San Elijo SB

We spent a few days on the ocean at San Elijo State Beach. For the most part, Muddlin’ Through did a great job of keeping us comfortable. Here’s what we learned.
The rear screen does a nice job of being a slight sunscreen as well as it’s obvious purpose of keeping out bugs. Cut down on the glare quite a bit when the sun was behind us, which it was quite a bit since we had the nice big rear doors facing the ocean.
With a few more showers behind us, we still find it a pretty decent experience. Only real issue is that the drain screen clogs completely and quickly. It is very fine mesh. We need to determine whether or not the pump that moves that water to the grey tank is really that sensitive to lint and such. I suspect this is the same drain and pump used in the Travato G, so hopefully a lot of knowledge can be gleaned from the owners of those models.
The Truma was a champ both for keeping us warm as well as heating water. Still kind of amazed how quiet it is.
Our only real issue was that although in a campground, we were boondocking. No hookups.
Starting Wed early evening through Thur evening ran on batteries and 15 minutes of generator use just fine. That was lights, water pump, fridge, iPhone and Apple watch charging, 30 minutes of TV and DVD player and Truma set to 65 overnight with outside temps dipping down in lower 50s. A bit of sunshine during the day, but not much. Thursday evening we were down to 12.2V.
We ran the generator for about 25 minutes to charge some laptops (overkill, I know) and put a bit of energy back into the batteries. Friday morning we were down to 12.1V, which is 0.1V less than I’d like to dip down to.
So what this tells me is that for boondocking in the less sunny times of year, we are going to need to run the generator more than we did (maybe 40 minutes from Wed afternoon until Friday morning), or add more solar. And this was modest use of the 12V in my opinion. Will be worse when we use an inverter to keep laptops charged.
Sadly, don’t have our battery monitor installed yet so just going by battery voltage, not actually able to monitor amps in and out.
Converting the table to a bed is never going to be fun, and we certainly noticed that it was some effort each day. But still a reasonable tradeoff for allowing a nice large seating area in a B that also has a huge fridge, and a decent sized bathroom.
That large table has been great, and sitting there eating meals with an ocean view out the rear of the Paseo was nice. Good view with doors closed and a fantastic view with them open!
Yeah, we could have eaten on the grungy picnic table, or in folding chairs and a small portable table outside. But since it’s still a little cool out, being somewhat inside with a view almost like we were outside worked great.
And the park itself is nice – fantastic ocean views. Most spots don’t have hookups, but that’s a reasonable tradeoff for the location. Short walk to Bull Taco there in the park, and if you walk inland a bit you have access to a bunch of places to eat in Cardiff by the Sea. VG Donut is the best, and you can get great food at the Seaside Market and bring it back to camp.
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Author: Don Meyer

An average guy trapped on the surface of a sphere who enjoys SF, programming, sailing, Legos, and many other nerdy pursuits.

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