Condensation

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We soon discovered being in our Rv for an extended amount of time, the one thing we needed to carefully watch for was condensation. It will cause havoc in a camper.

Our friends Tom and Lori had an issue with condensation, and they strongly recommend we invest in a dehumidifier.

Pro breeze dehumidifier

These things are amazing. We purchased a large unit for our main living and kitchen area that holds 1500 Ml of liquid and then later purchased 2 small ones ( one for our bedroom and one for the basement solar compartment that hold 500ml each.

This past summer the humidity has been 85-99% so these units have done amazing collecting the liquid.

So we did our research, and discovered there are a few other things we could do daily that will help prevent condensation, so we thought we would share them with you.

Eliminate the source of the condensation as fast as possible!

Since we do most of our cook in our Rv, we alway use lids on our pots and have our stove exhaust fan running. This helps reduce the moisture in the air. (Remember to open your flap on the outside of your trailer or your stove exhaust will not work properly, ask me how I know, lol)

Showering is another contributor to condensation. We always have our bathroom fan running as this pulls the moisture out of the air. Immediately after our showers we use a shammy cloth to wipe down all our shower walls and use a squeegee to remove any left over water on our shower floor.

Roof vent covers

These install directly over your roof lids and allow you to leave your lid open in various weather conditions. Unless the wind is coming directly into our vents they always stay open, even and inch or so.

Dollar tree disposable moisturizer eliminators.

We place these in our closets, and in our cupboards. They are cheap and work great!

Indoor thermometer with wireless humidity level indicator.

We placed the 3 wireless units strategically in our rig, one in the basement garage near our water pump, one in the solar compartment, and our bedroom. Now we can monitor multiple areas at once.

If you are able, run your AC as this will also help to reduce the humidity level inside.

Cheers!!

Tuscan Rodeo Museum

When doing my research for the Tuscan area I accidentally came across this little gem of history.

The Tucson Rodeo Parade Museum is located in the historic Tucson Rodeo Ground.

Cost: $12.00 Adults, $ 9.00 for Seniors

We had the most amazing tour guide by the name of Bob. Bob was a wealth of information that made this tour so great.

A few displays set up of the Tuscan History.

They have quite the collection of saddles.

We even got to tour their tac room.

This Museum has over 100 horse drawn vehicles on display. Even a few that appeared in the Antique Road Show!

Here are a few pictures

This is a working wagon, it spends it winters here at the museum and then on the trails for the summers.

A fully functional mini steam model locomotive track, along with everything you could think of what Tucson would have looked like after the train station arrived.

Here is a little did you know!!!

Palm Springs Air Museum

While I was back home in Saskatchewan in February for the birth of our twin granddaughters, Myron stayed south with Bella and Rider. The weather was a lot cooler, with a lot more rain, so when the sun finally came out, it was time to toured the Palm Springs Air Museum.

Cost: $17.50 adults – $ 15.50 for age 65+

Corvina Beach, Salton Sea California

Now that we are back in the land of fast internet, I thought It was time to play catch-up with some of our winter adventures.

Friends of ours, Mike & Geri recommended we camp at Corvina Beach in the Salton Sea State Park on our way to the Palm Springs area.

We have passed this place a few times on our travels west, but never stopped. As always, their recommendations were correct, very cool place to spend a few nights.

Since it’s a state park, we had to pay to camp……Still a great price for a great view.

Location: California Hwy 111

COST: $10/night or $8.00 for over age 62

Note: self registration, need cash

A little foggy, but we still enjoyed our morning coffee view!

You can park right along the sea

The beach of the Sea has increased with all the water loss over the years. From a distance, the beach just looks like ordinary sand, until you start getting closer to it.

This was not sand we were see, but a beach made barnacles and bones!

Barnacles and bits of bone

Part of a fish skeletons

I found it very neat to walk down to the water and investigate the beach, Myron on the other hand said ‘No way”!

