RV.Net Open Roads Forum: Truck Campers: TC Report Coffee Pot Lake

RV Blog

  |  

RV Sales

  |  

Campgrounds

  |  

RV Parks

  |  

RV Club

  |  

RV Buyers Guide

  |  

Roadside Assistance

  |  

Extended Service Plan

  |  

RV Travel Assistance

  |  

RV Credit Card

  |  

RV Loans

Open Roads Forum Already a member? Login here.   If not, Register Today!  |  Help

Newest  |  Active  |  Popular  |  RVing FAQ Forum Rules  |  Forum Posting Help and Support  |  Contact  

Search:   Advanced Search

Search only in Truck Campers

Open Roads Forum  >  Truck Campers

 > TC Report Coffee Pot Lake

Reply to Topic  |  Subscribe  |  Print Topic  |  Post New Topic  | 
Page of 2  
Next
Sponsored By:
emcvay

Moses Lake WA

Senior Member

Joined: 01/08/2018

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 05/07/18 07:23am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We took the camper out for our 2nd camping trip (not to be confused with my 1st milling weekend with the camper so this is my 3rd trip out but our 2nd camping trip -- make sense?). This time we headed to Coffee Pot Lake which has a free camp ground (1st come 1st served) and some outstanding Rainbow Trout fishing (so I'm told).

The trip out was uneventful really; we drove down I90 for about 35-40 miles at 65mph without issue. The truck felt stable, comfortable and while I do believe it could use shocks and a sway bar I don't believe those are absolutes. It seems fine but as my wife says "you just have to remember you are not driving a race car" (which I might add she's tried to remind me before on occasion so that's not unusual LOL).

Off the I90 we hit HWY21 and headed north to Odessa. It's farm country and while mostly straight it does have some section that wind around property lines or through the little valley's which can come up fast and catch you by surprise but I know the road well and had no issue at all. Sure, I slowed up for them but I am driving a truck and camper, not a race car right?

[image]
When we arrived at the lake it was about 6pm and there were a couple spots still available for us and since there are only 6 I was happy with that!

[image]
We parked the truck and set up camp, then took a stroll around the place to get familiar with our little chosen weekend hide-away.

[image]
After setting out some camp chairs I thought "this is the view", not because it was some spectacular view or anything but rather because it was anywhere but work or home [emoticon] Don't get me wrong, we love our home but we love to go camping too!

We'd been told to expect a lot of rattlers so I brought along my old wheel gun and some snake shot but we never saw a single one. Admittedly though, we also didn't spend much time hiking either but my wife didn't bring anything to do much hiking with anyway so mostly we sat around the campsite and played cards.

[image]
I did however bring a fishing rod and some barbless lures and spent a little time on the doc tossing a line out and hauling it back in. During much of that this bird kept me company with the strangest "weeble-gaaaa-ack" sound I've ever heard. Any bird watchers here? I curious what this little guy is called. Funny sounding bird for sure!

I did catch one nice 12-14" Rainbow right off the dock and had to use another gentleman's net (who happened to be returning from a day of fishing) so I could set the fish free as it was under the 18" minimum limit. Funny though, I had a net at the camper, just didn't figure on catching anything from the dock and was really just trying to enjoy the day and put a line in the water if you know what I mean.

[image]
We hiked back up the road to the top of the hill a couple times which was good exercise and gave us a nice view of the campsite and some of the lake.

[image]
The lake is about 5 miles long and while still small in my books it's big enough for some larger boats and I think our 18 footer would do fine here despite the 190hp inboard/outboard. Sure, we're not going to open it up here but it would get us around to some good fishing I think. Though I think the canoe is a better option for this lake.

[image]
Another view coming back down from the top. Incidentally, it's a good climb up the hill and I guess there is cell coverage up there (so I found out when we left) but I'm glad I didn't care and left my phone off all weekend! [emoticon]

[image]
we brought wood in an action packer and found some another camper left behind so were able to have a fire in the evenings and even cooked over the fire Saturday night.

[image]
When looking at pictures on the net I kept seeing this old cabin and now here I am posting pics of it myself. Not even sure why LOL but I liked the pic so here you go.

[image]
One of the other campers caught an 18" Rainbow 50 yards out from the doc where I was fishing but others had caught them in the 20-25" range out on the bigger part of the lake! There are BIG fish in this little pond.

All in all we had fun and enjoyed the weekend.

I'll post part two shortly with thoughts on the grill, draining the tanks and driving....


2019 F350 Lariat FX4 DRW PS6.7
2019 AF990

emcvay

Moses Lake WA

Senior Member

Joined: 01/08/2018

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 05/07/18 07:33am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

[image]
On Sunday I got out the grill and set it up. I'll be honest, we're disappointed with the mounting of this grill as well as location, the lighter and the rack itself.

First the location sucks. AF could have bumper mounted the grill easily and I will probably do that myself by removing the mount they poorly installed on the ladder (which would work fine if the camper were on the ground I think) and mounting it on the bumper to the left of the steps. I'll have to add some 2" angle iron (aluminum actually) to provide support but it will be fine over there when on the truck.

Second, the lighter doesn't work well at all and I usually end up pulling out the camp lighter (butane) and using it instead.

Third, the rack is weak and tilts downward. On our last camper (tent trailer) we had the same type of rack and a cheaper grill and frankly, it was a LOT better. For the money I think AF could have done a lot better here.

