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Pictures for Pam, Day 202: HFF: Rugged Coos Bay Coastline

Pictures for Pam, Day 202: HFF: Rugged Coos Bay Coastline
We are still busy settling into our home after our last RV trip. I've been refilling supplies that were used, stripping the beds and washing all of the linens and so forth. Not too much left to do but I like to get it done and out of the way.

This morning we also got a delivery...a replacement for the rinky-dink, cheapo plastic toilet that came with the RV! The new one is ceramic and normally-sized instead of feeling like something you might find at kindergarten. Steve was so excited that he had the old one replaced within an hour! It's a really nice upgrade, especially for 6'2" Steve because the original was so short and small. It made us wonder—we are both slender and yet that toilet made us feel like elephants...what are these standard RV toilets like for people who are even the least bit heavy?

We realized soon after we bought this trailer is that the original owners did almost nothing to upgrade the RV except to put in a new dinette table...we figure it probably broke so they had no choice but to replace it. Having spent about a month living in our trailer now, it's amazing that they put up with all of the annoying little problems we needed to fix right away.

RVs are CHEAP. The workmanship is truly abysmal. Anything that isn't visible is shoddy...there are missing screws, nails, boards, you name it. Rough-cut wood, uneven, lopsided, poorly done everything. "Care" is not a word used in the behind-the-scenes building of an RV. At least, that's been our experience. It didn't take long to learn that unless you pay top dollar—and I mean a LOT of money—an RV is just barely held together and must be upgraded, altered, tuned up and fixed if you hope to use it for a lot of traveling. Basically, getting an RV means that one or both of you must be handy and clever about the myriad fixes that are required to turn an RV into a comfortable home away from home.

You won't believe everything Steve's done to the trailer! He's changed out the light bulbs, added a dozen light fixtures, put up at least a dozen hooks all over the place, replaced both the kitchen and bathroom faucets and the shower head too. There's a paper towel holder now, and every cabinet is full of removable baskets to keep everything organized. He added proper towel racks and a toilet paper holder in the bathroom and put in a super fluffy bathroom rug! Both the smoke and CO alarms have been replaced. All four of the tires are brand new and he had the brakes professionally worked on so they are factory fresh. We now have a runner carpet that goes the length of the coach so our 3-legged dog is comfortable and has traction. He's added a bunch of space under the counters just by making the hoses and wiring neat and tidy. He'll be creating a cubby hole cabinet by the door because the space is available and we have to wonder, why didn't they do this to begin with? Space is such a premium in an RV! Likewise, he'll be building two large pull-out drawers under the dinette seats instead of the stupid situation it is now: pull off the cushions, lift up the cheapo piece of plywood and get into the huge space on either side. A sliding drawer will be perfect and should have been there to begin with! Because of Steve's skills, we've got an RV that's really becoming an awesome place. We'll probably need to upgrade our refrigerator/freezer to a larger one but for now it's fine. Oh, and my bed required another topper to make it useable...and now it's perfect! We also have other things to fix and change but the changes we've made have made such a big difference. How could the original owners have put up with it as it was?!

Oh yes, my main image! Today is my day to put up my Happy Fence Friday picture and I'm choosing one that I took on our Coos Bay hike. While we were at our turn-around point and eating our late lunch snacks, we noticed a fellow photographer off in the distance at another point. He was there for some time, enjoying the view and we wanted to see too, so after our break we found the trail that took us out to that point and...WOW! WHAT A VIEW! While I was walking over to get a better look, I was surprised to see a chain-link fence that didn't seem to be doing anything but stick out like a sore thumb. But then I thought, "What a perfect picture for HFF!" So here you go! (very busy tonight so no insets!)

Pam, we have thought so many times how nice it would be for you to live out here on this coast. We don't know where we'll end up settling down after we've finished having our adventures but Steve feels the same way you do. I don't want to be in cold, foggy, windy conditions that the coast is so known for, but inland a bit would be ok for me. Access to the beach would be lovely. We'll have to see how things shake out way down the road! Wish we could wave a magic wand for you though! *BIG HUGS MY DEAR* :)

Explored on 5/31/19; highest placement, #6.

Holger Hagen, RHH, Eve, Ronald Losure and 34 other people have particularly liked this photo

37 comments - The latest ones
Kawasirius club
J'ai connu ces soucis avec notre camping car qui avait tout juste six mois lorsque nous l'avons acheté et six ans après et 30000 km il était temps de s'en séparer. J'ai pratiquement dû tout revoir à l'intérieur, de la fixation des portes de placards au sommier sans compter celle du store banne aux entrées d'eau dans la soute par une porte. J'ai vite arrêté le réparations en concession, après chaque visites le mal empirait ! Un bizness lucratif avec l'enjouement de ce mode de loisirs de plus en plus nombreux ! Mais c'est une expérience que je commence à regretter et vos images et récits ne font que confirmer !
Belle vue avec cette barrière bien positionnée et toujours ce paysage maritime à couper le souffle ! HFF Janet !
17 months ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
Beautifully composed Janet
HFF and a nice weekend.
17 months ago.
 Doug Shepherd
Doug Shepherd club
Great shot Janet.

HFF, enjoy your weekend
17 months ago.
tiabunna club
A lovely coastal scene and I noted your comment about the fence: I find myself thinking the much same way, "hey that fence (that I once would have avoided) would work for HFF"! I was interested in your comments on the RV build quality, I've heard much the same story here also.
17 months ago.
 Jeanne chevillard
Jeanne chevillard club
Très joli paysage !!! Amitié
17 months ago.
neira-Dan club
HFF Janet
17 months ago.
 Pam J
Pam J club

17 months ago.
 J. Gafarot
J. Gafarot club
HFF Janet !

