Sunday, January 29, 2017

An Addition

When we bought the Chinook we did so because we wanted a small agile motor-home that could go places a big rig could not.  It also seemed to eliminate the need for a toad (tow vehicle).  And in practice so it did.  In fact, toad-less we have traveled these past 5 years, 10 months, and 19 days, for the most part very happily so.

Recently however we've found ourselves moving on less, staying put more.  Last summer we put down roots in Sequim,WA for three months; and recently we were in Kingwood, TX from Thanksgiving through New Year.  In these circumstances, even though I'm not exactly enamored with the idea of towing, it seems to us that a toad would be a welcome addition.

With a rear door and an electric step I was a bit concerned with the practicality of hitching a vehicle to the Chinook, but a visit with the good folks at Hitch Crafters in Costa Mesa showed otherwise:
Knowing that the hitch fits (just), sent us in search of a suitable toad, which today we found ... a sweet little Honda Fit ... how very (ahem) fitting!

Next step, a visit to Hitch Crafters for installation of base plate, hitch, electrical connections, and braking system.  More anon.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Home again

Total mileage for this trip was 3,867 at an average of 10.6 MPG.

Joanie is happy in a new bed:

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Indio & Cabazon

Back in CA with a couple of free nights at casinos, and shopping at the outlet malls:

Prime Rib for me
And a bone for Dexter

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Uh oh!

Accidentally backed into a veranda and pranged my ladder!  Estimate to fix is around $400 for a replacement custom ladder plus about $300 worth of fiberglass work.

Here's the ladder removed to be used as a template for its replacement: