We left Phoenix on June 29th and stayed through the 4th of July at San Diego's Campland on the Bay in space #I-7, which was right on the bay. It was a fun-filled 10 days with live music almost every night and several fireworks shows visible, all from our camping spot. From there, we drove to Pismo Beach and stayed for a couple of nights at Pismo Coast Village RV Resort. It was a very nice spot, although it wasn't right on the ocean, but you could walk to it. We stayed at the Vineyard RV Park in Vacaville, CA for one night. I wouldn't recommend this park. It didn't deserve it's high rating on Good Sam. The next day we drove up I-5 to Medford and stayed at the very nice Jackson County RV Park for four days and visited with our son and daughter-in-law. Then, it was on to a beautiful ocean-front space #162 at Pacific Shores Motorcoach RV Resort for three days (this is our favorite RV park that we've stayed at in our four years of RVing). We went on to Long Beach and stayed at Anderson's Oceanside RV Park for two nights, which had a nice, short walk across the dunes to the beach. Then, on to Seattle for three weeks (see the next blog post).
We reserved space #I-7 at Campland on the Bay two years ago, and already have a space reserved for a week over the 4th of July for the next two years. You have to reserve two years out to get a good spot right on the bay! This isn't the place to come if you want peace and quiet! It's crazy with kids, partygoers and the like, but it's been a lot of fun and it's a great place to stay for the 4th of July because you don't have to get in your car and drive anywhere to watch the fireworks. We just walked about 100 yards from our space out onto the jetty and watched five major fireworks shows from our patio chairs, all with a Lynyrd Skynyrd cover band playing live behind us, finishing with "Free Bird" as the fireworks from SeaWorld just across the bay were finishing. There's been a live band here almost every night. Saturday night will be a Journey cover band (really looking forward to that one!).
On the morning of the 4th, we packed a lunch, rented a pontoon boat and cruised around Mission Bay for two hours.
I can't think of a better place to hang out with the RV for the 4th of July!
Phoenix to Seattle:
Jason joined us for a 3-week trip up to Seattle and back March 11-April 2, 2017 to celebrate my parent's 94th & 95th birthdays. My brother had a 30-amp service put into his garage so we squeezed the RV into the tight driveway between some businesses and enjoyed a week "camping" in his driveway. On the way up, we stopped at the Pomona Fairplex KOA (very poor wi-fi - worthless!!!). Otherwise, a decent park) for a night, drove to Lodi, CA the next day and stayed at the Flag City RV Resort (which we like because of the paved pull-through spaces, good wi-fi, and is a nice, mid-way stop between L.A. and Medford), while in Medford, we stayed at the very convenient brand-new Southern Oregon RV Park (no wi-fi but my Verizon phone as a hot-spot works well here) while visiting our son and daughter-in-law. Last stop before we got to Seattle was at the Pheasant Ridge RV Resort (super nice park with paved terraced spaces with a good distance between each one (Wi-fi was very slow but they're currently installing a faster version with 15 poles throughout the park. They have good fast ethernet internet in a room by the office. My Verizon phone as a hotspot works great here. They have cable TV but it's very fuzzy and has limited channels. No antenna TV channels available because of the mountain behind the park. No satellite channels because of the trees).
We averaged driving about 350 miles per day, which is the most I like to drive the RV at one time. The hills throughout California and Oregon were unbelievably green because of all the rain they've had over the Winter and Spring. We had good weather most days, except for the drive from Medford to Wilsonville, where it rained the entire way. Seattle weather was typical for March - mostly cloudy and raining about every other day. Kyle and Crystal drove up and stayed with us in Issaquah for a couple of days. We all enjoyed dinner at our favorite restaurant; Ivars Salmon House.
Seattle back to Phoenix via S. Cal. Coast:
We left Issaquah and drove the entire 450 miles to Medford, Oregon in one day, which is more than I like to drive, but we made it OK. We stayed at the Southern Oregon RV Park for a few nights, then continued on our trip back home. We decided to change directions after leaving the Flag City RV Resort in Lodi because the winds on I-5 were very strong and the forecast called for wind speeds up to 60 mph in Arizona, so we headed out to the coast on highway 152 and stayed a couple of nights at the Santa Cruz/Monterey Bay KOA, where the winds were forecasted to be minimal. The park was great, except for the roads leading to it were not made for 35' long, 13' tall motorhomes. I wouldn't stay there again because of that. Our satellite radio wasn't working well the rest of the trip, I suspect, because of being scraped by low trees. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves with day trips in the Jeep to Santa Cruz, Monterey and Carmel, where we took the spectacular 17-mile drive through Pebble Beach. Our timing was perfect to return home (with an overnight stop at the Pomona Fairflex KOA again) because the wind died down for two days. The day after we returned home, the winds were howling again!
Overall, we drove 3,235 miles over 3 weeks, averaging 9.5 mpg.
Thanks to the RV, we've been to some beautiful places and stayed in some great campsites.
