Our first day

On our first day, as full-time RVers, we weren’t going to go very far.

Towing the toad

On our trip to Idaho, we towed our car. It hardly seemed worthwhile to hook and the car up for twelve miles on our first day, so instead, I drove the car behind the RV as Tami drove the RV to the campground. San Diego traffic isn’t a joy to drive in. One trick we picked up is that a car can block for the RV, perhaps it was from a movie from our youth called Smokey and the Bandit.  The way it works is that the car is driven behind the RV, and when a lane change is desired, the car changes lanes first thus blocking traffic from darting into the lane the RV is soon to occupy.


RV driving on a freeway is an art. People across the country are rushing to get somewhere and this goes double in San Diego. Open space is to be occupied with hopes of progress. Darting into and out of lanes is done first by indicating the lane change with the steering wheel followed by the turn signal. Part of the art of driving a huge vehicle on a freeway in San Diego is to go slower than the traffic behind you desires to go, even if you could go faster, this leaves you as an obstacle that other drivers maneuver around. There is no way to keep up, so given this tactic; you always have room in front of you as all the other cars zip by.


After arrival at our campsite, we met our neighbor, a widow, nearly ninety years old, out camping in her RV from Tucson Arizona. Her RV that was about ten feet longer than ours.  We learned two things immediately. If she could do it, so could we — and she had a lot more storage room. This was the first time we had seen the massive cavity under a rear engine diesel (pusher) RV. Where we have driveshaft from our front-engine, all the way to the rear tires, she had room for toys.

Here is a link to the google map of where we spent our first day. 

Link to our 2018 Route.

Link to our route San Diego to Las Vegas.

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