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RE: Grants Pass Oregon Help

I've heard people talk nice about Indian Mary (http://www.co.josephine.or.us/Page.asp?NavID=1878 ), but have not stayed there.
ORbiker 09/11/16 11:09pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Gone Dry

Any suggestions for camping close to Bend, OR? Our campground lost their well pump and will be dry for days before they can get the replacement installed. We can refill off site but are looking for options after this holiday is over and people are back to work. Which campground lost their well? With your pick-up camper you can go in the cascades just about anywhere. Buy a 1 year ($12.00) trail park permit and park at any trailhead. Many places on the Cascade Lake highway. The west end of 242 has some boondocking places too.
ORbiker 09/05/16 10:25pm Truck Campers
RE: route around Chicago

Late September we will be traveling west from NY State on Rt I 90. Is it OK to stay on I 90 through Chicago or is there a better loop around the city connecting again with I 90 west of the city? I am driving a 40 ft DP with toad. THX for the guidance. Whenever I go e / w past Chicago , I drop down to 24.
ORbiker 09/05/16 08:10pm Roads and Routes
RE: Hwy 395 Hwy 120 and 6.... are they good for a 42' 5th wheel

http://www.dot.ca.gov/trafficops/trucks/docs/truckmap-d09.pdf 30 ft *KPRA = kingpin-to-rear-axle distance It is a nice drive. Some up, some down.
ORbiker 08/25/16 10:30pm Roads and Routes
RE: Trip to Fish Lake, Steens Mtns, OR

Thanks for sharing. That's a pretty lonely part of Oregon. You are lucky you were prepared.
ORbiker 08/23/16 09:42pm Truck Campers
RE: Oregon Historic Highway 242

There is multiple signs at each end. I was up there on the motorcycle today for a big loop ride. As I was just leaving the viewpoint area at the top, a large Montana 5-er (at least 36ft) was headed west. I was wondering how they get through and how long it took to get past all the sharp hairpins. West side https://c8.staticflickr.com/9/8081/29060100031_08d5c868e9_b.jpg East side https://c7.staticflickr.com/9/8826/28515536574_da4ed98140_b.jpg Dee Wright Observatory https://c2.staticflickr.com/9/8066/29060109361_f0bca60a79_b.jpg If you do this road. Stop and see the great work the CCC did when building this observatory. There are small windows to view the mountains far away and larger windows to view the closer mountains.
ORbiker 08/21/16 10:26pm Roads and Routes
RE: Oregon Historic Highway 242

Thanx for the pics. Now I know what it looks like. Last month we took 126 to 20 heading towards Sisters. I don't mind curvy, narrow roads but it's never safe when you have to straddle the centerline and on-coming traffic also needs to. Beautiful scenic drive it is. https://c7.staticflickr.com/8/7514/27892754246_afd70d5501_b.jpg With lot of blind corners and NO GUARD RAILS. https://c3.staticflickr.com/9/8297/7922685578_b620b4ccec_b.jpg And there are fabulous views from the Historic Dee Wright Observatory. It was built in the 1937 by the CCC. https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8038/7922567808_9a481d6292_b.jpg From the top of the Observatory. Mountains is all direction. https://c5.staticflickr.com/9/8038/7922531092_ebe3944b2a_b.jpg Safe travel and enjoy the pics, KEN
ORbiker 08/19/16 10:19pm Roads and Routes
RE: Oregon Historic Highway 242

Thanks for posting. It looks like a great motorcycle road, not so much for RV's. Great pics. Motorcycle dream road as long as the cars stay on their side of the road ( which they don't ). It's only 20 foot wide. Most roads are at least 14 ft per lane. https://c4.staticflickr.com/9/8178/8066824995_cdb98fbbea_b.jpg
ORbiker 08/19/16 10:05pm Roads and Routes
RE: Oregon Historic Highway 242

Should post a pic of the lava formations that line the road and corners to give any RV'rs a reason to not go on that road with their rig!!! Something like this is the best walls on 242. https://c5.staticflickr.com/9/8460/8066871100_f182520aa5_b.jpg
ORbiker 08/19/16 10:00pm Roads and Routes
Oregon Historic Highway 242

I fix coin washers and dryers in a large part of Oregon. Today's travels sent me to Bend, Oregon from Eugene. I decided to travel 242 for something a little different. It's almost a once a week trip, so a different route is good. I got very lucky today and only passed 1 car between the bottom west side to the top. This road is very narrow even for my work van. https://c4.staticflickr.com/9/8435/29069207035_fe1c77a180_b.jpg There were a few vehicles at the top parking lot. As I head down the east side of the 5000 ft pass, I encounter 1 fifth wheel RV hogging the complete road (because he has to) due to extremely sharp curves and narrow road width. The Historic Highway 242 over McKenzie Pass is closed to vehicles longer than 35 feet. In less then 5 minutes another fifth wheel rig is headed up the road. I get him to stop and chat for a minute. I pointed out to him that he will be unable to go down the west side. He said that Good Sam routed him this way. Hopefully he turned around at the top. I love to ride this road on the motorcycle, but still take it easy on the blind corners ( and there are a bunch of them). Here is a few sample pictures. The scenery is fantastic. This area is in a very primitive area. The boundaries of the Mt. Washington Wilderness and Three Sisters Wilderness are 66 feet from the highway centerline. For about 40 miles to the south is all wilderness. About 18 miles in all the other directions is also wilderness. There is no cell phone coverage either. The sharp corners before the cliff. https://c2.staticflickr.com/4/3874/14766838737_79a092f48d_b.jpg 1000+ drop off on one side and vertical rock cliff on the other. https://c7.staticflickr.com/6/5590/14766808638_aa37b97251_b.jpg https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5555/14953398585_7e908dc987_b.jpg I have seen a car hauler simi straddling a hairpin corner on the west side, blocking the road for many, many hours. I road past the cars that were stopped and road the motorcycle under the driver front tire (with a cliff wall on the other side) of the truck. Please think hard before you take this road with your RV. Here is some other info about this route. Point of No Return The McKenzie Pass—Santiam Pass Scenic Byway Oregon ODOT 242
ORbiker 08/18/16 08:58pm Roads and Routes
RE: Newport to Crescent City

