Valentine’s Day Meetup

Valentine’s weekend was coming up. The trailer was in the shop in Los Banos. Roxie was in Sacramento for the week helping her sister with some health issues. What was the plan?

The trailer was done, Roxie was finishing up her week so many we should meetup somewhere? I would get the trailer and take¬†it to a campground. Roxie would alter her path home to meet me. Sounds like some type of romance/clandestine novel plot. But it wasn’t. We just enjoy getting out in our trailer whenever we can. Since it was already half way between us why bring it home and then go out again.

I left home early on Saturday and headed to Toscano’s RV in Los Banos. I had dropped off the trailer for its’ final round of warranty repairs before our standard warranty stopped and our extended warranty kicked in. I got there a bit after 10:30 and went over the list, got a propane tank filled, bought a few items and headed out to a campground somewhere. Not quite sure which one but I had a primary one in mind. Roxie had left Sacramento shortly before I got to Toscano’s so I knew I had some time.

On one of our trips to/from the bay area we scouted out the San Luis Creek campground just off of CA152 in the San Luis SRA. It was far off the main road and had electric and water. That is where I headed first with some other alternate plans in mind if I needed it. Luckily I did not. They had a spot for us and it was not a double spot. Yes! As I got to the spot and started backing in I realized what an asset it is to have Roxie helping be back in. I must have got in and out of the truck 5-6 times looking where I was going and checking clearances. Roxie, thank you for your help.

I got setup and Roxie showed up about 20 minutes later. It was very nice to see her after a week away and it was Valentines Day! We exchanged gifts and cards (she reminded me about Valentine’s the day before, but didn’t need to) and then went out for a lunch/dinner at a local BBQ place. Very good. After you have been married 34 years it doesn’t matter the location, just the company.

Here is our campsite (#33):


That evening we just vegged out but I saw this on Facebook:


Hmmm. Mercey Hot Springs. We had always wanted to visit there…

Picking up the Airstream and heading out again.

We went to Toscano’s on Wednesday to pickup the Airstream after the repairs were done. Well, at least some of the repairs.

We have some wood that has cracked on both sides of the bed. The parts have been ordered from Airstream but it is unknown how long it will take to get to Toscano’s. We also had issues with the fresh water tank not reading correctly on the sensor. I would take out 3 gallons of the 50 gallon tank and the meter would show 5/8 remaining? The techs said they could actually see the meter drop as they were running water. Changing the sensor and the meter made no difference. The company that made the meter was stumped. They will try again when we take the trailer back.

The other issue was the jack. It made a terrible noise when operational. They found a broken bolt inside but left it on the trailer. They stated that the manufacturer was sending a new jack head. OK. I can live with that as long as it will get fixed. I went to raise the trailer to hookup and the jack did not work at all. I thought maybe the techs turned off the 12v switch but all the other 12v systems were working fine. They came out and found the jack was blowing fuses each time they put one it. The replaced the jack with a ‘loaner’ one. Better it happened there than on the road.

We stopped off in Fresno to have dinner with our son and I had to do some interesting maneuvering with the trailer. Like a u-turn at a very busy intersection. But my philosophy is that the more practice I get in tough situations the better I get overall. We got home around 7 and I didn’t even back it into its spot for a reason.

We had reservations to meet up with an Airforums group in Three Rivers starting Friday. Oh yes, off again! But realize that Three Rivers is only 36 miles from home so we did not have far to go. We all met at the Sequoia RV Ranch. We had about 12 trailers show up. Roxie and I had driven through the park previously but never stayed there. We will go back sometime. Here is a few of the trailers:

Sequoia RV 01

The group of Airstreamers were a very friendly one. We found some old friends and new ones as we always do at these. Had a nice low key happy hour on Friday night and a great potluck on Saturday night. We also had our granddaughter with us for the weekend. We stayed 3 nights but she had to get home on Sunday. We were going to meet her mother in Three Rivers so we didn’t have to drive ALL THAT WAY home and then back!

Sunday we decided to head to Sequoia NP and climb Moro Rock and have a picnic. We have done this before but our granddaughter had only done it once. Only over 350 steps to get to the top. We just took it slow, how else could we? Here are some shots from the top (even one with both of us in it!):

Sequoia RV 03 Sequoia RV 04

We had the local newspaper come by on Saturday and ask questions about the Airstreamers. It will be fun to see what gets written in the article. I know they talked to me quite a bit and took some pictures. Probably didn’t hurt that we were local also.

On Saturday we were off doing some other hiking in the lower levels of the park and someone came through and took photos of the trailers. He did an HDR manipulation on them. I was able to get a copy from him and we love it! Here it is:

Sequoia RV 02


We had a very fun and uneventful weekend. The only problem is that I dropped our awning lights (see above) and broke one of the bulbs. Ouch. Don’t know if I can find them.

We went home on Monday with the knowledge that we were going out again the next Saturday! Do we ever rest?