The Nomadic life is not all rainbows and sunsets…
We watched this six days ago, 10 Harsh Realities of RV Life by His and Her VLOGS. We laughed while watching as we related to almost everything mentioned, we have experienced all of them except #10. And many of them just in the past month, especially the California reservation system! We were thankful it had been a while since we had any RV repair issues.
And then this happened…
Our Winnebago Travato started making a high pitched squeaking sound when backing up or going forward. The noise got worse by the second. Knowing we have great extended warranty coverage, we started making calls. After talking with several people, it was suggested that we have our Travato towed 127 miles to the nearest certified repairman. Who happened to be off on vacation until next Tuesday (this was Thursday). They mentioned the words, “power train issues.”
We decided to take it to a local dealership to have it looked over, to see if whatever is going on is dangerous or just noisy. Figuring we’d rather drive it ourselves somewhere than have it towed. They said we could leave the Travato with them the next day and they would try and fit it in between other jobs, BUT they could only look at it and not do any repairs. We explained that we were living in the Travato and could not just drop it off and leave it all day. Meanwhile (thankfully), an older gentleman (maybe an angel in disguise?), who had heard our noise when we drove up, came over and said, “It is just a rock.” He suggested we take it to a local tire shop.
Thank you to North Coast Tire in Fort Bragg, CA!
It was just a tiny little rock! The rock was in between rotor and backing plate!! North Coast Tire in Fort Bragg fixed it quickly! And when we asked how much we owed them, he shrugged and said, “All we did was take a rock out. Enjoy your trip!”
We were very thankful we had not had our Travato towed 127 miles to have a tiny rock removed!
Stuff happens, it is part of the adventure! 🙂 We are thankful for the kindness of strangers along the way!
We have been enjoying some amazing California beach camping from Carlsbad to here at Half Moon Bay! This is our 7th state beach this month and one of our favorites! Beautiful flowers, easy to get to and walk on beach, nice camp sites, lovely sunsets, and great Wifi! Listening to the waves all night has been wonderful!
Read our review here: Half Moon Bay State Beach
Moab in March is much nicer than Moab in May! Last year we visited Moab in May and it was a bit warm (hot), especially for boondocking. The weather is lovely this week, sunny and warm in the day with cooler sleeping temps at night!
We spent our first night at OK RV Park. After several days of boondocking we wanted some hook-ups and a long hot shower! This campground is on Passport America and a great deal at the PA rate. It is a well-maintained basic RV park with really clean bathrooms and good WiFi!
From there we spent some time boondocking on some great BLM and state trust land. We found the best cell reception at Klondike Bluff Road. Of course, cell reception varied greatly depending on location on Klondike Bluff Road or BLM 142. Some great views, too! Speaking of great views, we also enjoyed Willow Springs Trail. We found cell reception to be a bit more challenging there, plus it was more crowded.
And last, but certainly not least…we are enjoying a night at Portal RV Resort. We stayed here last year and are back again (we wrote a review on Campendium last year…it is even better this year!). Great place to get ready for some more boondocking! Tomorrow we’ll be attending Xscapers Moab Area Convergence! Seeing old friends and meeting new ones!
Favorite breakfast in Moab: Sweet Cravings ~ Organic coffee, locally sourced produce, baked goods from scratch…it is all good! They have lunch, too.
Travato on Long Beach ~ Great way to spend a beach afternoon!
We enjoyed the Long Beach Peninsula last weekend! And, yes, it was sunny the whole time!
Highlights (besides being able to use Travato on the beach as our “beach house” one afternoon)…
Where we stayed: Long Beach RV and Camping Resort
What we saw: Cape Disappointment State Park ~ which is NOT a disappointment!
Where we ate: Salt Hotel and Pub ~ So good we went back the next day!