I believe we can just set this on a table actually, as the base does not seem to get hot so we'll probably do that as we like having it but don't like the location.

[image]
I tried to get a better pick of the double hitch and truss setup for you all but this one isn't very good. Suffice to say it seems to work well and while I wouoldn't tow 12k with it I'm ok with the 4k I do tow. I met my neighbor who bought a 990 right after us and he was working on his new Superhitch and looking at it I see why the cost! That thing is a monster! So, if I get worried I'll buy one but for now I think this will work.

[image]
Last pic [emoticon] We left Sunday after lunch and then the rain started but man what a beautiful morning it was before then! We hiked up the hill again and around the area and I tossed a line in the water and in general just had a great weekend. It was too short but we're looking forward to the next!!!

Cheers
Erik

mikakuja

Chilliwack BC

Senior Member

Joined: 07/04/2010

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 05/07/18 08:25am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Looks like a nice place!! Thanks for sharing!
I'm thinking that this may be on my list next time we are south of the border.

* This post was edited 05/07/18 02:56pm by mikakuja *

jimh425

Western MT

Senior Member

Joined: 06/11/2006

View Profile





Online
Posted: 05/07/18 08:38am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks for the comments about your grill mount. Otherwise, it looks like a great time.


'10 Ford F-450, 6.4, 4.30, 4x4, 14,500 GVWR, '06 Host Rainer 950 Dbl Slide, Torklift Talon tiedowns, Glow Steps, and Fastguns. Bilstein 4600s, Firestone Air Bags, Hankook DH-01 225/19.5 Fs, Curt front hitch, Energy Suspension bump stops.


emcvay

Moses Lake WA

Senior Member

Joined: 01/08/2018

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 05/07/18 09:45am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

mikakuja wrote:

Looks like a nice place!! Thanks for sharing!
I'm thinking that this may be on my list next time we are south of the boarder.


If you fly fish this lake has it all from Large Mouth Bass to Crappie and monster Rainbow's! But it's special rules only (barbless singles or barbless flies).

it is a very nice place to hide out and has some good hiking around the lake though we only went a short distance since my wife only had runners and capris. Better to have jeans and hiking boots and something to get rid of the snakes if hiking a lot.

one lady we chatted with had a rattler try to climb into her pontoon boat while she was fishing! yikes!

emcvay

Moses Lake WA

Senior Member

Joined: 01/08/2018

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 05/07/18 09:55am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

On a side note I had an 'experience' when dumping the tanks this weekend. We pulled up to a rest stop dump station and when I went to remove the cap to put on the hose black water dumped on the ground! it wasn't a lot, maybe a couple cups but it was not a fun thing!!! Luckily I had latex gloves on and washed everything down the drain but this should not happen on a new rig! I wasn't happy.

I checked the blade valves when finished and nothing seemed to be leaking but the tanks were empty so I'll keep and eye on it and see how it does next time.

Lwiddis

Mojave, Kern County, California

Senior Member

Joined: 08/12/2016

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 05/07/18 10:48am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

GREAT! Glad you enjoyed your campout.


Winnebago 2101DS TT & 2020 Chevy Silverado 1500 LTZ Z71, 300 watts solar-parallel & MPPT, Trojan T-125s. TALL pole for flags. Prefer USFS, COE, BLM, NPS, TVA, USF&WS, state & county camps. Bicyclist! 14 year Army vet - 11B40 then 11A - (MOS 1542 & 1560)


Photomike

Southern Alberta or where the camper is parked!

Senior Member

Joined: 04/26/2008

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 05/07/18 12:01pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

That is a Yellow Headed Black bird. A sure sign of spring [emoticon]


2017 Ford Transit
EVO Electric bike
Advanced Elements Kayaks

emcvay

Moses Lake WA

Senior Member

Joined: 01/08/2018

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 05/07/18 12:30pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Looked it up thanks! This one had a very distinct 'weevil -- whaaaa' sound and on vids I found after your post it's clear you are correct. Thanks!

emcvay

Moses Lake WA

Senior Member

Joined: 01/08/2018

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 05/07/18 02:10pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I thought I'd post in this thread that I installed the new 22" SuperSonic 12v LCD TV/DVD player and am VERY happy with it!

[image]
I bought the strap to keep it from flopping around and it did well so far.

[image]
We watched a movie in bed Friday night and it was great! Used very little power (didn't notice any significant drain on the batteries at all but only watched half the movie).

Many have complained the sound was too low and 'tinny' but we found it just fine in the camper bed frankly. Heck, I had it down around 12 on the scale from 1-100 and thought it might disturb the neighbors if it were louder.

Don't get me wrong, it is NOT loud but it's fine for inside the camper. I did notice sitting at the dinette as far from the TV as I could be that it was quiet even at 50 but again, it's a camper and I'm not expecting big stereo sound out of a TV that cost me only about $140!

We're happy we have it and I am stoked that I now have some entertainment when I'm on those long milling jobs alone in the woods [emoticon]

Reply to Topic  |  Subscribe  |  Print Topic  |  Post New Topic  | 
Page of 2  
Next

Open Roads Forum  >  Truck Campers

 > TC Report Coffee Pot Lake
Search:   Advanced Search

Search only in Truck Campers


New posts No new posts
Closed, new posts Closed, no new posts
Moved, new posts Moved, no new posts

Adjust text size:




© 2020 CWI, Inc. © 2020 Good Sam Enterprises, LLC. All Rights Reserved.