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!
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.
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.
States We've Trekked To