Some of the best sunsets we've ever seen are right from our RV campsites!
After five weeks away from home, we were ready to go back. We drove the 1,000 miles from Medford to Peoria in three days, staying the first night at the Flag City RV Park just off of I-5 in Lodi, CA, which is a perfect RV park for us to stopover at on the way to and from Oregon. It has nice, wide paved spaces and all the normal RV park amenities such as sewer, water, 50-amp electric, pool, spa and a big dog park. For the second night, we stayed at Valencia Travel Village in Castaic, CA. It's a very tight park and I probably wouldn't stay there again. We had major smoke from the "Sand" fire in L.A. all the way through California, then blowing dust in Arizona, which didn't make for a very pleasant drive, so we're very glad to be home. Now, time to start planning our next trip!
Made the 1,062 mile trek from home in Peoria, AZ to Medford, OR in a 3-day/2-night drive. Stayed at one of our favorite RV parks in the L.A. area, the East Shore RV Park and had a beautiful spot at the River Point Landing Marina & RV Resort along the Sacramento River in Stockton, CA.
We had a wonderful stay in space #I-3 in San Diego's Campland on the Bay for 6 days in April. This space worked out great because it was deeper than the other spaces along the fence in the I-group. My favorite spaces are still the H-group because they face directly south overlooking Mission Bay. I enjoyed riding my bike around Mission Bay on the great bike paths. We had a delicious dinner on the waterfront at Anthony's Fish Grotto (I had the seared scallops). We ended up staying an extra night in San Diego because the wind was forecasted to have 60 mph gusts in the mountains and deserts. The winds subsided on Tuesday for our drive back to Phoenix (too bad - I don't need much of an excuse to stay longer in San Diego!).
We took our first long trip in our new motorhome to San Diego last weekend. Our daughter, son-in-law and two granddaughters had a great time at SeaWorld and playing on Mission Beach. The weather was a perfect 76° on Saturday. The weather forecasters kept warning everybody about rain and high winds for Sunday and Monday, but it really wasn't bad. I was worried about driving our 35' motorhome across the desert after hearing the NAV in the Jeep give a warning saying "treacherous driving at mile 163", but this new motorhome handled the wind like it wasn't even there. Our old one would have been blown off the road!
We stayed at Campland on the Bay this time, and I'm glad we did. We drove through the park last summer and said to ourselves that it was too crowded and busy but we had a nice, wide pie-shaped space right on the bay this time so it was perfect. They have a very nice dog park and kids play area. We'll definitely go back there again, if we can make reservations far enough out to get a good space. I inquired about a space for the 4th of July and they said they're 95% sold out already.
Two years ago, when researching which motorhome to buy for our first RV, I told myself after reading everybody's comments about gas-vs-diesel that a gas RV would be sufficient for us. Boy, was I wrong! Peoples comments in the RV forums all said that if you just drive it around your home state for short weekends or one-week trips, then the gas coach would be fine, but if you live it in or drive it long distances, get a diesel pusher. Well, I couldn't justify spending $75,000 more just for a diesel pusher at the time, so I went with a brand-new 2014 Tiffin Allegro 35QBA. After putting over 10,000 miles on it in the first 18 months, I now know why people said to get a diesel pusher. Our new 2016 Tiffin Allegro RED 33AA does everything head-and-shoulders better than our gas RV did.
Assorted photos from the trip:
Grand Tetons and Yellowstone photos:
We went to Laughlin, NV for the first time since we moved to Phoenix, Arizona over 25 years ago. That's what we love about the motorhome - we are exploring areas we've never been to before because we were always just going to our favorite places like San Diego, Sedona and Showlow. Now we can go and stay anywhere!
The drive was 215 miles and took about 4-1/2 hours. We drove through Laughlin, then headed south about 15 miles to the KOA RV Park at Avi Resort & Casino. We had two nice spaces next to the grass for our motorhome and Dave's parents rented trailer. We lucked out with the weather as it was only in the upper 80s with lows in the 60s during the four days we were there. Laughlin is usually in the 100s at this time of year!
We took Dave's boat and Dave's parents two jet-skis about 30 miles south on the Colorado River to Topock Gorge, which is a beautiful, rocky canyon between Laughlin and Lake Havasu. There were a ton of boats, making the ride a little rough at times.
Avi Resort put on a fantastic fireworks show on Sunday night, which we watched right from our chairs in our RV space.
We took the long way home on Tuesday, following the Colorado River south through Needles, CA, Lake Havasu City, AZ down to Quartsite and back home via I-10.
All-in-all, it was a fun-filled four days!
⬆︎ This is the 180° view we had from the front of our motorhome in space #9 at the Malibu RV Park. ⬆︎
We had a beautiful two weeks (January 10-25, 2015) staying at the Malibu RV Park. Jason, Krista and the girls joined us for five days and we all enjoyed spending a lot of time with Kyle and Crystal.
