Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Phase I

All moved onto our lot and we've started Phase I. Got rid of the two nasty sheds on the lot. Peggy put them on Craigslist and they went in 10 minutes. The price was right FREE. Just come and get them off this lot.
This is the before picture.
3 good, young guys showed up with a nice trailer and some strong backs. I just stayed out of the way.
Almost have one on.
This is a tough job. But I got it! 
They had them both loaded up and ready to go in about 45 minutes.
After picture. Looks great. Ready to fill in.
Phase II is going to be delivered and set up later this week, I hope. A 10x20 garage. So we moved the RV forward 4 foot just to make more room to put the garage in behind it. So now we just sit and wait. That will drive us crazy. Maybe I should call them every day and be a pain in the butt.
We met Heather, Mike, Dorie, big Mike and  Marilyn at Crazy Earl's for some good music and fun. The band was really good.
I love my new topper on the BGE. It works great.
Cooked a killer Meatloaf on it.


BGE Picture of the BLOG. 
Heidi cooking some wings. Oh, look at that nice table!

Throw Back Picture.
Just to remind us why we're here in Arizona this time of year.

Live Happy and Always Go Big. 



Sunday, October 6, 2019

Got-R-Done

We got the main slide fixed! $2700 later. The guys at Arizona RV Services did a great job! Next time we need a big service job done we'll take it back to Arizona RV Service.
  That's as far as they could get the slide to come out.
Here it is with all the new parts and almost all the way out. It took them all day to do the job. We got out of there at 4:30 and took off to Gila Bend KOA about 80 miles away. We pulled in after dark. I hate doing that! But then we were only 125 miles from our winter home. We arrived at our lot about 10:00 am on October 1st. 
Good to be home.
Here we are, all set up at home. The weather has been real hot, in the high 90's and low 100's so far. So we get up at 6 am to get stuff done outside before it gets too hot.
We got all of our mats down.
We had to call Milo's Plumbing to fix the main shut off to the water coming into the lot. It had a pretty bad leak. This is the new one all fixed up. Thanks to Nick and his skills. 
I called Spectrum Cable to get high speed internet and OMG! that works way better than that super slow Verizon stuff we used on the road. I wished we could take it with us.
One thing at a time . . . we will rebuild this RV. The shocks on the big hatch just plain ass broke off. So I ordered some replacement parts and installed them. Look at this mechanism. That's the way it should've been from the factory. The RV industry doesn't have a good history of quality in my book.
Oh, we've been having fun hunting scorpions every night on the brick wall that goes around our lot. So far we've gotten 6 of them. We use a black light flashlight to get them to light up.
     
BGE Picture of the Blog
Matt cooking on his BGE!


Blog Throw Back Picture
Peggy and I way back in time.


Live Happy and Always Go Big.


Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Just waiting

We are just sitting and waiting for the parts to get here to fix our main slide. The parts were supposed be here yesterday, but I called today and they said the weather was the hold up. 
So in the mean time we've had to tour the area restaurants and bars. 

  We found a good place, The Flying Basset Brewery. The beer and pretzel were real good. I had a tasty Cream Ale.
Then we had to try The Beer Research Institute. The beer was not that good, but I got a free 16oz beer koozie. So I kind of liked it.
Then on to The Perch Brewery. This was a real interesting place. They had about 50 rescued birds in the court yard. The beer was good and the nachos were pretty good too.
 A lot of pretty birds. 
Cool place.
We got 2 inches of rain one night. We must be in the low end of the park. The flash flood was about a foot deep and flooded the dog park.
It took about two hours to go down.
Katie was having fun in the water.
We saw The West Alley Barbecue and Smokehouse on Man, Fire, Food on Food Network. So we had to go find it. I got Brisket and Sausage plate.
   Peggy got the biggest baked potato that I've ever seen. She'll be making a couple of meals out of the leftovers. Covered with smoked Brisket and all the fixings.
  We talked to the Pit Master, Jim Dandy. He had lots of BBQ tips to tell me. All top secret of course.
He showed me the Pit that he designed himself. He was from Jackson, Mississippi. That's just down the road from Horn Lake, where our most favorite barbecue place is, Memphis Barbecue Company.
So, as we sit and wait I fixed another drawer in the RV. One thing at a time as we rebuild this rolling home. Still got some more to do. But we saw a handy tool on YouTube that will make this job a lot easier next time. So when we get home (Yuma) I will order that tool. I love tools.

BGE Picture of the Blog

 Some good looking chicken kabobs.

Live Happy and Always Go Big.





Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Not a planned Stop

We did a 4 day run to Mesa, AZ. We stopped at a KOA in Colorado City for one night then on to Black Mesa Casino in New Mexico for one night then we stopped at OK RV Park in Holbrook, AZ. I hate making runs like that. We're now in Mesa Spirit RV Park in Mesa AZ. This is one of those old RV parks with really small sites.
We fill the whole site in this Thousand Trails, over priced park. We got here on Saturday and on Monday we took the RV to Arizona RV Services. They checked the slides. They had to order a new slide mechanism for the big slide and a new wire harness for the bedroom slide. These slides SUCK! We have always had problems with them. When they're done we will have fixed all 3 slides at one time or another. It's going to take 10 day just to make the parts then who knows how long it will take to get shipped here. So we just wait. Just the parts cost $1800. I hope we can get out of here by the end of the mouth.
Here's one of the slide controllers. 
Don't ever buy an RV with these Schwintek slides!
Katie even says "don't buy an RV with these slides, dumb ass."
Here we are at Arizona RV Services waiting to hear the bad news. I think we took it to the right place to get it fixed. They seem to know what they're doing. A good sign is, when I called, the first thing they didn't ask me was "Did you buy it here?" So they got us in as fast as we could get there. We'll see how it goes. Keep your fingers crossed.

The weather has been HOT, in the low 100's and at night it only gets down to 85. We are running all 3 air conditioners on WFO just to keep it cool in the RV.
This is what it looks like with the slide in. It kind of sucks.
As soon as we get this slide fixed we will be heading to "BGE RV Resort"! Looking forward to getting there.

BGE Picture of the Blog.
Terry's selfie with his BGE. He needs longer arms.

Live Happy and Always Go Big.

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Stop #16 and 17

We had a great time with Patty and Joe in Deadwood. But now it's time to start heading south.
We had to make a trip to Sturgis. All the big biker bars are closed. We had lunch at Knuckle bar and Brewery and got a couple of  
t-shirts of course.
We found the Crow Peak Brewery in Spearfish. The Beer was pretty good. My new craft beer favorite is a Cream Ale. So far the best one was in Newport at Nye Creek Tap House.
Here we are in the world famous Saloon #10 in Deadwood.

Stop # 16 was a disaster! We stopped at a park in Wheatland, WY just off I-25 going south. This was the worst park we've ever stopped at. We only stayed about an hour and had to leave. It was just too bad of a place to stay. So we called the next stop and they said we could come in a day early. When we left, we had a hard time getting our main slide in. I had to find the controller and put it in "Override Mode" to get it to go in. Then when we got to the next park we couldn't get it to come out. So "Override Mode" again. We made some calls to RV repair shops. The best one we found was in Mesa, AZ. It's close to home and we can get in right away. So we're going to make a 4 day run to Mesa to get it fixed. About 950 miles from here. So we plan on doing about 250 miles a day. Wish us good luck.

Stop #17 A.B. Campground in Cheyenne, WY. It's a small park and the sites are pretty tight for big rigs. But they have a BBQ restaurant in the park. We plan on trying it tomorrow. I'll let you know if it was good in the next Blog.   

BGE Picture of the Blog.
Heidi cooking some Pork Butts on the XL Egg.  

Live Happy and Always Go Big.




Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Stops #14 and 15

Stop #14. We stopped in Buffalo, Wyoming days for 6 days at Deer Park RV. It was a real nice park with large pull thru sites. The town was real nice too.
This was our site at Deer Park.
 We had a flock of turkeys come in the park one afternoon and we also saw some deer in the park.
 A little Rainbow action one day.
We had lunch at the Occidental Hotel in downtown Buffalo one day, The food was good. The barmaid told us she moved to Buffalo from Key West! I think she was crazy to do that.

Stop #15. We're at Elkhorn Ridge RV Resort in Spearfish, South Dakota. This is one of the nicest parks we've stayed this year.
 We have a huge pull thru site with room for all our toys.
Patty and Joe pulled in the day after we got here. Last time we saw them was at Oktoberfest two years ago. So we've been cooking out on the BGE.
 Patty made Ribs one day. The next day I made a Brisket. I think that was the best Brisket I've ever made on the BGE.
So we've been doing some site seeing. Here we are at the Boars Nest. This Bar has a little stream running right next to it. 
Very scenic.
We did one of my favorite trips to Needles HWY. This is one of the coolest drives you can do.
The eye of the needle.
Patty, Joe and Hannigan.
This is a picture of Peggy and I way back the first time we rode Needles HWY. Maybe in 2005 on the Big Dog.
There was a rescue going on up the road so this ambulance had to squeeze thru the tunnel.
 Taking a pit stop at Miners Brewery in Hill City. I had the Mango Cream Ale. It was real good. 
George's profile on Mount Rushmore.
We road the Iron Mountain Road. This is also a nice drive. 
You go over 2 Pig Tail bridges. 

BGE Picture of the Blog.
  Patty making Ribs.

Live Happy and Always Go Big.