Flying Flags Update

Flying Flags RV Park in Buellton has had a great amount of changes carried out.

Flying Flags RV park

We stayed at the Flying Flags RV park last week and had such a great time.  There have been so many changes there since we were there last. Dan Baumann who is the Manager has done a great job.  Well done Dan.  Dan by the way is now the deputy Mayor of Buellton.  Good job xx

The staff at the desk are the first people to greet you and their customer service along with free cookies and a great shop carrying some fabulous wine for sale could not be better.

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Lady on Reception

Yum Wine xx

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Plenty of wine available.

Thank you ladies for making our stay a pleasant one.

New Kitchen

They have a brand new kitchen and they cooked some great breakfast for us.  They have a whole menu there and also on the evening we ordered a nice glass of wine too.  Wow! so fabulous.  The chef Matt is a genius cook and we really enjoyed the breakfast he made for us.

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New Kitchen and Matt the Chef

 

New Camp for upmarket tents

When we were here last they had new really upmarket tents that had been put up with luxury living inside.  We only saw one and now they have a whole village of them for rent and to stay in.  Such a fabulous idea and a great place to stay.  I spoke to a lady who had stayed there for the weekend and was really upset at leaving and going home.

This is what she had to say

 

Pictures of the Camping Safari Village

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Safari Village

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Safari Tent

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Inside the Safari Tent

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Outside seating area

At Flying Flags they catered for absolutely everyone.  There are so many options of places to stay in Flying Flags like Luxury wooden huts, your own tents, your own RV, hire an RV or a silver bullet to sleep in.  So many options that just about cover anything anyone wants.

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Plenty of Room for your RV

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Silver Bullet for Rent

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Upmarket cottages for rent

Not only was the accommodation to stay in top-notch but the bathrooms and utilities were the best I have ever seen anywhere.

The swimming pool and jaccuzzi was just amazing and they are even now building another bigger swimming pool on the field.

Adding to the fact that the kids and adults can have a swim there were other added amenities for amusement as A fabulous bowling pitch for avid players of Bocce Ball.  Also great new bar has been incorporated out on the field right next to the Bocce Ball pitch along with a stage for evening entertainment at weekends.  We were lucky enough to have a great night listening to a fabulous band and have a nice pint to boot.  Great friends we had not seen in a long time were with us as well.  Just fabulous to see Darlene Bayer, Dan Baumann and Cathy Vreeland.  Thanks for a great night.

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Bocce Ball

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Bocce Ball pitch

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Bar

There is also a great little children’s park if you have kids that want to go play.

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children’s Park

On our second night there we grabbed a glass of wine and sat around the fire by the reception area and listened to a guy playing guitar who was from Belgium.  You meet so many people when you are camping.  We had yet another great night.

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Camp Fire

We had such a great weekend at Flying Flags that we will definitely be back again soon and just cannot wait.  See you all again soon.

 

Flood in the RV – now in a Hotel

Can’t believe we have flood in our our RV.  We have had to move out of our RV temporarily due to a flood.

RV Flood

We have not been in our Rv now for a couple of weeks and we are really missing it.  We are staying in a hotel and after being in here for a few weeks I am now sick with a bad head cold which I can say I don’t think i was ever sick when I was in my RV with all the fresh air we got living that way.

We have had a massive flood in our RV.  Let me explain to you haow it happened so that future RV are not flooded this way.

In the shower we had a shower holder which had smart suckers that apparently work really well.   I guess they actually do not.

This baddy caused the flood

Flood

While I was out the shower caddy fell down and turned the tap on in the shower and hours later when I came home there was a water fall coming out of the RV on both sides.

We spent hours trying to clean up the water with the help of John our great neighbour.  It got dark really quick and we didn’t see till in the morning all the water that was still coming out from underneath the unit.  Peter and John unscrewed underneath to let all the water out and it went over Peter and he got soaked.  After letting it dry John screwed it all back up for us bless him we will be forever grateful.

We realized then that we would have to take the RV in for repair to access the damage.  The RV shop has said we need all new carpets and that one point by the door was really spongy.  We have had to get everything out of the RV that we could and have alot of our stuff in boxes at a friends garage.  The RV insurance company are to and froing with Camping world while they make their minds up whether they are going to do the claim or not.

It is a really scary time and I just don’t see what the problem is.  I really hope they cover it but if they don’t I really don’t know what we are going to do to get it fixed.  It is going to cost an arm and a leg.  If we have to pay then I may be asking you all for donations to help us during this difficult time.  We really don’t like to ask but if they do not cover the cost of repair then any help would be greatly appreciated.  I will kkep you all informed on what is going on soon.

