First, the Honda. There are two basic ways a car can be pulled behind a motorhome. One is to use a dolly that supports the car’s front wheels. The other is to pull the car with all four wheels on the ground. This is what we do. We bought our Honda CR-V because it can be towed with four wheels down without any modifications or damage to the transmission. Not all cars can be towed in this manner, but the list is growing. Saturn and Honda are two that have met these criteria for a long time and that is why we see so many Saturns and CR-Vs behind RVs.
We use a system called Blue Ox to attach the Honda to the back of the coach. The trailer hitch on our motorhome is rated to pull up to 10,000 pounds. The Honda weighs about 3300 pounds, so we well within the limits.
At first it was more difficult to hook up the Honda, but we are much better at it now than we were when we first started living on the road back in September of 2009. We simply pull the Honda close enough to attach the two arms and then put everything in the proper position.
Next I hook up to “city water” which is the popular designation for a campground water supply. We use a sediment filter and a pressure regulator. The filter we use removes some iron and probably 99% of any sand or other solid minerals in the water. The pressure gauge reduces any high water pressure to a safer level so as not to burst any water lines in the coach. Some RVers also use a small water softener.
The last hook up I make is the sewer connection via a 3inch flexible hose often referred to as the “stinky slinky.” The hose enables us to dump our black and gray water tanks whenever necessary. We always wear disposable gloves and are very, very careful to do everything correctly and in sequence.
Now for those times when the campground does not supply electricity we have two options. Each of these can be set to kick in automatically. Here in Tortilla Flat we will be using our 10,000 watt generator frequently – generally from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. This engine/generator is behind the front panel of the coach. It hides a small diesel powered generator that will supply as much as 83 amps of electricity.
There are also three solar panels on the roof. These will “top off” the larger 8D “house” batteries.
We’ll be giving this system a good workout for the next two weeks.
We do not have cell phone or internet service here in the Tonto National Forest. You are receiving this courtesy of the wi-fi connection at the Apache Junction Public Library. While I have the time I thought I would include a few non-technical photos.
On the way to Tortilla Flat, AZ, we drove around Phoenix. In some areas the retaining walls along the expressways have really attractive e designs molded into the concrete. This is the first time we have seen anything as attractive as these walls. Here are a few examples.
Finally, here is a view taken from inside the motorhome looking out. Not bad.