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Horses at blue water Lake state park

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Weather woes

The wind has been blowing since yesterday, making it feel like winter, here in southwestern Arizona.  The temperature is not terribly cold, but the wind chill is "cold".  Yesterday I realized that I had been neglecting to look at the gauge for propane level and for water tank level.  I looked and they were both on "empty".  I made it through the night, and in the morning I closed the slides, and drove to the dump station (three miles) where I emptied the black tank,

"Blue Boy" sewage tank
Blue boy pulled to dump station by ATV


then on to the water station where I waited and waited and waited for the water tank to fill.  It was a rare thing for my water tank to be completely empty, so it to a long, long, long, long time to fill.  I was walking around standing in the sunshine part of the time, but with the wind blowing, it wasn't really warm.  So I walked around on the leeward side of the motorhome ( but shady), and was still cold.  I bent over to check for the tank overflow (no luck), stood in the sun, looked for the tank overflow on the sunny side (no luck), went back to the leeward side, checked the faucet (I did turn the faucet on, didn't I?)  So, on and on and on I went back and forth  trying to survive the session of  windy cold water tank filling.

Small vehicle with portable water tanks, and motorhome with on board water tanks, both taking on water

From this location, it's back to town, and into the propane filling station, where I had to evacuate the motorhome in order to get the propane filled.  I had to make sure that everything was turned off in the motorhome to prevent fire hazards, and then grabbed the dog leashes, put the cat into a carrier, and outside we went (again in the wind).  In true RVer fashion, the other folks at the propane station were wanting to meet the Queen (Fleur) and the wild Prince (Power).  They fawned over them ( as they expected), and gave compliments to the breed, their beauty, their intelligence, their gentleness, etc.  Whenever they started to run low on adjectives , Fleur would give me the "look" and tell me to fill in the blanks!!!  She seemed to think that adjectives of her superlativeness should be ongoing.

Next stop was the gas station, to fill the gas tank so that the generator could run when it was needed.  One of the main considerations in picking the gas station is the entrance and egress routes available for a large vehicle like a motorhome or trailer.  The price is very important as well, but if one cannot get into or out of the station, the price doesn't matter.  So I use a smart phone app called Gas Buddy which tells me the best prices.  I have to decide on the access myself.  I've never seen an app for access.  When all this is accomplished, it's back to my desert boondocking site!

Back at the campsite, I park and make sure I am level, put the slides out, and reposition the dog's fence.
Then it's time for the La-Z-boy !  A little rest is deserved!
Dog yard ready for play again.

I'm resting here!  Why are you disturbing me for a photo shoot?


10 comments:

  1. An app for access would be wonderful!

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    1. I recognize a fellow RVer in your comment!

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  2. I don't think people who don't have an RV appreciate how much work you have to do, we just see the idylic side of things.
    Glad you got all your filling up done. I didn't think it was ever cold in Arizona.
    Lynne x

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    1. Lynne, I don't think of it as work. I don't have to worry about mowing grass, property taxes, who my neighbors are (I can move if they are obnoxious). It was more work typing about the jobs than doing the jobs. It just happened to be cold that day, too!

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  3. I never realised there was so much to living in a RV. Love the expression on your cat:)

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    1. I am only living in the open desert without hookups when I want to. I have friends here and "boondock" for several months in the winter to be with them and the lovely wildlife!

      Chica (cat) thanks you!

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  4. I'm tired just reading about it all! lol I have to wonder if it's Bunny and Fleur who are related instead of Bunny and Power... That meeting of the public sounds very like her!

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    1. Bunny and Fleur are more closely related in looks as well. But Fleur is not so "perfect" as Bunny

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  5. Whew. That is a lot of work for more water, propane and less sewage...

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    1. If I'd been watching the gauges, I could have done it on a warmer day and it would have been easier. But it's never bad!

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