We love our RV and cannot believe tht water like that can do so much damage.

Sorry I haven’t written for a while but will try to keep you all up to date with the flood outcome.

This is where we are staying at the moment.  Cheap and cheerful with breakfast included.  Most days it has only been $55 per night but at weekends up to $94.

Executive Inn and Suites

 

Anyway we are both ok so that is a good thing.  We hope you all had a great Christmas and Happy New Year to you all.

 

“H A P P Y   N E W   Y E A R”

 

 

 

 

Winter – 5 steps for your RV

Are you prepared for the winter nights that are drawing in?

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Winter in Birmingham

This is what we left behind in England.  If we want snow we will go to the mountains to find it otherwise.

No thank you !

At night the temperature has started to drop, the clocks have gone back and it is dark now at 5.30pm.

We have been living in our RV full-time now for 3 years and to be honest have not had much of a problem getting through the winter.  We do have a few tips for you though.

Winter – Get prepared

Throughout the year we tend to use blankets, just sheets or home-made quilts that are in layers so that depending on the temperature we can put on or take off during the night.  Mostly kicking off all but our sheet during the summer .

We live in California so we find that the only time the temperature drops is during the winter months and at night.  That time is coming upon us and we noticed that the temperature dropped just the other night.  When this happens we switch out our blankets and put on our winter duvet.

1.   Duck Down Duvet

We have found the best duvet to have to keep you warm during the winter months is a duck down feather duvet.  It feels so light and yet is so warm.  We have been in freezing conditions in the past and yet we have stayed warm with this duvet.

Check out this video on how best to put you duvet into your duvet cover in a really easy way.  This can be done with just one person.

 

2.   Cover up your pipes outside

If you know that there is going to be some frost then you will need to go outside and insulate your pipes with slip foam rubber insulation.

3.  Cover up all outdoor furniture

You can get covers for you outdoor furniture and grills,  these can easily be taken off if you wish to use your furniture or grill anytime.  By doing this it will prolong the life of the outdoor furniture as frost can make plastic snap and break from the cold.

4.   Electric heaters

The use of electric heaters are great as they create less moisture in your RV.  We have our gas heater set on 60 so if the temperature drops really low at night then it just comes on.  Living in California has great benefits as it doesn’t drop down to that too much.  On our campsite Mountain View RV Park  the electric is included so that is great to use for heating.  If it is not then try to use both your gas and electric and split the cost of the bill.  Last year we needed a new propane tank every week to get us through the winter.

5.   Pull in your Awnings if you go out anywhere

When we went out today we did not pull in our Awning.  the winds picked up and all I could think about while we were out was. Wished we had pulled in our awning.  Get into the habit if you go out as the winds are much stronger in the winter and you may come back to no awning.

As an extra tip Become a Snowbird

What can I say we are snowbirds if you don’t want winter then move south just like the geese,  We are in Southern California and I thought today oh my there is a cloud in the sky it must be winter!

 

 

Snowbirds – Ventura here we come

The snowbirds saying goodbye

Yesterday at Kaiser where Peter works they did a high tea for him with lots of really nice sandwiches and goodies and had a bit of an English day for Peter.  He loved it, Peter is loved wherever he works and always makes great friends and he is always sad to leave and say goodbye.

It is our last day at the repair shop where we have been boondocking as well.  Boondocking means that we were just dry camping with no hook ups to water or sewer.  We did however have access to electricity and we have been a guest of  V&V brothers repair shop and have been really grateful of their hospitality. You can last a week like this in your RV and we have been at the repair shop on their parking lot for 5 days.  We have tried to conserve water as much as possible so that we can last without any problems.

Snowbirds

We are what is called Snow birds which means we live in our RV and that we are hitting south for the winter.  If you want to see what wikepedia says about snowbirds then just click the title link.  Who wants to be in an area where the weather may be a little colder in the winter.  Not us, we like the warmer weather, our time in Half Moon Bay was just fabulous and we were really lucky with the weather.  Not many cloudy days at all.  We felt like we were living in Scotland with all the heather and rugged terrain on the cliffs.  Fabulous scenery and views that we will cherish for all time.