You could go down to 299 in CA and come out in Redding.
ORbiker 08/14/16 09:35pm Roads and Routes
RE: So Cal to Glacier

Thanks! Do you pick up 12 in Walla Walla? How is 12 through the mountains to Missoula? Not too twisty for my rig? Looks like an great alternative to interstates. It's a nice wide road. It does go up in elevation. I haven't done it yet with my 42 ft toyhauler, but will someday (hopefully soon).
ORbiker 08/13/16 04:52pm Roads and Routes
RE: 5th wheel manufacturer reviews

Here is the Grand Design Reflection forum link. http://www.granddesignowners.com/forum/forumdisplay.php/55-General-Discussion Most of the Grand Design owners LOVE their rigs. Granted; they do have troubles also. The company does stand behind their product. The forum is not sponsored by GD, but does monitored it to try and help get problems fixed.
ORbiker 08/12/16 06:14pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: So Cal to Glacier

Take 395 all the way to Pendleton, Oregon. Northern 395 in Oregon is hilly, but beautiful, except where the old forest fires toasted everything. From Pendleton, go east to Missolla, MT on 12. 12 is beautiful. Orofino, ID has a nice RV park. HERE Clearwater Crossing RV Park John Day, Oregon is an interesting town too. Gold was the reason the area boomed back in the day. The fair grounds has an RV Park. Prairie City, Oregon also has a nice city RV Park.
ORbiker 08/12/16 05:51pm Roads and Routes
RE: Oregon Coast- From Medford

We will be traveling in Oregon and northern CA to see the redwoods for the first time for us in October. We plan to use 199 from Grants Pass to get to 101. Looking at Google earth, there appear to be some places where you can pull off right next to the ocean on 101. Can you park overnight in the RV in any of those places? There are lots of pull outs to let traffic go by on 199. Please use them. There are NO places to park overnight for free. There are many state, county and private campgrounds / RV parks. Even Walmart camping is not allowed. Reservations would be a good idea now and through Sept. October; not so much. Winchester Bay, Sea Perch and Pacific Shores are a few of the nicer high end RV Parks. We parked overnight at a Fred Myer. We asked the manager and he said OK and told us where to park. Interesting. Is that the Fred Meyer's in Florence? And when was that?
ORbiker 08/09/16 10:02pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Oregon Coast- From Medford

We will be traveling in Oregon and northern CA to see the redwoods for the first time for us in October. We plan to use 199 from Grants Pass to get to 101. Looking at Google earth, there appear to be some places where you can pull off right next to the ocean on 101. Can you park overnight in the RV in any of those places? There are lots of pull outs to let traffic go by on 199. Please use them. There are NO places to park overnight for free. There are many state, county and private campgrounds / RV parks. Even Walmart camping is not allowed. Reservations would be a good idea now and through Sept. October; not so much. Winchester Bay, Sea Perch and Pacific Shores are a few of the nicer high end RV Parks.
ORbiker 08/07/16 07:45pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Hwy 227 or Hwy 234 to Trail Oregon.

Will be towing a 25' Travel Trailer South from Oregon to California in late September. What are the road conditions, grades, etc. taking Hwy 227 from Canyonville to Trail Oregon or is Hwy 234 from Gold Hill to Hwy 62 into Trail Oregon a better route that should be considered. Thx Hwy 234 from Gold Hill to Hwy 62 is easier. 227 is pretty,but lots of curves and hills. It's great on a motorcycle.
ORbiker 08/03/16 11:05pm Roads and Routes
RE: Washing Machine Odor

Forgot to mention that I only use 2 tablespoons of powdered detergent, or one pod. Tide or Arm and Hammer. Works well. Steve 2 tablespoons is correct. If you are going to use the pods; poke a hole in it or slice it open with a knife, then put it in the tub with the clothes. The reason I say to cut it open is the makers had to make the skin of the pods tougher because babies were getting a hold of them and sucking out the soap. I think the pods have about 1/3 too much detergent in them for the standard load of clothes.
ORbiker 07/27/16 09:08pm General RVing Issues
RE: Washing Machine Odor

Front load washers retain about a cup of used water at the end of the wash, Newer washers have a hose that drains this dirty water. Over time, the bacteria interacts with the soap scum to produce a foul odor, I would not buy a front load washer until the manufacturer's solve this problem The only water that is retained is past the pump in the drain hose. It can NOT get back in the washer because there is a one way valve there on the outlet side of the pump. Some of the older Maytag washers did not have a drain hose on the door seal, but most of those are long gone to scrap. The door seal can be changed out to the newer style with a drain.
ORbiker 07/25/16 08:21pm General RVing Issues
RE: Washing Machine Odor

If you are using a cheep detergent that won't dissolve in cold water, you will need to use warm or hot. If you buy a quality detergent (Tide etc) cold wash should work. I tell people out here in the Northwest where we have soft water to only use 1/3 to 1/4 of a scoop. (what ever the size scoop that comes with the package) We use 1/4 scoop of the Kirkland powder detergent and the washer doesn't stink and I get clean clothes. I have seen the inside of the tub when I did a bearing job on the machine and it was free of soap scum.
ORbiker 07/25/16 07:29pm General RVing Issues
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