AM   #29
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Good call no fishing in the rough sea.
It just really isnt that much fun.
I am having some work done on our coach in Junction City on the 19th and think a Oregon coast visit is in order!
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Old 07-01-2016, 12:47 PM   #30
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Day 13:

Miles: 0

This was from yesterday that I forgot to post so it's for June 30th.

Nothing to report today. Didn't even take a single picture. Went riding again. The kids are having an absolute blast and it's hard to get them off when it's time to go.

We had all been craving seafood since we got here to we headed to a place called Griff's in Winchester Bay. Small little place but was pretty good. I had the Captains Platter which came with 2 scallops, 2 prawns, 2 oysters, 2 pieces cod and 2 calamari. I usually don't like my seafood fried but I liked it had the crab/shrimp cocktail as an appetizer and it was good.

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Old 07-02-2016, 01:27 AM   #31
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This was our last day in Winchester Bay. We will start the journey home tomorrow morning. My wife has some friends that moved up to Oregon City, Oregon, so they came down to spend some of the day with us. We had Ungers fish and chips again and walked around the gift shops in the harbor for a while. Nothing special.


They hung around the campsite for a couple hours and started to head home. We went in to Reedsport to do some last minute grocery shopping and dairy Queen!


We had heard that the lighthouse was beautiful to see at night so the kids and I stayed up until after 10 and took a drive. Very cool to see at night. I took a picture but it came out bad and didn't do it justice.



Tomorrow the plan is to have wheels moving at 8am. The 3 parties in our group are splitting ways a little. Some of us have to be home earlier and some are visiting friends along the way. To be honest, I'm about ready to be home and my wife is too so it's good we are getting out of here. It's starting to get very crowded for the 4th of July weekend.

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Old 07-02-2016, 08:46 PM   #32
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Andrew,


That was a great review. It is sure nice to be able to share that with the other family members in your group. You're kids will remember that trip for a long time.


Appreciate you taking time to tell your story.


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Old 07-04-2016, 01:06 AM   #33
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Boy was it an interesting trip home. I'll recap the last 2 days as well as a conclusion report tomorrow. It's time for bed now!

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Old 07-04-2016, 05:05 PM   #34
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Day 15:



Total Miles: 463



Total Time: 11 hours 45 minutes



We woke up around 6:30am to start packing up. Itís amazing how much stuff there is to pack after being stationary for 8 days. We got it all done while trying to stay quiet for the rest of the campground and were on the road at 8:01am! I mentioned the families were going to split up a little but my parents decided to travel with us. Our goal was to travel down the coastal 101 the entire day. Iíve taken this road before and itís one of the best Iíve ever been on. We took some great pictures along the way and stopped at the visitor center in Redwood National Park for the kidís stamps. Here are some pictures of the drive.










Of course this route takes a little longer then interstate 5 but I thought it was worth for the scenery.



Somewhere around Ukiah, Iím leading the way with my dad following and he calls me to say he thinks he blew a tire on the enclosed trailer. Instead of pulling over on the side of the highway, I chose to go an extra mile and we found an exit with a big shoulder on the off-ramp. Sure enough, he blew out one of the tires. We have to empty the entire enclosed trailer of bikes to get to the floor jack and spare tire but we managed to get it changed in about a half hour. It was around 95 degrees at this time but you didnít hear any complaints from me after spending 8 days in cold/windy weather.





You see my son is helping out. Lol


Back on the road, we had no real idea where we were going to stay tonight. We knew it was the holiday weekend and figured everything would be booked up. I had my co-pilot (my wife) start making phone calls to different Walmarts/campgrounds/casinos to see if we can crash for the night. We had planned on getting on the road real early tomorrow anyway. Everyplace we called had the same answer. No! The casino would us park there, but we had to rent a room. All the local walmarts had city ordinances preventing it.



We got in to Santa Rosa about 7:45pm looking for something to eat. My wife found a shopping center with a few different fast food options. This shopping center also had a Costco with a large parking lot. The Costco was already closed and I attempted to call the 1-800 to ask but didnít get an answer. We decided to crash for the night and if we were asked to move, weíd pick up and move. The Costco doesnít open up until 10am tomorrow and weíd be long gone before employees would even arrive. The kids stayed the night with grandma and grandpa so we only had to pull out our wardrobe slide to access the bed. Hereís a picture of our ďcampsiteĒ for the night.





Good night,



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Old 07-04-2016, 05:12 PM   #35
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Total Miles: 541



Total Time: 16 hours 20 minutes



With the exception of it being a little loud and lights, it was a pleasant stay in the Costco parking lot. We were on the road by 5am with sights set on home. We were going to take the 101 to the Richmond Bridge to the 580 and on to the 5 for the boring with quicker drive home. The fog was pretty heavy and still a little dark so we couldnít see the San Francisco sky line. We will have to take a separate trip up there so my wife and kids can see it.



Both my dads motorhome and my truck have large fuel tanks. He can hold 80 gallons and I can hold 96. We stopped off at the Joeís Travel Plaza off the 5 in Wesley, CA to make our final fuel stop. Itís nice not to have to fuel up ever 200-250 miles. It allows up to get some miles in. I fueled up and pulled forward to wait for my dad to finish up. After waiting a while, I walked back to the pump and his motorhome home wouldnít start! Huh? It was just running for hours. Itís ran this entire trip fine. It just wouldnít fire over. We tried everything. All electrical was working, no check engine light, nothing. We both started to think it might be the starter. We began calling mobile diesel mechanics but with it being the Sunday before July 4th, we werenít getting much luck. The ones we got a hold of, wouldnít respond but said that if we hit the start with a hammer, it might fix itself and start up. We must have tried this 40 times to no avail. Time for good old AAA and a really big wrecker to haul it off someplace.



