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Open House & Packed Campground

Wall-To-Wall RVers (click on photo to enlarge)

We held our first open house for our Park Model this Sunday and it went off ok. Had about a dozen or so couples take a tour and a few seemed pretty interested. We’ll see. The weather forecast said high winds with 50 mph gusts, but that didn’t happen. It was a beautiful day.

Meanwhile, back in the Crazy Horse Campground, it was crowded as hell this weekend . . . there was an Airstream Rally plus the annual Western Pyrotechnics Association fireworks.

They’re So Bright, You Can See Them from Space

 

Even tent campers !!!

Fixin’ Stuff

Wall-To-Wall RVs (click on photo to enlarge)

It’s February and Crazy Horse Campground is full of snow birds.

For the last month or so, I’ve been fixing things in our RV. Oh joy. Here’s what I’ve been up to . . .

THE EASY STUFF

The bathroom sink caulk needed replacing, so I did:

Fresh Caulk – nothing prettier

 

THE GREEN STUFF

“Tom, why is our water green?”

So I checked the filters in our motorhome’s water compartment, and sure enough, there was a definite green tint in our sediment filter. Mmmmm . . . I had a bad feeling about this.

To check my suspicions, a used a couple of cotton swabs and wiped the inside of my water hose . . .

It’s green

 

Next, I cut off a small length of water hose and sliced it open . . .

It’s Algae

We probably picked up the algae while we were on the road last Summer. Ugh.

There’s no easy way to get rid of it, so I ended up replacing our 35-foot water hose and nuking our RV plumbing with a heavy doses of bleach. Fingers crossed.

 

THE GRAY & BLACK STUFF

While we were traveling last Summer, I noticed that one of our holding tank gate valves was leaking. So I ended up replacing both the gray tank and black tank gate valves . . .

Water Compartment

 

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THE VERY DIFFICULT, INCREDIBLY STICKY STUFF

About 5 years ago, I did some repairs on our RV’s roof and put down some Eternabond tape along the roof seams.

Eternabond Tape

However, after 5 years under the SouthWest sun, the tape was beginning to deteriorate . . .

Failing Tape

Sooooooo, I had to remove the old tape and then apply the new tape — a slow, fairly arduous job. First, a heat gun is used to heat up the old tape. Then it’s slowly pulled off . . . and the tape adhesive is stickier than hell. This took a little over a month.

 

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE . . .

There are several “little” chores left, but the big stuff is dome.

Balloon Bust 2018

Well, it happened again . . . high winds put a kibosh on another balloon fest.

Havasu Balloon Fest 2018 (Friday, January 19th through Sunday, January 21st) fizzled from high winds and rumored bad balloon sites.

From what I saw the only hot air balloons that went aloft did so on Thursday morning, January 18th. Plus, I don’t think these balloons took off from the newly designated “Pilot Field” sites in the Lake Havasu State Park. Maybe it was all the food and entertainment vendors hemming in the Pilot Fields:

The New Balloon Lift Off Site

Rumor has it that the ballooners didn’t like the new Pilot Fields because they were too small and/or too close to the city.

Anyway, the only things I saw happening at the new Pilot Fields were eight balloons inflating and then deflating on Friday and Sunday mornings (Saturday was too windy). The balloons, however, never took off.

On Friday morning,  a lot of people — on the ground, on the lake, and in the air — were watching those eight balloons inflate/deflate.

 

On Sunday morning, I didn’t see a single boat watching the balloons.

Hats off to the nightly cover bands who had to perform in less than great weather conditions.

We “armored” our Jeep

UnderCloak System

Our 2008 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon is our daily driver so we’ve been skittish to do much off roading. In fact after the Wisconsin Jeep Jamboree last July, we swore off off roading until we figured out how to protect our daily driver.

There’s basically two methods or a combination of the two: (1) “lift” the Jeep or (2) armor it. Lifting allows you to put on larger tires which raises the Jeep up. This allows you to miss objects in the road that you would normally hit if not lifted up. Armor is just protection, usually metal, that you can add to the front, back, sides, and underneath your Jeep.

Our first Jeep, a 1993 Jeep Wrangler, was lifted about 4 inches. It could travel over most trail obstacles, but the ride was awful. It really wasn’t a daily driver.

Since we were worried that “lifting” our 2008 Jeep might ruin its rather smooth ride, armor it was!

This Wednesday we had the UnderCloak Integrated Armor System installed. Our Jeep is now a couple hundred pounds heavier as the metal armor is 3/16-inch steel . . .

Underneath the Front of the Jeep

 

Underneath the Rear of the Jeep

 

Here’s a parts breakdown . . .

 

Chillin’ in LHC

Flirt in repose.

We dropped off our Jeep in town for some “under armor” (more on that later) and decided to walk back to Crazy Horse.

So we took some tourist pics on the London Bridge . . .

Who are these guys?

 

And made a tourist movie . . .

 

 

Then stopped for breakfast . . .

 

Breakfast