OK, we made it back home to the Oregon Coast. Overall the VanConversion + Parkliner was everything we'd hoped/planed it would be. A comfortable two room home-on-wheels!
Other than the three days we spent with the FGRV forum group in Salem a few weeks ago at the spring gathering this week's trip was our first official camp-out totally off grid for 5 days.
I don't have details on battery
consumption as i ran out of time to install the Xantrex LinkLite before the trip. We ran the MaxxFan maybe a total of 30 minutes tops for the trip. LED lights
were on for maybe 3 fixtures x 6 hours x 5 days, ran the sump pump for maybe a minute for our two showers, and then ran the water pump ~ 5 minutes (?) total. Battery
voltage before leaving for home was at 12.8 volts on the meter & 13.2 in our driveway at home after the three hour drive back to the coast.
Our next trip is in three weeks and we will be out again for 5 days. This time the meter will be in to monitor use and i'll report.
We used almost 1 butane canister for boiling ~ 8 cups per day of tea/coffee water + brunch & linner meals and two pots of water for the showers. And _almost_ one butane canister for room-heating running ~1/2 hour each morning to take the chill out of the air set on low with heater placed inside front shower/bath area with bath window cracked and heater pointed into living space with galley window cracked and MaxxFan cracked with Carbon Dioxide & Carbon Monoxide detectors located in living area. The only techno-funny event of the trip was when a kettle of water boiled and the steam set off the smoke detector : )
I measured the grey tank liquid when emptying, it was a measured 3 gallons of water out of the tank. That was the water from simple kitchen sink use (washing of utensils/cups), and two showers. Yea, i know, crazy right? But we have learned how to really conserve over the years. And the two showers we had were luxuriously long.
Next adventure i will have some updates and more particulars on power consumption.
--------the first two nights, as mentioned in a prior post, were at Paradise Point State Park near Woodland Washington
off i5. A nice wooded setting with simple toilet/shower facilities. We arrived around dinner time Sunday night on Memorial Day weekend and it was fairly full campground but some very soggy camps! The rain was pretty much non-stop. We knew that going into the adventure, and it did not bother us in the least. We enjoyed the sound of rain on the roof and change of scenery out the RV window (our typical view is the golf course green out the windows
of our Mobile Suite on the coast).
By Monday dinner we were the only ones in our loop and we counted ~5 camps occupied when we headed out Tuesday noon. : ) Perfect for us Happy Hermits!!
Here is a shot taken during a short recess from the rainfall:
-------Nights three and four were at one of our favorite campgrounds; Sunset Falls Campground near Battle Ground Washington
(~1 hr from Paradise Point). Again...lots of rain. Was only able to take a couple short walks to the river and falls, but an enjoyable stay and beautiful views out the windows
of the Parkliner. And spending the late evenings snuggled in the Froli inside the Van for movie nite and popcorn : )
Here are some views at SSFCG:
Our patio...for about 45 minutes until the rain started up again!
If you are in the market for wonderfully comfortable camp chairs we recommend Strongback camp chairs
! We have two of the smaller "Zen" models as they were what our height/chart recommended. Great chairs!
and looking up from the river to camp:
Here are two shots with the views out the rear three windows
...open during the rain!
The river was ROARING!!
It was fun observing the flow and high water marks as we will be back in a couple months to go gold prospecting (Cari's hobby) and i'll have some fun new rock courses to run my RC Rock Crawlers on.
On the way home we saw a Casita
pulled by a burgundy color light
truck...they followed hwy 30 all the way into Warrenton and turned toward Fort Stevens Campground as we continued south to our place a couple miles away. Looks like the sun is peeking through the clouds and they should have a nice weekend!