Our New House

It was brought to my attention that we haven’t updated our Blog since 2013. Since we have become stagnant and haven’t really traveled for a while I didn’t have much of interest to post. Not that our life isn’t interesting, there just isn’t much RV Travel going on.

Well recently we have turned another page in our lives. We decided since we like our lifestyle so much that buying a house wasn’t in our plans. However we have pretty much outgrown the RV so…

We bought a Park Model home in the same resort where we have lived for the last 11 years in the motor home. If you are not familiar with a Park Model, it is a small 400 square foot manufactured home. Ours however is a bit more than a simple park model. First off ours is set in the ground so it is ground level, then a 200 square foot addition was added making it 600 square foot overall and the whole thing is stuccoed and the roof is tiled. There is also a 117 square foot building on the property, which serves as a laundry room and a shop. This building is attached to the house by a covered patio with outdoor kitchen. Along with the real residential appliances they topped it off with an air conditioner that can turn the house into a meat locker in the 120-degree Arizona summers. You can see more photos by clicking on the link in the left column.

I have added a link to the photos of our house HERE.

So, although we are keeping the motor home, it looks like we are not Fulltimers anymore.

Best wishes to all our readers and I hope your travels are as enjoyable as ours.

I will leave the Blog up because I know others enjoy reading about our travels.

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Over 100

Temperatures and boats speeds were over 100 this weekend as the annual poker run came to town. These guys just blew everyone away on Lake Havasu. If you are not familiar with a Poker Run, this is where you go from location to location picking up a poker card and a clue where the next card is. After 5 stops and 5 cards, the one with the best poker hand wins. It is actually an excuse to get out on the lake and haul… well, you know what. Some of these boats can run over 160 mph.

I doubt the winnings even come close to what it costs these guys for the weekend with all the fuel these engines go through.

As mentioned above, we are experiencing temps over 100 now. It is getting about time to head on out of here for cooler weather. We are now running 1 air 24 hours and both during the day. It is staying real nice and cool inside the coach but who wants to sit inside all day. The coach that was next to me, which gave me my afternoon shade, has left. The good side is, I got my wide-open view back.

Friday, April 27, 2007

Laughlin River Run

This weekend is the 25th annual River Run in Laughlin Nevada. The River Run is similar to the Sturgis Motorcycle Run, on a smaller scale.

Well, if you want to call 70,000 bikes small. This is the same run where the Hells Angles got into a gun battle with another bike gang at the Harrahs Casino a couple of years ago. The entertainment includes bands such as Warrant, LA Guns, and ZZ Top, as well as other entertainment like The Bikini Bull Ride. We spent the whole day there Thursday looking through all the venders’ booths. Sure is a lot of nice merchandise.

It sure was hard to avoid bringing home a new toy.

I think Susan’s expression says, “I guess this means I don’t get a new motorhome?”

Actually the bike belongs to a friend of ours here in Havasu. He just took delivery of it a day before we headed over to the River Run.

He says he was glad he bought the bike before the rally because he sure wanted this Boss Hoss with it’s Viper V-10.

We can sit here at the resort and see (and hear) the bikes go by heading for Laughlin.

Monday, April 23, 2007

What fuel type poll results

Here are the results from the poll “What fuel Type is your RV?”. It’s no surprise that front engine gas and rear engine diesel came in 1st and 2nd. What surprised me is the amount of front engine diesels. I didn’t realize they were that popular. I would suspect if I ran this poll again in a couple of years, we will see a good number of rear engine gas. Also the difference between the trucks is what I expected.

I started a new poll. This one has to do with the price of fuel. This should be an interesting one since this directly affects all of us.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Survived another race weekend

All the food, fun and racing! What a great weekend. The weather held up for us. We only had rain late Friday night and it was gone by morning. We are now back in Lake Havasu after the weekend in Goodyear for the NASCAR race at Phoenix International Raeway. There were 3 races over the weekend and lots of excitement. Although we were camped about 12 miles away, we spent the days at the track in the infield. We would get up in the morning and head right on over to the track and not leave ‘till around midnight. I got lots of pictures and posted them to our Photo site. You can see them by clicking on the photo thumbnail link in the left hand column. Or click here.

This is a fan friendly track.

You can get close to the action and see many drivers wandering around.

There are places you can stand and see all the action in the garages.

Some of the RV sites in the infield are directly in front of the pits so you can watch all the action of your favorite driver as he comes in for fuel and tires. Susan’s favorite driver came in 4th after struggling with a dead alternator all night and having to run on batteries only. Holding in the top 5 all evening, there is no doubt he would have won if his car was up to it. Ends up his teammate came in first and my daughter’s favorite came in second.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007


No, not the tire. We are in Goodyear Arizona. We are at a resort about 12 miles from Phoenix International Raceway, or as it’s called around here, PIR. This is about the closest resort other than camping at the track. Cotton Lane RV and Golf Resort is OK but not as nice as Havasu RV Resort. We are parked in dirt and I had to ad an extension to the water hose to make it reach. My front tires are off the ground in order to level and I am at the end of the jacks and still not level. Their WiFi is not free as it is in Havasu. They are pretty specific as to how to park, 8 feet away from the utility box and the back of the coach is to be no further back than the sewer hookup. The sites are rather wide, plenty of room. But the park is nice, and many times better than it could be.

