Still by the Beautiful Sea - now in Seaside!

Trip Start Jan 01, 2007
Trip End Dec 31, 2007

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Thursday, May 24, 2007

We left "Whaler's Rest", our Thousand Trails Preserve in South Beach Oregon this morning, and have now checked into "Seaside", another one of our Thousand Trails Membership Parks, which is a couple about 125 miles further north up the coast, along Highway 101. We checked in and left the car at our campsite, and we are now back on the road in the motorhome, with our empty tow dolly behind us. We're driving a couple of hours to Portland to leave the tow dolly there at Roadmaster, the company that manufactured it. After about 30,000 miles of hard wear, it needs a bit of work (other than the second set of new tires we recently bought for it). So, we'll leave it with them and hopefully get it back middle or late next week.
Thought it made sense to share some details of some of the challenges of this lifestyle with you, since it usually sounds like it's all fun and games (yes, we do have mostly GREAT times, but there are always issues to be dealt with!). A couple of weeks ago, the left rear wheel of the tow dolly blew out. Luckily, Greg happened to see it in his rear side view mirror at the moment it happened, and he managed to pull right over. Unbelievably, there was NO damage to the car (the fenders of the car are practically right up against the tow dolly fenders, so very close to the tires!). Our bad luck turned good when the owner of the Egg Farm whose driveway we had pulled into gave us quick directions to a Farm Supply that she thought could help us. So, Greg got the car off the dolly, got the wheel off the dolly, we loaded it in the car, and drove to the Farm Supply, but unfortunately, they didn't have the size tire we needed. They did, however call a nearby tire shop, checked to be sure they had one available, gave us directions, and sent us over there. The owner of the tire shop, which was huge, dropped everything, mounted, balanced and loaded the new tire in our car, and had us on our way. On our way back to the motorhome, we passed a strawberry stand, stopped, and bought 3 quarts of the reddest, juiciest strawberries I've ever seen, for CHEAP - and we were back at the motorhome, all within about an hour! And, The gal at the egg farm insisted that we take fresh eggs with us - she didn't want to take any money, finally agreed to take a dollar for two dozen, sent her son outside to help Greg in any way possible, gave me a hug, and wished us safe journeys as we got back on our way. For havng had a blowout - we certainly had some good luck as followup!
Things like today's having to get the tow dolly to Portland are always a challenge, as the motorhome is the only way we can tow it - the Trans Am just isn't set up to tow anything! So, even at today's fuel prices, we drove the motorhome a hundred or so miles out of our way, so that the tow dolly can be properly repaired by the manufacturer, who knows how to do it right!
With all the miles we've covered, we really have been very lucky (some would say blessed!) to have had so few bad experiences of any kind, and none that were life-threatening or un-fixable.
Postscript to the tow dolly story - not only did they repair it in 3 days, despite the Holiday Weekend, but Roadmaster practically rebuilt the entire tow dolly and charged us only for minimal labor! We got new fenders, mudflaps, chains locking storage doors, plus the necessary repairs to the bushings and king pin kit.
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