Archive for June, 2019

Our first Trip

Sunday, June 30th, 2019

We are back in the saddle again!  Paul left Roseville on Thursday and I will catch up with him Friday afternoon in the car; Just like the Full time days we will be heading north, visiting friends, working a little and enjoying the country once again.  This trip is our first in our new Jayco Melbourne Prestige.

Finding Paul is like hitting a moving target.  I left Roseville about 11 am and met up with him just north of Ukiah along the highway.  I missed the exit but the good news is we had great cell service so I took the next exit and he caught up to me.  We hitched the car up, had a little lunch and headed north into the redwoods.

About 4 pm we pulled into Richardson Grove and they had a great spot for one night!  That’s all we need.  The campground was full but by 8 pm all was quiet and I thoroughly enjoyed falling asleep in the dark of the forest.

The RV handled the windy road great and towing the car went smoothly until we stopped for the night in Humbug State Park near where we will spend a week with friends in Port Orford Oregon.  We found a site that would work for the one night and got out to unhook the car, dead battery!  Hmmm, thought we had gotten that all fixed up, apparently not.  So on to plan B.  We called our destination in Port Orford to see if we could arrive a day early and then our friends, Ed and Peggy to meet us there and help either push the car or jump the battery.’

Everything went fine, got the car going and we are off to a fabulous week with friends.

The adventure continues

Tuesday, June 18th, 2019

Before we left for Europe we dropped the Van off at a dealership as a trade-in and ordered our newest RV.  A 2020 Jayco Melbourne Prestige 24KP was scheduled to arrive May 24th.  That didn’t happen so we searched the internet and found a 2019 Jayco Melbourne Prestige 24KP  and after careful thought we sent a deposit and then picked it up in Bakersfield June 3.  Its cozy but way more spacious than the van and we can pull our car.  This is going to give us much more flexibility on the road and help when Paul wants to work and Duke and I need somewhere to hang out.

We had our first quick trip in it to San Jose where we parked in front of Stephanie’s new home and spent the weekend moving her in.  We did take a break and enjoyed Saturday with the kids and went to one of Paul’s favorite activities, Roaring Camp Railroad.


The RV worked wonderfully and today when we got home we set it up for towing.  Paul got it all ready and we hopped in for a test ride.  First mistake!  Lots of noise!  Something is not right!  We get out and the hitch has come undone from the RV and the hitch is shoved up under the RV!

If you look closely to the bumper below the taillight you can see a memory making mark!  After some forward and back movements  in both the Car and the RV and a large hammer we got it disconnected and hooked up correctly and the test drive went well.  We are on our way to Canada in July.