There are snowbirds that come from all over America and Canada that travel to the South for the Winter. Most of these people are of ages 55 and upwards and some of them meet up every winter at the same places and just live through a winter in the warmer weather.  When I lived in England a lot of people in England go to places like Spain for the winter as England gets so cold.  A lot of the RV parks in the south cater for the snowbirds and give discounted rates for staying on a monthly rate in their parks in the winter.  So many people are doing this now that it can be hard to find a spot.

RV repairs

Not all of our repairs got done as one of the parts we needed was not able to be delivered in time.  The panel that needed repairing after hitting the post on our move to the North still needs to be replaced and is covered under insurance so we will now have to get that done in Ventura.  We were a little disappointed and not very happy after staying this week that we could not to get that done.  We are very laid back people so hey ho the wind and the rain.  It really is just cosmetic and will not affect us in any way so we will just have to wait a little longer to get it done.

We did get a few other little repairs done by Antonio at the V&V brothers repair shop and the most important of all a new set of stairs that got damaged in the accident which were dangerous.

During servicing the RV one of the biggest things that he replaced was the anode rod water heater element.  Apparently this needs to be replaced every year to stop the corrosion to your water heater.  We couldn’t believe the damage that had been done to it in 3 years and is a good job it has been replaced.  Just look at the picture of before and after. The skinny one is what it looks like now and the fat one is how it should be.  Unbelievable, we did not know that this needs to be replaced every year.

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Water heater element

We are so happy with our new set of steps to the RV and now feel very safe stepping in and out and we even purchased a nice little step to make it even easier to get in and out.

Here is a picture of our new steps

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Steps

Other things that you need to do yourself to keep your RV in good working order are:

  • Wash the mesh in the air-conditioning unit regularly just like you would if you lived in a house or replace as necessary.
  • Keep mesh ceiling vents clean.  We wash ours every 3 months and they look like new after 3 years.
  • Clean out the refrigerator vents on the outside and keep free of dust and debris.
  • Defrost the refrigerator every 3 months.  The RV refrigerator needs to be done more often than a normal house refrigerator.
  • Clean your RV every 3 months.
  • After 3 years get your roof checked out for any sealants that need replacing and paint the roof.  We are getting to that point but when we checked ours it is ok at the moment .

Diesel

The snowbirds are on their way today, sandwiches are made to keep us going and we leave today around 1pm to head down the 101 first of all to stop off for diesel at a truck stop which is just an hour away at The Garlic Farm Plaza truck stop for all you snowbirds travelling in case you didn’t know stopping at a truck stop makes it nice and easy to fill up as the rig is so big.  You should always plan your route so that you know were you can park and fill up or stop to eat.

Yanks RV Resort great for snowbirds

We will be staying tonight at the Yanks RV resort which is about 2 hours away from the truck stop. This RV park is very luxurious and we have a 100ft site that will be very easy to drive into and we can stay hooked up to our truck all night without any problem whatsoever.  The site cost is $73 and for such a large site we think this was very reasonable.

While we are at the RV resort we will be able to dump all of our sewerage and water and replenish our water tank as well as catch up with some washing that we could not do when we were boondocking.

We might even have a nice swim in the hot jacuzzi with a beer and relax for the night.  We would imagine that a lot of snowbirds head for this destination from further north as it looks like a really nice site.  We are looking forward to leaving today and we are really excited.

If you are snowbirds and would like to say high then just look our for the montanna mountaineer being pulled by a big red truck.

On Saturday morning we will head to Ventura and will get up and drive a further 1 hour and stop off for a really nice breakfast at another truck stop at the San Paso truck stop in Paso Robles.  This will make the journey nice and easy for Peter.

After that we will head down to our RV Park in Ventura which will take us about 3 hours. We will be staying at the Ventura Beach RV park it was very difficult to get an RV spot in this area as it is as a lot of snowbirds want to stay in this beautiful area.  There are various RV parks but all of them full.  We had our name down on some of them that were less expensive but just could not get a spot.  We are grateful we now have a spot booked but not really happy about the price which is $1600 per month which will include any electric.  The other RV parks that did not have any spaces are only $800 + electric which normally will be around $200 – $300.  We are hoping that this just means that this park is really luxurious. Lets hope so, a lot of the reviews we have read were not that favourable for such an expensive site.  a lot of the comments were though that it is near a freeway and we already know that.

Peter will be working in Oxnard so he needs to be able to get there and this is the only option available. We really don’t mind paying for a spot that is really nice it is our home after all.  We will do an update on our thoughts on the park once we are settled in.

We will really miss the wonderful friends we have made up north but hopefully we will see you again. Bye for now and see you soon.

 

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