Sunday, December 11, 2011

AWWWWWW NUTS!! WE BUSTED OUR TOILET THIS MORNING!!!!

And no, Al did not sit on it and crush it!!

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HERE’S KELLY IN OUR NEW DIGS:))

Little did I know at 4 a.m. this morning when I was outside with Pheebs enjoying the beauty of a silent desert bathed in moonlight that just a few hours later I would be packing up the rig and getting ready to move.

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SUE’S LITTLE SPIKE DROPS IN FOR A VISIT THIS MORNING

Hadn’t planned on leaving for the Ranch until Tuesday but when both foot pedals broke on our toilet first thing this morning I knew we were in deep ga ga.  Normally the bigger foot pedal opens the slider valve in the toilet and it’s ‘bombs away’.  The smaller foot pedal flushes water into the bowl.  Both are operated by wires.  Both wires wore out and broke leaving the contents….in the toilet.  No way of dropping things into the tank below.  The plastic toilet is nearly 9 years old and once a toilet is that old and something breaks, it’s time to replace it.  Decision was made to head for Tucson and a large repair facility where we figured we could get a new toilet installed…..fast.

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SUE’S DIGS

We walked down to see if RV SUE AND HER CANINE CREW had a better night and she did, sort of.  Sue’s batteries totally drained the first night in the desert and she didn’t get a lot of sleep.  Batteries charged up yesterday but drained again Saturday night.  Sue did get a good night’s sleep though.  This battery drain is a complexing problem for her and we have all been trying to help.  Rick has been a big help to Sue checking out things but the battery drainage problem is still elusive.

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SUE CHECKS THE AMP HOURS ON HER HAND HELD METER

So, how is Sue taking all this??  Well, I have to tell you, she is a true trooper.  Despite the technical set backs on her first boondocking adventure she is totally loving the whole desert experience.  Spike and Bridget are just loving their whole new found freedom as well and it was fun to see all the doggy guys going back and forth between rigs visiting each other.

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RICK DROPS BY FOR A POW WOW ON SUE’S SOLAR DILEMMA

I’m sure as soon as Sue gets herself some power she will be up and blogging again.  We sure wished we could have stayed there with her until the problem was solved but unfortunately we had our own pressing crappy problem.

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Gotta tell you something right up front here about Sue though.  We really took a liking to her and I could tell from the short time we spent with Sue that she is a genuine down to earth person.  My favorite kind.  I don’t take to folks like I used to years ago but what a great pleasure it is for me when I do run into someone I feel comfortable enough with to relax and be myself.  Sue’s one of those.  And Rick, just up the hill was another one.  I could see us becoming good friends.

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Finally had the rig all packed up and it was time for us to go.  Said our good-byes to Rick and his dog Lady along with RV Sue and her Canine Crew, Spike and Bridget.  Sure hope we meet up with these folks again some day.  As we left, both Sue and Rick had their heads under Sue’s engine hood trying hard to find out the source of her solar problems.  Good luck guys.

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BURNING EMBER IN A FIRE PIT??  NOPE, PIECE OF AMBER GLASS FROM A BROKEN BEER BOTTLE

We headed down Darby Wells road to the highway, hung a right down to Why and a left for Tucson Arizona along a favorite section of highway for me.  Always like seeing the observatories atop Kitt Peak going by.

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OUR SITE FOR THE NITE AT LAZY DAZE

Had originally planned on heading for an RV repair facility in Sierra Vista but as we approached Tucson we remembered a place we had been too once before for a water connection leak problem.  It was the last week of 2006 when we headed up from Patagonia Lake in our truck and 5th wheel at that time to a place called Beaudry’s RV.  Beaudry went belly up awhile back and it is now owned by Lazy Daze.  And, that’s where we are.  And, coincidentally we think we are in exactly the same spot we were 5 years ago.  And here’s the second coincidence. 

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LAZY DAZE FRONT LOBBY AND REGISTRATION

While Kelly was inside registering us for the night a white truck pulling a Cameo 5th wheel pulled in behind us.  The fellow saw ‘Bayfield’ on the back of our rig so asked Kelly inside if she was from Bayfield Ontario.  Turns out the 5th wheel couple bought their rig at Stormrunner RV in Bayfield.  Stormrunner owners Dianne and Harry are right this minute in Arkansas making their way west.  We plan to meet up with them somewhere out here in the wild wooly West this winter.

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TURNS OUT THE COUPLE IN THE FIFTH WHEEL BEHIND US BOUGHT THEIR TRAILER FROM STORMRUNNER RV IN BAYFIELD ONTARIO CANADA

There is a large multi-bay repair facility here at Lazy Daze so we plan to be at their door as soon as they open in the morning.  Being without a toilet we are hoping they will understand our need for speed.  Maybe our bulging eyeballs will work in our favor.

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I remember how uncomfortable I felt last time we were here in this very upscale manicured RV Park.  Nothing has changed and I will be a fish out of water for as long as we are here which I am sure hoping will not be any longer than tomorrow.  Every thing is really nice here but it’s just not my kind of place!!

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KIND OF LIKED THIS ONE

How nice to have unlimited water, a flat surface to comfortably walk on and brighter electricity.  Unbeknownst to us there was a big Western Days show here this week-end at Lazy Daze.  Many RV models are all set up for display.  Luckily we just missed all the hoop-la and all the people are gone.  Nobody in the space on our passenger side and the next 10 spaces on the driver’s side are all empty.  Could they have known the Bayfield Bunch was rolling in.