Since we were on the North East shore, and it was still cool in January there was no smell of decay. I don’t think I would want to stay there when the temp were high!

If you don’t know the history of the Salton Sea you can click here.

We even got to watch a few of these pass by.

Since we were there for a few days, we decided to do a little tour and check out Dos Palmas Reserve not far from our camp.

Location: Dos Palmas Spring Rd, Mecca, CA 92254

A short hike in to see the Palms.

we are getting closer

This one was cut down, very neat trunk system.

The fruits these trees produce

No hike is complete without a selfie!

Things are changing

What I am about to tell you is going to be a real shocker to a lot of you!

Last night we sat down for a long talk, and after much discussion Myron made the decision we needed to be on the road by 8:30 tomorrow morning!

Well, of course Becky laughed, as everyone knows, we are not the fastest moving couple, we are lucky if we can leave by 10 am and that is pushing it!

Well, this morning we were on the road by 8:19am…… No really, I am not kidding, we really were on the the road that early!!!

Oh stop laughing…. I even took a screen shot of our departure time, just so we had actual proof we did it!

But all joking aside, even with today being a short driving day to Las Vegas

we had quite the climb gets out of Laughlin as starting elevation is 520ft.

Highest point of our climb was 2,929 ft.

That’s a 2,409 ft climb…. Old Red did great as usual pulling our condo on wheels.

March 6, 2019

Being back here in Ajo (pronounced Ah-ho) means hiking time now that the weather has warmed up. Today was a great day to hit the trails and get our legs back.

First hike 5.5 km

Sunny with a slight breeze

Saguaro cactus country

Selfie time

Can you spot our campsite? Hint, zoom in and look for the red Dodge!

Group selfie with our hiking partners Garry and Karen.

It’s not always hot and sunny in Arizona

We don’t always bask in the sun when we are south, in fact it gets quite cool as soon as the sun goes down. Off goes the shorts, t-shirt’s and flip flops and on goes the long pants, bunny hugs, socks and shoes.

We have even been known to put on our winter jackets and a toque to watch the Super Bowl outside while we were in California a few years back.

This morning our phones were buzzing away, we have a weather freeze warning here in Yuma.

Guess today would be a good day for a pot of stew and fresh biscuits!

Even with these temps we can’t complain. Holy heck Batman, at least it’s not as cold as back home in Saskatchewan.

Stay warm our friends and family!

RV Mods – Solar

When we purchased our trailer, our intentions where to purchase a 5th wheel that we could head south where we could bask in the sun for the winter months. Staying in campgrounds or rv parks every-night was not on our priority list. We love to travel and see new places, some would say we get itchy feet!  So dry camping only made sense to us. In order to drycamp/boondock for extended period of time, we would need to invest in Solar.  We wanted to be self-sufficient and not rely on rv parks, campgrounds or a generator, so we invested in ourselves.

We did  a lot of research and called everyone we knew with any knowledge on the subject, and Myron and I came up with our present system of: 690 watts of solar and 440 amp hours of battery.

This allows us to use our Instant Pot, Induction cook top, bread maker, coffee pot, basically everything with the exception of our A/C and Microwave (we do not use the microwave, it’s become our bread storage compartment)

Solar Panels

12v 38.14 Amps 690 Watts wired in parallel.

2- 12v 9.37 Amp 170 Watts each

2- 12v 9.7 Amps 175 Watts each

Each panel is wired in parallel with #8 PV- Solar Wire (Sunlight and weather resistant), ran to a junction box.

(Prices have dropped lots since we purchased our first set of panels. You can now purchase high quality 200 watt panels, made in the USA, for $185.00 USD/ $240.00 CAD. So if you open your local weekly flyer and see solar panels from Canadian Tire or Harbour Freight don’t waste your money, they are a ripoff, more than 3x the price per watt and they do not compare.)

