Repairs on our fifth wheel

Leaving Half Moon Bay

We have been in Half Moon Bay in San Francisco for 3 months now and it was time to leave.  We are on our way now to Ventura County, CA and have to first stop off for some much needed repairs in Redwood City.

Our stay at Half Moon Bay RV Park has been a good one.  We loved the sizes of the plots that we were given and felt like we had alot of personal space.  It was great to be so close to enterainment and also really close to the sea and all the wonderful views it has to offer.  Our only complaint would be the dust, we have never stayed on such a dusty site.  The unpaved roads cause so much dust, even with cars , trucks and RV going past your site at 5mph still causes clouds of the stuff.  It was a nightmare.   I was forever cleaning and when we left was thinking this will turn to mud when the rains comes heavy.  Not a good Idea.  We kept carpets down outside to try and stop some of the tread and trying to get my husband to take his shoes off everytime he came in was a real battle.  I for one will not miss the dust.

Although we have only been on the campsite in Half Moon Bay for 3 months, we made some very good friends that I am sure we will be in touch with in the future.  When you live this way, you never know when you will meet again.  We both had to hold back the tears when we left as we had some very good memories there.

On Saturday Peter and I had so much to do getting ready to move.  It took us a while to take down our tower garden as the roots had taken such a hold in just 3 short months.  The tower garden seemed to really love the weather here.  We picked all the rest of the tomatoes which were in abundance and gave some to neighbours.  Most were still green but before long will turn red.  It wasn’t such a big job to get ready to move but because we had both been to the pub the night before we both had hangovers that made us go really slow and took us all day to pack up.  It is a good job I had started preparing to leave a few days before. We washed our RV ready for the move because if we did not wash our RV then when we pull in the slides all the debris and dust would have come inside so we really did not have an option.  We felt so guilty while washing our RV as California is in a drought but this is our home and we have to look after it.  It was so dirty after only 3 months of being there and probably the dirtiest it has ever been.

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Peter hooked up and drove right over the 92 to the V&V RV Repairs  The 92 is a very winedy road and Peter did really well and in fact it has boosted his confidence with driving.  When we got there One of the brothers Victor helped us get into the spot he had for us so that our repairs can be done this week.  We will be staying here till Friday.  We feel very safe as right next to us he has a security guard in his RV and he also has a dog.  I could not believe though how close to the wall we are and how Peter did that I will never know.  He did a great job.  We cannot have the slides out fully in the RV as people still have to get by us on the road so it is a bit weird to be staying in here with the slides not fully out.

On our way up to Half Moon Bay the RV hit a post and that is the major repair we have.  It needs new stairs and a long panel to be fixed.  We also are going to get a full service done and just a few silly repairs inside.

It was Victor who suggested that we just stay with them on their site while they do the repairs and understood that this was our home.  This has saved us probably $1000 that it would have cost to stay in a hotel while repairs are carried out.  We are blown away by his hospitality.  Thank you Victor.

After they have done all the repairs and service,  we do alot of services ourselves and keep the RV really clean inside and out that helps but the heating and air con will need servicing.  I will let you know the costs and also what they did in the service so watch this space.

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The RV with part slides out

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Right against the wall

 

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View out the window

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Repair shop with more RVs to be repaired

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RV Cleaning and some important tips

RV Cleaning   and remember to have fun

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Peter Spraying RV

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Peter on top of Roof Cleaning

What a great RV Cleaning weekend we had, sorting out cupboards, cleaning our RV and getting ready to move.

There are probably many ways to clean your Fifth wheel or RV cleaning, this is how we clean ours and we have found that it keeps it nice and shiny and in a good condition.  We clean our Fifth wheel around every 3 months.  It keeps out the cobwebs and stops the dirt getting ground in.  Keeping your wonderful RV cleaning will help it last longer.