We had space #9 at the park, which had a great 180° view overlooking the ocean. Weather was perfect most of the time with highs in the upper 70s and low 80s. We had rain the first night and then, 50 MPH Santa Ana winds the last couple of days, which made sleeping a little scary with the motorhome rockin' and rollin' in the wind all night. Felt like we were going to be blown off the bluff and into the ocean!
We made several side trips including The Grove where Paul picked up his new Canon PowerShot SX50 HS camera (which, he loves!) the Farmer's Market, the Santa Monica Pier, plus Paul called on several of his 72 Advertising clients around the LA area.
We did NOT enjoy driving a 36' motorhome with a car in tow through LA's traffic, though. That was not fun! I think I'll avoid LA's freeways at all costs in the future.
⬆︎ Up to 50 MPH Santa Ana winds blowing the tops off the high surf. ⬆︎
⬆︎ A few pictures from the Malibu RV Park. Can't beat the view! ⬆︎
We took a last-minute trip to San Diego this week to escape the Phoenix heat for a few days. We couldn't get five nights in a row in any of the RV parks by the bay or ocean, so we settled for two nights at Ranchos Los Coches RV Park in Lakeside and three nights Chula Vista RV Park located right on the San Diego bay.
The Rancho Los Coches park was nice because it was located in a tree-filled, pretty little valley in the mountains about 25 miles east of San Diego. All the spots had a nice distance and varying elevations between them, however, the park was overrun with ants and we couldn't wait to get out of there after they invaded our RV the second night. We had to make a quick trip to WalMart at 10pm for ant traps and ant spray (which didn't do any good).
We were pleasantly surprised with how nice the Chula Vista RV Park was. It's about 8 miles south of Downtown San Diego, so the location isn't the most convenient to all the places we normally like to visit while in San Diego (Point Loma Seafoods, Mission Bay/Beach, La Jolla, Carlsbad, Oceanside), but the park itself made up for it with it's lush landscaping, spotless grounds and great atmosphere. We had an interior location about 4 spots away from the outside fence so we could see the bay between the other RVs. A short walk led to a beautiful park that's right next to the RV park where you could walk or ride bikes for miles on paved sidewalks along the bay and marina (see enclosed photos). I would go back to this park again!
While here, we checked out Campland On The Bay and neighboring Mission Bay RV Resort for future San Diego trips. We did not care for either of them. Campland On The Bay was crowded, dirty and noisy. Mission Bay RV Resort was cleaner-looking, but, it was basically just a paved parking lot for RVs. The location of both parks were great, though, being located right on Mission Bay.
Checked out a couple of RV parks in Oceanside for future trips. Both were typical RV parks, but Paradise by the Sea has a walking trail that you can take to the beach. Across the street was Oceanside RV park, which appeared a little nicer, but you'd have to cross the busy South Coast Highway to get to the beach from it.
South Carlsbad State Beach would be a great place to stay for a few days, but it's strictly dry-camping (no water, sewer or electric). The views are spectacular overlooking the beach right from your camping spot.
June 13-July 9, 2014
Took our first extended trip in our new Allegro RV from June 13th through July 9th, 2014. The trip was about 3,600 miles in total, going from our home near Phoenix, AZ to Los Angeles, up the coast to Seattle and back via Eastern Oregon, Idaho and Utah. Daughter Krista, her husband Dave and their daughters were with us most of the way (Dave flew back after a week to get back to work). Son Jason flew down to LA from Seattle to meet up with other son Kyle and his wife Crystal who drove up the coast in their car. Overall, it was a great trip. Didn't have any problems with the RV (unlike the other two trips we took in rented RVs). We LOVE our motorhome! Hope you enjoy the following posts with photos from along the way.
Left Phoenix for the LA area and stayed overnight at a very nice RV park in the middle of Los Angeles (who knew?). The East Shore RV Park is high on a hill overlooking the Puddingstone Reservoir. Definitely a great place to stay while in the LA area.
Drove up Highway 1 from Los Angeles to the Betabel RV Park just south of San Francisco in one day. Super windy between Paso Robles and Salinas (the wind is not a friend of a big RV!).
Actually drove the RV through San Francisco and over the Golden Gate Bridge. Went up the 101, cut over to the 280 then through San Francisco on Highway 1 and across the bridge. Wasn't too bad a drive - better than I expected. Narrow streets, but doable.
Always enjoy driving thru the Redwoods and stopping at several view areas along the way up the Northern California coast.
Stayed at the Riverwalk RV Park in Fortuna, CA on the way up to Oregon. Love the views of the coast! Found the Oceanside RV Park near Coos Bay - turned out to be a real gem. Beautiful sandy beach!
Drove only 133 miles the next day with stops at view points and the Sea Lion Caves. Stayed at Premier RV Resort of Lincoln City. Very nice park. We took advantage of their Jacuzzi that night!
Cut inland from Lincoln City through Portland and up I-5 the rest of the way to Seattle (not a fan of I-5. Driven that stretch too many times while living in Portland for seven years!).
States We've Trekked To