We left Bluewater Casino in Parker, AZ on Wednesday April 3rd, and arrived at the Tropicana Casino here in Laughlin, NV a few hours later.
We prefer this particular casino over the other free ones on the strip as they have water, sewer dump station, security, and access to their pool and hot tub, for $7.00/night or $35.00 for the week!
The weather has been great since we arrived, sunny 28 C/ 82 F with little to no wind.
Yesterday we thought it would be a good idea to do some early morning shopping before the temp started rising. This way we can leave Bella and Rider in the rv and not have to worry about one of us staying with them in the truck.
This year we seem to have a long list of please bring me back………
Blue jello ✅
Enchiladas Sauce ✅
Diaper Rash Cream ✅
Hair conditioner ✅
Margarita freezies ✅
Now with all these wonderful grandchilden we have, we just cant stop ourselves, it seems we are always scouting for something cute or cool for them!
Ok, ok……. we can’t forget a few items are also for us! 🤪
GF Vodka ✅
We sure do get some odd looks from fellow shoppers when our cart is plum full of alcohol……You can always tell the Americans from the Canadians. The Canadians just look at us with a huge smile and a nod as they push their cart to the till, full of alcohol!!!
Booze is so cheap here compared to back home. My wine is anywhere from $1.99 – $3.00 /litre USA 🇺🇸 / $ 2.66-$4.01/litre Canadian 🇨🇦
Back on the road for us tomorrow. It will be another short drive as we only have to travel 148 km/ 92 miles to Viva Las Vegas!
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.
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)
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.
” 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.