The things you need to clean a fifth wheel are

  1. A Bucket or bowl
  2. A great large hose that has a jet spray Hose attachment
  3. A Step Ladder Step Ladder  This is similar to the one we have
  4. A window cleaning pole.  We use the window wand it is excellent.Window wand
  5. Camco 43633 Wash Brush with adjustable handle – Wash brush
  6. Cleaning fluid for RV cleaning  – Gel Gloss RV Wash and Wax
  7. Window cleaner – Any type, we used Windex
  8. vacuum Cleaner –   Dyson DC 44 Animal
  9. Cloths

This is the sort we used it cleans and waxes at the same time leaving a lovely shine

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Cleaning Fluid

 

 

  • Safety First

    The first thing peter always does is the roof of the RV he takes up his bucket and broom and has the jet spray up there with him  He always wears a hat to keep from the sun and always a good pair of safe pumps that wont slip.  The top of the RV is very high and you do not want to fall.  Remember to apply sun cream too you will be up there a little while.  He starts at the front of the RV and works backwards, remembering to clean the sides of the roof.

 

  • After the roof is done we start on the sides.  Peter scrubs with the brush and I go behind him with the jet spray to wash off.  I get ahead of him a little sometimes and he gets wet.  Whoops!  sorry I say ha ha!

 

  • We then clean the inside of the windows carefully taking off the mesh on the windows one at a time, cleaning the windows then cleaning the mesh with a hand-held vacuum.  This cleans the mesh really well and is very easy.  The mesh is then carefully put back into the window.  The vacuum we have is the Dyson DC 44 Animal.  I like this as it can be used with a stand up or as a handheld.  It uses up hardly any space in the RV it charges over night and has no trailing wires when I Hoover the RV it is nice and light and easy.  For the last 20 years I have had a Dyson in my home and I would recommend it to anyone.

 

  • Now the outside windows is next and this is where the step-ladder comes in where we can reach. Clean the windows using the cloth and windex.   For the windows we can’t reach we use a window clean on an extended pole.  The one we use is called a cleaning wand.  This does just as well.

 

  • We now just wipe all around the RV with a nice soft cloth and then you are done.

Relax

Peter was at work all week in Glendale and then we both drove down to Lake Elsinore, stopping off at Tom’s Farms on the way down to pick up some fresh salad for the weekend.  If you have not been to Tom,s Farms which is just off the Interstate 15 going South just after Corona, then you are missing out.  It is well  sign posted so you can’t miss it.  At Tom’s Farms they have great interesting Shops and restaurants with some amazing fresh vegetables straight from the farm.  We also had some wonderful fish -n -chips while we were there and sat by the pond just taking in the quiet and tranquility, such a lovely early evening.

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Tom’s Farm by the Lake

Even a blackbird wanted to eat our food ha ha!

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Blackbird trying to eat Peter’s fish n chips

We then arrived at our beautiful spot is in Lake Elsinore on Crane Lakeside RV Park,  As far as I’m concerned the best park on the lake. the very first thing to do the day before your about to clean your RV is to sit outside with a nice glass of wine with friends and neighbors.  What I love about this park is people come and say hi!  We love our neighbors here and with us moving to San Francisco in just a couple of weeks we are going to miss them very much.  Thank you Sue, Ted, Terrance, Travis and Brian we will miss you all.  When we are not there you watch over our site and have been absolutely amazing, we really appreciate you.

The weekend was really a hot one in Lake Elsinore at some stage in the day it was 104 degrees.  As you can imagine very, very hot in a Fifth wheel or RV of any kind.  One of our neighbours had no air conditioning, can you imagine how hot he was, well when I saw him I invited him in but he was going down to a friends site to keep cool.  I explained his plight to one of our other neighbours who very quickly found a spare portable cooler she had and gave it to him.  The neighbours there are the best and I have found that living on an RV park of any kind they really help each other in every way.  I have found this to be the case on all the parks I have stayed at.  This is the reason I love RV ing so much, it is like going back to the old way of living of love thy neighbour where you could sit our on the step and you knew all your neighbours around you.  This is a great way to live.

 

This was the sky Friday night while outside drinking our wine.  If you are in your: Flat, House or Apartment right now step outside and get some fresh air.  It is wonderful sitting outside and enjoying Gods creation.

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Lake Elsinore – Red sky at night

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Crane Lakeside RV Park

 

Well our RV cleaning is all done and the very next time we go to Lake Elsinore we will be leaving for San Francisco with our first port of call being just in Pomona CA on a KOA site.  Peter will be driving the Fifth wheel off our site for the very first time.

 

More to come this week with our plans.