We Like Quiet Days

 Posted by at 2:56 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 182013

As much as we like traveling in our motorhome and seeing new places, and our hobbies like kayaking, geocaching, and kite flying, there’s something to be said for just having a quiet day at home, too. And that’s what yesterday was.

It was a damp, gray morning, with the clouds hanging low in the sky. In other words, a good morning for a cappuccino! I sipped mine as I read my morning e-mails and favorite RV blogs, and checked the news to see who we’re at war with today.

While I was doing that, I came across these picture of an RV fire at the Timothy Lake Thousand Trails campground in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. The owners got out safely, but lost a cat and everything they had. If you haven’t taken one of Mac McCoy’s RV fire safety classes, do it soon at an RV rally near you.

RV fire flames 

Timothy Lake RV fire

Our two weeks here at Seaside RV Resort were up yesterday, but we extended for another week, so about mid-morning I drove over to the ranger station at the south campground (there are two units here, north and south) to pay for our stay and pick up our new parking pass. Our Thousand Trails membership gives us 50 “free” nights for our $566 annual dues, which comes out to $11.32 a night. Any nights over that are $5/night. We still had one of our free nights left, so our extra week cost $30. Not bad for a full hookup 50 amp RV site on the Oregon coast.

When Dan Sheppard visited us the other day, he mentioned that he had updated his Rand McNally RV GPS, and it occurred to me that I had not eve gone online to register mine yet, so I did that and the update at the same time. We’ve been using a Garmin 465 Trucker GPS, which allows you to input the size of your rig and will (hopefully) direct you on routes suitable for your size vehicle. It’s worked out very well, but the Rand McNally has some bells and whistles especially for RVers, including a database of RV parks and services, and WalMarts.

Rand McNally gps

During the afternoon, Bad Nick took over the keyboard for a while to post a new Bad Nick blog titled The Definition Of Insanity. Check it out and leave a comment.

If the weather clears up today, we may take a ride down to Canon Beach to play tourist and take some pictures. If it’s another gray, ugly day we may make it another quiet one at home.

Thought For The Day – It’s better to be an optimist who is sometimes wrong than a pessimist who is always right.

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  6 Responses to “We Like Quiet Days”

  1. I’m especially interested in your review and comparison f the two GPS units. We have been VERY happy with our Droid navigation app on our phones, but once we are driving two separate vehicles to a destination or a particular route together, Terry feels he needs a GPS on his dash. Soooo, I’ve been looking, lurking and wondering “which one do we buy”?

    The review on the Rand McNally unit that indicates its difficult to program a multi-leg route has me a bit concerned as Terry is not technical at all, and I don’t want to have to fuss with his GPS before I get into my vehicle.

    Now, if MY Terry were as good with programming stuff as YOUR Terry, maybe it would be an issue, but …. IIWII. Am REALLY looking forward to what you think about the two different units. Thanks Nick, hoping to connect again in 2014 …maybe in Goshen ??

  2. Nick, if you see this before you get to Canon Beach – check out Canon Beach Hardware – might make a good story for the paper – Maybe not quite like Jack’s in Ocean Park – but I guess it is close –

  3. Can you post your preference on which GPS unit you prefer.

  4. I prefer the Rand McNally. It has a bigger screen, alerts you when approaching lower speed limits, alerts you to a sped you set if you go over, such as 5 miles over the posted limit, alerts you to sharp curves and hills ahead, and a lot of other features the Garmin doesn’t. It also lists campgrounds, WalMarts, rest areas, etc. And Amazon’s price seems to be the best around.

  5. I agree will your comparisons between the two units, with the exception of the “sharp curves and hills ahead”. Your Garmin should be advising you of these events if you are correctly running in the “truck” mode and not the “automobile” mode.
    I do not own the Rand McNally, but I have used the Garmin 465T for a couple of years now with great success.

  6. True, Steve, the 465T beeps to warn of curves and hills. With the TripMaker, a voice actually gives you a verbal warning.

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