Monday, January 30, 2012

CANADIAN MAP

Mudder was out shopping one day while we were still in Yuma – well Mudder likes to take a dart out shopping EVERY day – not unlike me udder Mudder !!  LOL

Anyhooo, She comes home one day with the State Stickers Map – the CANADIAN version !!

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I’ve been looking for this for over a year now.  I’ve looked in countless Camping World stores and other RV places.  The “U.S.” version is easy to find. So I quickly jumped on the bike to go get one.

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The day I was waiting for the generator guy to show up I finally got a chance to put it on my door.

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First sticker to go on was my home Province…

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Next was the beautiful Province of British Columbia…

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I’ve yet to put the other Province stickers on but like my U.S. Map, I’ll only be putting stickers on the Provinces I’ve actually spent time in – and only the ones I’ve visited since I’ve started to fulltime.

BOONDOCKING LIGHTS

Next up is (what I thought) a BRILLIANT idea I read on another Blog.  BTW, Reading other’s Blogs gives you a wealth of information and tips. This tip even warrants going into my TIPS tab on my home page !!

This Blogger suggested using those Solar Patio Lights for lighting during the night time when you are boondocking.  These patio lights can be bought just about anywhere and certainly Wally’s has tons of them.

I bought a couple while in Town in Quartzsite and they work great.  They won’t be any good if you want a LOT of lighting of course – or for reading etc.  But for me who is just playing around on the computer it’s perfect.

Now I wanted to come up with an idea for a ‘stand’ to hold them in.  I happened to have a length of 2” x 6” board in the garage.  Why did I just ‘happen’ to have a length of 2” x 6” board in the rig you might ask ??  Well, back in July, shortly after I got this rig I was trying to come up with a solution to make it safer to get the bike in and out of the garage.  CLICK HERE if you want to read about that.

So I cut the board to appropriate lengths and marked where the base of the solar light would sit.

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Got my trusty drill out and OF COURSE I had the right bit thingie to drill the hole.

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VOILA !

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But of course I couldn’t leave them with just the bare wood so I got some paint….

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And made them all FANCY SMANCHY !!! I place each set in various parts of the rig at night and put them outside during the day to re-charge.  Love it !

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THE TACKY PALM TREE

While Mudder was ‘vacationing’ at that fancy RV Park awhile back she saw other RV’ers with these palm trees outside their rigs.  Naturally she had to have one !!  Off to town she goes while here in Quartzsite and sure enough came home with one.  I am endlessly teasing her that it is sooooo tacky !!!  But it sure lights up the place at night.

I’ll have to get a pic of her laying under it.

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Saturday, January 28, 2012

THIRD TIME AT QUARTZSITE

A GREAT BIG DESERT

Here with Jamie and Mudder this time and we scouted around Plomosa Rd. to find the perfect spot.  Lots of rigs around but soooo much space also.  Neighbours are nice and far away.

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GOOD GRUB

We pulled in here Monday (January 23rd) late afternoon and we out to dinner at the Grubstake.  It was busy but it wasn’t too long before we got a table.  Service was super fast, the food was deee-lish and huge portions.

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Mudder and I had the fish and chips and couldn’t eat it all.

This restaurant/bar sure has a lot of character…

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POWER SHARING

That Jamie – sharp as a tack sometimes – yup razor blades for breakfast . I have been without hook-ups now since I left Osoyoos, BC. My batteries are performing great but not getting the opportunity for a full charge. SIR JAMIE suggested plugging my rig into their rig !!

You see these guys not only have SOLAR POWER – but enough solar power to launch a space ship !!  They have a total of 660 watts in solar panels and SIX – yes count ‘em SIX 6V deep cycle batteries !!  We decided to give it a try – no reason why it wouldn’t work ?

It works like a charm !!  With all the sun the beautiful State of Arizona provides, their batteries are at full charge early in the morning  And of course I do not have anything running during the day.

