Katie and I had visitors today - Susan and Angel from Sacramento! They were visiting family in Arizona, and were driving right by us here in Quartzsite on their way home, so we decided she needed to swing over and see us. We had a delightful visit. Susan is hoping to retire and start full-timing in her fiver in January - she already has applications out for workamping in a couple of nice resorts for summer and over next winter. She definitely has it together.
I was told this area will get really crowded as we get closer to show time, but the rule is you can't park within 15 feet of another RV, and the way this site is situated, I have a road in front, and bushes on either side, and the wash behind me, so I'm pretty sure I won't get anyone too close, and if so, well, that's the way it goes. I'm pointed right to the West, which is perfect for my solar panels, and I have a nice view out the kitchen window of the bushes behind us. I really like this spot, and I think I'll do without the TV to be here, at least for now.
This campsite already had a nice rock campfire circle, I cleaned it up a bit, and put a line of rocks behind The Palms, and tomorrow I'm going to gather rocks to lay out our campsite area. I've always thought that looked so homey, but I've never done it before. I put out a chair, table, my American flag, and some solar lights. This is the first time I've really set up a campsite area since last June at Santee Lakes, when I knew I was staying for a month. On the right side of this photo is a depression in the sand that an RV wouldn't want to park on, on the left are the bushes, behind is the wash with bushes, and where I'm standing in front of The Palms is the road. So this campsite is kind of delineated by the natural barriers.
A couple of people have invited me to join their circle of RVer friends, one in the South Camping area and one in the Tyson Wash Camping area, but I think I'd rather stay here and visit them sometimes. I love being invited, though, thank you! I may change my mind later!!! :) But if I stay here, I can walk to the RV show. I couldn't get any closer. In January I may eat those words because of crowds and noise and lights, and decide to move. We'll see...
When we had the solar panels installed, Ron and Arron also installed a new catalytic heater for me. I hate to be cold, and I know the Arizona nights are cool even when the day is warm, and I wanted to be able to use minimal propane, which is accomplished by a catalytic heater.
Some are installed on walls or cupboard doors, etc., if you have room, but I didn't want to do that because it would take up valuable space. I have enough space, but nothing to spare. Ron said he likes to install these heaters on a tethering hose. There's a small quick connect setting that was placed right under the refrigerator, and the heater is attached to a three foot hose. I just click the hose end into the quick connect and we're good. I can point the heater toward the front of The Palms to get the whole living area, or toward the kitchen to warm the kitchen and bathroom quicker.
It's easy to start, and warms immediately. It's the kind of heater you can stand in front of like a fireplace, and I'll bet Katie will be laying in front of it on cool evenings and mornings. It's completely quiet, I kept looking back to see if it was still on. I'm going to have to get used to that.
I've used it a few times now, and it's a pretty nifty setup. I can keep it connected, it's small enough to not be in the way at all, or I can disconnect it and store it in a cupboard. During hot weather when I'm not using it at all, I'll put it in a storage area or in the cupboard. I have to get a cover for it, Ron said the cleaner is stays, the longer it will last.
I'm really happy that I had the heater installed, and that completes the list of things I wanted to do to upgrade The Palms and allow us to boondock for as long as possible. It's nice to have the Wish List done.
From Me and My Dog, have a great Saturday evening, everyone! :)