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Old 03-16-2011, 08:54 PM   #21
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How is it going out there in the Camp Host World?
We left Parker a week ago and were at Stagecoach in Banning for a week. We moved to another CRA Park in Cherry Valley this morning.
I'm starting to think about a visit to the Wineries in Temecula, CA for a day of Wine Tasting.
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Old 03-17-2011, 07:04 AM   #22
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Camp hosting is going great.....we love the environment here at Rancho Jurupa....it is like living in parkland. The Rangers are great, and treat all the hosts like royalty. The other thing is it is soooo quiet at night here....occasionally hear coyotes in the distance. Life is good!
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Old 04-01-2011, 08:17 PM   #23
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Elaine and I have now finished our second month as fulltimers. We are having the time of our lives. I looked at Elaine the other night while watching American Idol (oops, did I say that outloud?) and said..."I wouldn't change a thing"....and, thankfully, she replied..."me neither". We love our smaller space, and the fact that someone else mows and edges the lawn surrounding our site every single week. The guys who detail our coach every month have found themselves with 5, or 6 new customers.

The weather warmed up for a couple of days this week into the 90's, but it's back into the 70's again....still cold at night. We'll be taking a vacation from the park to go up to Big Bear Lake in the San Bernardino Moutains for 3 days on the 14th of April with my brother and his wife. Got to get out and drive the Newell once and a while!

Finally was able to run the second coax cable from my satellite to the DVR so we can now watch a program while recording another, again, FINALLY! Only a dozen "honey do" items to go.

We have found a really cool "hole in the wall" Mexican restaurant in town called Tio's Tacos. Here are some pictures of this funky place which serves great food.
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Old 04-01-2011, 08:44 PM   #24
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Ummmm green chili tamales! Some things you never forget.
Glad yall are enjoying your new experiences. We still have the house for sale, hoping the warmer weather gets people out.....We're anxious to start our travelling adventures.
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Old 04-04-2011, 03:31 PM   #25
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Forest, haven't forgotten about your "distress" while eating those green chili tamales in Santa Fe!

We finally leased our home out for 12 months. We'll look at the market again in a year, but I am not optimistic. Nevertheless, we shall proceed with style. The California market is terrible, and our unemployment is still over 12%.....can you imagine if that was the national average?
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Old 04-13-2011, 07:45 PM   #26
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Heading to Big Bear Lake in the San Bernardino Mountains tomorrow morning.....still snow on the ground up there....wasn't expecting that! Will post pictures. Going to Serrano Campground (think it's a State Campground). Taking a vacation from our fulltime vacation....
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"Taking a vacation from our fulltime vacation...."

Love it! When I talk about vacation my son says "what's the point?"
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Old 04-15-2011, 02:55 PM   #28
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Our view this morning.....Serrano Campground on the shores of Big Bear Lake, CA....36 degrees at 7:50am.
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Old 05-29-2011, 04:59 PM   #29
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Clarke and Elaine, Tios place looks pretty cool! Glad to see you two having the time of your lives.

How did the coach pull the hill up to Big Bear?

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Old 05-29-2011, 08:26 PM   #30
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It pulled just fine....temp never got over 190. Went from around 700' elevation to well over 7,000' in less than 40 miles. Thanks Ken, we are having the time of our lives and we haven't even really hit the road yet. It can only get better! Thanks for asking.
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Old 07-03-2011, 02:34 PM   #31
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How is Riverside during this heat wave? good thing that they gave you 50 amp service.
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Old 07-03-2011, 03:51 PM   #32
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It was about 98 yesterday.......had both AC's going for the better part of the day. They did a wonderful job of giving both of us "brain freezes" at some point during the day. We were using around 45 amps at one point, but well within our 100 amp allowance. My concern is outage.....the whole campground lost power for a few hours over Memorial Day. Don't know if it was all the RV's drawing max power, or what. So far no blips.

The Dometic fridge, and Norcold basement fridge both did wonderfiully....kept the Norcold at 35 and the Dometic at 36. Steve I discovered, quite by accident, that I have TWO fans in the chimney behind the Dometic. The lower one I knew about....you have to plug it in to run it, but upper one I did not know about until I flipped on a green toggle switch wondering what it was several weeks ago. The first time it got a little warm the upper fan came on....apparently on some sort of thermostat. So, with 2 fans venting the chimney it is much easier to keep the Dometic absorbtion fridge in the 30's. We'll see how it fares today when it's supposed to get over 102. Keep the fridge 60 degrees below ambient temperature seems pretty good to me. I have always had problems in the past with other absorbtion fridges in the heat and humidity. So far our humidity is staying lower, and that is probably the key.

One of the pleasant surprises is that our propane tank has yet to be refilled. We have a 60 gallon capacity tank, but, as you know, you can only fill 80% of that. So, we have 48 gallons, and have only used 2/3 of that in 5 months! We run the water heater, stove, oven and BBQ off propane.

