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.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Boats Bongs and Babes

This picture says it all. The girls on this boat are pole dancing and you can see the Beer Bongs hanging off to the right. Today we spent the day on the lake with friends on their boat. What a riot! Weekends around here get pretty crazy but since these big fast boats are in town, this weekend was really crazy. I added some pictures to our photo site. Just click on the thumbnail in the left hand column titles “Havasu Boat Shootout”. The Shootout was a race to see who can reach top speeds.

This “Bud Light” boat blew them all away. Of course…how much money do you think Bud put into this thing? It even sounded completely different than the rest. During the race the wind came up so much that all the spectating boats pulled anchor and headed for the channel. What a fiasco. They had to stop the race because boats were all over the course. Police and race officials were trying there best to keep boats off the course but to no avail. It got pretty torturous out there. We sure had a great time though.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Big boats in town

There is a lot going on right now. Over in Laughlin they are hosting the Laughlin River Motorcycle Run. Here in town they are hosting a big boat show, poker run, and shootout.

Last night was the boat show. This is similar to a car show where they closed off the main street and lined it with boats. Now these aren’t just boats, these are BOATS!

We are talking BIG BUCKS here. These boats are pushing close to a million dollars and running thousands of horsepower. They get about 4 mpg and run race fuel at about $4.50 a gallon. They will easily burn $1,000 in fuel this weekend.

I think last night all of Lake Havasu was down town checking out the boats. Today there are about 200 boats in the poker run and tomorrow about 50 in the shootout to see who can reach top speed.

No these are not six packs of Bud Light, these are the two batteries for the boat.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Cold Fridge

I woke this morning, checked the temperature inside the fridge and it read 32.4º. YES!
Looks like we have a working fridge finally. The icemaker is even making ice. Later today I went back to the shop to take some photos of the bad cooling unit for insurance purposes and had a talk with the guys that did the job. I did a lot of research as to what it takes to change out one of these things and the guys certainly sounded like they knew what they were talking about. They were happy to hear everything worked well and I was happy.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Fridge is in

Today I took the motorhome into the shop bright and early to get the refrigerator repaired. I wanted to make sure they had all day to work on it so hopefully they would have it done by tonight. When I dropped it off I told the guy he really should take a look at it to make sure he wants to tackle it. He said no problem they do this all the time. As I mentioned before, to repair the refrigerator it has to come out and turn 90º and then go over the kitchen counter, all 280 lbs of it. Well I no sooner got home and the shop called. The guy said he took some measurements and it is impossible to get it out and over the counter. There is just not enough room. He did say they will still do the job but they will have to do it in the kitchen standing up and it will be difficult. I figured this has now turned into a two day job. I was surprised when I got the call at 3:00p that it was done. Not only that but the guy said once they got it out of the hole it went over the counter with no problems. Well so far it seems to be cooling down. We will see in the morning.

Monday, April 21, 2008

No Home

Tomorrow we will be without a home. The motorhome goes into the shop to get the refrigerator repaired, Finally! I am hoping we will have it back by the same evening but I am not counting on it. We have made arrangements to stay in the park model we rented for Susan’s parents. Her parents showed up today to visit for the week. Her father said he would sell his house in Southern California and buy a place here in a hart beat except for the value of property these days. It’s just not a good time to sell a house right now if you don’t have to. They are looking forward to spending the week with us.

Our grandson called the other day to tell us he was in the emergency room. He says he was helping his father do some yard work and stepped on a rake. It went right through his foot. He called today to tell us he got 3 stitches and spent 5 hours in the emergency room. The poor little guy is only 7 years old. He sure was brave through the whole thing though.

Sunday, April 20, 2008


Tomorrow Susan’s parents will be here for the week. We rented them one of the Park Models here in the park.

Susan is looking forward to spending some time with them. On Tuesday I will be taking the motorhome into the shop so they can start on the refrigerator. We could have rescheduled it until Susan’s parents leave but the way things are here in Havasu, you got to take advantage of the situation when it’s there. We will just hang out at the Park Model until the motorhome is done. They say it’s a 3 hour job but they haven’t seen it yet. I’m not planning on getting the motorhome back until the next day, that’s if they do it at all after seeing it.