Installing roof junction box and drilling hole in our roof for the wire drop. This required precise measuring as we needed to make the drop directly into the wall between the kitchen and bathroom.

Myron had perfect alignment from the roof, directly in the wall, straight down to the electrical panel compartment.

# 4 Pv-Solar Wire was used to run from Junction box to Charge Controller. (Over kill? Maybe, but we didn’t want any voltage loss, and room for expansion)

This required team work, as this #4 PV (Solar) wire was heavy and very tricky to pull. Thanks for the help Tom!

Front storage compartment houses our 40 Amp Blue Sky MPPT charge controller with a 500 Amp Shunt that send a signal back to our Blue Sky IPN Pro-Remote.

Our battery bank is 440 AH, wired in series & parallel with 1/0 cable

4- 6v Golf Cart Batteries

2- Costco Interstate- 210 AH ea

2 – NAPA -230 AH ea

We installed a 1000 Watt pure Sine inverter with a remote and dedicated solar plugs.

I must say, I have one talented husband! Having solar has worked out great for us, as we invested in ourselves instead of the Rv parks and campgrounds!

We will have an update coming this winter, as we will are making a few changes to our system to make it more efficient.

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This is not a how to, this is just how we did it!

Kofa National Wildlife Refuge

After leaving Quartzite, we made our way south about 20 miles to the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge to spend a few days taking in the view, and hiking to Palm Canyon.

Location – Kofa National Wildlife Refuge

Cost $- Free 14 days in a 12 month period.

GPS:

Notes: coming from the north (Quartzite) heading south on US 95, turn left just past Mile marker 86 onto Palm Canyon Road.

Our view from our patio

We heard about the California Palm that are growing in the Palm Canyon, so of course we had to hike in to check it out.

2 km/ 1.2 Miles in and out with a 90 meter/301 ft climb in elevation.

Some pictures from our hike.

A few signs posted at the beginning of the trails.

Borders hold rain water from last nights rain.

Hey, we have to do selfies!

You can see the Palms along the canyon wall.

Lots of climbing

Here are a few fun pictures.

It sure was a great day for a hike!

Boondocking- Quartzite, AZ November 27, 2018

On our way south to Yuma we always make a point of stopping to boondock/ dry camp for a few nights 6 miles North of Quartzite, AZ on Hwy 95.

Locations: BLM Land — Plomosa Road

Cost: $ Free — 14 days stay

GPS: 33.7489160, -114.2163560

Notes: stop at the camp host as soon as you turn onto Plomosa Road for a camping permit.

Even have a few visitors show up!

Now that Myron’s knee has healed up from his surgery this past September, we decided it was time to venture out on a short 4 km hike in the desert.

Here are a few pics from our hike today.

Mesquite- Laughlin, NV

October 27,2018 – Arrived in Mesquite, NV just before dark, and settled at the Eurika Casino for a night of Casino Camping!

Short driving day for us today, as we make our way to Laughlin, NV.

A few photos from the front window.

Hello Las Vegas……..

We arrived in Laughlin just in time to check out a Halloween car show at the Tropicana Casino.

(sorry forgot the new camera lenses back at the 5th wheel, and the sun was bright)

Quite a few cars had already left by the time we arrived, but there was still a good turn out considering the temperature was quite warm!

We will be hanging out here in Laughlin for a few weeks as we still have lots of places to see in this area!

2006 Dodge 3500 Cummins 5.9L

Not only does Red still look good, she averaged 15.8 US / 18.98 Imperial MPG towing….. Awesome

Day 2 of Snowbird 2018-2019

October 26 – We must be excited for warmer weather, since we got an early start this morning from Idaho Falls, by early I am talking 8 AM!

We have another long day of driving, as Mesquite, NV is our overnight stop!

Every year driving through Salt Lake City is a challenge. It is always interesting to see what obstacle course they have come up on the I15 as they seem to always be doing construction. This year they did swerve lanes……… multiple swerve lanes!

