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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Why We Came Back A Day Early and Set-Up Day.


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

When Kathy and I got up yesterday morning we expected it to be a relaxing day where we would enjoy looking around the mountains that surrounded Sedona on our own. We also had a few chores that we expected to do but that all changed rather quickly.  
Having filled up both our Fuel Tanks the day before we left Quartzsite to attend the Lake Havasu Hot Air Balloon Festival we decided to top-off our Fuel Tanks again before getting to Sedona. Anyone that has traveled I-40 recently knows that it is past due for resurfacing in some areas while finding fresh pavement in others. As we got further North and started seeing Snow along the roads the road conditions also were at the worse. Driving at Sixty Miles-an-Hour gives you little time to react where the road is Cratered like a Battlefield. We hit more of those holes than I wanted to.  
When I went out to go to the Park Laundry Room yesterday afternoon I was in shock to see a steady drip of fuel coming from our Auxiliary Fuel Tank. Checking all the pipe connections I noted they were all solid and dry which meant the leak was coming from the Tank itself. The Tank didn’t leak before, so the hard jolts from the poor road conditions had caused it to fail. 
We notified the Park Maintenance People who didn’t seemed concerned about it and just suggested we park the truck in their overflow area. The longer the truck sat the larger the diesel spread on the ground below. We discussed the easiest way to save the fuel was to use it. Even though we had already paid for the night we let them know we were leaving. We’ll stop using the Auxiliary Tank and fix it when we get back home to Canada. 
Leaving Sedona is not the easiest thing to do as many of their intersections are not Four-Way Stops. Heading down Highway 79 we went through ten Round-abouts before we finally reached I-17. We definitely used fuel climbing a few steady grades that changed the elevation by a thousand feet or more causing a number of semis to crawl upward in the slowest lane. 
When we left the Park our timing wasn’t the best because that put us going around Phoenix right at the end of Rush-Hour. There were a number of slowdowns caused by the Nine to Five crowd that figured they could weave their way from one lane to another with no consideration for others on the road. 
We finally stopped at 7:00 MST at a Cracker Barrel for supper. It must not have been our day as both the meals we ordered they had just run out but to make up for that after selecting our second choice they gave us Free Dessert. 
I had managed to transfer some fuel before going inside to eat but when we came outside the continual drip was still there. Instead of stopping I drove until 9:45 PM MST when we were parked behind the office at La Posa South LTVA. After Kathy was inside I again transferred more fuel before calling it a night. We were both exhausted so we made it an early night. 
We were both awaken by the Sun peaking around our shades at 7:20 AM MST and since the office wouldn’t be open until 9:00 we secured the trailer and headed in to find our camp. Our old site was occupied so we found another further north that is nearly across the street (If that’s what you want to call it) from our Canadian RVer Friends.
By 9:00 AM we were Unhooked, Leveled and Kathy had Repaired the Firepit. We didn’t think to have breakfast until 10:30AM. I raised our Solar Panels and hoisted our Windsock since we’ll be stopped here for the next four weeks. We actually saw the Sun on and off throughout the day between Rain Showers that was being driven by Twenty-Five MPH Winds. 
By Mid-Afternoon the Auxiliary Tank was no longer dripping and we were starting to feel cooped up so we headed into Quartzsite. Our first stop was Herb’s Hardware Store where I purchased a few fasteners for our Antenna Mast. We drove over to the Vendors Area but most had pulled down their tarps due to the rain and one vendor in particular that we were looking for has left his spot, tent and all. 
When we got back Home we seemed to be having issues with our Internet Connection. Any site we tried connecting to was taking an eternity to connect. As the clouds started to clear the connection started to improve. 
The weather will be more of the same tomorrow but we’ll find something to keep ourselves busy. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy! 

It’s about time.
Pictures Taken By Kathy
All But the last two
were taken Yesterday
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7 comments:

  1. You will find the internet very slow at times with all the people in this area now. Better than it was a few years ago though.

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  2. Sure hope you get the fuel tank repaired soon.

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  3. There's a company in Lake Havasau City that makes custom tanks that might be able to repair it.

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  4. Try rubbing the leak with a bar of soap. Sure works with gas tanks

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  5. Sometimes the hits just keep coming, right? As they say, This too shall pass.

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  6. What am I missing here, Rick? If the tank was leaking and you aren't fixing it until you get back to Canada, why did you have leave Sedona?

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