Yippee! On the 11th we found a park on the other side of Anacortes that had a (one) spot we'd fit into. Sobering to see how few spots in the campground were large enough, and ours is just a 26' RV. However, what a beautiful site and a lovely time. The rest of the loop we were on was largely empty, so it was almost as private as our back yard. ;-)
Bay View State Park is near Padilla Bay, but doesn't actually have a view of it. But it does have the word 'View' in its name, so that's nice.
Everything worked fine until I tried to use the microwave/convection oven to make scones. Boy did that thing get hot. Then it stopped working entirely, and I thought I'd killed it. The scones were truly hard as rocks. I should have thought harder about the situation when they rose to full height within 90 seconds of entering oven. We figured we were into a multi-hundred dollar repair, but in fact, the oven worked fine by the next day. But we'll never use it to bake again.
Oh, there were no campfires or even charcoal allowed at the campground, and we only had steaks for dinner. So Fred made a dash over to Twin Bridges (a few miles away) to grab the Coleman off the boat. (Handy, huh?)
So now we know what it's like to have to pull up stakes when you need to go somewhere. Not terrible, but not ideal.
With that, here is a comprehensive set of photos of the View in the real outdoors. Shiny.
As soon as we got back from our boating trip to Canada, we handed over our lovely 2005 25' Bigfoot travel trailer to a very nice couple from Texas. They'd been looking for one for years. It'd only taken us 12 hours to sell it via Craigslist. Shows why we've always loved them. They're well built, hold resale value, and are desirable.
We loved the trailer, but it was work for Fred to do the towing and setup work. Not relaxing. So, we agreed it was time to move from a trailer to an RV.
We've had our eye on a Winnebago View style RV for years. They're beautiful, well built, easy to drive, and comfortable.
Happily, the day after the Texans left, I found the very model we wanted at a dealer about an hour and a half from here, in Marysville. It's a 2016 24G, looks like new, priced like 25% off new. Perfect!
Fred went by on his way to a Wednesday doctor appointment and bought the RV right out from under the next guy in line. (They're popular.) The following Saturday we went to pick it up. Fred didn't even make it to the freeway before the check engine light went on and the engine went into "limp home mode." Flooring it, Fred crawled back to the dealer.
"Ah, it's the battery," they said. So we went home without our new RV. On Monday, we went to pick it up and Fred made it about two miles up the freeway before the same thing happened and he had to limp back to the dealer. And come home empty-handed again.
Now the View is waiting in line at the Mercedes dealership in Lynnwood. They'll start work on it on August 31. The theory is that it's a sensor issue. Covered under warranty, thank goodness.
Next time, the dealer will deliver the View to us, I'm pretty feisty about not wanting to drive down there a third time. That way, if anyone limps home, it won't be us.
I sure look forward to future reports of happy travels.
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