Just up the road from Port Angeles on the Olympic Peninsular. It is a lovely trip. Highway 101 in that area is two lanes but well traveled and last time we went well maintained. Lots of nice places to visit, like Squim, and our favorite, Rest-A-While RV park on the Hood River Canal.
After doing much research on baseplates for my Explorer I went to my local well known, trusted hitch shop to arrange for purchase and instillation. He said nice but how about. To make the story short, this man knows his business, has been around for many years, he was the one going to do the install, so I took his suggestion. If your doing the work yourself, it's a whole different story. But just saying.
Stockton is currently known for the crime rate. Bikes have always been a easy to trade commodity. Usually it is the homeless who take the bike because it is there (JMHO not substantiated) but obviously in your case these people really wanted your new bikes. My father used to advise me that locks, safes, alarms all were to discourage honest people...at least it made them think twice and stay honest. When someone wants something bad enough they will figure a way around the security. My neighbor was burgled years ago, in a rain storm, when someone broke into their house and carried out a 300lb safe through the mud and over a 6 foot wall (you could follow the footprints deep in the mud). These people could have easily gotten jobs in the moving business.
Anyway, our best to you and your wife. Our prayers for recovery.
Adding to my post, my family can travel to Disneyland in anything from 45 minutes to 1.5 hours. We would plan on the 1.5 hours and be happily surprised if it were less. There is quite a bit of construction on the 5 in the Santa Fe Springs area so 1.5 hours would not be unreasonable. Heading back to Anaheim when Universal closes would or should be much faster around 11pm, and 45 minutes would be reasonable. Since you've been to Anaheim before, I suggest you stick with a park you have found comfortable. The area has nice restaurants, wide roads, and plenty of touristy things near by. I assume you will have a car available, so a trip into the LA area is always a daily option, just as a trip to an Anaheim venue is an option for us.
Balboa RV is a residential pit in a low income area backing up to Van Nuys airport (the now defunct side which was the National Guard station). There are really no nice parks in the Los Angeles area, LA is just not RV friendly. Walnut Grove RV is also a residential park backing up to the Metro Link line, a block from the Northridge Mall with section 8 housing across the tracks. On this side of town you really need to go farther out. Travel Village RV park in Valencia backing up to Magic Mountain is very nice. Also Castaic RV Park a bit further out near Magic Mountain is nice. Both are about a 45 minute drive to Universal without rush hour traffic. With traffic, your best bet could be 1 to 2 hours, it is only about 30 miles. If you want to go further out, Ventura RV park is an option, quite a bit further, but you can take 126 around and then pass Magic Mountain on the 5 and head to Universal. (I'm referring to Six Flags Magic Mountain). If you are only planning a day at Universal, staying in Anaheim is still an option, about a 1 hour to 1.5 hour drive to Universal, just plan your day around traffic, heading to Universal after 10am and heading home to camp when the park closes, like 11 pm. Again it is not the distance it is the traffic.
Just realize when you pull the motorhome forward, Slowly, both arms may not lock, and that will affect the tracking of the car. Drive very slowly, if needed a slight turn left or right will increase the pull on the unlocked arm to assure both arms are locked. Then get out of the rig and visually check that the mechanism is locked, the tow cable is properly in place, brakes are off, gear is in neutral, etc. Head on out on your merry way. Then, just before exiting the campground get out of the rig and check again. Really. Also make sure the antenna is down, doors are closed and locked, do a complete walk around. It will make the rest of the day so much more peaceful and trouble free. There have been days that my inspection was less than complete, and they do not bring back good memories. Happy Trails.
Some 40 years ago I was towing a heavy car with a gas motorhome (didn't know better) and my brakes overheated. I was able to get to a pullout safely, but I traded the brakeless dolly for a dolly with brakes. To me it is not so much the brakes as the break-away safety. A few years ago the baseplate separated from the Saturn and my car slowly passed me on a less traveled road when I stopped for a light. It was just a short trip so I didn't hook up the brake. (wont do that again). No one hurt, just damage to the front of the Saturn as the grill was ripped off. If this happened in traffic I fear the outcome.
Before retirement 24/7 on call as a business owner was a way of life. Before cell phones it was pagers, then walking around with "the brick" when cell phones became the norm. My wife still consults with clients when we vacation, but remoting in makes this easy. When traveling to places like Yellowstone, where reception is very iffy we just make sure everyone knows we are unavailable. Enjoy the fact that you can be on vacation and on call. Happy Trails.
