Sunday, February 24, 2019

Wayne and Margy's Rental RV Trip

Getting our El Monte RV and packing up.
Where have Wayne and I been for the last month? Now that we're Canadian citizens, we decided to try out being Snowbirds. We called our winter escape, Wayne and Margy's Rental RV Trip. Below are some highlights.

Click on the brown Trip Log title links to see pictures and read the posts on the Margy Meanders Blog.


Lessons Learned: We learned a lot along the way about RV life and what things are important (and unimportant) in an RV of our own.

Wayne and Margy's Rental RV Road Trip:

Trip Log Part 1: Pickup at El Monte RV in Washington, a stay at the Bellingham RV Park, then south to Eugene, Oregon.

California: Mt, Sbasta, Sacramento River, and Central Valley

Trip Log Part 2: Southern Oregon to Red Bluff, California, and a look at our RV bedroom.

Trip Log Part 3: Red Bluff to Bakersfield's unique Orange Grove RV Park, and a look at our RV bathroom.

Trip Log Part 4: Bakersfield to Redlands through the Mojave Valley, and how our RV handles waste.

California: Tehachapi, Redlands, my journal and  he Colorado River.

Trip Log Part 5: A rain day in Redlands then off to Casa Grande, Arizona.

Trip Log Part 6: Two days at the Pima Fairgrounds for the Tucson RV Show, and how our RV hooks up to utilities.

Sharing the road with big rigs to Arizona.

Trip Log Part 7: Lost Dutchman State Park in Apache Junction, the Superstition Mountains, and RV refrigerators.

Trip Log Part 8: Apache Junction KOA, back to the Lost Dutchman, and RV levelers.

Lost Ducthman State Park, Apache Junction.

Trip Log Part 9: Tempe's Apache Palms RV Park for three days of Arizona State University Women's Softball, and RV maintenance.

Downtown Tempe's Apache Palms RV Park for ASU softball.

Trip Log Part 10: Heading back from Arizona through Desert Center, the Los Angeles basin, then Visalia via the Ridge Route.

Course reversal: California via the Ridge Route.

Trip Log Part 11: North through the Central Valley to Red Bluff, and using weather and road condition apps during a snow delay.

Trip Log Part 12: Making it over the pass on I-5 to Oregon, camping on the Rogue River, and our RV kitchen.

Snow delays at Red Bluff then a run north between storms.

Trip Log Part 13: Back to Washington, the unique McChord Air Force Base campground, and a return to the Bellingham RV Park to deconfigure our rig.

Washington: McChord Air Force Base and Bellingham RV Park.

It was an amazing first RV trip for us. We hope you got to see some of the details by clicking the Trip Log title links. If you have any questions, please leave a comment. -- Wayne and Margy

16 comments:

  1. It does sound like an amazing trip. I'm familiar with some of the places and the roads you traveled. I went to the University of Redlands for my freshman year of college. :) Happy Mosaic Monday to you!

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    1. My dad went to the University of Redlands back in the 30s. I thought about going there, but in the late 60s it seemed like such a quiet town. - Margy

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  2. ...the lessons learned on this trip are like life's' lesson, lots of things really aren't important.

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    1. Being together is the most important. - Margy

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  3. Margy - love this post. My sister is visiting me and she is considering purchasing the type of RV you used; I am sure she will find this post a very helpful guide.

    It tickles me that you have ordered the Fraley book - I hope you like it and I look forward to your feedback. You two are much more pioneering than I am!!!

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    1. It's coming with free shipping, so it will take two weeks. I'm sure I'll write my own review after I get to read it. - Margy

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  4. P.S. Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday!

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  5. Hello, it is a great idea to rent the RV before buying. I enjoyed this post and looking back at your trip. Fun times and great memories. I enjoyed the images and mosaics. Enjoy your day, wishing you a great new week!

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    1. I saw one company that rented RVs and also had a sales lot. They gave you a discount if you purchased one within a year. That sounded like a great way to rent, them buy. - Margy

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  6. Happy you enjoyed your winter trips
    Have a nice week

    Much­čî╗love

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    1. I would have loved more warm sunshine, but the trip was a great experience. - Margy

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  7. I think this is a great way to see the countryside, no matter where you are. Your photos are such lovely mementos of your 'getaway.'!

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    1. It really was. I'm hoping we can take another trip to a different part of the country. - Margy

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  8. I like the mosaics, it's a really nice index of your trip. I'd not thought of that! You creative woman!!!!

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    1. Allows a lot more pictures in a sort space. I used Adobe Spark but you can also do it right inside of Instagram for free. - Margy

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We welcome your comments and questions. - Wayne and Margy