Oh, and Rexhall called me and canceled the appointment I made with them to replace the refrigerator. Why am I not surprised? “Par for the course” as they say. I wasn’t going to cancel the Rexhall appointment until it was repaired and working.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

The appointment is made

Yesterday I got a call from the RV Service Center that our refrigerator cooling unit is in. She said she will let the shop know and they will call me to make an appointment. Well, today around 3:00p I got tired of waiting and gave them a call. We made an appointment for next Tuesday. We decided tomorrow (Friday) would not be good incase they didn’t get the job done because I would be without the motorhome for the weekend. They say Monday is too hectic so we made it for Tuesday. Susan and I are both worried that they will mess up something trying to get it out to work on it. I took plenty of pictures of the cabinets, wood floors and ceiling. I made note of all the existing dings, yeah we do have a few dings. Hopefully they will surprise us and do the job right the first time and with no damage. This doesn’t come at a very good time because Susan’s parents are coming to visit us next week. We thought about putting it off but we really don’t want to wait any longer.
The wind has slowed down a bit here. It was still too gusty to put the awnings out today. Maybe tomorrow it will be nice.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

A blustery day

Didn’t do much today. We were having gusts of wind in the high 40s today. It all started last night or I should say early this morning. I heard a commotion outside and peaked out to see my neighbor wrestling with his torn awning. I was going to head out and help but it looked like he and his wife had it under control. The wind didn’t let up until around 6:00p or so today. My big excitement was watching the neighbor a few sites down have his awning replaced. His was damaged in the last big wind we had. I made a comment about watching and the installer told me about the time he replaced 3 awnings in Quartsite. He said there were about 60 guys that brought their chairs over to watch. After he was done with that one they all followed him over to the next one to watch and to the next one. Reminds me of the sewer scene in the movie RV. Life is good when that’s all you got to do.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Phoenix NASCAR photos added

I just added the Phoenix NASCAR photos. Click on the thumbnail in the left hand column.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Susan’s a happy NASCAR fan

We are back from the race in Phoenix. Susan’s Favorite driver Jimmie Johnson won so she is happy. He has been struggling all season so far but this weekend he was back. It was close though because he almost ran out of gas on the last lap. Fortunately he was a half lap in front of the 2nd place car so he could back off the throttle and save fuel. After the win he came around the backstretch where we were to do a burnout and ran out of gas half way through his burnout. He had to be pushed back to Victory Lane. The weather was fantastic and we all had a great time.

As usual there was plenty of good food and drink. It was good to see our daughter and friends again. I will post pictures to out photo site tomorrow.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Another NASCAR race

We arrived today in Goodyear Arizona. This is about 20 minutes from Phoenix International Raceway where we will be spending most of our waking hours for the Phoenix NASCAR race this weekend. We will be meeting our daughter and friends in the infield for the race activities. Susan is excited as usual. We also came with some friends on their madden voyage in their new fifth wheel trailer and first time at a NASCAR event. We got settled in and puttered around the trailer checking out the systems and making sure everything works. They didn’t have a chance to do much because the trailer arrived just before the trip.
We are still without a refrigerator but luckily I bought the little one to use until ours gets fixed. It traveled in its little corner of the motorhome real well and even stayed cold with no power for the 3 hour ride here. I called the repair place just before we left and they called Dometic. Dometic says they got the part Monday and shipped it out. They say it should arrive by this Friday or Monday. Maybe next week we will have refrigeration again.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Refer Madness

No it’s not what you think. It’s the refrigerator. Yes we still are without our refrigerator. We thought we were making progress. I found a place that will do the repair job and Dometic agreed to sell us the part for ½ price. That’s all well and good however apparently Dometic doesn’t even have the part to sell at any price. They are expecting to get the part from their vendor by April 7th and said it probably wouldn’t get to us until the 18th.

So today I went out and bought a small refrigerator that will fit in a corner of the motorhome until ours is fixed. We will just sell the little one once we are satisfied ours is fixed and working.

The resort is clearing out. The Snowbirds are heading back home. This is the time of year we get people coming and going as they use the resort as a stopover on their way home.
I heard on the radio yesterday the Britney Spears is going to work here in Lake Havasu as a cocktail waitress. They say her Dad said she needs to live a normal live for a while and told her to get a job. She will be starting this Friday for minimum wage. Since yesterday was April Fools day, this could just be a joke.
There is a new feature on our web site. As you may know we run a small banner of ads by Google. They run down the left column and consist of 4 or 5 ads. Actually they are websites that contain more information on things I post about. Now they have added scroll buttons at the top of the ads that allow you to scroll through many ads. Try it out. Maybe you’ll find something of interest.