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Friday, January 20, 2017

Wet and Rainy Day as We Deal With Another Issue.


Our Location today is La Posa South LTVA, Quartzsite, Arizona, U.S.A. 

By the time we had everything set up on our New Campsite yesterday the Sun suddenly disappeared behind a wall of Clouds. Just before we went to bed I noticed low numbers on our batteries and had planned on dealing with it this morning. At 2:15 AM MST I woke with a feeling of Shortness of Breath and that was when I heard the High-Pitched Whine that our Inverter emits when it has stopped working. Since both Kathy and I use CPAP Machines to sleep due to our Sleep Apnea it was only a few seconds later that she woke also not being able to breath. With the patter of Rain on the roof and the time restriction for running the Generator we figured I’d wait until morning to deal with this. 

Last week when we had left Quartzsite to attend the Lake Havasu Hot Air Balloon Festival we had the same problem after having Little to No Sunshine for our Solar Panels to charge our Batteries. Even though they were recharged with the use of the Generator we have still been experiencing Overcast Skies causing our batteries to struggle to be fully charged. 
How I found Kathy sleeping this morning.
Since Kathy can’t sleep lying down without her CPAP that stops her from choking, so around 3:00 she retreated to her Recliner in the Livingroom. We both managed to get some sleep even though I knew where she was. When I went downstairs to begin making breakfast at 7:40 AM she woke instantly. 

As we ate our breakfast I had to explain what the problem was and the need to use the Generator to fix it. Kathy has been reading about Generator Thefts that were taking place here at Quartzsite and recommended getting a chain to secure it to the trailer. It might not stop it from being stolen but it would Hinder or maybe Discourage that from happening. 

We needed to make a quick trip to Herb’s Hardware Store in Quartzsite and then stop for a quick look around the Vendors Area. Under Cloudy Skies with small bits of Drizzle thrown in for good measure this was the perfect day to go. 
This Picture was taken yesterday. If today's weather had looked
this good, we would have loved it.
Driving towards town as we got closer to the Vendors Area I suggested going there first. We actually found a parking spot fairly easy. After being told the Big Tent doesn’t open until tomorrow we stopped at K & B Tools where we got a few more Tent Spikes and a Chain. We walked around looking at the other Vendors that had bothered to open on another day that looked to be against them. We did find a different Wind Kite that we’ll be using when we get back to Wildwood Golf and RV Park in McGregor. We love birds but not what they do to our vehicles parked under the trees and this Kite should help the situation.  

Since we didn’t need to go to the Hardware Store we were Home by 10:15. Just as we parked next to the trailer Barb was walking her dogs Daisy and Dakota. She welcomed us back and we compared notes on having to use the Generator. After she left I got Kathy inside and set up the Generator but again it didn’t seem to want to charge the batteries. Inside to check the Breaker Box as I looked up there was the EMS Monitor. The minute I turned it off the Generator speeded up and started charging our Batteries. Kathy made certain that Soup was part of our lunch because we were both chilled to the bone. 

There is one thing I don’t like about this trailer and that is the way you need to turn Water Valves different ways for Using the Pump, using a City Hookup or Filling the Freshwater Tank. I thought that I had filled it the other day but according to our gauges it was nearly empty this morning. 

Heading down to fill our Freshwater Barrel I briefly spoke with our old neighbour Wayne before getting in line to fill our Barrel. As I got the water flowing I noticed the car next to me that had Ontario License Plates on it. Don and his wife live about Thirty-Five Miles from us just outside of Chatham, Ontario. It’s their first trip to Quartzsite as well. 

Back at the trailer as I transferred some water Wayne made a quick stop to tell me about the Young Party Animals that had taken over our Old Site the day we left. There were enough complaints put in that most of them got Escorted Off LTVA Land. 

The Wind was steadily increasing so when I went inside Kathy and I discussed getting a Wind Generator for next year to run along with our Solar Panels. With all the Cloudy Days that we’ve had it has always been Windy so it would only be logical. According to The Weather Network this afternoon we were getting Wind Gusts of over Forty MPH. 

Since we were still charging the batteries with Generator we also ran our small Cube Heater to cut the dampness from the air. Kathy hadn’t planned on this weather when she had taken tonight’s supper out of the freezer for which she apologized. While she prepped the Sides inside the trailer I was grilling and beautiful T-bone Steak on our Weber Q that we shared. The Wind blew the Flame out a few times but the Steak came out Perfect. 
We shared T-Bone Steak, Grilled Potato, Salad and Beets.
I just finished Grilling our supper and getting inside when the Wind started bringing a much Heavier Rainfall. We aren’t sure what we’ll be doing tomorrow but it will all be dependant on the Weather. I’m also wanting to temporarily disconnect our Batteries so that each one can be checked to be certain that it is not drawing the rest down. 

The Wind is Rocking the trailer as I go out to shut the Generator and turn on the Smaller Inverter so we can have a Good Night’s Sleep. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy! 

It’s about time.
Krackers 

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4 comments:

  1. The is the cloudiest and most rainy weather we have had here own 11 years, not colder just not ,much sunshine. But soon should turn around. We just go with the flow and enjoy the desert whatever it gives us.

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  2. It certainly was a nasty day and evening. Hopefully it will change soon.

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  3. I've heard of Honda Generators being stolen there that are chained down. The thieves come with their own bolt cutters.

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  4. We were told last year not to leave the generator out even if is is chained to the 5th wheel. The host at Plomosa Road told us what was happening is two guys in an ATV drive up one jumps out cuts the chain with bolt cutters grabs the generator and they are off in less then a minute. Tom kept ours chained in the truck bed when we were traveling so he just pulled it closer to the tailgate to run it. I keep thinking of all the years we have camped and never had to worry about leaving things in our campsite it is sad how times have somewhat changed. Though I will say we have never had anything stolen at Quartzsite, or anywhere for that matter, but we felt better safe then sorry.

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