Since we added the RO system we, obviously, are dumping our gray tank (120 gallon capacity) more often. Prior to the RO system we dumped about every 5 days, but now it's every 3 days, or less. I think the representation of 1:1 is off Steve, just as you surmised. I would say it is closer to your estimate of 4:1 (4 gallons of waste for each gallon purified). Nevertheless, we are very happy with out setup. We dump the black around once per week (40 gallon capacity), and that has stayed consistent.

Over all we are very pleased with how our Newell is holding up to full time living, which is no surprise at all. By the way, I have been doing work on the car hauler trailer by bringing electrical into the trailer with lighting, and outlets, and have installed a work bench. Here are a couple of pictures of the new work bench folded up, and in the "down" position.
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Old 07-03-2011, 04:17 PM   #33
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That is a very thing to be able to keep cool. We in California like to keep ourselves and our refreshments to a nice cool norm.
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Tom, what have done in the past when leaving on a hot day (certainly not as hot as 110) is we freeze two 1 gallon jugs of water and put one in the freezer and one in the fridge portion and it speeds up the cooling when starting from scratch, and gives a few extra degrees of cooling....sometimes the difference. When Elaine came home from shopping Friday and put a bunch of room temperature food, etc. in the Norcold and the Dometic it took the rest of the evening until after midnight for them to get back to normal. Once there they have held their own, but I really don't want to find out how they do in 110 degree temperatures....haha!
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Old 07-03-2011, 07:53 PM   #35
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We do something very close. All of the incoming food goes in the NORCOLD that is in the Bay until it is cold enough to transfer inside to the DOMETIC. We also leave any item that is accessed more often in the NORCOLD say drinks and condiments when the temperature goes up. The Ammonia or Absorption type does present some challenges but I still prefer it to the electric counter part so that we can dry camp easily.
Even though we use our coach more in the winter (to evade that white s__t) I am interested in the fans that you say you have. Could you take a couple of pics or describe the location a bit more so that I can go looking or install some in case we need to travel some in the summer?
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Yesterday around 10:30am the ranger came to the Kiosk (on holidays we help out because sooo many people are coming into the park) and said the voltage in the Lakeview campground was down to 107, and in Cottonwood (where we are) down to 110. So we had to go around and ask everyone that had two AC's going to shut off one, or if they wished change over to genset power for a few hours. We managed to avoid a power outage, but everyone was a little uncomfortable for a few hours.....better than no AC at all.

The fridge and Norcold held their own all day. We got out the old ice chest and filled it with ice for the drinks so we didn't have to open the fridge, or Norcold too often.

Steve, the upper fan is not visible from below, but I can hear it running. I might have to take off the cover on the top to get a view of it, but I will take a pic of the lower fan, which is easily visible when the exterior vent cover is removed. The lower fan looks like a large computer fan, and it runs off AC, not DC.
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That is why I like to have a little solar power. I seen a bus conversion recently that ran all electric with two 4200 watt inverters and solar across the roof. They also had a genset for backup. Nice set up though.

Clarke, I have to say that your new work bench in your mobile garage now makes it a nice garage/shop.
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Old 07-04-2011, 10:16 PM   #38
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Clarke,
bet that made you popular! right in the heat of the day ask everyone to turn off their A/C but it does sound like fun .
gotta say that your are earning your keep
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I commend your ranger for being on top of his job! I would be much happier being told to go off the electric grid and running on genset, than burning up an a/c unit from low voltage. Kudos to your ranger.
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Elaine and I just passed the 5 month mark living full time in our 1982 Newell. The time has flown by, and neither of us has had, or is having second thoughts. Elaine officially retires 9/30/2011. Our departure date is still sometime after Christmas, 2011.

Had to unhook everything this past Saturday to go and fill up our propane tank. As many of you know we have a "60" gallon tank, but typcially you can only fill it to 80% of that capacity, or 48 gallons. We filled up January 31st, the day we moved into the park, and went over 5 months. I took on 45.5 gallons, so I was 2.5 gallons away from no hot water in the morning....haha! Good to know our gauge is pretty accurate. I figured we would take on over 40 gallons. Paid $3.00, including tax, per gallon. In order to stretch this tank to January I will stop using hooking up the gas BBQ to the quick connect, and use a 5 gallon bottle to run that from this point on.

The two original equipment roof A/C's are performing wonderfully, and we've been able to keep our fridge under 40 degrees even with temps up to 104 over July 4th weekend. As I mentioned in another post I discovered just recently that we had 2 chimney fans, not the one I could see, venting the chimney behind the fridge. The upper fan is controlled by a preset thermostat to come on at a certain temperature, and the lower one is plugged in manually to run it. Between the two, the fridge is performing above expectations.
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