Woke up in full travel mode this morning so skitter scatter let’s get at er:)) Had me a rare good night’s sleep for a change & that’s always a big plus to the beginning of any day. Yahooey Louie:))
FREIGHT TRAINS ARE ENDLESS IN THESE PARTS
Our slide retracted perfectly of course almost lulling us into a false sense of security & making us think we might not have to stop in Yuma to have the problem looked at. How easy to pretend everything would be fine now...until the next time it wouldn’t work again & possibly out in the middle of nowhere. We have had many thoughtful suggestions both from blog commenters & RV Net Forum folks. We think Palms RV comes close with the problem maybe having something to do with the wiring & switch in the emergency brake area. No point in me trying to wedge myself under the steering wheel between the seat & brake pedal. I did not need the embarrassment of having the local Gila Bend fire department coming out & extricating me kicking & screaming from the rig.
Rolled out of the Elk’s Lodge at 8:40 with a quick stop at McDonalds for our usual Brussel Sprouts, Asparagus, Spinach & Lettuce breakfast. Nice sunny morning drive down to Yuma in very light traffic. So nice to see green stuff growing again!! I was reminded once again how great it is to have a Motor Home as Kelly brought up an ice tea for me. Big huge view of the southwest right out the large Bayview like window, washroom & kitchen facilities on board plus room to get up & walk around. Roomy for Kelly to work away on-line at the computer desk as well. Love the height we have over traffic around us & Motor Homes are a comfy breeze to drive. And the doggy guys love all the spacious room too:))
KELLY AT WORK WHILE WE ARE ROLLING DOWN THE ROAD
ASCENDING THE EAST SIDE OF THE MOHAWK MOUNTAINS
DESCENDING THE WEST SIDE OF THE MOHAWK MOUNTAINS INTO YUMA STRAIGHT AHEAD ON THE VALLEY FLOOR
We rolled down the west side of the Mohawk Mountains into the east side of Yuma at 11:10 a.m. heading for the mall at South Frontage Rd & Fortuna Ave. Been here before & Kelly wanted to get some groceries at Frys. A fair few RV’s in the parking lot because AL’s RV Center is located here as well.
Both store & service areas were crowded as we slipped in to talk about the slide. Earliest they could look at it was Thursday & even that time slot was questionable. Saw a sign saying shop labor…$102.00 an hour. Yeouch!!
In the meantime Kelly had called another place recommended by RV’ers on the RV NET FORUM called CJ’s Repairs & we have an appointment for 11 a.m. Tuesday morning. I am far more comfortable having someone repair this problem than me trying to put a piece of duct tape & clothespin on something. A troublesome RV slide is nothing to be lightly messed with because if it stays stuck in the open position somewhere when we are out in the middle of nowhere then it is out in the middle of nowhere where we will remain stuck……….10-4!!
The area north of Yuma along highway 95 is another area we are familiar with & knew there was a boon docking place along the way. Lot of other RV’ers at the V?? BLM spot but it was OK for the night & not too far from our morning appointment. This place appears to have been a large gravel pit on the west side of highway 95 at one time. There is an army tank sitting right outside the V?? building & all the RV parking is just in behind. Probably about a hundred rigs scattered about in this small area….Yikes!!
WE WERE LUCKY TO GET THIS SPOT WITH A BIT OF SPACE…MOST OF THE RV’S WERE ALL HUDDLED TOGETHER AT PICTURE’S TOP RIGHT
Found us a semi acceptable spot with one rig from BC about 30 feet in front of us with no one on either side or behind. Sometimes ya just gotta bite the bullet & accept things for the way they are. Hope the guy in the rig ahead of us isn’t like me & is now inside grumbling away about having a rig too close to him. We may end up in a 40 foot face off throwing our big blustery cowboy hats at each other……D’ya think!!
Red, over there in that California place made a good point in his comment on my blog a few days ago referring to me saying something about maybe not going up to Death Valley because of the California gas prices. He pointed out that only days before we were seriously working on buying a small 40 acre ranch in Arizona so why was I complaining about the price of gas in California. Well, that’s a great piece of logic on Red’s part & he is absolutely right. I sometimes just get myself waaaay out of perspective. Key word there was….’sometimes:))’ We did actually meet Red & his lovely wife Jeanie last winter in Arizona.
Our afternoon was leisurely spent in the rig bonking around on the computers & just keeping a low profile in our temporary RV neighborhood. I have a partial view down rig row & it looks like everyone else is inside having a leisurely day as well. Guess that is what a lot of us older folks seem to do rather well at times.
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