We pulled into Scottsdale on Wednesday, March 4 in time to make part of the A's-Giants game at Scottsdale Stadium. We were a day ahead of the Gotham Club group but the Saguaro were able to accommodate us, putting us into a ground-floor room with patio adjacent to the "calma" pool.
We parked the Airstream behind the hotel, which was pretty handy as we nipped back and forth quite a bit moving our stuff from the trailer to the hotel room. This trip, Denver to Scottsdale, was our first test of the changes made to the interior. There were minor issues we could have waited on fixing but we ran into a major problem with the convertible bed that needed to be fixed immediately. Timeless Travel Trailers sent down a driver to pick up the trailer and drive it back to Denver for about a week's worth of repairs. So we are "stranded" at the Saguaro for an extra week.
The first part of our time in Scottsdale was spent with the Gotham Club. This is our second year at Cactus League spring training with the Gothams. It's pretty great as the group is small and the association with the Giants means we have access to some great people and places.
Up next is the nerdfest known as the SABR Analytics Conference.
The first game of the 2015 Cactus League Preseason is Wednesday, March 4. For us that means A's at Giants in Scottsdale, AZ and right now Scottsdale is about 18 hours' drive from our current spot at Harris Beach State Park.
We've been dawdling since Eugene and have the added pressure of needing to take care of a few things as we pass South through San Francisco on Monday. Ideally we try to stay 1-2 days (at least) in a location before getting on the road again, and try to limit each day's drive to 4-6 hours. Tuesday is shaping up to be a marathon but it seems a shame to rush through southern Oregon's great scenery.
Armitage Park Campground, OR: $30/night. Full hookups. Updated laundry and shower facilities. Propane available for sale.
Oceanside RV Resort, OR: $28/night. Full hookups. Laundry and shower facilities. Propane available. Crab shack open during the season. All the sand you can track into your trailer!
Harris Beach State Park, OR: $26/night. Full hookups. Shower facilities. Laundry no longer available in park. :(
Our last big upgrade before Spring Training starts: 600 amp-hours of lithium batteries and 740 watts of solar panels, being installed by the wonderful folks at AM Solar. In-progress shots of the batteries & hybrid inverter below; the panels will start going on soon.
The first sign of the changes comes from outside, where the front under-bed access door has moved to the side, the new location of our bed, which was turned sideways to make way for the new desk(s) & wardrobe.
Entering the trailer, the first thing you can see that's different from the standard International Signature is the lounge area, which has been completely replaced with a new convertible lounge, dine, and work-space:
In addition to a large battery area (post coming soon about that) under the central seat, we added a hidden spot for the cat box for our Elder cat, Scout:
One of our biggest complaints about the kitchen area in the original layout was the lack of countertop and storage space, so we addressed both of those by stealing some space previously dedicated to the gaucho and putting in a new cabinet, complete with a drawer and cupboard:
Moving to the bathroom, we've replaced the too-shallow sink and too-low faucet with a much nicer set, including a large frosted glass sink with a motion-activated faucet, plus a new countertop, and (just for fun) some ambient lighting below the sink that doubles as a handy night-light:
Moving to the front of the trailer (where the bedroom is), the space has been completely transformed, going from a centered, fixed RV-queen-sized bed, to a sideways, convertible full queen sofa/bed, along with a new wardrobe & night-stand:
The main reason for reconfiguring the bedroom was to make room for the desks, one sit-down and one stand-up:
The process wasn't without it's hiccups (what big projects are?) but all in all, we're pretty pleased with the changes, which allow us to have two separate work areas in the Airstream, along with greater comfort and an overall much more usable live/work area. Up next: solar & lithium!