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Some display coaches were still open with all their lights on so after it got dark we went to the row behind us and clambered around in some of the rigs.  Pretty spoofy with prices ranging from $244.000 to $710.000.  Surprisingly, it was the cheaper gasoline powered $243.000 Trip model we liked best.  Figured they would only offer us $1.49 for our coach so we scurried back to the rig

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THAT’S THE SECURITY GUARD WALKING ACROSS THE FLOOR…SHE HAD JUST TOLD US QUIT PLAYING IN THE COACHES:))

Not sure where the blog will be coming to you from tomorrow night but I’ve got my fingers crossed it will be far and away from the big bright city lights….10-4:))

And TIOGA GEORGE gets a Mexican police escort complete with flashing lights from a Wal-Mart parking lot to a Sam’s Club parking lot.  D’ya suppose that police officer might have been working for Sam’s Club:)) 

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ENJOYING SOME WARMER TUCSON AIR BEFORE THE RAINS ARE UPON US OVER THE NEXT COUPLE DAYS

GROANER’S CORNER:((

City Boy: Say, Dad, how many types of milk are there?
Father: Well, there's evaporated milk, buttermilk, malted milk, and --but why do you ask?
City Boy: Oh, I'm drawing a picture of a cow, and I want to know how many "spigots" to put on her.

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20 comments:

  1. I'd say, "have fun", but toilet trouble isn't really that much of a big belly laugh. Handy that you're close enough to a repair facility.
    Enjoy the comfy digs, and try and make the best of it.

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  2. Kelly looks mighty comfy stretched out there on that big old sofa! Hope your toilet problems are not too much of a drain on you and that it's soon all behind you!

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  3. Once you pick out the replacement it doesn't take long to swap out the "Can" most of us can have the whole job done in an hour. Then it will be off to a new boonie site. Be safe out there. Sam & Donna..

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  4. Then,,Tioga George was ROBBED again last while he was parked in front of the Sam's club....For some reason they broke out his door window,,,after they already had it open.... George is Nieve,,,hope he takes the hint....
    Sorry about the terlet,,,,happens to the best of us.....Good Luck!
    Travel safe,,

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  5. I'm thinking I would have said something a little stronger that Aww nuts! :)

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  6. OH, dang it or OH yuck--a broken toilet!!!! But if you have to stay in a RV park, Beaudry's or Lazy Days or whatever they call it now is one of the nicest! We used to stop there when we had people flying into the Tucson airport, etc. I was SURE you guys had purchased a new rig! The heated pools and hot tubs are wonderful!

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  7. I was a Girl Scout, so I believe in being prepared.
    I carry some 4 gallon trash bags and some Bio-Gel for 'toilet emergencies'. Put the bag with some Bio-Gel in it, in the toilet, and 'go', then the bag can legally be thrown in the trash.

    I knew you didn't buy a new rig, the one you have is just the way you want it.
    Happy Tails and Trails, Penny, TX

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  8. looking mighty fine in that fancy rv park!..and Kelly looks comfy in the big shiny rig too..oh the dilemmas of owning an RV!..enjoy the ammenities of full power..now if only the toilet repair is a quick one!!!

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  9. We had our foot pedals go out on us a couple of times back when we had the plastic toilet. Now we have a china toilet, sitting on a riser -- durn thing was too short to have a comfortable sit, so we made it taller. Poor Tioga George! Maybe they moved him to Sam's for the wrong reason! Good to hear that the old Beaudry's place is open under new management! We stayed there a few times while having work done across the street at LaMesa.

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  10. Thank you so much for helping to make Sue's first boondocking experience memorable! Like you, Chuck and I liked Sue immediately!
    She is real people for sure! Hope everyone on your blog will go over and visit her blog once and a while, she is a great writer!
    Sorry about your potty problems! Hopefully they will get fixed asap and you will be off to a new adventure! Thank you for sharing your days with us! Geri & Chuck

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  11. The price keeps us from being tempted too... Hope your problem gets fixed soon!!!!
    Have fun & Travel safe
    Donna

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  12. Geez, we had a potty poop out last year too! Hope yours gets fixed fast so you can do what you like best.

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  13. hoping the repairs are fast and economical for you...great looking place to park..enjoy and make the best of it...Kelly looks great sprawling around that nice RV...were you tempted at all? have a super week

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  14. Thar is some fancy place Kelly is relaxing in!!!

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  15. Toilet trouble is no fun. Ours happened to quit working last summer while we were camped in Goderich Ontario,(a week before the tornadoe) I was lucky enough to be able to remove and actually repair it myself and it still works.
    We are enjoying the few days of rain in Benson AZ too.

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  16. Having a busted toilet is no fun, but I don't think you will have to trade in the whole motorhome to get it fixed!

    And lets hope you don't have trouble with the stinky slinky hose in that really over the top, dressy RV park. That might be a tad hard to explain! LOL

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  17. After reading your email..and then your blog, we think a new toilet is in order....Oh,crap..just get the new shit and put and "end" to it....

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  18. Had to speed read this Blog after I saw the first pic to see if you bought a new rig !! LOL

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  19. Not fun! I had my toilet break once the day before a big trip. Paid big money to have the part overnighted. Put it in the next morning and it broke with the first flush.

    Couldn't get the part again because departure time was only a couple of hours away so decided to replace the whole toilet, but the dealer didn't have any in stock, only on mounted on a display. Bought it right off the display and it worked like a charm (still does).

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  20. TOTAL bummer about your toilet, but hopefully it's a quick fix (I'm sure it will be).

    As for that new rig...well, I'm thinking it looks just a tad toooooo shiny for my liking :)
    I like the look of the old one :)

    Nina

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