Saturday, January 24, 2015

THE BIG TENT... TPMS and... Lunch at Sweet Darlene's

We got our mail Thursday morning at the postal service and drove right on up to Quartzsite.  We are staying with the Lazy Daze group here at La Posa West.  When we got here, I saw Jeanne right away, she met us on the road to help guide me into a good site.  Then we walked over to Nancy's rig so I could say Hi to her.  We made plans to walk over to the Big Tent in a hour and  I went home and got settled.

So, Jeanne, Nancy and I walked over to the Tent, walked around for a while, then went outside and checked out some of the smaller vendors on that side of the street.  (We'll go back and check out the other side of the street another day.)  When we got back, my pedometer had logged in over 10,000 steps, and my feet were so sore!  I'm not used to walking that much, but Friday morning, all was well and I was raring to go again.  :)

You've all seen pictures of the crowds and tents along the street and the traffic and vendors - well,  here are a couple of vendors I thought were different and interesting:

Beer Belly's Adult Day Care...  food, drinks, and some great live entertainment.

Need a firearm?   Where, here you go...

I bought a Tire Pressure Monitoring System at the Big Tent - every year I try to make one big upgrade to The Palms - last year was the new generator, this year it's the TPMS.  This was my main reason for wanting to visit the Big Tent this year.

A TPMS is something I've been thinking about for a couple of years and finally this year I got one.  This is the same system Nina - Wheeling It - did all the research on (THANK YOU, NINA!) find that post here, and Denise purchased the same system last year, using Nina's great research and explanations as her guide.  I decided to do the same, why re-create the wheel?  :)

That's the one thing I'm not as good with as I should be - checking my tire pressure, and yes, I DO know how important it is.  I don't know why I don't check as often as I should, but now I have a monitoring system to keep me informed 24/7 on how the tires are doing.  So far my tires have always been good - maybe a little low, but not much.  This time, when Dion checked, they were lower than they should have been, and it was time to add some air.

Tire-SafeGuard Tire Pressure Monitoring System is the brand name, you can check out their website here: Tire-Safeguard.  They are out of Cerritos, California.

Dion was a great salesman, offers a pretty nice discount for cash, and will come out to where your RV is camped, even if it's not at the Big Tent area, to install the system for you.  It's really simple, take off the tire stem cap, screw the sensor cap on all the tires (its all wireless) and then set the monitoring system and put it on your dash.  Done.  But I'm glad he came out and did it for me.  One of my rear tire stem extenders was a little iffy letting air through, and might not have registered properly on it's sensor.  Luckily I had extra tire extenders, so he switched that one out for me.  One of my front tires had a short extender on the stem, and the other didn't.  The one without the extender was recessed too much to screw on the sensor so I need to purchase a few more of those, one for that tire and a couple to have in reserve just in case.

So now I'll have more confidence when driving down the road that my all my tires have the proper pressure and temperature - all right where they should be.  :)

Yesterday a group of us went to Sweet Darlene's Restaurant and Bakery in town - I love that place!  Jeanne, Denise, Nancy, Kim and I went, and boy were they busy!  We had quite a wait for our orders to be taken, and then for our food to come, but we were so busy chatting away that it didn't matter, and when the food came out it was delicious. (I'm sure ALL the restaurants in town are super busy and crowded this week.)  I had a Ruben sandwich - I've never had one before and it was so good!  I saved half for lunch today and I'm really looking forward to it.

At Sweet Darlene's:  Nancy, Jeanne, Denise and Kim.

Today is the BloggerFest - from what I hear, it's going to be very well attended - I'm looking forward to it - and hope to see you there.  If you're not a blogger but would like to meet some of the people who are, maybe people you read all the time, come on out and join the fun!

From me and Katie, have a great Saturday, everybody!  :)


  1. Cheers for the plug! Hope you enjoy The TPMS. We've been very happy with it. Wish I could make blogger fest, but we're still stuck in Yuma getting some last minute stuff taken care of.


    1. You are more than welcome for the plug! It was so nice to have all the research already done for me, and you laid it out so well. I wish you could make the BloggerFest, too; we always seem to be in different places, but some day, we'll meet up. :)

  2. I am soooooo happy you finally got the TPMS. I've been thrilled with mine and it has already saved me TWICE warning me about a tire on the Tracker.

  3. Well, phooey...would be nice to have live blogging of the event, but I guess I'll just have to keep checking everyone's blog for updates! Thanks, Barbara! glad you got your monitors. Nice to have them when you are on the road all the time.

  4. Thanks for getting the lunch photo that those of us who forgot our cameras could not.

  5. Barb, it was so good to meet you in person. The only surprise was the length of your hair. You have a great smile!

  6. Glad you got to Bloggerfest wish we could have made it we were looking do forward to meet so many of these people.

  7. It sure was great to see you at Blogger-Fest. Heck, it's always great to see you no matter the event.

  8. Barbara, it was wonderful finally meeting you at Bloggerfest! I enjoyed reminicsing with you about your family's visit to Hot Springs--wish I could've met Katie. I saw a side view of your hair in one of the photos--it's getting long & it's beautiful! Safe travels--hope to see you at Bloggerfest 2!

  9. Glad to see that you had a great time in Q and at the Blogger Fest. I sure wish I could have been there too. Does a TPMS work for trailers as well?

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