It’s OK to dream. Right?
Of course it is and that’s what we did on Saturday. The Oregon Springfield RV show is running this weekend and it was a miserable day (meaning it was raining too much to do anything outdoors unless you wanted to get wet) on the coast so we printed off free admission coupons for the RV show and headed over for the day.
It’s about 60 miles from home at Siltcoos to Springfield — just long enough to nosh a couple donuts on the way.
The show is primarily new and used RV’s — not components or component vendors. I was hoping there might be more info about RV’s and less emphasis on selling — but hey, this is America and selling is what it’s all about.
We really only had one thing in mind. So many of the volunteers here have 5th wheel trailers and when we bought Journey we didn’t look at 5th wheels at all — so we wanted to get an idea what was available in the trailer market — and we did.
Most of what we have in Journey fits us just fine. There are a couple exceptions and in pursuit of the ‘perfect’ home you can’t blame a couple for looking. We’d like a better place for my ‘puter setup. We’d like a coach with a hold-open for the front door — the Winnebago doesn’t have any way of bracing the door open. We’d like a 4 house battery setup — the Winnebago has 3, so we can’t use 6 volt deep draw batteries hooked up in parallel. You have to have an even number of batteries. And of course there’s the issue of photo equipment — we need comparable space for that to what we have in Journey. The only improvements we really are looking for are the ‘puter space and the hold-open. Everything else we can live with.
Some of our volunteers have ‘toy haulers.’ I’ve been pondering whether one of these — with a big door on the back end and a ‘garage’ designed to provide room for hauling OHV’s might serve as a good ‘office’ and the only way to figure that out would be do shop the models to see what was available. We looked at what was displayed by about 7 different RV dealers and nothing really tripped our trigger. If we could find enough regular living space in a 5th wheel and then add the garage space for an ‘office’ it might be worth thinking about a change. I think we’re done looking at them for now. Nothing fit our check list.
Then we looked at some class “A” coaches — like we have. Lots of gas powered fuel hogs. Units larger than we wanted. Units with too many gee gaws. Units with too few gee gaws. A lot of units that were built with an inferior interior finish — just sloppy workmanship. We did look at one Monaco Knight — a 2005, 34 footer — semi-seriously. But when we returned to Siltcoos and looked up the spec sheet from Monaco and compared it to our Winnebago there was too little improvement in a few specs and a worsening in others that we decided that it wouldn’t be worth going back into debt for so few changes. Following are some shots from the show. Some photos of the unit we liked, other images of other non-contenders. The interWebs are wonderful to sort out the wheat from the chaff!
Then it was time to return home — to our corned beef that had been cooking away in our slow-cooker since this morning. I love corned beef. I could eat it every day I think — but we haven’t been having any since we got out here and I don’t really know why. We also have not found restaurants that serve Corned Beef Hash of a morning and I really MISS that!
Tomorrow we’ll head to Lakeside for lunch with Al and Sherry. There’s a little resto there that serves pizza. The sign on the window just says pizza but Al says they have a special on Sundays – I’m not sure if that means it’s not available other days, or just that the price is not as spendy. We’ll find out.
Polly called from Horsfall campground to fill me on on the stray dog that had been abandoned in the campground. Coos county Animal Control came out with a live trap and trapped the dog overnight. She settled down once in the cage and we won’t have to worry about dog fights in the campground now. Sweet Polly has such a soft heart about animals. Once I found the phone number for animal control she ran with the ball.
Well, that’s it for today. Thanks for stopping by and I’ll talk with you tomorrow.