The wind must be plowing about 30 mph with 50 mph gusts. It is a side wind so the coach is shaking side to side quite a bit. I hope it mellows out this evening. The weather is calling for less wind tomorrow.

We took a ride over to the track today to check out the situation. Looks like we will be parking in dirt and either walking a distance or take the trams, if they are running when we arrive and leave.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

We’re packed

We’ve packed up the motorhome and tomorrow are heading over to Phoenix Arizona. We are going to the NASCAR race this weekend. This will just be a weekend trip and we will be back in Lake Havasu on Sunday. Susan is looking forward to the race of course. Hopefully she can bring some luck to her driver because he had a bad weekend last weekend.

Sunday, April 15, 2007


I just spent the last 5 days battling with Direct TV. It all started when I lost my Local channels. They have always worked out here at the resort even though we are right on the edge of their spot beam, but the other day they went away and would only occasionally pop in and out. Being that this weekends NASCAR race was on FOX, one of our locals, I knew I needed to do something or Susan would not be happy. So I decided to switch from the locals to the West Feed out of Los Angeles. Now I have done this several times since we have been fulltiming and every time I have to explain that we LIVE in our RV and DO NOT have a permanent house and was told that because of this we don’t need a waver. After explaining this they have always switched us over. This time however was quite different. I spent over an hour on the phone yesterday and went through 5 different people. None of them could figure out how to do the switch. They all said “The Computer” said I was denied. After over an hour, 7 people and 3 different phone calls I finally got a hold of Danielle. Right away she said, “OK, no problem.” And it was done. Now later that evening I noticed we were missing some channels so I called again and got someone that was able to restore them. I also noticed that we were also receiving channels that we could not get before. Something is amiss I thought. This morning I logged on to my account on the Internet and noticed that during all the fiasco yesterday, somewhere along the line, I got changed over to a different programming package and to add the missing channels they just upgraded to the next higher package. This amounted to much more money of course. So today, it was back on the phone again. This time however, I was able to get it all straightened out with only 3 phone calls. All is well again.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

A lot of washing going on

Just the other day I spent a couple of hours washing everything from the top of the motorhome right down to the cement pad it sits on.

The wind was so bad that it blew a lot of dirt from the construction in phase 3 through the rest of the resort. Well, yesterday was another one of those windy days so this morning I did the same thing. It’s almost futile but I just can’t stand it when everything has a layer of grit and looks brown from the dirt.

They are still pulling out of here by the loads. Maybe there is something going on that I don’t know about. I do know that the weather still isn’t the greatest around the country. There was one couple that left and within a few days they were back. I think they were heading for Wisconsin. We will be moving on down the road this coming Wednesday. We are just heading over to Phoenix Arizona to, what else, a NASCAR race. It is just a 4 day trip and we will be coming back to the resort. I might take a detour through Wickenburg though just to check it out.

Good news, the bed is fixed. It has been a few days now and it is holding air. No more waking up in a hole because most of the air has leaked out. Wahoo!

We have run into so many people that just love Susan’s cooking and are amazed that she can prepare such dishes in a motorhome using just the convection/microwave oven. The resort has asked her if she would run a cooking class in the clubhouse when we come back next year. Many people have suggested that she write a cookbook geared toward cooking in the motorhome. She has been wanting to but is not familiar enough with Microsoft Word to want to attempt it. Well, the other day I sat down and created a fill-in form for here in Word so maybe there will be a cookbook in the near future.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

It’s getting younger

The days are getting hotter around here and most of the “Snowbirds” are on their was home. The resort is getting real empty lately. I have noticed the population of Lake Havasu is getting younger since the “snowbirds” are heading out and the younger generation is coming in with their boats. Man there sure is a lot of nice boats coming in. Where do these young people get their money?

Today I spent half the day hunting for leaks…in our bed that is. Our airbed has been leaking down on us over night. We wake in the morning lying in a hole. I found the seals in the pumps were deformed and after 4 phone calls to the company I finally convinced them to send me some new seals. This slowed the leaking quite a bit but it was still leaking down over night. Today I went down to Wal Mart and bought a BIG bottle of bubbles, the kind kids use to make bubbles with. I removed the air chambers from the bed and using a paintbrush, went over the whole surface of the chambers. I found a small leak in both chambers. Hopefully this repair will be the last for a while and we can get a good night sleep without waking in a hole.

Sunday, April 1, 2007

April Fools

Happy April everyone. No April Fools here. It was an absolute beautiful day here at the resort. I just love sitting every evening at the dinner table and watch the California mountains swallow the sun and spit out sunsets that rival everything I have seen at the beach. This evening we had a double whammy with the sunset over the California mountains and the moon rise over the Arizona mountains. It is in the high 70s with a gentle breeze tonight. Just perfect! I broke out the camera and snapped a few night shots of the moonrise over the clubhouse in front of the motorhome.
Susan was excited to watch her favorite NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson #48 win yet another race today. Yesterday I got my tickets and campground reservations for the Phoenix NASCAR race, can’t wait.