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  • I kept forgetting to take along a tape measure when I went to check on the Lincoln City SC site, but on one trip I used my 20 1/4 foot long pickup as a measuring stick. It looks like the rear of your trailer won't extend more than a foot or two beyond the curb alongside the enclosure, and they have not yet striped the little odd-shaped patch of pavement beyond it for ICE parking.

    Have a great trip!
    I'm sure you have already located the Newport CHAdeMO on Plugshare, which will be useable once you've unhitched at the marina. If you were to unhitch in the CHAdeMO parking lot, you'd need hefty wheel chocks- it's sloped. All the other CHAdeMOs on the coast have adjacent flat lots for unhitching. The Lincoln City SC and Seaside SCs should greatly reduce the need to use those, of course.
    jim- your trip itinerary sounds great. If you decide to dine out in Newport, there are several good places, but the place we always take out-of-town guests is Local Ocean, across the bridge from the marina. But your campsite will be a short stroll from the Rogue Brewery, which has a wide variety of beers, a distillery, and a pub food menu.
    As you probably have already learned, you just need to lift your hitch far enough with the electric hoist to take the tension off the bars before removing them. You never need to use that lever tool.
    Thank-you for all the thoughtful comments. I'll share them with Illijana. We had fun today, and are getting better at both hitching/unhitching and backing into spots. We practiced both today.
    We are staying at Oceanside RV in Gold Beach, Alder Acres in Coos Bay, the Port of Newport Marina, Cape Kuwanda in Pacific City, Netarts Bay in Tillamook, and Fort Stevens in Astoria (at least that is the plan).
    It looks like you have the same hitch that we do. We rapidly learned that removing the bars before backing really increases maneuverability, and is necessary to avoid contorting them if you are backing into a space that is not reasonably level from side to side.
    We have found that one of those magnetic dishes that car mechanics use for nuts/bolts/small tools works great for keeping track of hitch pins, bar clips, etc. I got the longer version, so it also holds the ratchet wrench I use for my x-brace wheel chock.
    OBTW- some of us really like adding a short clear plastic attachment (from RV supply stores) to the female/trailer end of the dump hose (AKA Stinky Slinky). I like seeing when the tanks are really empty, and when bits of TP stop coming loose when I'm rinsing the tank.
    We carry pre-cut folded (two-ply) squares of waxed paper in a baggie in the forward cargo locker. We also rapidly learned to carry a baggie of disposable nitrile exam gloves (box of 500 at Costco) in the forward compartment for hitching, as well as a bunch in the rear for dumping.
    The mechanic at the dealership taught us to use waxed paper instead of grease on the hitch ball. It really keeps the mess down. You will occasionally need to reach in and pull some wadded wax paper debris out of the receiver, but it's much tidier than grease and we have noted less wear on the hitch ball, compared to when we were pulling horses.
    For backing into parking spots and campsites, it often works best to have the signaler standing and watching from in front of the vehicle until they need to move to the rear for that last few feet of backing (to position you properly in relation to the curb or hook-ups.)
    So... I don't know if you two have had prior RV experience or not. Practicing, as you two are doing, is great. You can figure out the sequence that works for you and what to check/double check. Practicing really helped us work out our hand signals. Of course, your rear camera may remove the need for most of that.
    Hi Jim! If you want to discuss hitching, the central Oregon coast, or anything else, here's my email: [email protected] Mobile is 503-781-0619

    Dan Gleason
    Thanks, Dan. We (wife Illijana and I) are taking our first extended trip with our X and Airstream. Oregon coast is the first step in a three month trip in the western US. We have relatives in Oregon (daughter, granddaughter, wife's brother) and I'm really looking forward to the trip. We are practicing hitching and unhitching today!
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