If you look up ahead you will see these swerve lanes, yes it’s exactly as if you had to swerve to miss something on the road.

Now I’m talking 5 lanes of traffic, all doing 100 +km/hr or 62 mph and there were several of these along the way! Congratulations Salt Lake City, you always make the trip through exciting for us!

We have a video we will upload later with our drive through the mountains from St. George to Mesquite, NV. (Once I figure out how to do it 😉)

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Snowbird 2018-2019

October 25, 2018- We managed to leave Milk River, Alberta by 9 am, which is actually quite good for us as we usually don’t get mobile till around oh around 10:00, lol!

This would be our first time crossing the USA border in warm weather and early in the morning, only to be welcomed to a mile long line up!

It took about an hour to get through the line up, but at least we had entertainment! What do you get when you have that many Canadian Snowbirds trying to head south at the same time? Some serious road rage! Wow, stay out of these rvers way heading south!

With our passports in hand, a few questions and we were officially across the border.

First stop was Shelby, MT for a quick stretch and doggie bathroom break.

Here are a few photos from yesterday as we made our way through Montana, it sure looks different from last year when we traveled down.

Just outside Shelby, MT

Highway view Cascade, MT

Crossing the Missouri River

Mile marker 222 – Wolf Creek

A friend of our recommend a different route off of I15 to avoid going through Butte, MT and the 2nd chain up area.

You turn off at Boulder, MT and head east on Montana’s 68 South for 31 miles. Turn right onto Montana 2 West for 6.5 Miles.

Turn left onto Montana 55 South for another 26 mile.

Turn right on Montana 41 into Dillion, MT.

Beautiful drive through cattle country, and newly paved highways!

We usual have 2 days of hard driving, then we slow down and smell the rose.

We made it to Idaho Fall, ID just in time to hit up Walmart for a few fridge groceries and of course a box of wine! 🍷 Hey I do have priorities!!

Rv Mods – Drawer Covers

It’s not a matter of if, but when!

This past summer we had an unexpected visitor move into our Rv! We got the surprise one morning when we open up our cutlery drawer and surprise, something left us a turd!!

Yes, you guessed it, a fricken mouse!!

Grrr, now everything has to be completely cleaned and sanitized. These things creep me right out! Ok truth be told, I am scared shitless of them. Yes I know they are smaller than me, but nope not happening. I will scream like a little school girl, and I am not afraid to admit it.

Any plans Myron had that day were now put on the hold, as he now was on a search and destroy mission!

Aha, a section of our underbelly had come lose and allowed for a perfect entry point for the mouse to get in.

With traps set, it didn’t take long and snap…….. we caught the bugger!!!

We always knew it wasn’t a matter of if we would get a mouse, but a matter of when! We thought we had mouse proof our rig, but sometimes they just get in!

Not wanting them to ever get near our cutlery again. Myron came up with these sweet drawer covers.

He already had this clear heavy plastic material similiar to Lexan in his mobile shop, so he figured it would work perfect for the job.

Strong enough to hold my glass of wine!!

He used Velcro to temporarily hold them securely in place until we find the right fasteners.

They work awesome, another fabulous idea!

RV Mods – Drinking Water

We thought we would show you what we do for drinking water.

This idea is just super cool! We can’t take any credit for it, as our friends Roger and Collene installed this in their Cougar trailer. We loved the idea so much that Myron got busy!

He installed a separate water tap next to my kitchen tap for our dedicated drinking water.

Then install a 12v pump and switch.

Finally he ran a water line that feeds to our refillable water jugs.

It fits neatly tucked away under our sink so we don’t have to trip on the jug.

Genius I tell ya!!

RV Upgrade – Progressive Dynamics Inteli-Power 9260C RV Converter/Charger with built in Charge Wizard Remote

This past winter we did a few upgrades to our 5th wheel. Once the Shackles were complete it was time to upgrade from the factory installed WFCO converter to the new Inteli-Power 9260 Series by Progressive Dynamics .

