So, this can happen…

Fridge mess

Going from a standard propane powered RV fridge with locking door to a full residential AC powered fridge in your RV does have a small learning curve. You can see the price we paid for this education. I’ll share.

The larger residential fridge was an appealing option when we went bought our new 5th wheel. After all, we’ll soon be living in this thing nearly full time.

With an upgrade to solar, more batteries, and a state of the art Go Power 2,000 Amp 3 in 1 inverter, we were set on the power front. But the feature we missed, the most simple feature of all, was a lock to hold the doors closed.

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Residential fridge in RV – See bungee solution?

We thought the bungees would hold the doors back just fine, and they probably would have had it not been for the weight of the beer and eggs combined with highway 68 climbing out of Borrego Springs.

Three hours of drive time to San Diego, a hot closed-up RV on a sunny day: This was destined for ugly…

It was a smelly mess upon arrival. On top of that, I didn’t notice that a wayward beer had escaped the fridge and rolled behind the edge of the slide, so when I opened the slide I crushed the beer and successfully sprayed the entire living area with a warm and thoroughly shaken beer. Aaaarrrgh!

Lessons to learn:

  1. The manufacturers “Bungee solution” doesn’t work.
  2. Keep the food in your fridge secure, (common sense 101). Make sure it can’t slide around during travel.
  3. Keep the weight of lose items low. If it can’t be made secure and you’re going to keep heavy items in the fridge, make sure it can’t fall against the doors and leverage them open when turning, duh.
  4. Install a locking mechanism that will work on your fridge. Simple solutions will do, even a Velcro strap on the handles to aid the bungees.
  5. Keep eggs in a drawer or other secure location in the fridge. What was I thinking!
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Borrego Springs RV Resort

We’re figuring out our new Cardinal 3250 Fifth wheel. First long trip is Canada in June 2017. Hope we figure out the big stuff by then.

In the fall we’ll be hitting the road to promote our new website, RVPlusYou. We’ll be recruiting RV rental managers to help RV owners earn extra income by sharing their RV.

By then our hope is that we’ve learned a thing or two. Stay tuned!

San Luis Obispo – Cheap Stays

Cal Poly commencement in June is just around the corner and unless you’ve already booked your hotel or vacation rental, it’s going to be slim pickings that weekend. This is one idea for a cheap stay, and within just a few miles of campus!

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RV rental available in San Luis Obispo

Why pay $600 per night to rent a house, or $350 for a hotel room? If you could spend under $200 per night or less and house your entire family for the big graduation day or other big weekend event, why not?

Luxury RV’s are not that expensive to rent, considering the cost of ownership or comparing it to a vacation rental. Many will sleep 6 – 10 and if you have full hook ups, you can use it like a vacation rental home.

So, if you’re trying to figure out where to stay for daughters big day, consider a delivered RV rental by owner. They’ll set it up and have it ready for you when you arrive, and many RV owners will even share their “stuff” with you; kitchen essentials, towels, linens, camping chairs, etc. You show up and it’s ready upon arrival.

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Kim’s Airstream Rental, Palm Springs CA.

Check out RVPlusYou for more information. Most of the owners in SLO County will deliver to campgrounds like El Chorro Regional Park, Avila Beach, Pismo Beach, and many other cool destinations and campgrounds, many of which have full hook ups.

If you’re unsure about what your accommodations might look like, check out the photos below or in these listings for a better idea, and congratulations to you and your new grad!

Discover Pismo Coast Village

One of the most sought after camping destinations on the central coast has to be Pismo Coast Village, a shareholder owned property with a prime beach location on the Central Coast of California.

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Pismo Coast Village – Common Area

With a long list of amenities, well kept campsites, and a location boasting great weather year round, this is atop most RV camper’s bucket lists.

When it comes to family RV camping, there probably isn’t another RV Park on the Central Coast that compares. The recreation department offers kids programs that run all week long during summer months and weekends during off peak times.

A heated pool, arcade, bike rentals, mini-putt golf course, basketball, ping pong, restaurant/grill and many other amenities will keep everyone in the family happy during your vacation or weekend getaway.

Want to store your RV and have it delivered and set up at your campsite? This service is popular among owners and visitors alike. For around $50 per month PCV will store your RV, and setup at your campsite is around $60. RV set up

Pismo Coast Village also allows RV rentals from local owners on RVPlusYou and other rental companies to be delivered and set up at your campsite. So joining friends and family for a weekend getaway or a long vacation is a convenient and inexpensive option for everyone.

Camping is one of those family activities that creates lasting memories, especially for kids. Being able to experience the outdoors on a camping trip in the comfort of an RV at a location such as Pismo Coast Village really is a treat, one that comes highly recommended.

Photo Gallery: Pismo Coast Village, Nov 20, 2015

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Stay on a Farm, Ranch, or Winery. Possible?

Scottie Founder, Executive Director Alsea, Oregon
Scottie Founder, Executive Director Alsea, Oregon

I found a great site the other day while searching for “unique properties” for our customers. Had to share it, even though not all of these locations will accommodate an RV.

We’re always on the lookout for cool spots where we can match up location owner, RV owner, and renter for a delivered and set up RV. Wouldn’t that be cool if you could check in on a Friday, and by Saturday morning you and your kids are milking a cow? After a hearty lunch, you’re harvesting radishes and then that evening you and your family are star gazing from an open alfalfa field.

Here’s a great example for a unique weekend getaway, and it won’t break the bank either: Edna Valley Ranch.

U. S. Farm Stay Association (aka Farm Stay U.S.) founder Scottie Jones and her husband Greg raise grass-fed lamb at Leaping Lamb Farm in the green hills of Oregon’s Coast Range.  Since 2006 they have also operated a thriving farm stay, where they’ve hosted guests from near and far.

Lamb picThe idea behind Farm Stay is that by staying at one of these small family farms or wineries, you help support this shrinking national treasure. Most of these locations are working properties; vegetable farms, ranches, wineries, etc. Most have accommodations, as in B&B, and some will allow you to park your RV on their property.

We know the small family farm used to be where most of our food was produced. Now, as Scottie points out, 90% of our food is produced by large farming corporations gobbling up land and ushering in the decline of the family farm.

Edna Valley, San Luis Obispo CA.
Edna Valley, San Luis Obispo CA.

The story of Farm Stays and how it all started is a great counterbalance to what is happening with our food supply and one very creative strategy that some small farms are using to hold on.

Using technology in the new peer to peer, “Shared Economy”, Scottie and her pals are thinking outside the box. I encourage you to take a look and support their work.