Rainier was down and out for about five weeks during September and October 2019.
|our service writer and the mechanic|
|Ron gets a close look too|
|WOW, our first word when we saw Rainier like this|
|the damaged wiring harness|
After a closer inspection it was determined that the main wiring harness was fried. Apparently it isn't engineered very well because the cause was exhaust steam coming extremely close to the wires. AND it was likely the cause of all of our aggravation back in Pennsylvania.
|these wires sure caused us grief!|
Since Rainier was in the shop anyway, we decided to go ahead and replace the turbo (it had 201K miles on it) and get some work done on the AC system at the same time.
This hiccup put us behind on some jobs we had in Southern California. Then came the rainy weather. We were delayed until the end of November 2019. We sure are thankful to have awesome customers who understand and are very patient!
November 30th we were on our way down south once more. We made it as far as Merced before darkness came. We aren't Elks members (eventually we will) but the Lodge in Merced has an RV park that welcomes all traveling visitors. We paid our $25 donation and found a nice level pull through spot to rest for the night.
Our next stop was once again Valencia Travel Park for work in nearby Fillmore, CA. Our friends, Bill and Jodee, were also at VTP to visit with their family. Dinner at the local pizza parlor was definitely a must-do! Eating delicious pizza while watching the Seattle Seahawks football game with friends was priceless :-) Darn it-no picture... Next time!
This preschool/after school care center is used for the children of migrant farm workers who attend classes at the elementary school next door. It opens for the spring and summer picking seasons and then closes during the winter months. There are two play structures. This one had a couple of cracks near the exit that we repaired. Our repair blends in so well it's hard to see :-)
Moving further south we arrived at Paradise By The Sea RV Resort in Carlsbad, CA. Our back in site was just big enough for us to get into. However Rainier had to park sideways. The sites are narrow and cement. It was fine for our two night stay.
The best part about this RV park is it's closeness to the beach! There is a secured gate leading to an access walk. One direction takes you along the Loma Alta Creek Nature Trail. The other direction takes you to Buccaneer Beach. Guess which way Rufus and I went...
|to the beach, of course :-)|
Buccaneer Beach has a playground, a large field, a picnic area, a basketball court and just across the street is access to the beach. The Loma Alta Creek ends at the beach. Since we didn't want to go wading we stuck to this side of the creek. December isn't usually warm but the day we wandered down to the beach it was sunny and definitely short sleeved weather.
Our job site was in San Clemente. We had visited this park a few years ago for a repair on a different slide. We're happy to report that our previous repair is still holding up!
This time visiting the park was a bit different. Due to the shorter winter days we ended up finishing after the sun had set. We bring headlamps and small flood lamps for such times. We had originally thought only one slide was needing repair. However, after our arrival a city worker told us about a second broken slide. Although we hadn't planned on two repairs, we were there and we couldn't leave one in disrepair. So, we stayed until the job was finished. Another happy PolyMenders customer!
|slide #1 before|
|slide #1, after|
|slide #2, before|
|slide #2, after|
After our work in San Clemente was complete, we once again hitched Raven and Rainier. Our drive today was to new territory for us-San Diego. The last time we were down here together was when Alex was a toddler. Our main focus during our six nights at Santee Lakes Recreation Area was to do sales calls in the area. We know San Diego is a good location to work during the winter months. What better way to get new customers than to meet them face to face. Our sales visits paid off. We'll be coming back to work in San Diego soon :-)
Our site, #132, was perfect! Plenty of open space full of sunshine, a covered picnic table and a small creek behind us. The loop we were in is near the middle of the campground. The recreation area offers fishing, playgrounds, a separate day use area, small water craft rentals, a convenience store, camping cabins (some are even on the lake!), RV storage, laundry facilities, a clubhouse for rent and miles of walking paths.
Our last repair jobs of this trip took us back on a northern route. Yucaipa Regional Park offered us a central location for the last two repair jobs. We really enjoyed this park and we'll definitely be back. The campground offers very spacious sites!
When we arrived on a Wednesday afternoon, we had the place nearly to ourselves. We ventured around the park and discovered why it's a popular destination for the locals.
|paddle boat rentals|
|swimming lagoon complete with water slides|
Our main reason for being in the area was work. A local elementary school has a triple slide with a giant hole in the exit needing repair. We love it when we can save schools from buying new equipment and the kiddos get their slide back.
|back in operation!|
|dangerous slide condition|
Nearby was our last repair for this trip. The preschool had a slide with a crack that needed repair. As usual, it came out great!
YIPPEE-we're done with working so now let's have some fun!
Tony and Ron worked together for a few years before Tony and his family moved to the central coastal area of California. We've remained friends through the years. We've spent several vacations together as well. It's always a blast when we get to see them! We were hoping to camp together on our way north as they recently bought a new-to-them motor home. However, Mary's family would soon be visiting for the holidays and they didn't want to go anywhere. Instead they invited us to come and spend a couple of nights on their property. Our first moochdocking experience :-)
|all set up in front of their barn|
|the main house is just up the drive|
|guys vs. girls|
After a fun game of corn-hole, Tony BBQ'd some tri-tip steaks for a delicious dinner. Stories of bygone days were numerous as were the smiles, laughter and hugs :-))
|our end site, all by ourselves in a huge park|
Ron and I arrived back at our pad a few days before Christmas. This latest trip lasted about a month. Our next trip is already scheduled. We're looking forward to a new adventure: an Escapees Hangout in Tucson!