The Charge Wizard constantly monitors battery voltage and battery usage then selects one of the following four operating modes to properly charge and maintain the batteries. Since we mostly boondock (Dry Camping), we are able to charge our batteries up faster with the generator on those cloudy days.

to access the converter we had to removed the electrical panel,

then remove the kitchen drawers on the other side of the cabinet.

Not the easiest spot to get to in the Cougar 337FLS, this took team work.

Out with the old, and in with the new!

It also comes with a remote pendant that we can manually control the charger.

Entry Door Upgrade

The more time we spend in our RV, the more we find some of the design aspects of our Cougar are just not to our liking.

Our entry door came with a gas cylinder that was installed at the bottom of our door to keep the door open.

Cylinder head is connected to a steel ball installed in the sill and one at the bottom of the entry door.

Great idea, at first we really liked it. Well, that was until a gust of wind came up and grabbed the door and snapped the cylinder head which caused the door to smashed up against the trailer! Thankfully we had a broom leaning up against the trailer so this stopped the door from smashing our big picture window.

We have removed the gas cylinder and installed the trusty old plastic door holder.

Myron also install a 3″ rubber door stopper.

Not only has this upgrade now allowed us to have our door completely open in a breeze, but it also allows a full view from our door and opened up our seating area to utilize the entire awning.

The Adventure

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” If we were meant to stay in one place, we’d have roots instead of feet” – Rachel Wolchon

Today marks 1 year since we moved into our 5th wheel.

July 22,2017 we officially moved out of our house.

It was time to start the final demo on the last 2 rooms in the house.

We are pretty luck, we have 2 amazing and talented kids. They stepped up and helped Myron finish the renovations.

The master bedroom and bathroom were completely gutted and redone.

Our son Randy installed all our flooring, and he did an amazing job!

The only thing left in the kitchen was the completion of the backsplash. Our daughter Courtney picked out the tiles and our son Randy did all the installation.

Now with the inside done, the outside needed a facelift. Again our kids, son in-law Glenn and our friend Gwen stepped up. Without their help we wouldn’t have completed by the deadline as we were both still working full-time. For that we are thankful!!

Renovation now completed and it was finally time to purge our stuff.

We sold, gave away and donated whatever we didn’t want to keep.

With the house emptied, now it came time for Myron’s shop. This was a challenge to say the least. He still planned on doing upholstery when we are back in Canada, so that meant he still needed to keep a lot of his supplies.

Anyone that knows Myron knows if you need it, he will have it!

It took about a week and a half and it was finally done.

And on October 31, we said our final goodbye to the house that we raised our children in and locked the front door for the last time, as the next chapter of our story began.

Solardocking at Casino Lethbridge

After crossing the border into Canada, we decided to spend a couple days at Casino Lethbridge in Lethbridge, AB 🇨🇦

Cost: FREE

Stay length: 2 nights

This would be a great location to use as a home base, lots to see in the area.

Note: Dump Station with potable water located at the Chinook County Tourist Association

Chinook Country Tourist Association 2805 Scenic Dr S, Lethbridge, AB T1K 5B7 (403) 320-1222

Oasis Palm RV Resort – Thermal California (Passport America)

Oasis Palm RV Resort in Thermal California.

Nights stayed: 7

Rates: $20/night with PPA discount

Amenities: FSU, free wifi, pool, hot tub, laundry ($1.50 wash & $ 1.00 dry), catch and release fish pond

When we arrived we only planned on staying a couple days, but we liked it so much we extended our stay.

🍷🍷 happy hour is located directly behind our site…..Bonus!

Gotta love California sunsets!Some of the crew we met at happy hour.

We had such a great time listening to Timothy and Kathy Dick of Auld Lang Syne

Overall this is a great place to stay, and we will return!

Cocopah Casino

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.