Boondocking

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!

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.

Laughlin, Nevada

 “Mini Las Vegas”

Well, after an interesting trip through the mountains we finally made it to Laughlin, Nevada.

Where did we stay: Don Laughlin Riverside Casino &  RV Park

How long did we stay: 2 Weeks +1 days

Site details: 30 Amp full service (P/W/S/ cable TV)

Cost: $120.00/week US ($ 153.00 Canadian)

which includes — 2 free buffet vouchers per week at the Riverside Casino.Retail value ($40.00 US/ or $51.00/CDN)

Pool & Hot tub- RV Park Guests can access the hot tub and pool at the Casino

Shuttle bus to the casino access on all levels

Onsite Propane, drinking water, & ice dispenser.

Laundry Facilities on site. $2.50 wash/ $2.00 dry

What did we all do:

Don Laughlin’s Classic Car Collection located at Riverside Casino  

The classic car show is located on the first and third floor of the Riverside Casino.

Cost: $2.00 per person or FREE if you sign up for a King of Clubs Players Card

Casino Tours

We did the usual casino tour, and checked out all the casinos on the strip.

Cool little tip: Sign up for the Players Club cards at each of the casino- they give you anywhere from $5-$10 to play with. Hey a night out on their dime, ok with us.

We are not big gamblers and usually have a $10 max each we will spend. $5.00 for slots and $5.00 for cocktail tips.  That’s a $20 date night

More posts to follow!