Monday, January 25, 2010

Sunday in Sunny Quartzite

It was a beautiful day yesterday - all day. Here are some early morning pictures of our campsite.
Later in the morning, we downloaded a message from McLean Bible Church and listened to a recent sermon from Lon Solomon. We like his clarity and everyday application.

He always has congregation participation during the service by asking his most important question, "So What?". He does this after going through a portion of scripture and delivering his message, as if he were in the audience. 'So what does this story from the bible or this portion of scripture have to do with me?'

Asking 'So What' is a pretty effective transition from the esoteric/interesting category to a call to action or personal challenge. So after we went to the 'Roadrunner Chapel' (as we call our Sunday online sessions when we don't have a church we want to go to), we traveled the three miles into town.

The Tiffin Tech Rep who was out here on Saturday night confirmed that Bob Tiffin, owner of Tiffin Motorhomes, was going to be at La Mesa RV in Quartzsite. We wanted to meet him. He has the absolute best reputation of any businessman I have ever heard of.

We you hear talk about Bob Tiffin, you hear of what a gentleman he is and how he helped someone who had an issue with their motorhome. No one else in the RV industry has a better reputation that Bob Tiffin.

Aside from meeting him, we want to see if he will replace our windows. All of our windows are thermal, duel paned windows and they fog up. We have been to hot and cold weather (not real cold thankfully)-- and they fog up. We are told it is a common problem with Tiffins and I really have no idea why since they do everything else so well with the coaches.

Anyone else out there have a problem with fogged windows?

Our issue is that they are covered under warranty for two years and our coach is three years old. So hopefully he will give the OK to get them swapped out when we are back at Red Bay in April for other work.

How about your RV? Do you get fogged windows? If so, what do you do about it?

At Mesa RV, we confirmed Mr. Tiffin and his wife would be there Monday, so we intend to see if we can talk to him.

After that, we went to Family Dollar and picked up a toilet treatment called 'Fabuloso'. Some friends recommended it, so we thought we'd give it a try. Anyone else use that brand?

Our next stop was the RV tent. It was the last day of the event and the crowds were not there.
Attendance looked like it was way down. The aisles were very passable and it was a good time to be there.

We checked out a wifi booster antenna from Wilson, but we were not sure which one to get to interface with our Autonet 12-volt router.
So we decided to wait on that.

Back at the Roadrunner it was a another beautiful sunny day here at La Posa South, BLM Long Term Visitor area. We paid $40 which gives us 14 days and access to the dump station and they have an area we can get clean water for our tanks. We are in good shape since we filled up last Wednesday.

Our time here 'boondocking' or dry camping (not dry-docking as Adam says :) ) has been very enjoyable. We keep an eye on the tanks with our new SeeLevel gauges and are confident we will not have to dump or fill up until Tuesday afternoon before we head out on Wednesday. We took quick showers last night and that was good...

One of my new jobs (definitely a Blue Job and not a Pink Job) at the Roadrunner yesterday was cleaning out the toilet bowl and trap. I wanted to do that and see if I could get a tighter fit on the rubber gasket on the trap door. My concern has always been keeping the trap open while I cleaned it. I didn't want to break it by forcing it open.

Pam figured it out by removing the fuse to the electric toilet. Then I used the manual override button and wa-la! the trap opened and stayed open while I cleaned it. After I cleaned it I rubbed vaseline around real good on the gasket hoping it would make a tight seal.
I replaced the fuse and gave it a try and ---- no luck. The bowl would still not retain water. I may give it another try today an see if I can adjust the gasket a little.

While I was doing that, Paul and Eugenia took off in their Razr ATV for a trip through the desert to Dripping Springs. They had a map, a GPS, some drinks and headed out for a trip through the dirt roads and trails.
We gave them a short send off. Hours later they returned and had a great 20 mile trip. Lots of people have these machines and they look like a lot of fun.

Again - I never tire of saying thank you to our readers or get tired of sunsets. Here are some from yesterday.
By that time the NFL games were on and the Colts ran away with it in the second half, while the Saints took the Vikings to overtime. My guess is that Brett Favre will hang it up this time for good but it has been fun watching him have a great season after his last try at retirement.

I cooked some hamburgers on the grill, we read some and that was it for us on a sunny Sunday in Quartzsite.