As I write this on Monday, December 9th at 10:30AM it is only 48F/9C and it’s WINDY with 21 MPH WINDS. It’s hitting the driver’s side of my rig – that’s the side with the big slide-out so I just put that in in order to protect the slide topper. PLUS it contains the heat in a smaller area.
Having the slide in sure makes for tight living quarters.
Then I realize a COLD draft was still coming in through the bottom of the slide-out – so much so that it was blowing the flame on my Mr. Heater. Solved that problem right quick by stuffing a blanket in there.
However, unlike being NORTH where it’s COLD and there will be no sign of warmth until next April – here it will be just a few more days. Today and tomorrow being the coldest. Then it’s back up to the High 60’s to low 70’s !
The other day after Bennie got out of bed I noticed him on the chair just SHIVERING !! Mom to the rescue !! Can’t have my boy cold.
“Ah, That’s better Mom. Thanks ! I’m going to have a nap now.”
So before it turned COLD I continued to check things off my never ending TO DO list.
It was the bike’s turned to get a bit of pampering. I brought it in to HD for its oil change and overall check over. They tell me I’m gonna need a new rear tire soon. Damn !
Then I got it washed with a good power spray. Kinda pointless in the desert but I like to do it once a year.
In between I can keep it semi clean. I wanted to get all the sand out of the parts I can’t get to – from that awful wind storm we had while I was in Overton, NV.
All sparkly now – but not for long. LOVE LOVE LOVE the look of the bike without the windshield and saddle bags – but that’s just not practical for riding around.
SOLAR POWER – IT’S THE ONLY WAY TO GO.
Up to this point, each year I incur a fairly major expense getting things for the rig in order to be more and more comfortable and self-contained.
First year I added (2) 135W Solar Panels to my existing two batteries. Nice ! What a comfort. Even at that point I have never EVER – no, not even once – needed to run my generator in order to charge up my batteries.
Last year I added (1) more 140W Solar Panel and added (6) new 6V Trojan batteries. Everything is working perfectly and when it comes to Solar…..
I’M DONE !! Now that’s a nice feeling.
Another MUST if you boondock. I did the same thing with those as I did with the solar. Spread the expense over two years.
First I did the ones I use the most. Last year added a few more.
This year I realized I really don’t NEED any more. I have very few lights on at night. But I decided to add one to the bedroom ceiling fixture. I had already done the bedroom reading lights and the small bedroom vanity light.
Now I’m a person who has absolutely NO memory left !! So I had to undo one of the ceiling lights that I had already done in order to follow the wiring.
Trying to follow the wiring from that one I started on the new one. In order to wire up the new bulb you have to CUT one of the existing wires from the fixture === G U L P !!!
I checked and checked and double checked again before I did that. Then SNIP !! Crossing my fingers, toes and anything else I could cross I gave it a whirl. It worked !!
I wanted to replace the small bulbs in the fixture over the bench table – which I NEVER use and it turns out Susan and Leon had a gazillion of those kind so gave me two.
So now, as for LED lights, I’M DONE !!
When you think of the desert you automatically think of Cactus – right ? Well there are Palm Trees here as well… Nice huh.
This morning Bennie got smarter and got up on the seat where the sun was shining in.
Just waiting on a parcel to arrive here in Yuma and then I’m on the road again. Where oh where shall I go ???
It’s now about Noon and the temperature is still only 50.5F/10.3C and the wind gusts are now at 26 MPH.