I replaced all 10 batteries at about one year. One sensor stopped reading, and I found it was the battery. I purchased the batteries on Amazon, 2032's I think, at about a dollar a piece (approx.). Two screws to replace each, it took about 30 minutes, and that is because I cleaned the sensors and the battery contacts, and tested the batteries on each during the process. Again, this was on TireProtectorUSA (Im not pushing the brand, just relaying my experience)
I have TireProtectorUSA (which is not made in the USA) and I don't know the difference between products. However, my tire sensor has saved me twice by monitoring the tire temperature on the towd. Twice I have had my toad brake engaged and the monitor warned me before I destroyed the front tires. I question the accuracy of the PSI reading, perhaps not because the unit is incorrect but rather because I have a couple of pressure gauges, the one on the home compressor is never the same as the hand held gauge and often varies from the tire sensor when reading the motorhome at 95+psi. Still close enough to feel comfortable.
our continued favorite is Circle of Pines KOA in Williams. It is 60 miles (1 hr) in the toad to the South Rim. Lovely, full service campground, heated indoor pool, large sites. When camping up at the rim you have the heliport noise. JMHO
My wife had both knees replaced, first one, then the other 2 years later. I have one knee replacement and a plate and screws in the opposing foot. After surgery plan on a bunch of physical therapy, and do it religiously. We both were walking up and down a flight of stairs before we left the hospital, like on the 3rd day. Up and walking a bit on the first day. Probably six weeks before you will be cleared to drive, although I really could drive before that. After the replacement you just learn to do things a bit different. When I have to get on my knees, even now years after the surgery, I put a beach towel on the floor (or a pillow or something) so I am not kneeling on a hard surface. We walk, bike ride, hook up the tow car, load the motorhome, enjoy life. Life after a knee replacement is not discomfort free. Sometimes it creeks, snaps, or is just discomforting, but the pain that initiated the surgery is total gone. The people I know who tend to complain about life after knee replacement (in my opinion) did not follow the physical therapy regime required for recover. Best to you, and Happy Trails
In the early 2000's I had a blowout on a rear tandem, later in that trip the paired tire blew, probably due to damage/stress when the first one threw rubber. The damage was significant but repairable. Fender, fiberglass, wires, etc. My thought is that even with steel cage guards on the fender the force of the thrown rubber at 65mph would rip the steel from the mounting which could do even more damage. I replace my tires every 6 to 7 years, even with lots of tread. Yes, it is expensive, but like insurance, it is the cost of travel. JMHO
DO NOT TAKE THE 1 FROM MONTEREY TO MORRO BAY THROUGH BIG SUR! jmho. This is a beautiful very winding two lane road with shear drops into the ocean, and going south you are on the ocean side. Often no barriers and very little if any shoulder. Just don't do it in the rig. Unless you like traffic and have a reason to travel through LA, at Thousand Oaks take the 23 inland, it becomes the 118, which becomes the 210. Take the 210 South to the 15 and head to LV. Moss Landing KOA is nice in Monterey, Flying Flags RV Resort in Beulton.
Our small group will be heading to Puerto Penasco around the end of January. My last trip to the lovely town was in 2008. We hope to overnight in Ajo, cross at Lukeville, and drive the rigs on down to the Reef. In 08 we stayed at Playa Bonita and it was tight at 36' this rig is bigger. Where do we stop for paper inspection? Anything special with bringing dogs? Your recent experiences and advice would be most appreciated.
Just returned from Puerto Vallarta (we flew) lovely town/city and we felt perfectly safe driving and touring. The border cities are really scary, but the tour will drive through with an escort as quickly as possible. We've done it before without a problem. As for non-refundable, you might look into TravelGuard or similar trip insurance which will provide vacation insurance for non-refundable expenses and travel medical coverage. We took the Tracks Copper Canyon tour when you could get on the flatcars. An experience of a lifetime, had a great time, not a single problem.
Have you tried to contact the manufacturer? A pet peeve of many RV owners is that the dealers warranty does not permit the purchaser to use or test many of the systems during the warranty period. Even if you took a test winter trip the a/c and the awnings might note get a workout. If you have an extended warranty the after market additions might be covered. Hope it works out for you.
We've stayed at the Virginian in Jackson a few times. It is centrally located near the center of town. The Virginian RV park is a gravel full hookup parking lot behind the small hotel. Guests have access to the pool, laundry, etc. Very friendly camp host. I'm sure we will go back again.