Thursday, September 20, 2018

Day 6 - Sunriver, OR

I guess all of my worrying about the RV was for naught. No issues at all as far as I can tell. The batteries were still about 96% charged as of 8:30 this morning and the temperature-controlled fan was still running fine. There were a ton of campsites available and even though check-in wasn't until noon, the desk clerk gave me all of the paperwork, gate codes, etc. and told me to feel free to select a site. There was a recommendation to disconnect your water hose at night due to freezing temperatures. The high is over 70°F during the day so no complaints from me.

This is our first stay at a Thousand Trails campground. After looking at the campground last June, I went ahead and purchased a two-year membership with two zones. The two zones are the Pacific Northwest and the Southwest. Essentially you can stay at their campgrounds for free but subject to some stay restrictions and time in/out of their network. We currently have almost a month of reservations all of it for no extra charge besides the membership. With each stay the average cost per night keeps dropping. There is a lot of criticism of the Thousand Trails membership but there are also a lot of people who like the system. We'll try it out and see how it goes. The solar panels are pretty shaded at this site so the converter may need to be switched on. Especially since the furnace only runs off of the batteries.

I still have a few chores to do yet. One of the window controls is broken. Both rivets from the control arms to the window frame pulled out of the frame. And I still need to put the shutoff valve on the water tank overflow hose. For some reason, the overflow isn't run to the fill spout as is the norm but just drains below the fresh water tank next to the drain. It could be that it froze sometime as you can't really blow that line out in the winter. I moved the hitch mounted carrier from the truck to the trailer and we moved the RV cover onto the carrier. I will need to move the trailer license plate and light higher up on the back of the trailer as it would be blocked by the carrier. I had thought that the license plate was mounted higher up. Fortunately, I have all of the tools to get this done. 

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Day 5 - Sunriver, OR

One more “no picture” day. Princeton, BC, to Sunriver, OR was about 10 hours of driving. Only one stop for gas in East Wenatchee, WA, and two rest areas. The second was about fifty miles south of the Oregon border. I don’t remember where The first one was. 

This was our destination as the trailer is being stored here at an RV park. Tomorrow we check to see how the trailer fared while in storage. Hopefully no mice or ants. And hopefully the solar charge controller kept the batteries topped up. I had left a temperature controlled fan running. We’ll see how that worked. 

And after today, the truck fuel economy average is 23.8 mpg. Can’t complain about that. 

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Day 4 - Princeton, BC

Another “no picture” day. These long driving days translates to no stops. We sailed on passed 2k miles today since leaving Fairbanks. And the average fuel mileage so far is 23.5mpg. A bit less than a year and a half ago. A headwind from Delta Junction to Watson Lake probably accounts for the difference. This could translate to too many miles between gas stations as I could go over 800 miles on a tank. But that isn’t what usually happens. Gas stations are a convenient reason to stop. And the Shell station on the south side of Prince George just wasn’t that picturesque. We didn’t quite make it to the border. But driving after dark brings risks. The last two days, deer on the road and the truck needs better headlights. As was the case yesterday, for pictures, maybe check out Bridget’s blog.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Day 3 - Chetwynd, BC

No pictures today. Anytime we stopped there really wasn’t anything to take a picture of. If you want pictures, check out Bridget’s blog. 1020 km today and we didn’t arrive in Chetwynd until after 8pm. A long day. Tomorrow is another long day but we should be across the border. Today’s highlight was probably Muncho Lake. We passed a lot of areas with a dusting of snow and saw lots of animals. Again, for pictures, check out Bridget’s blog.