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 on: October 20, 2014, 02:08:50 pm 
Started by 2 Frazzled - Last post by ron.dittmer
our favorite place: Lake Tahoe...one of the highest and deepest alpine lakes in the world.  It's readily accessible on the north end via I-80, and on the south end via Hwy 50.  Weather permitting, of course.  It's about 2-1/2 to 3 hrs from the Napa area, so a day trip or overnight from the Bay Area is easy and a gorgeous drive.
Is I-80 fixed up between Tahoe & Napa yet?  Back in 2007 we drove to Napa Valley from Lake Tahoe down that very steep grade and the highway was so badly busted up in the slow lane.  I resorted to the fast lane to save our rig from getting shaken to pieces.  That cost us $300 in a speeding ticket trying to keep up with traffic in the fast lane.  We have not crossed the border into California since that trip.  I am close to getting over that welcome.  Maybe we'll spend our vacation money in California soon.

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 on: October 20, 2014, 11:54:55 am 
Started by 2 Frazzled - Last post by Pax
Ron:

Hard to deal with those restrictions!  Not sure if there are similar restrictions at all other state parks here.

Holly/John:

I'd be awfully remiss if I didn't put in a plug for our favorite place: Lake Tahoe...one of the highest and deepest alpine lakes in the world.  It's readily accessible on the north end via I-80, and on the south end via Hwy 50.  Weather permitting, of course.  It's about 2-1/2 to 3 hrs from the Napa area, so a day trip or overnight from the Bay Area is easy and a gorgeous drive. They do have a number of RV parks on both the CA and NV sides of the lake, as well as campgrounds (Fallen Leaf, Nevada Beach, Tahoe Valley, Campground By The Lake, Sugar Pine Pt State Park, etc). From the lake there are many easy day trips to Virginia City, Carson City, Reno.

The north side is more rustic, the south side more touristy (major casinos, Heavenly Valley Ski Area, shopping). The Heavenly Valley tram to the top runs most of the year with some spectacular views.

Just so much to do and see any time of year in that area.....fishing, horseback riding, sleigh rides, hiking, paddle wheel cruises to Emerald Bay, kayaking, etc.   Oh, and the best Bloody Mary anywhere?  It's at Cabo Wabo inside Harvey's Resort.

    - Mike

 63 
 on: October 20, 2014, 11:46:04 am 
Started by JOHNNYandVICKI.O - Last post by randallandchris
I use an air compressor to winterize and think that may help you find the leak.  Need an air to male hose fitting to city water inlet and with interior plumbing fixtures off listen for any air/water sputtering but regulate pressure say 25-40 lbs. to not damage pipes.

Not your issue but we flooded one leaving sink stopper in vanity and forgetting water was left on.  I threw away that stopper.

 64 
 on: October 20, 2014, 11:46:03 am 
Started by 2 Frazzled - Last post by AMW
Ron, well maybe I would do better if I had four GPS, but only have three  Grin.  The object at the bottom of the photo that looks like a small screen is a temperature monitor screen that shows me the remote temperature in my farthest back dog crate so I know if the dash AC is not keeping them cool enough as I drive.

I miss my copilot with the paper maps.

 65 
 on: October 20, 2014, 10:55:49 am 
Started by David J. Rotelle - Last post by ron.dittmer
Some sheet tile does not require grout.  Did you use grout?

 66 
 on: October 20, 2014, 10:54:03 am 
Started by 2 Frazzled - Last post by ron.dittmer
That is a very funny picture showing 4 navigation units in operation.  My wife uses two of which I chuckle over.  Oh yes....we still miss turns and get lost.  I'm always telling her to look closer at the paper version Rand McNally Road Atlas.

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 on: October 20, 2014, 10:53:20 am 
Started by 2 Frazzled - Last post by Pax
On our last long trip we used Google Earth, Google Maps and the AllStays App.  We liked the routing features of the Google Maps app (not for navigating, but general planning ) and the RV-related locations on the AllStays app.

  - Mike

 68 
 on: October 20, 2014, 10:49:08 am 
Started by 2 Frazzled - Last post by ron.dittmer
That would be Samuel P. Taylor State Park, between Pt Reyes and San Rafael and it is indeed very nice.  Unfortunately with the CA drought there are some changes/restrictions there...

At Samuel P. Taylor State Park, in order to meet the park's basic water needs, and comply with water conservation, the park has taken the following actions:
 As of 1/20/14, and until further notice, the park dump station will be out of service.  RV's/trailers will not be able to fill their water tanks at the park.
 Beginning the week of 7/20/14 the restroom building next to site 58 will be closed and some water spigots in Orchard Hill Loop will be turned off.  Additionally, all park showers will be closed.  Chemical toilets will be available until this restroom reopens.  These service reductions will remain in effect until futher notice.

    - Mike

Bingo, that is the name of the park.  But how does one deal with those restrictions?  That would leave us in a real bind.

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 on: October 20, 2014, 10:46:45 am 
Started by 2 Frazzled - Last post by Pax
That would be Samuel P. Taylor State Park, between Pt Reyes and San Rafael and it is indeed very nice.  Unfortunately with the CA drought there are some changes/restrictions there...

At Samuel P. Taylor State Park, in order to meet the park's basic water needs, and comply with water conservation, the park has taken the following actions:
 As of 1/20/14, and until further notice, the park dump station will be out of service.  RV's/trailers will not be able to fill their water tanks at the park.
 Beginning the week of 7/20/14 the restroom building next to site 58 will be closed and some water spigots in Orchard Hill Loop will be turned off.  Additionally, all park showers will be closed.  Chemical toilets will be available until this restroom reopens.  These service reductions will remain in effect until futher notice.

    - Mike

 70 
 on: October 20, 2014, 09:35:17 am 
Started by 2 Frazzled - Last post by ron.dittmer
There is a very nice state park (named after someone) campground on Sir Francis Drake Blvd, 1/2 hour-1 hour north of the San Francisco Bay Bridge, a nice base camp to see the northern coastal area there.  Hopefully someone here knows the name of that state park.

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