May 8th-15th, 2016
With the Jeep being repaired from our mishap on our 1st day out of Salt Lake to Phoenix we became faced again with yet another complication that would force us to make more changes in our travel plans.
We were initially told our Jeep repair would take 2 weeks when we turned it in for the estimate, plenty of time since we weren't closing on the house for 2 weeks. One week later we checked on the status of the repairs and were told there were delays in getting all the parts and the car would not be ready until 5/26. Not the news we wanted to hear because we would be faced with more changes in our plans. We decided that staying in Phoenix for another 3 weeks where the temperatures were expected to be over 100 was not what we wanted so we began looking at options that would keep us close enough if the car was ready ahead of schedule and we had to return sooner and where the temps are cooler . We decided on a place we always enjoy spending time at, San Diego and the beach. I checked out the RV parks and Chula Vista RV Park had space for a week and then we could move over to Mission Bay RV park. We have visited Pacific Beach a number of times without the RV and stayed at VRBO properties in the area which is why we chose the Mission Bay RV Park. The park is right on the water at Mission Bay and a short, easy drive to Pacific Beach where we can park the car and walk to the ocean, the boardwalk and all our favorite spots to hang in Pacific Beach.
We wanted to practice our overnighting without hookups, so we spent the 1st night after getting the RV out of storage at Wild Horse Pass Casino in Chandler where we could stock up and prepare the coach for our trip. Not a bad place for an overnight, they are RV friendly, as most casinos, and had a large truck/RV area. While we were parked and setting up one of the security people came by and said we may want to move to a better area where there was still space that could accommodate our large rig and would be quieter then the truck area would be on a Friday night. We were already concerned about parking around all the trucks considering our recent encounter with a commercial truck so we jumped at the chance and moved. Our overnight was successful especially with the unexpected cool evening. We didn't even have to run the generator all night for the AC's, that was a nice surprise for May. Some things have been in our favor.
We left the following morning on to our next overnight casino stop just outside of San Diego called Golden Acorn Casino http://www.goldenacorncasino.com/. It is at an elevation of 4000 feet in the town of Campo, CA and about 50 miles from our destination. It's basically a large parking lot but it's right off I-8 and was an easy in and out. It was tucked behind a mountain that blocked a lot of the traffic nose from I-8 so it was a quiet evening. We woke up to a crisp 42 degrees, had breakfast and lingered until we could check in at our next stop Chula Vista RV park.
Chula Vista is south of San Diego and within 10 miles of the Mexico border. The RV park is right on San Diego Bay and next to the Chula Vista Marina and Park. The RV park http://www.chulavistarv.com/ is a full resort park with nicely spaced spots and hedges between most of the spots. I couldn't get a pull through for the entire week and opted for a Deluxe back-in. The dimensions were 25 x 55 so our rig fit in nicely but it would have been tough to fit the Jeep in our spot with the rig. We did eventually rent a car when we got here and the Toyota Corolla fit okay in front. It was quiet during the week but got really busy on the weekend. I would recommend reservations if you need to stay over the weekend or need a pull through and didn't have a lot of flexibility.
Overall a nice RV park especially with the pool and they have a gym to work out in. There are activities like pool aerobics and line dance classes. There were a couple of happy hours during the week for a small charge of $1 for wine or beer and $2 for wine margaritas or a bloody mary.
There was a nice walking path and park area outside the park that was dog friendly and made for nice daily walks with the fur kids.
Lots of boats, the RV park is right next to the marina.
We found excellent clam chowder at the Chula Vista Marina's restaurant http://thegalleyatthemarina.com/. It was so good that we went there twice for lunch.
I would definitely recommend this RV park if you are in the San Diego area and want to be close to the water, and still be near the San Diego attractions.