The Mothership 2019

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Lots of improvements to the Mothership for 2019. Late last summer I had new Michelin tires put on. This Spring I’ve put some hours into: 1. an appropriate license frame for the Pacific NW; 2. A Weathertech rock guard for the front hood ( after I repaired 6 rock chips); 3. new faucet and plumbing for the galley sink Faucet; 4. New interior LED light fixtures and entry light ( labor intensive); 5. A screen door. Next week the mechanic who helps me is coming by to replace the black water discharge valve ( it has been sticking since we bought the Mothership). Hopefully we’re set for a few adventures over the next few months. We are taking the annual trek to Seaside, OR.  on July 1st through 6th with our grandkids.

Since we are going to Scotland for much of August, the next outings will be weekends to the ocean or Eastern Washington. My wife retires on June 28th ( officially Oct. 1st, I think), so hopefully we’ll have some time this Fall to wander about on the weekends.

Safe Travels

From the Mothership

docked in Seattle!

Clouds Drifting

035-IMG_0046Probably one of the coolest phenomenon at Lake Crescent was these low clouds that drifted in over the lake. There’s probably a simple explanation for this weather effect, but for me it seems a bit mysterious.

Safe Travels

from the Mothership

Docked in Seattle!

More from the Beach at Kalaloch

The tide was out so we were able to see some interesting things walking the beach. Felt like a private beach as there were hardly anyone else in sight ( as you can see).

More from the Olympic Peninsula to follow.

Safe travels

from the Mothership

resting ( and baking in the heat)  in Seattle!

 

Adventure#2: Olympic Peninsula

Our first night out we spent at Kalaloch Beach. Our site was within a short walking distance from the Pacific Ocean. Basically “roughing it” as we had no hookups. Pretty rustic, but secluded. Our Brooklyn grandson, Elliott, above hanging out with grandma on the beach. The steps down to the beach are behind that wall of large driftwood.

Was a fun night.

Adventure#2 to be continued.

Safe travels from the Mothership

back in Seattle!

Seaside Architecture

While motoring around on a electric trike ( check out Cozytrikes.com).  More on that in the next post as it is a story in itself. I was able to cover a lot of ground quickly, such as the side streets of Seaside which were virtually absent of noise from all of the tourists ( such as me). The house and cottage above caught my eye. I think the cottage is a rental or B&B. The other house is kind of a typical ocean shore house you might see along the beach, although much less pretentious and costly.The house faces West, the direction the wind and weather blown in from the Pacific Ocean, so it makes sense to have a covered porch and the second story protected by the roofline, rather than windows.

Safe Travels

from the Mothership

docked in Seattle

awaiting our next launch in just

under two weeks!

Prepping the Mothership 2018

 

We’ve been prepping The Mothership for a few excursions this summer. Last Saturday we spent a couple of hours washing the vehicle from top to bottom. Lots of dirt on the roof, but now it is shiny clean. Recently, when the guy who services The Mothership came out to un-Winterize the systems, it was noted that all of the Michelin tires had cracked sidewalls where the tread connected to the sidewalls. I knew the treads depth was fine ( the Mothership has only 32K miles on it), but had never really paid much attention to the sidewalls. It really looked dangerous so I took some photos and went out to a tire store to get their opinion. As it turned out, Michelin did a recall on these tires in 2012, the same year The Mothership was assembled. I was taken aback as that meant the previous owner was probably notified about the recall and chose to do nothing. We had traveled all over the country in 2016 with defective tires! The good news was Michelin would replace all tires for free ( a cost of $1,200.000). My only cost would be the labor to replace the tires.

Yesterday I drove The Mothership out to Discount Tire ( great people) and had the new Michelins, defect free) put on. In addition to the labor costs I added an extended warranty that covers the tires for more than the usual-including sidewall and punctures. Driving home from the tire shop I noticed a difference in how the Mothership felt and handled.

Next on the prep-list is a repair to the drivers side step up. This part is made of aluminum and is prone to rust where it attaches to the coach. Wednesday evening my wife’s nephew, an ASE mechanic who does the oil changes, etc on the vehicle is coming over to asses what options we may have for fixing this issue.

Living in the Pacific NW and all of the rain we get is hard on vehicles. Just being parked in our driveway for most of the year can result in weather related problems.

We have two short trips planned this summer: One to Ocean Shores for 4 days, taking our grandkids and a couple of weeks later we meet up with our son and family, who are coming out from Brooklyn to visit. We’re taking a 4 day trip around the Olympic Peninsula. Should be fun.

I’ll keep updating this blog throughout our travels this summer.

Safe Travels

from The Mothership

docked in Seattle.