You can get a "fence" that has two bars to slip under the mattress or dinette pad to keep the little one from rolling off. My daughter preferred the Pac-&-Play, fold up playpen. It folds into a tube much like a travel chair.
Enjoy every moment, and Happy Trails.
Slow down is really the best advise. Living in Southern Calif it is not unusual to have winds in the 25mph range and gusts in the OMG range. Your driving a high profile, higher center of gravity, vehicle than your car or van. The wind makes a big difference, regardless of all the ad-ons people will try to sell. Just slow down. At 55mph I find than I am comfortable in most wind conditions. On occasion on the Pearblossom Highway or over the Canejo Pass where gusty winds can and have turned over semis, slowing down to 45mph keeps me comfortably on the road. I've seen RV's pushing their speed in these areas, passing me at 70+mph. Later I have seen a few off to the side with their awnings torn apart.
The trip should be part of the vacation and part of the fun, so slow down and enjoy the scenery...even if it is just the same old desert along I-5.
Our first RV, over 35 years ago, was a Class C 28ft. We usually traveled with a total of 8. We kept this rig for many years and then, as the kids got older and opted to stay home, traded for a 36ft class A. Our Establishment motorhome gave us many wonderful years of pleasure and memories. Enjoy.
the previous generation has a hard time with computers
the present generation has no social or math skills
hopefully, the next generation will be perfect.
If the next generation is anything like my grandchildren, of course they will be perfect.;)
As for venting: I personally think that is what RV.net is all about. In public we stand and wait and try to be pleasant, then we get on our keyboard and vent. Love it. Good for mental health.
One more thing about Wilsonville. Across the freeway is the Wilsonville/Portland Camping World. The people there are fantastic. We stopped by once with an RV emergency at 4:30pm as they were cleaning the shop, the jack buzzer and light were on, they stayed open late, got us back on the road, shared their coffee with us...I can't thank them enough.
Anyway, enjoy your trip.
Pheasant Ridge is actually in Wilsonville. It is a lovely park, we stayed numerous times when we had children living in Portland. Quiet, very close to major shopping, you could walk, we didn't. There have been complaints that they are very strict with their rules...where to walk the dog, night noise, parking...I found this to be wonderful. I could easily follow the dog regs, nights were nice and quiet, and there was plenty of parking. If you stay there, and if you have time, one day exit to the right, keep right on the back roads, and you will come to one of the few small ferries left in the USA. (operated by the State as a historical landmark). Or you can exit right then go left at the fork and take back roads all the way to Portland. A beautiful half day drive.
Anyway, it was a nice park.
It may be the beginning of the summer vacation season. It may be a new employee. It may be an old employee who just has computer problems, can't keep up real well, but really needs the job. I always enjoy a bit of conversation. Finding out what is in the area, the names of a few good restaurants, just conversation to fill in the time. If there really was a problem and you were in a real rush, I guess you could have asked for your site and said you would return after hooking up to settle the bill. After all, late arrivals are often handled in that manner. Anyway. I understand you need to vent...but life is short, so look for the better things.
My favorite park in that area is Rest-A-While a bit south of Port Angeles. We first stayed there many years ago by chance. It is not much to boast about, full hookups in a parking lot, BUT, the sites are right up on the Hood River Canal. Just sitting there, watching the tide come in and out, watching the eagles, even clamming. It was perfect. It stayed in my memory for many years, and finally last year we returned, to stay 5 days and use it as our basecamp. It was just as perfect. Your are really a pretty good drive to Port Angeles on the North and civilization on the South. The little crab shack at the end of the park was pretty good too. The spots easily fit the biggest big rig, but again, nothing fancy.
You might look into FMCA. Not to replace Good Sam as an organization, but just as another group of good friends RVing. FMCA used to use CoachNet as their preferred provider but now has another roadside assistance company operating under its banner. Regardless of whether you stay with GS or try another roadside assist company you should probably talk to someone to clarify your file. I think you will find that all of the companies have a risk limit on roadside assistance usage, and with the way companies are merging you could easily find yourself SOL at some future date. You may also find that your vehicle insurance contains a roadside assistance policy, many do. Also, if for whatever reason, you tend to require roadside assistance more often then what the insurance companies call "average" you might consider more than one policy...without all the frills they are not too expensive...and then you can alternate usage as needed. Just thinkin.
Doing my research last year for our second MH, I read a lot about the pros and cons of gassers and diesels, but I don't remember anyone mentioning this.
