OMG! It is going to be 20 degrees here in Las Vegas during the next week. We got a call from a friend who has an RV manufactured by the same company as ours, (Tiffin) and they said we needed to winterize the coach. What? Winterize? Who knows how? Not us.
So, my poor husband hightails it down to Camping World and gets the antifreeze and then gets the manual for the coach out. Does it tell you how to winterize the coach? Yes, but do the instructions make sense? NO!
He is out in the cold for three hours working on the bugger and still can’t get the outlet valve for the water heater off. It is in a place you can’t reach and it has a “soft” plug you can’t get off. He finally does get it off and now he drains the water out. OK, that is done, but now he is supposed to drain the ice maker. Yikes, impossible task at this point in time, so he drains the tanks, lets it go at that, and prays. We will see how that works out.
I guess this is just preparation for inevitable things that will happen while we are on the road.
I, of course, am inside making coffee the whole time. Well, I did venture out to take him the coffee!!
We made our first (virgin) trip to Yuma Arizona. Leaving from Las Vegas, we took the road least traveled. That route leads you down through Searchlight, past Laughlin and Bullhead City and then past Quartzsite to Yuma on the freeway. The only problem was the roads from Searchlight to Quartzsite were two lane, winding and “rollercoaster” like. My dear husband was holding onto the steering wheel for dear life. In spite of the roads, we made it safely and arrived at our friend’s hookup site in one of the communities down there. The first night we had a get-together with another couple and the second our friends hosted a happy hour for about 16. How nice was that?
After the get to-gethers, we had a bonfire in our friend’s fire pit. Our “little red fire pit” had not arrived on time to bring it with, but we did not need it. The weather was perfect. Even at night you only needed a sweater.
The next day we went across the border to Los Algodones. In this safe border town you can get your teeth fixed, get new glasses and fill your prescriptions. What a deal. The town is filled with vendors and spenders. It seems the town has avoided the drug cartels, because the business from the tourists is more valuable to the residents. We would not hesitate to go there again. You need a passport to return to the US.
The time down there was marvelous and a great place to visit. There are lots of snowbirds who migrate there from Canada and other places for the winter, so it’s a good place to make new friends. Yahoo!
Our first “big” trip in the new motorhome was about five miles down the road to the Oasis RV Park in Las Vegas, Nevada. It is near the Silverton and Sun Coast Casinos. We were charged a “locals” rate of $42.00 for an upgraded site. We were lucky enough to get to park in-between two of our friends who are experts at RVing. The park is very nice with wide spaces, a doggie area, swimming pool, Wi-Fi,(charged &6.00 for this) small restaurant, fitness area, and lots of palm trees. The people working at the park were very accommodating and friendly.
Friends from the Corvette club joined us for Happy Hour and dinner and we had a great time with only several small disasters. (I couldn’t get how the microwave worked as a convection oven, but finally figured it out) But, the company and the food was wonderful. The weather was perfect and we had a great time laughing and telling lies until the wee hours of 9 PM. What ever happened to staying out until 2 in the morning? I guess time flies by.
We loved out queen sized bed. Not too small after being used to a king size. We tried out the electric fireplace, and it was wonderful! Our two professional RVer friends were a great help and taught my husband how to empty the tanks. The park allows a RV wash company to come through so we got the “rig” washed for $2.00 a foot. We weren’t sure if that was a bargain or not. Husband thought he could wash it easily too.
All in all it was a success, and we did not think we needed to take the RV back where it came from. We will see how the next venture out into the wild turns out.