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.

Pivot Point Interpretative Plaza

Pivot Point Interpretative Plaza is located in downtown Yuma,AZ.

Cost: Free

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.

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.

RV Upgrades – MORryde Heavy Duty Shackle Kit Upgrade

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.

Heavy Duty Shackle Kit

Suspension removed

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!!

Ohhhh Myron!

Laughlin to Quartzsite, or Laughlin to Palm Springs, or Laughlin to Yuma………….

Since our time was up in Laughlin, NV and the temp was starting to drop, we decided it was time to make some tracks and head further south.  We were having a tough time deciding where we wanted to go next, when our friends Tom and Lori  called to say they discovered they had a few issues with their 5th wheel. So we headed to Bakersfield, CA to help them out!

Why……..why not!

Check out Tom and Lori’s blog posts below to see what Myron has been up to!

Leaking Water Line


Atwood Furnace




Oatman Az

Travel back in time

We decided to take a road trip and head out to a former mining town, now turned lively ghost town!

We drove through the Black Mountains of Mojave County, not far from where we stayed in Laughlin, NV along historical route 66.

The Main Street is where all the action is, small stores, sidewalk vendors, Restaurant and Saloon.


Wild Burros are wandering and panhandling throughout the streets.




If your timing is right you will even witness a bank robbery and a good old fashioned gunfight take place.



Parking is limited, so you may not want to take your trailer or larger rigs as it is difficult to find a place to park.

If you do bring your pets, be very careful as the Burro’s have been known to kick them. We have a pet stroller we use for Rider and of course Miss Bella gets her usual royal treatment of being carried.

Total Cost: Free

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!