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Old March 22nd, 2016, 10:54 AM
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Looks like my wife accepted a job in Portland, OR yesterday so we will be moving prior to July this year if everything goes as planned, selling the house, finding a new one etc. and wonder if I should drive the rover or ship it? We have 4 cars and I think we will sell one and ones electric so might turn that lease in early. Whats the consensus on best rover shops up there? best places to live with kids? etc? best places to work for a graphic designer?
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Old March 22nd, 2016, 10:58 AM
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Welcome! As far as shops, there are several good ones, it really depends on what Rover you want worked on. I'll get back to you later as I'm on the road now.
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Old March 22nd, 2016, 11:50 AM
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Looks like my wife accepted a job in Portland, OR yesterday so we will be moving prior to July this year if everything goes as planned, selling the house, finding a new one etc. and wonder if I should drive the rover or ship it? We have 4 cars and I think we will sell one and ones electric so might turn that lease in early. Whats the consensus on best rover shops up there? best places to live with kids? etc? best places to work for a graphic designer?
Awesome news!!!!

PDX crew is friendly and active, drive the rover up for a scouting trip - leave the truck with someone in Portland and fly home for the move...

Ships Mechanical for Rover fixin' in Portland.

Be sure to come up and visit once you get settled in - we are only a couple hours from Portland
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Old March 22nd, 2016, 12:05 PM
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Like he said, Doug at Ship's Mechanical for Rover fixin. Look me up if you're ever in Hood River.
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Old March 22nd, 2016, 02:26 PM
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1. the real estate market here is still relatively tight, especially in the areas with better schools...i'd start looking now if it were me. be ready to move fast, and lots of times things sell at/above asking. if you need a realtor, i know a few that are very good i'd be happy to recommend.

2. traffic sucks. watch out for bicyclists. you are now a second class citizen on the city roads.

3. +1 on Ship's. also consider the Pacific Coast Rover Club.

4. i hope you like beer.

if you have anything more specific in mind feel free to shoot me a message, i've lived here my whole life...
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Old March 22nd, 2016, 04:05 PM
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Loads of places to work as a graphic designer - NIKE, adidas, UA etc then all the ad/design shops: W+K, Instrument, Swift, RGA, AKQA etc etc.

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Columbia Roving for the LR3
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Old March 22nd, 2016, 05:10 PM
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Keen sandals also!

I love Portland but was warned about the Rain... good luck man!
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Welcome! We have a thriving, and diverse car scene, and some great places to explore right outside our door!

We started a little group that meets up once a month at the Ecliptic Brewery on Mississippi Ave. It is not Rover specific, but I encourage you to come out to meet everyone anyway. We will be planning some trips into the local hinterlands soon, and it will help you get the lay of the land. https://www.facebook.com/PNWEuro4x4/?fref=nf

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Old March 22nd, 2016, 07:42 PM
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Oregon has state income tax and Washington does not. Not sure if that's an issue for you but some choose to live in WA and work in OR.

Lots of hippies in the city but cross the river and folks won't bitch about your micro aggressions.....whatever those are.
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As others have said, Ship's Mechanical near the airport. Doug will work on the LR3, but only when he has the time. Both Ship's and Columbia Rovers are good guys that I know personally.

The local club is active, and has started a bit of a reform to get more modernized. Good people. Lots of knowledge.

Portland area is a good place to live, but expensive compared to many other parts of the country. If you really are going to live in Portland itself, I highly recommend going through the various episodes of the documentary "Portlandia" to get a good feel for the way things are.

I love the city, but moved out to save on taxes and to raise kids. Ask any questions!
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If you really are going to live in Portland itself, I highly recommend going through the various episodes of the documentary "Portlandia" to get a good feel for the way things are.
X2! Lol

I haven't been to Ship's, but I know he's the boss in town for our older rigs. However, Columbia Roving has been good to me and is conveniently located directly down hill, and within rolling distance, from my place there. This has been extremely useful on more than one occasion! ;-)
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Old March 22nd, 2016, 11:09 PM
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I was born in Portland and lived in Oregon my whole life too, except for a little while in Vancouver when I was a kid. I remember my dad still had to pay Oregon income tax when we lived in WA. A lot of people do live in Vancouver or Camas and commute across the river, but I strongly advise against that because traffic to and from there is horrible. Real estate is going up there too anyways. A house I think is kind of a dump across the street from my Grandmother's in Vancouver was just listed for $400k. I think it probably sold fast in a bidding war. Ideally find a place as close to work as possible, but of course real estate and rent go up exponentially the closer you get to downtown. There are lots of nice areas. Damascus and Happy Valley area is pretty nice just on the SE edge of the city. Oregon City and West Linn are pretty nice too. Closer in Sellwood and the area around Reed College is nice. Any of the areas on the close eastside and the west hills are nice too, but of course expensive. I think you'll get used to the rain. We call it liquid sunshine. Makes everything green and beautiful. And it's not actually that much, not compared to the coast. We lived in Seaside and we got 100" of rain a year. Portland gets like 30-40". I think it's the best climate actually.
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I heard the dream of the 90s is alive in Portland.
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Old March 22nd, 2016, 11:46 PM
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I heard the dream of the 90s is alive in Portland.
It's where young people come to retire.

Also, get used to waiting in line for breakfast at any restaurant worth a damn.
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Own any Class III firearms? Not a super gun friendly state. Beautiful place with great beer...and Portland has lots of grungy street kids!
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Old March 23rd, 2016, 01:59 AM
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"Portland is a city where young people go to retire." lol
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Old March 23rd, 2016, 02:36 AM
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Own any Class III firearms? Not a super gun friendly state.
NFA items are LEGAL in Oregon, provided all applicable laws are followed. Edit: even in ultra-liberal Lane County and the City of Portland.
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Ship's has been covered already, so I'll chime in on the rest.

Real estate in Portland, especially inner SE, is ridiculous. Honestly, if have a car habit and kids I'd strongly recommend looking outside of Portland proper. Oregon City, West Lynn, Bethany...

People like to joke about Portlandia, but horse died like 5 years ago. In reality Portland's a burgeoning tech hub attracting young creatives who are driving up the cost of living.
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Clear Creek Distillery. Have to check it out when they do tours.
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