AAA was having a hard time getting a hold of a tow company with a big enough truck. We originally wanted it put on a flatbed lowboy trailer in order to prevent having to disconnect the driveshaft. They eventually got a hold of Save Tow in Dublin to come down with a wrecker. It took him about an hour and a half to get there. While waiting for the tow, AAA got a hold of a diesel tractor repair shop that was open on a Sunday in French Camp, CA which was about 25 miles north of us. Great! Tow it there, get the starter replaced/fixed and be on our way before the end of the business day.



It took the wrecker another hour and a half or so to hook up. No complaints from us. That is a check/double check/triple check kind of job. Itís amazing what those hydraulic lifts can do. That motorhome isnít light and it moved it with such ease. Hereís a picture of it all loaded up and ready to move.




My dad was pulling an enclosed trailer. You know, the same one that blew a tire yesterday. The tow driver said we couldnít leave it hooked up to the motorhome so I had to figure out what to do with it. The travel center was ok with us leaving it there for a few days but we didnít feel comfortable with that. I ended up dropping my 5th wheel at the truck stop, pulling the enclosed the 25 miles to French Camp and then Iíll go back and get my 5th wheel. That way, we can keep an eye on everything and the only thing left will be my 5th wheel for about an hour.




We get to the diesel mechanic around 4 hours after it left us stranded. Already a long day and we were supposed to make it home. The service guy says he can diagnose it in about an hour or two but wonít be able to wrench on it until Tuesday. Great! The tech asks my dad to show him what was wrong and the sound it makes and Iíll be damned, it freakin starts. Shuts it off and starts again! What the hell? We must have turned this thing over 40+ times. Are you kidding me? The service guys says he can have the driveshaft reconnected in about 2 hours and weíll be on our way.



The rest of the drive home went without a hitch. I pulled in to our driveway at 9:20pm after spending over 16 hours traveling. Far more than I like to do in one day. Sure a lot of that was sitting around and waiting but it was still traveling. Unloaded the essentials out of the trailer and weíll tackle the unloading and cleaning tomorrow.



Good night,



Andrew



Iíll have a trip conclusion post with plenty more pictures coming up soon.
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Quite the eventful journey. Thanks for posting.

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We were able to get the trailer unpacked, cleaned and put away pretty early on the 4th. There has been a pretty mean heat streak in So Cal so we came home to quite a few ants that made themselves at home. It's weird cause we go out of our way cleaning the entire house and making sure all food is thrown away or sealed to prevent the ants.

Some statistics for our trip.

16 days
6 different camping spots
2636.4 total miles.
1810 of those miles were pulling our 5th wheel or the enclosed trailer.
We averaged 38 miles per hour.
68:10 total driving time

Our longest travel day was the last at 541 miles.

Some things I learned. It is extremely difficult to travel long distances with a 2 year old. She was constantly not happy being in her carseat and she made it known. My wife and I split responsibilities while driving. I handle driving and all things with truck/trailer, she handles the kids. Her job is just as hard, if not harder, than mine. For future trips, I'd like to cut down the max driving days to about 4 hours or 350 miles. We are taking a family vacation to Michigan next year to visit my wife's family. Our original plan was to make it our big family camping trip of the year but it looks like we will have to scratch that and fly. I'd have to average 600 miles a day and I don't think that will work with a 3 year old. We will plan another big camping trip. Probably 10 days or so.

The truck worked flawlessly. The trailer is going in for some warranty work. The kitchen backsplash is coming off, the couch bed won't stay latched while in transit and the shower door won't stay closed. Nothing big but I'd like to get it fixed before the warranty is up. Everything else on the trailer worked great.

All the pictures from this thread were from my Samsung phone. I have a ton more pictures on our cannon camera but I can't get them to download to my computer from the sd card so I'll have to look at that.

Favorite part of the trip: Crater Lake. It was absolutely beautiful. I wish I could have stayed a few more days and do a couple of the hiking trails. Maybe we will have to get back up there one of these years.

Now it is time to go back to the work grind and start planning next years trip! Where should we go??

I appreciate you all following along and if you have any questions about our stops please feel free to ask. I can go in to great detail with the places we visited and stayed.

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Nice trip report. Glad you're home safe and already planning for the next outing.
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Just loved your trip reports.
Just an fyi, if you haven't been, please consider Zion and Bruce canyon.
Amazing stuff.
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Good report and conclusion. Sorry about the ants welcoming you home.

One thing...doesn't your wife help you with driving? That would be a big plus for both of you to change off. The two-year-old might enjoy a different companion, too.

Planning for shorter driving days would help in the future. Everyone would be more refreshed; you could have a relaxing time at the pool or just on your patio.
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I also have to offer this observation from a non mechanic.
I have the feeling the starter issue was heat related. The kind where after running highway speed and it heated up it got bound up in there and that's why after it cooled down it worked fine.
Maybe?
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Wow you have a cool trip going! I love that North Shore rv park, I park my motor home right on the lake, great fishing there as well. There is a nice park in Half Moon bay, when you head back to San Fran. There is also a greatblittle park South of San Fran going toward Santa Cruz, Redwood resort! The Redwoods are spectacular, with a great old steam train that will take you to Santa Cruz. Happy travels, Regards
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