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Friday, December 20, 2013

5 Star Motorhome Living - Motorcoach Country Club, Indio CA

Motorcoach Country Club is the premiere motorhome ownership park in the world!

Many RV parks are degraded over the years as not enough is spent on maintenance. This incredible park recently celebrated its ten year anniversary and looks better than ever.

400 sites, two miles of water canals, 9-hole golf course, 3 pools, 3 spas, 3 tennis courts, 2 bocce ball courts, 80 acres fully landscaped, beautiful sunrises and sunsets. All this surrounds a gorgeous 5-star restaurant sitting on a hill in the middle of the resort.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

UIM International - Native American Church Planting

UIM International in Glendale, Arizona has been planting churches in North America since 1956.  They serve the Native Americans, the First Nation in Canada and some Hispanics groups in Mexico and the USA.  

We belong to the SOWERs ministry of RVer who volunteer their services and get a month of free RV site hookups in return.  For the month of November we worked at the UIM project.

See how you can participate at Week 380-381 UIM International and SOWERs

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Honoring our Veterans

Pearl Harbor Pacific National Monument is a must see for every American.  The history of the 1941 attack is presented in so many ways and you are right there where it occurred.

See week 378.

Living in a Garden - week 376-377

Kauai is the Garden Isle. While you can't take your RV there, a one week escape from your nomadic life style will bless you.

See the island at week 376-377.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Living Full Time in Rancho California - week 374

Rancho California RV Resort, Aguanga, California

Living full time in your motorhome is easy to do when your RV resort looks like this.  Rancho California has almost as much water as Niagara Falls and everybody is happy surrounded by ponds and falls.

See this beautiful park more completely at Rancho California RV Resort

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Week 373 - Southern California Beaches

Tour 2013-2014, Southern California Beaches:

We're off and running! We have finally left the Atascadero area and are on a slow mosey to Phoenix. Our cousins Bobby and Barbara have offered to let us join them for week in Hawaii in October. Couldn't resist sharing a two-bedroom unit in Princeville, Kauai. We are moving slow to allow for the temperature to drop a little before getting into Arizona.

During our last 7 1/2 years of traveling we have continued to support our clients with our accounting and inventory control software. During the economic downturn in 2008 we first created our subscription RV travel web site This gave us the expertise to create web sites for other companies. We are now specializing in creating web sites for businesses where we can park the Mothership on their property and work daily with the client. 

This allows us to create new designs in just a few days. See Before we left San Luis County we created a new web site for a private investigator. See

1) Mandy always willing to help poses for a possible logo for the private investigator. 2) Leaving town we cruised down Cuesta Grade on the way to friends and family in Santa Maria and Nipomo. 

Sadly, before we reached Santa Maria to stay with our lifelong friend Paul, our refrigerator gave out. While staying with cousin Judy in Nipomo a mobile RV tech came to inspect the frig. It was a goner! The cooling unit was fried. After days of research the best solution was a new $4,500.00 unit, ouch! We had planned to replace our wearing-out 8 year old electric bicycles. Well, maybe next year.

The old and new refrigerator units came through a window they removed. It might have gone through the door but the clearance is so tight, they did not want to take a chance on harming the door, dash or chairs.

The old unit was the Norcold 1200LRIMSS. These are the stainless steels doors and hinges off that unit. We kept them as during our research on Ebay, we saw one seller asking $600.00 for just the two larger doors. And theirs were not stainless but the cheaper "panel doors" that require applying wood panels to the outside. We have placed these doors and hinges on Ebay this week. If they do not sell, we need to find them a home or toss them away. Note to RVer's. If you have a Norcold 1200 refrigerator and need new doors or would like stainless, drop us an email and we can ship these to you for the cost of shipping. With the inclusion of the hinges you can replace "panel doors" with these.

Meanwhile back to the tour. Heading along Highway 1 just north of Ventura is Rincon Parkway. There are 128 45-foot RV spaces along the beach. At high tide you are just 25 feet down the rocks to the water. Leave your windows open at night and the "white noise" of the Pacific Ocean will lull you to sleep.

The photos you can get here are marvelous.

Ellen is so happy to be here calling "I love you Mandy ". 2) "I love you too Mom".

When we first left home in August 2006, our family and friends were excited for us and many were envious and would liked to come along. In the second year they began asking when we would stop traveling. By the third year they we perturbed  and by year four some were saying "Stop it and get home NOW!".

How can you ask us to come home when this is the view from Pete's office. Nice try.

And Mandy could not be happier than running down the mile-long beach and playing in the ocean.

On Pete's 61st birthday he spent it alone in Bend, Oregon as Ellen went to Paso Robles on the train. But as you can see Ellen is here to celebrate this monumental moment with Pete. Yawn!

We had to pick this from dozens of fabulous photos from Rincon.

1) Leaving Rincon we headed to Anaheim Resort RV Park. We wanted to visit an RV store in Buena Park that specializes in replacing carpet with hard surface floors. Our carpet is wearing down. But, they were not available at this time. 2) Visiting Paradise by the Sea park in Oceanside brought us close to Solana Beach where we were able to test ride new Prodeco Mariner 7 electric bikes. When we recover from the refrigerator monetary hit, these are the bikes we intend to buy. They are lighter and faster than our current China-made bikes. They have 8 gears and dual disc brakes and the are made in Florida (yes, as in USA). Not cheap at $1,299 but if you use them in place of your car, they will pay for themselves in little time.

Ellen relaxes at Paradise by the Sea RV Resort. 

Sorry, we need to duck out now and hit the road. See you next week.

