Saturday, April 27, 2019

Wayne and Margy's New RV Trip Log 2

Trip Log Part 2
Albany/Corvallis KOA

A nice day for driving south on I-5 to Oregon.
After leaving McChord Air Force Base we drove south on I-5 towards Corvallis, Oregon. On travel days we like to combine our first gas stop with breakfast.

I use Google maps in satellite view to find freeway close stops with easy access, restaurants, gas stations and RV friendly parking. If we need to shop, I look for ones with a grocery store as well. These days it's not hard to do.

We had reservations for three nights at the Albany/Corvallis KOA. We checked in and went directly to the university for the women's softball game vs. UCLA. Since USC doesn't have a softball team, we can be free agents and root for other PAC12 schools.

KOA's all have a similar layout so you know what to expect.

Because we hadn't yet set up our RV, we used it as transportation to the game. With a small rig we don't have a toad. It took me a while to figure that one out. Toad is the nickname for a "towed" vehicle.  Kind of like a dinghy for a boat.

Site #80 at the Albany/Corvallis KOA.

I called the university parking office and was told we could park in any hourly lot if we paid for two spots due to the length. At $1/hour our total cost was $4 until 5:00 when parking became free. 

Game 2 got rained out so we relaxed in the campground. We tried to use their nature trail to go down to the Calapooia River. There was still evidence of the terrible flooding that occurred last week. It was especially bad closer to Corvallis along the Willamette River.

UCLA women up to bat.

On Saturday, we took an UBER to campus to watch the rescheduled end to the rained out game and the full Saturday competition. It was $22 each way with a generous tip, and a lot easier than disconnecting our rig to drive ourselves.

Sunseeker 2250SLE Bathroom

A separate bathroom.
Today I'll give you a tour of our Sunseeker's bathroom. There's a toilet and shower in a separate room. The vanity is in the main cabin, a feature we really like.

The shower is big enough for Wayne who is over six feet tall. A six gallon on-demand hot water heater quickly provides plenty for a relaxing bath. The Sunseeker has two options for heating water, one electric when connected in a park or running the generator, and the other propane for dry camping (boondocking). It's nice to have options.

The flush toilet uses city water in parks or water pumped from the 35 gallon fresh water tank while dry camping.

A 27 gallon black water tank and a 32 gallon gray water tank hold the effluent until we use a park sewer connection or a sani-dump along the way.

Just outside the bathroom door is an alcove with the vanity and medicine cabinet. I think this is a much better use of space and gives the RV a more open feeling.

The bathroom vanity and medicine cabinet.

A master panel, convenience center, is where we monitor our systems including fresh water, black water, gray water, propane and house batteries. It's also the place where we can turn on the on-demand hot water heater and water pump if needed.

This model has Arctic holding tank heaters that can be turned on for freezing conditions. That sure would have made us more confident on our rental RV trip with all the ice and snow.

Thanks for joining us on this adventure in our new RV. Let me know if you have any questions or comments. -- Margy


  1. Missed a few posts. When did you get a new RV? Where are you headed?

    1. We just purchased the RV after our rental adventure in January and February. Our plans are to use it to attend college sports events in the Pacific Northwest and to play at being Snowbirds in the winter down in California and Arizona. - Margy

  2. Margy - these posts are so helpful. My hubby and I have talked about renting an RV in the future when we are no longer capable of backcountry camping or car camping, and your posts are so educational. Thanks!

    1. We still tent camp while at home in British Columbia using our quads and barge on Powell Lake. The RV is for travel in the States for college sports in the fall and winter months, and as I said to Furry Gnome, to get winter sun and warmth down south. It's the best of both worlds. - Margy


Thanks for stopping by. Comments, questions, and suggestions are always welcome. - Margy