OK, its been a while….

Since I don’t really have anything to add to the restoration portion of this blog apart from maintenance and repairs, I decided to update it with our camping trips.

We recently took our longest trip with the trailer to date, a full seven nights in the trailer. I think it went quite well. We covered a lot in those seven days.

First stop was Pismo Beach in Central California. We found a nice full hookup campground right on the beach. The problem is about a million other people did to. Cramped sites, busy kids, it was a mad house.

Here is a shot of our site. It was tight backing in. I found a nice audience in my attempts…

Pismo Beach camp site

This place was a good location despite it being crowded. It was just a 2 minute walk to the beach, and an hour drive to Hearst Castle.

Hearst Castle is a beautiful place full of history. Nice location and a great place to visit. It’s a castle that was built by William Randolf Hearst starting around 1919 and it took the better part of 15 years.

Here is a shot of the main entrance.

Hearst Castle Entrance

Another shot of one of the two pools. This one was built and torn down and rebuilt three times until they were satisfied.

Pool

Next stop was our first courtesy parking experience in Simi Valley. We stayed at the Bounder Buddies place! Thanks Bounder!

Courtesy parking

From the Bounder Buddies place we were close to Hollywood. We went to Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, home of the red carpet movie premiers, and walk of fame.

Hollywood walk of fame

Complete with hand and foot prints in cement.

Hollywood cement

Lots of interesting characters all around. Mostly wanting a $1 to take your photo with them. And they were busy….

Darth Vader and Bobba Fett

Next stop was the Ronald Reagan Library. Very educational stop complete with replica’s of the Oval Office and the real Air Force One used by Reagan, Carter, Clinton, and Bush. You can even tour it!

Air Force One

We can’t get this close to Disneyland with making a stop. So we moved to a campground near the Magic Kingdom and paid the Mouse a visit.

We did see another Airstream nearby…

Anaheim

Goofy being… well… goofy.

goofy

Here is a shot of the Mark Twain boat. This boat is original to the day Disneyland opened putting it just a few years older than my trailer. So its vintage!

Mark Twain

All in all the trailer did great. We did our first camping without hookups when we were courtesy parking. That is when we found our first little glitch. Its the first time we used the water pump extensively. The pump would intermittenly stop during a shower. Then without reason, it would startup again. I have not had a chance to check it out yet. I hope its the relay I’m using to power the pump. I’ll let you know.

Otherwise everything else ran great. We used the TwinTemp for a furnace for the first time as well. It worked great and we had nice quite heat. Can’t say enough good things about it!

So now we have an idea of what it may be like to camp without full hookups. Might be interesting if we find the right place. I think with the five of us we could make two nights with our tank capacities. Now battery power thats another issue….

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