Hello PAM !!!
Happy weekend.
17 months ago.
 Erhard Bernstein
Erhard Bernstein club
HFF Janet - and to Pam as well!
17 months ago.
 Roger (Grisly)
Roger (Grisly) club
Excellent capture Janet,
Caravans are not built to last over here either
HFF and a lovely weekend
17 months ago.
 John Lawrence
John Lawrence club
I will come by and read your text, Great shot. HFF!
17 months ago.
 Eunice Perkins
Eunice Perkins club
HFF, Janet. The scenery is so ruggedly interesting. I love places like that. I wonder why the fence was erected there?

Our camper van sits sadly in the yard. As soon as we can we will sell it. Have had all sorts of caravans, campers and a bus over the years, but I hate this camper van.! Why did we buy it !!!
17 months ago.
Christa1004 club
It's surprising to find a fence in the middle of a beach, especially a fence which suddenly ends! The silver reflection on the water are wonderful. HFF Janet.
17 months ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Fabulous coastal shot! HFF!

Admired in:
17 months ago.
uwschu club
HFF Janet
17 months ago.
 Malik Raoulda
Malik Raoulda club
Peut être des épisodes un peu imprévisibles et rocambolesques de temps en temps,mais avec un camping car ,on a la liberté de se déplacer ou on veut quand on vu sans se soucier
du temps,ou des réservations,mais c'est surtout partir a l'aventure et garder des souvenirs ,malgré les péripéties .

HFF et excellente fin de semaine.
17 months ago. Edited 17 months ago.
 Dida From Augsburg
Dida From Augsburg club
Beautiful composition and mood.

HFF, Janet!
17 months ago.
 Percy Schramm
Percy Schramm club
Wonderful shot of this coastline without people - the pure nature. HFF, wish you a fine weekend, Janet !
17 months ago.
 Richard Nuttall
Richard Nuttall club
HFF Janet-keep them coming!
17 months ago.
 Mario Vargas
Mario Vargas club
you are a great writer, HFF and have a great weekend
17 months ago.
 Fred Fouarge
Fred Fouarge club
HFF Janet,,,,Wonderful Light on the water
17 months ago.
grobi358 club
Great HFF shot Janet! I love the light over the water!
17 months ago.
 Jenny McIntyre
Jenny McIntyre club
Wow I can imagine how surprised you were with all the repairs/replacements you had to do and how amazed you were to think that the previous owners had managed to cope with so many things not quite right. There again, they probably didn't think of it as a home away from home like you and Steve do. They probably thought of it as a means to an end and somewhere to sleep while they were away. You are so lucky that Steve is handy with his hands and can re-do and fix-up the RV. When I was younger I built a food cupboard under the stairs in my kitchen, and also a BBQ in the garden, I loved making things - I decorated my home from top to bottom several times during the years I lived there. I was divorced and a single mum, so I didn't have anyone to ask for help. I still have so many tools, power tools and work tables etc. I can't do things anymore, but I have the tools, if someone comes to help me, for them to use.

This picture is gorgeous - it shows the coastline and how great it is. I'm sure you'll be re-visiting it again soon - in good weather no doubt.
17 months ago.
╰☆☆June☆☆╮ club
Beautiful capture..
I wish you a lovely weekend to come..
17 months ago.
 Herb Riddle
Herb Riddle club
A great scene with required fence Janet.

HFF, have a great weekend, Herb
17 months ago.
FarbFormFreude club
so that's no Job for me, thanks for the warning
poor Janet, you even missed insets (i guess that's for the first time)
17 months ago.
cammino club
Great beach scenery, great fence shot. HFF, Janet!
17 months ago.
 Jeff Farley
Jeff Farley club
A superb HFF capture Janet.
17 months ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
A wonderful view along the coast.............and lovely light. Such a delightful image! The fence is a nice bonus!

HFF Janet..............I hope you have a lovely weekend.

I'd be absolutely no use in maintaining and repairing an RV or anything else for that matter. I read the books, get the right tools - but have zero aptitude. We've lost count of the stuff I've "fixed" at home, only to have to get someone round to do it properly afterwards :-)) I'm probably the most unhandy person ever! Nowadays we just get a professional in straight away......I consider it my contribution to the local economy and anyway, it leaves me more time for taking photographs :-))
17 months ago.
 Josiane Dirickx
Josiane Dirickx club
HFF pour vous aussi Janet ! vous avez photographié un bel endroit !
17 months ago.
 Peter Castell
Peter Castell club
A wonderful coastal background for your fence Janet HFF I hope you have a wonderful weekend
17 months ago.
Ecobird club
Lovely coastline Janet. The light on the sea is just beautiful. HFF and have a good weekend
17 months ago.
 Dimas Sequeira
Dimas Sequeira club
That's quite an adventure! The rugged coast is a rewarding view. HFF, Janet!
17 months ago.
 Rosalyn Hilborne
Rosalyn Hilborne club
Rugged and very beautiful Janet. A belated HFF.
Wishing you a good weekend.
16 months ago.
 Trudy Tuinstra
Trudy Tuinstra club
beautiful view!!
16 months ago.
RHH club
I understand that this was posted for HFF but the fence seems a bit of an intrusion in the photo. Ah well, the coastline makes up for the fence. Nothing like it that I've seen and we love wandering it, stopping and hiking wherever we want. Hope the smoke and wildfires don't interfere with our proposed trip. We're supposed to get a couple days of rain and that may give us the window we need for the trip.
16 months ago. Edited 16 months ago.
Léopold club
Ce panorama de choc doit être clôturé dans notre monde Ipernity !
16 months ago.

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