This was on our way down at Why, Az
Apparently someone can’t sit still! Time to redo the caulking.
Adding some extra safety decals, just incase!
Last winter we spent a month and a half in Desert Hot Springs and totally fell in love with the Coachella Valley.
This year we went back to visit friends staying at Sam’s Family Spa & Resort, and to do more touring of the area.
Our friends Tom and Lori, were able to snag us tickets to an amazing Gary Allan concert!
Cost : FREE
Location: Indio Springs Pkwy, Indio, CA 92203, USA
They have a huge area where you can park your RV just past the paved parking lot.
- Dry camping
- Level gravel parking area
- Garbage pick up on site
- Shuttle to and from the Casino, you just have to call them
- Casino Security frequently patrol the area
Just pick a spot and set up.
Fantasy Springs Casino, don’t forget to sign up for a players club card. They had a promo for new members, spend $20, get $60 for slot play! Plus a Bonus- $10 for free slot play for attending a concert.
Free Potable Water- Love’s Truck stop
Free Waste Dump – Valley Sanitary
FREE- Things to do In Coachella Valley
Coachella Valley Preserve – Thousand Palms Oasis Preserve – guided hikes suggested $5.00 donation
Our favourite restaurants.
Myron’s favourite – Meatball Marinara
Becky’s favourite – Fettuccine Carbonara
Make sure to order the full meal. (Leftovers for the next day, a better bang for your buck)
Fantasy Springs Casino – POM Restaurant. Every Thursday is BBQ night.
We have been pretty low key this last month and half, as we haven’t been doing a lot of traveling or site seeing since Bella’s surgery before Christmas. Myron has been busy helping friends with their solar, and doing updates to ours.
Our solar updates are now complete (for now). Myron has equipped our 5th wheel with 690 watts of solar, Blue Sky MPPT Charge Controller, 440AH battery bank and a 1000 watt pure sine inverter to run all our electrical devices. We can’t run our roof AC or microwave (bread storage compartment), but I can run my Instant Pot!!!! Since we have solar we have not been at an RV Park since Bakersfield, CA, which was at the end of November. We have been casino camping or boondocking. Boondocking is basically camping without service in a completely undeveloped area. For us we enjoy boondocking in the desert as we both enjoy being outdoors, the peace and quiet and seeing things in its natural beauty. Boondocking is perfect for us, and for the cost-free or cheap, even better! The best part is, we do not have to pay to stay at RV parks unless we want to!
We spent 4 1/2 weeks down by Yuma, AZ enjoying the warm sun, the breathtaking sunrises, sunsets and the beautiful views.
Cost break down for that time:
Camping fees $ 35.00 (Cocopah Casino)
Fresh Drinking water $ 6.00
Dump fees $ 35.00
Propane fill $ 16.80
Gas – generator $ 7.80
Diesel for Dodge $ 62.00
Total cost: $162.60 US/ $202.51 CDN
I did not include costs for food and booze because we all have to eat and drink 😉. But let me say this, the booze is cheap down here and the food is also much cheaper for the most part. Cheap for 4-1/2 weeks, in the sun.We are at Cibola National Wildlife Refuge until tomorrow. We are staying on BLM Land directly across from the visitors centre and the cost is free for 14 days.
Tomorrow we pack up and will head west to Indio, California for a busy week of visiting, site seeing and who knows what’s else!
We love being snowbirds!
Pivot Point Interpretative Plaza is located in downtown Yuma,AZ.
We toured this outdoor exhibit of a steam locomotive that sits on the original tracks, at the exact site where the first real train entered Arizona in 1877.
They were able to preserve a few artifacts from that time, a concrete pillar that was part of a swing span pivot bridge. The rail bridge would pivot to allow steam boats to pass.
Their website said they have a interpretive sound system that is suppose to recreate the sound of steam boats passing, but it was not working when we were there. They did have storyboards posted along the walkway that were quite interesting to read .
Steam Engine controls.
We decided that Yuma,AZ would be our next stop as there is so much to see and do in the area. We decided instead of staying out in the desert that we would blacktop camp at Cocopah Casino just south of Yuma. The casino will allow you to stay in their RV parking lot for $6.00/night or $35.00/ week. This is just blacktop camping with no hookups. They do have level sites, security that drives around, and daily garbage pick up.
A view from the RV parking lot looking at the casino.
The RV sites are wide enough to have your slides out and be able to park beside your rig.
Unfortunately we didn’t get to cross as much off our list as we had planned, we did however spent quite a bit of time at the Foothills Animal Hospital in Yuma. Our little Miss Bella ended up with stuvite bladder stones that required emergency surgery.
The surgery went great, Miss Bella is doing fantastic and has healed quite nicely.
We did manage to take in some Yuma history which I will post in another blog.
We are hoping to make it back to Yuma later this winter to cross more off our list.
The desert sunrises are gorgeous!
The last sunrise of 2017
After spending a week in Bakersfield, CA with Tom and Lori, we headed southeast to Quartzsite, Az for our RV upgrades and warmer temps.
We were so busy this summer with work, our daughters wedding and the final renos to our house, Myron didn’t have time to upgrade the shackles on the 5th wheel trailer as he had planned. Our 2014 Cougar 337FLS came with MORryde CRE3000 Suspension, however the factory bushings and shackles are very light duty, and with the amount of traveling we will be doing he wanted to beef them up with MORryde’s Heavy Duty Shackle Kit Upgrade.
Fighting to remove the worn out bushings
He sure has a lot of tools!
Worn out Bushings, it was time to upgrade
Shackles are already worn badly
Shackles looking bad
The final install completed!!