It can get real expensive when you back into a tree.
I painted out the reverse option years ago on the gas rig. It only goes forward if I'm driving....for reverse, I get out and let my wife drive. Never hit a tree, but I did back into a Toyota years ago. But it was little and I didn't feel a thing.
Straight up the 99. When you get to Lodi get off the freeway and take the 12 through town, you can stop at the many Lodi famous wineries if you like. That takes you to the 5 and the west side of the Sacramento, then take the 80 west to Vacaville, a good place to stop and visit the GellyBelly Factory Tour, and then North to Napa. Or you can just go straight up the 99 to the 50 west which becomes the 80.
We would talk just about all of the frozen foods out of their boxes, tear off the cooking instructions and store them, then put the frozen foods in bags in the freezer. You can store a bunch more that way. The boxes waste a lot of space as they are usually designed for shelf identification in the stores.
Being unable to ascertain with a certain degree of accuracy I hesitate my verbal opinion. Where, When, What...on a road, on a trail,..could not come out now or could not come out ever...are you in danger, then yes call 911.
It has been posted in the past that even when the sign gives max height one should be careful as the road may have been repaved or repaired adding an inch or two to the base. Out here in the West I have only come across two crossing I can remember with 12.0 clearance...I went around.
Most definitely an Oooops. For years I have enjoyed both Motorhome Magazine and Trailer Life, and have read the "ask for help" section, as it is both informative and sometimes entertaining when you read between the lines. (JMHO). It would, in my mind, be informative and reassuring if the 'ADMINISTRATOR' could post resolutions to problems and complaints.
Just an idea that has been put forth before by others being mentioned again.
Both are well maintained 2 lane roads (one in each direction). Desert scenery without many fuel stops, so fill up on the 40. We stayed at Goulding's RV park and took a self guided tour through Monument Valley in the Saturn Vue. The self guided and guided tour road is really a rutted jeep trail, so if you don't have a high clearance toad just take the guided tour. We had a fantastic time, traveling with friends. Goulding's also had a nice restaurant.
I just purchased my first diesel pusher after 35+ years of gas motorhomes. The floor plan I purchased is totally different from what you are looking for, but the Allegro does have the Cummins 340 engine on the Freightliner chassis. Absolutely quiet driving down the road. I can have a conversation with my wife, I can hear the radio, and all this without my hearing aids in. Even going over the California mountains. I love it.
My previous MH, which I truly enjoyed, was a Winnebago Adventurer 38ft, gas engine, and I kept it 11 years. My current MH is an Allegro Red 38ft, purchased in Oct 2014. I am really enjoying it too. Forgetting that one is gas and the other diesel, which give an entirely different ride and load capacity...The Tiffin floor plan was very well thought out leaving me with very little to do to "customize" the interior to our liking. A few clothing hooks, and an added shelf or two in a cabinet and we were ready to roll. Shopping for the new motorhome took almost 2 years. We really wanted an RV that permitted easy walking from the front to the toilet and frig while closed (rolling down the road). Many RVs required you walk sideways, and twist...us older people have a real problem with that. I also insisted on windows on both sides for the passengers. When traveling with the grandkids I want them to see the sights on both sides of the road...(Look At The Moose!!!) Tiffin provided for both, the Journey was a bit tight in the closed position. Others were impossible and impassable.
The finish on the Winnebago can arguably be said to be "better" in that every wire and duct is hidden. The hide might be flimsy, but the camouflage is complete. In the Tiffin at the slides and in some corners you can see the workings...this might not be so bad if it comes to a repair. Service: To date, I have had two concerns regarding the Tiffin, how to work the TVs (all linked together by a central controller) and a weak cabinet support (easily fixed). In both cases I sent an e-mail to Tiffin and received a phone call from a specialist THE NEXT DAY. That is fantastic customer service. I also received a phone call from Bob Tiffin, the patriarch CEO, making sure I was happy.I would not hesitate for a moment to recommend a Tiffin. My Winnebago was a great MH too. Guess I'm not much help. But Happy Trails.
Am I missing something. The wiper motor is covered by the dealer that fixed it, Lesters, but you want another dealer or warranty service to pay for the repair. Shouldn't it be Lesters' responsibility or the motor manufacturer's responsibility to authorize out of area repair? I'm not sure GS is using "any excuse" not to pay a claim, rather they are using the specific excuse that it is covered under an existing warranty. I totally understand your frustration, it is just that it may be misdirected...then again maybe not.
Hope it all works out, and Happy Trails.