I Didn’t Know I Was Going To Hillsboro, Oregon!

Yesterday I drove the motorhome 115 miles from Chehalis, Washington to Hillsboro, Oregon.

I’m expecting to arrive at Mary’s home in central California, October 15th and depart November 30th. While there, I’ll do routine maintenance, minor repairs and major cleaning of the Bronco and motorhome.

I didn’t know I was going to Hillsboro, Oregon…when I left Thousand Trails in Chehalis, Washington yesterday morning. I thought I was going to Woodland, Washington about 65 miles distant. I made it to Woodland where I parked behind Moose Club #2394…

As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view…






and this was the dinette window view…




I was planning to visit an old nearby grist mill… http://www.cedarcreekgristmill.org/


However…when I went to move the motorhome a few feet to clear the roadway passage…the motorhome WOULD NOT START! All I could get was a click…click…click. Pressing the AUX START switch which draws power from the coach rather than the engine battery…more clicks! Hmmmmm!

I’ve been having this problem sporadically for the last couple of months…but it always started. I let it rest…then tried it again…it started!

Leaving the engine idling, I got online looking for a repair shop. I was only about 30 miles north of Portland, Oregon…but it was Saturday…most shops are closed. I searched for a certified Workhorse Chassis (which I have) service center. There are three in the Portland area. Two could not get to it for a week, furthest one out is where I ended up at Bruce Chevrolet in Hillsboro, Oregon. Their RV guy if off for the weekend…so here I sit until Monday morning…






My new dinette window view…




I’m having an intermittent electrical problem. I’m highly suspecting a defective relay. The chassis was manufactured in August, 2005…so it’s just over ten years old. Just about time for things to begin going bad. Best to get my problem fixed now…rather than have it fail me out in the boondocks!

Oh well, I’m safe and plugged into electrical power while I wait. RV’s are simply mechanical/electrical devices and periodically things stop working. Usually a little time and money cures the problem. Hopefully I’ll be on the road by Monday afternoon.

Mary and I were in this area in September, 2014. I had the motorhome oil changed at this facility and was impressed with their service…so I have every reason to feel good about ending up here.

Fortunately, there is a very friendly Eagles Club just a couple of miles from here. We camped there for one night prior to our oil change.

So, yesterday afternoon I drove the Bronco there and once again enjoyed the friendly folks at Eagle Club #4177!

Interesting side note…This was a first for me…spending a night in a car dealership. For security reasons, they kept the large lot greatly lit all night. It was like being parked in the middle of Yankee Stadium during a night game.  🙂






I hope you enjoyed the photos.

 Yesterday was a cloudy/sunny and 66 degrees. Forecast for today is cloudy/sunny and 72 degrees.

Enjoying nice weather is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!

The red dot on the below map shows my approximate location in the State of Oregon. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…


Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures with low humidity most of the year is a primary joy in the RVing lifestyle!

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”…Albert Einstein


My current travel rig is a 2006 Fleetwood 26′ Class A Motorhome and a towed 1986 Ford Bronco II, Eddie Bauer Model. This photo was taken in the desert at Slab City near Niland, California…


On October 27, 2012, I created a two-minute video titled America The Beautiful. The music America The Beautiful is by Christopher W. French. The photos, which I randomly selected, are from the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Washington and West Virginia (not shown in that order)…are mine. Yup, That’s me standing in front of the Post Office in Luckenbach, Texas…Y’all!

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10 thoughts on “I Didn’t Know I Was Going To Hillsboro, Oregon!

  1. When we stayed in Walmart parking lots we parked near the lights for security. Also safety in numbers as that is where the truckers would park too. It was a little noisy at times as they come and go. Sometimes one or two would leave their trucks running all night but I got use to it. Nice little rumble to sooth me to sleep. 🙂

    • ramblinmanjimj

      It’s been a long time since I’ve spent a night at Walmart.

      • Well you have many years under your RVing belt. So you know all the best free spots I bet. 🙂

      • ramblinmanjimj

        If I’m not parked at Thousand Trails, I usually can be found at a VFW, American Legion. Moose or Eagles Club.

      • In a pinch last October we stayed at an Elks Lodge’s campsite. But it wasn’t free and we are not Elk members, so the bartender sponsered us for the night.

      • ramblinmanjimj

        I have belonged to the Elks twice…and quit them twice. I find them unfriendly to strangers and their RV parks are expensive. By law, clubs are not allowed to “charge” for RV parking…because they would be considered RV Parks and have to follow different rules and regulations. They may “request” a donation. The last Elks I stayed at said that it was a “required donation”. How’s that for an oxymoron? I did not stay the night and decided I did not need the Elks Club.

      • I did not realize. Were you a member at the time and they still required a donation?

      • ramblinmanjimj

        Yes, I was. You have to be a member to park at any of these clubs.

  2. Jim — Bright lights can ruin a night’s sleep, despite making us feel safer, huh? Though I started this back in 2013 for our Alaska trip, we still use black towels draped over the bedroom windows (I roll them up at the top so they’ll sit on the top of the valance). These are great for blocking out much of the light that comes in two of our three bedroom windows. You can find big black towels at Walmart.

    For more details on how we use these towels (and how I prepped them), see these posts: https://bobandellen.wordpress.com/2015/03/01/best-rv-items/



    Maybe this will help you, too!

    • ramblinmanjimj

      Thanks, for your comment. It’s been a long time since I’ve over-nighted at a Walmart. This bright lights situation was hopefully a one-time experience.

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