Love, Pete, Ellen and Mandy

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Saturday, October 5, 2013

Best Electric Bike Ever for the RVer

Prodeco Mariner 7 Electric Bike

We have just finished on online review of every 20" inch electric folding bicycle.  And we test drove these bikes in Solana Beach, California at San Diego Electric Bike Co. There in no doubt in our minds that this bike is the one you will want.  See our review of our and future electric bikes.

20 inch electric folding bikes

Monday, September 2, 2013

Week 368 - Hiking Collection No. 3

You'll enjoy these hikes as God amazes you with His creations.

The view from Angel's Landing in Utah's Zion National Park is worth the 5-hour, 5-mile hike.

Vernal Falls in Yosemite National Park is always a great 1.5 to 3 hour hike.

Enjoy these and other hikes by visiting

Be blessed and have a nice week.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Week 361-362 Hiking Collection No. 2 Travelogue

More of the fabulous hiking trails across the United States at

Carlsbad Caverns, Bryce Canyon, National Park, Whitewater Canyon, Gila National Forest, Eklutna Lake and Bodeburg Butte, Alaska. See more at

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Week 358-360 Hiking Collection Travelogue

Check out some great hiking trails across the United States at

We just can't get enough of the views of this fabulous country.  For even more see

Vines RV Resort

The newly opened Vines RV Resort in Paso Robles, California is beautiful.  All pads and patios are concrete on paved streets. Full hookups include 50 amps, water, sewer, cable TV and WiFi. Amenities are elegant: two large banquet rooms, lounge serving draft beer and quality wine selection. Quality pocket billiard table and library.  Small store (currently getting stocked) and fountain drinks.

Rates vary (07-2013) from $50.00 to $75.00 depending on site location and size, but all have equally equipped including picnic tables.

See for this and 333 other parks that we have visited across 50 states and 5 provinces.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

45 RV Parks add to Big Rig Bible

The RV Parks Visited page of has been enhanced to show more information on the main page and includes a State Index to jump from one state to another.

We have visited 45 more parks and they have been added to the list.  The format of the new list shows the park's hookups and special features.  We will continue to add parks as we visit them and post photos, ratings and links to their web sites.

See the new list at

Happy Trails, Pete & Ellen

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Week 355-357 Decked out in Paradise

Decked Out in Paradise:A few weeks ago we were at a place that many people think is paradise. This week we WERE in Paradise --- California. Paradise is just north of where our daughter Emily and husband Chad live in their new home. They invited us for visit and to be witnesses at their church's baby dedication and with big plans to build a deck on their house.
We took a cruise through Paradise and found out where the locals find "Fast & Effective Pain Relief". So we stopped in to take our "medicine".
1) At Emily and Chad's house we surveyed the area where the deck will go. 2) Melissa also came to participate in the dedication of Micah and Zebulun and take photos. The girls (Melissa, Ellen, Mandy, Emily and Micah) relax the day before the dedication.
1) Pete's sister Donnalee also joined us for the dedication. 2) Mandy contemplates her role in this big event. The dedication at Oroville Nazarene Church was well received as Chad and Emily dedicated their wee ones to the Lord and all in the church committed themselves to helping in any way possible to guide them in their faith.
Back home, it's time to get working on this new deck. The deck will be a 10 x 44 foot deck using composite decking materials. Memorial Day was the perfect time to load up two trailer loads of material and get started. Mandy counts the boards to make sure we have enough.
First off, remove the temporary steps to the house. Emily and Chad both got involved here as Grandma Ellen watches the kids.
1) Next dig 16 holes for the pier blocks and watch Chad tamp the earth for a solid foundation. 2) With all the holes dug, strings are drawn between the fence posts to provide leveling reference points. You probably thought this photo was of the corner of their house and that Chad changed his shirt from black to white to get in the photo twice. No! Miraculously these are two photos of the back wall, one from the East and one from the West. Amazingly, these unmodified photos taken a day apart, were shot randomly and yet the corners of the building are almost a perfect match.
1) The pier blocks were set into their holes and perfectly leveled to the strings you can't see! 2) Chad installs the first beam on the blocks.
All the beams are in place and level and now we can have some long but easier days of putting up the deck.
Now that the dirty work is done, Pete and Emily are willing to help out! (In reality Emily, Chad, Ellen and Pete helped everyday and just did not manage to get into these photos.) Each of the beams and joists were covered with window flashing to keep the moisture off these structural materials. Chad and Emily heard of this excellent idea and we can attest to the fact that the joists will rot on the tops over the decades.
1) Finally the first composite planking can be put into place. 2) Mandy's not impressed.
Micah, always ready to help, grabbed her screw gun and adjusted one of the joists to make the deck perfect.
The decking is held in place by hidden fasteners. While the fastener cost is about four times that of screws, it goes quicker and exactly spaces the planks. And it is a nice clean look too!
1) Emily builds the structure to hold the doorway steps. 
Pete and Chad work on the integrated step, the way down to the ground level. Once all the planking was complete, it took another day to attach the fascia boards.
And the final product is a piece of art! A gorgeous deck that will give decades of pleasure with zero maintenance.
Work is done and it is time for the family to enjoy the fruits of their labor. The cutout on the right is a seating area for half of the table that will be on the ground level, either on pavers or on a concrete patio. Yipeee. Another project!
The visit is over and we head back to Atascadero for other family events.

With love, Pete, Ellen and Mandy

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Sunday, June 2, 2013

Announcing Big Rig Bible's Blog!

Big Rig Bible now has a blog to notify our members and guests of the newest information about Full Time RV Living. Please sign up with Subscribe by Email to receive our posts in your email and be sure to leave your comments on the blog. Your comments should not only respond to the blog posts but to the entire web site.

Thank you for your participation and we can't wait to get your feedback.

Pete . Ellen Mattson