BENNIE PUSHES HIS LUCK

As I’ve mentioned before Bennie likes to take advantage of the goodwill of our neighbours.  He sleeps there during the day, drinks all of Brandy’s water, sneaks into their rig whenever possible etc. etc. But one evening he decided that Brandy’s bed looked very comfortable so decided to test it out…

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Yup, He likes it alright.  “Mom, Can I have one of these?”

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The next day I vowed I wasn’t coming home without a bed for Bennie.  Jeeze, I would have had one for him years ago if I thought he’d use the damn thing !!

He checks it out………

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“Thanks Mom, This will do just fine.”

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But as soon as Bennie turns his head GUESS WHAT HAPPENS !!!

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Brandy says “Pffft – This will teach you for trying to steal my bed !!”

Another great day ends with a wonderful fire …..

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And another awesome sunset…….

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GENERATOR UPDATE

BOB'S GENERATOR finally showed up at 5:30PM – he told me he would be here by mid morning – I called twice during the day - once at 1:00PM and the second time at 3:00PM – both times he said he would be here ‘shortly’. NOT a happy camper about that as I had to stay around the rig for the whole day. But as they are the only ‘mobile’ generator service in the area – well that means ‘they’ get to call the shots.

When he finally did arrive he spent only a few minutes here (no charge thankfully !!) and said it was likely a leak from the oil filter (which is located under the generator) – while Jamie & I felt fairly certain that the oil spill was coming from the top of the generator. He told me to replace the oil filter (Jamie said he could do that himself) clean everything with carb cleaner and that should solve the problem.

Today that’s what ‘we’ did….

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SEE I did say “we” – I had the pleasure of putting the new oil in – a LOT of it got spilled everywhere !!  Damn that’s a messy job.

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Then I proceeded to spray everywhere with this carb cleaner stuff.

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Later in the day I wiped up most of the excess.  Tomorrow I’m going to give it a better cleaning and then run the generator for an hour or so.

“We’ll” keep an eye on it to see if oil is still leaking.

Will post another update after that is done.

BUT the morale of this story is – it is very important to keep mechanics in a job so therefore from here on in THEY can have the pleasure of doing this !!

Friday, January 27, 2012

GENERATOR PROBLEMS

Every time I turn the generator on, after about 1/2 hour or so, the Carbon Monoxide detector goes off.  I was convinced it was the detector’s fault !!  LOL

Yesterday I decided to pop the cover off the generator and have a look see.

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Hmmmmm, I know SFA about generators or anything mechanical for that matter, but I’m pretty sure all this oil shouldn’t be all over the place.  We go look at Jamie’s generator and it’s clean as a whistle !

Googled around for ‘mobile’ generator service in Quartzsite (EVERYTHING is mobile here) and sure enough found someone.

Bob’s Generators will be by sometime this morning to see what the problem is.

Fingers crossed that it’s nothing really serious.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

AM I CAUGHT UP YET !!

While settled back at ‘da Pond I am determined to do something about my sewer hose compartment !!

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I wanted one of those carriers you can buy rather than having it stuffed in this small compartment. Here’s a pic of the fancy smanchy kind that is anywhere from $40.00 – $50.00 !!

SEWER HOSE CARRIER

OR you can go to your local Home Depot and buy a 10’ length of PVC (the smallest length they sell) for under $8.00….

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Cutting it to the length you want is easy peasy. Buy two end caps while you are at it and all for about $10.00 !!

It is suggested you drill a few holes in it…

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And also drill a few holes in the end caps…..well, I only drilled holes in one of the end caps.

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HEY ! Quit your snickerin’ about my fancy sneakers !!

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In my case I have several compartments that go from one side to the other. Perfect for storing my new hose carrier !! Another job DONE !!

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This time back at ‘da Pond I met fellow Blogger RV SUE.

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Meet Bridget and Spike…

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See Jamie in the background fishing ? NOPE he still hasn’t caught a damn thing.

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BENNIE MOVES OUT – AGAIN !!

My boy spends all of his time at Jamie & Mudder’s place. He has a particular fondness for their mat…

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Fires; sunsets and sunrises – I never tire of them…

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SUNRISE

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