Category Archives: Transportation

Wildfires !!

We should check this maps before leaving San Francisco, there are already some wildfires around 😦

http://www.fire.ca.gov/index_incidents.php

The map updated on July 18th: Statewide Fire Map (07/18/08 – AM)

RV free parkings and more info

You should know that parking RVs overnight in any place is prohibited. You must use specialized parkings… most of them are not free. I remember talking about this and saving some useful links but I just can’t find them.

Here are some useful links:

Home, sweet motorhome

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The C28 motorhome

SPECIFICATIONS
ITEM SIZE
Feet: 27′ – 29′
Meters: 8.2 – 8.8
SLEEPING ACCOMMODATIONS
Number of People: 4 adults & 2 children xD
AUTOMOTIVE
Chassis Ford/Chevy
Gasoline Engine Fuel-Injection (liters) 7.5
4spd Overdrive Transmission YES
Automatic Transmission YES
Factory Cruise Control YES
Power Steering & Brakes YES
Factory Cab Air YES
Factory Roof Air-Ducted YES
ELECTRICAL
Generator YES
Auxiliary Battery YES
AM/FM Radio with Cassette or CD YES
12V Interior Lighting YES
INTERIOR in. cm.
Height 79 200
Width 96 243
KITCHEN & BATHROOM FEATURES
Wash Basin YES
Shower YES
Toilet YES
Water Heater YES
Heater & Thermostat YES
Kitchen Sink YES
Range (Stove) YES
Microwave YES
Refrigerator YES
TANK CAPACITIES gal. ltr.
Water Heater 6 22
Fresh Water 35 132
Sewage Tanks 55 208
Propane Tanks 14 53
Gasoline Tanks 55 208
BED SIZE in. cm.
Cab-over bed
Length 76 193
Width 54 137
Clearance 27 68
Couch
Length 67 170
Width 41 104
Dinette
Length 74 188
Width 40 101
Permanent Double
Length 74 188
Width 60 152

RV: questions and answers

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Jason called a RV rental company (getrv.com) and here is the info they gave him:

1. Where to park & sleep: there is ample information on their website and it seems we will not have any problem.
2. Driving the RV: we can drive most vehicles using Australian/Spanish licenses, however, drivers must be >= 25 years. I guess it depends on the rental company…anyway, Pablo and Jason are over 25 years old.
3. Driving inside big cities: We can drive ‘anywhere’ in the US, including big cities.
4. How to refill water deposit / what to do with the sewage / electricity when not driving: Sewage and water lasts around 1 week. Can be refilled or disposed of at most gas stations. For electricity, most models come with a generator.
Thanks to Jason for calling them and I think what we should do next is just…renting the RV!

PIT2SFO

PIT2SFO

alex jason joan pablo
Here we go!!!

Update: the flight information has been kept private.

Driving in California: The Law

Governor’s Message

My Fellow Californians:
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You have in your hands a valuable handbook that can help ensure a safe driving experience.
For your protection and those of others, I strongly urge you to read it and keep it handy for future reference.
As Governor, I have always been supportive of you, the driver. I want you and your family to be safe at all times while driving California roadways, and that is why I signed two very important laws that will take effect on July 1, 2008.

In addition, I also want your business transactions with the DMV to be as seamless as possible. I encourage you to check out www.dmv.ca.gov. It is a great website where you can conduct tasks such as renewing your car registration or driver license online – rather than in line.

Your state government will continue to take action to find ways to further improve the California driving experience, but I also need your help. You can help me and your fellow Californians keep our roads safe by applying what you learn in this handbook. Working together, we will ensure that our state continues to be a fantastic place to live.

Wishing you a safe drive,

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Thank you Arnold.

And now, more interesting links on driving California:

Motorhome / camper rental

Here I post 3 cheap ways for travelling/sleeping I found.

I’m guessing we’re gonna drive around 1500miles but, anyway, paying for more wouldn’t be a big deal.

Class C Motorhome 29ft (J29)

http://www.cheaprvrental-sanfrancisco.com/class_c_motorhome_29ft_(j29)_5731_san_francisco_rv_rental.html

  • 6ppl
  • Kitchen, bathroom, fridge…
  • $1982.75
  • $228 extra miles
  • TOTAL: $2230 – $25 day/person

Surfari

http://www.vwsurfari.com

  • 2 vans x 4ppl
  • Camping gas
  • $1450 x 2 = $3000
  • 125 miles per day included
  • TOTAL = $3000 – $33day/person

Westfalia Camper

http://www.californiacampers.com

  • 2 vans x 4ppl
  • Camping gas
  • $1700 x 2 = $3400
  • 100 miles per day included
  • TOTAL = $3400 – $37day/person

American RV rentals (waiting for an e-mail reply):

http://www.americanrvrentals.com

Link motorhomes rental (they all seem expensive):

http://www.motorhomesworldwide.com/motorhome/usa.shtml