Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Day in the Life of Rv’ers atthe Beach

I would post photos but that would really show you what Rv’ers do while parked at the beach.

So all I can you is tell you a few things:

1), install new lights

2), lay on the beach

3), shop in town

4), sit in chairs on the beach

5), make new flag pole holder

6), relax on the beach

7), go kaykaking in the bay

8), enjoy the beach

9), work on coach

10), sit in front of rig on the beach

11), make new tire covers for the Rv

12), place chairs on the beach

13), have a pedicure while on the beach

14), clean Rv

15), cook funny food

16), enjoy many happy hours

17), watch the sun come up

18), watch the sun go down

19), Grow Sun-Flowers on the beach

20), enjoy the many walks on the beach

21), meet many new people on the beach












Need I say or post anymore ?


Sunday, February 19, 2017

Feb 17, 2017 On the Road to Puerto Penasco in Sonora Mexico

Early last year we decided to return to PP. This year we decided to try the The Reef down at Sandy Beach.

For a review of The Reef you can click on this Link The Reef.

If you are an Escapees Member you will get a discount.

Our journey started on Feb 16, finding us parked in the Elks Lodge lot in Gila Bend, waiting for additional 7 Rigs. With Susan’s help she rounded up other RVers’  who wanted to adventure a little south this year. Our plan was simple, no rally, just a gathering of friends who wanted to travel and have some excitement together or by themselves.

The list of RVers are:
Dwight & Sharon Tisdale
Dean and Nica Johnson
Mike and Rhona Smith
David and Beth Brereton
Sven and Sharon Novion
Don and Belva Tisdale
David and Carol Welling
and finally Susan and Dale.

We also met up with Donna and Dan Thorn who had arrived in early Feb. (They got all of the nice weather).

Our travel rules were simple and provided by the Rv’ers themselves:
1.  Follow the person in front
2. Do not turn until you see the Rv in back of you
3. 3 Rv lengths in between.

David & Beth B. were lead, Susan & I were the Tail gunner.

So Friday morning around 9 am off we went in a nice order. Bang, Pow, what?, Look out? what the heck is going on. The first 2 RV's made the first right turn, and the next thing you know, 5 RV’s missed it. So it was off a rocky start - punny..... But within 15 minutes we were all back together and heading down Hwy 85, toward Ajo, Why and Lukeville, US Border town.






Plan was simple, stop in Lukeville for a small break and continue on thru Sonoyta, Mx and on into Puerto Penasco. Well the best laid plans sometimes have to take a back seat. As you see by the photos it was a little more then simple to cross.









But once we were thru, it was clean and happy sailing. Well not really, you see a weather front was coming thru which was bringing wind and rain to Arizona. We just happened to catch the wind part on the way down.



We were about 28 miles out when Carol saw Mike’s slide awning unfurling, at the same time we saw David / Carol’s awning doing the same. All 3 of us pulled over and instructed others to continue on. In a matter of 10 minutes we had it repaired and back on the road, with David W. in the lead. David reported in that our speed would be 40 to 45 MPH, which was fine by us as it was a head
wind about 20 to 30 mph.

Sorry no Photos of the excitement

Traveling about 45 mph, we covered the 26 miles in about 1 hour.  As we were coming into town, Susan heard from Beth that they had arrived at The Reef. Considering that we were still 5 miles in a straight line. This is a good testament to my radio system.

Link to our RADIO System .


At this point I took the lead and we continued on thru town and arrived at the Reef, where we checked in and settled down to a windy day. That was followed up by rain during the night and all day Saturday.  Guess what ? I have NOT taken any photos. However I will later

I could continue on, but Pictures are always worth a $1 or $2.






Oh, by the way, in case you were wondering about Dakota !!!

Well you know longer have to worry about Dakota.








Hi, I'm Dakota and I am the welcome party. Don't worry about the white teeth, as that is the way I smile at everyone. Dad says i cannot try the water until the waves go down or the wind goes down whatever that means.





Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Monarch–Hydraulic System in the Alfa

Ok, let’s talk Hydraulics

Recently a member, developed an issues with their system. As they were leveling the pump continued to run and then smoke developed. Once system was shut down, we developed a plan to determine what happen and how serious.

Ray determine that the motor had shorted out.
I explained the system was design and build by Monarch Hydraulics. System and is identified as Dyan-Jack M-3538.

We discuss the various options, including surplus. Ray, calle and was told prices from $1600 to $2500, for repair / replacement. I then explained about a hydraulic supply house I have used in the past. After several calls, Ray located Hydraulic Controls, in Phx., Az.

Hydraulic-Controls Link


Ray, removed the assembly, which is held in by 2 bolts. I recommend going to a supply house and purchasing plugs and caps for the hoses and valves. This should be done to keep dirt out and reduce loss of fluid.

Once the unit was dropped off, the service tech, explained that the top 2 bolts could have been removed and just the motor removed, however during the repair, he noted a bearing going bad on the pump.

All in all Ray’s experience was very pleasant. Total cost of the work was less than $400.

Next was the reason why, the pump continued to run. Ray deduce that the solenoid may be bad. So what he did was locate a source for the Trombetta solenoid and ordered from Amazon.












Saturday, January 21, 2017

What ?

Do you realize it has been weeks since posting. Wow, time flies when you are back on the road enjoying life and having fun.

So, where have we landed?

The Big “Q”, Boon-docking capital of the world, Dry-Camping at it finest. People of all ages, Rigs of all types. From tents to Million dollar ones. All come to Quartzsite to get away from it all. And where did DaGirls II Land / Right – south of Quartzsite.

Quartzsite turnoff Hwy 95, La Posa North
N 33.636487, W114.193089     N33° 38' 11.40", W114° .25"
Quartzsite ALFA Roadrunners site

N 33.637853, W114.193027     N33° 38' 16.27", W114° 11' 34.90"



LaPosa North Long Term Visitors Area. Where for $40, gets you 2 weeks, all the water, dump as many times as you want, but more importantly – Garbage dumping. Yes, getting rid of your garbage is not so easy when dry-camping. You just can’t go to any place and dump it.

So, I thought I would let everyone know we are all safe and sound,, enjoying the company of friends in Quartzsite at the annual Roadrunner Rally in the desert..

Photos from last year rally


2016 Roadrunner Aerial 

DaGirls II setup and ready to entertain


More news and photos to to come.


Morning rising, Alfa's slowing awaking from there somber sleep

Well, I guess photos and signature are the next items to work on.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Happy New Year and Passing of a Great Friend


So, here I am, in DaGirls Rv II, with Dakota and Tilly. 2017 has started out with a – not so great a bang. Well not really a small one. You see, one of my very good friend has passed away. 5 months from retirement. Andy Stramiello, who was only a year older then I am.

Andy was just one of those guys who never complained, especially when, we as men or women should. I will not go into great detail, but sad to say, it was like the movie “Perfect Storm”. Everything seem to work against him this pass week (Dec 23 – Dec 31). Andy’s condition deteriorated to the point that life for him would not be what he would have wanted. On Friday, family and friends gather and discuss what his life would be like. Elise may the ultimate decision, to suspend life support.

Services will be held this week, it is good that Susan is returning on Wednesday, in time for everything. 

On Saturday, many of us gather to rejoice in Andy’s life, marriage, children, and his career as a Aerospace Engineer. It was during the New year celebration, that the champagne was open to celebrate the New Year and Andy (9:00 MST) 12:00 EST that Andy passed on. He joined the many great golfers, family and friends in Heaven.

As I write this, I cannot remember the day we met. Somehow we ended up as a four-some and from that day on, we were enjoined. To play as many rounds as we could together, along with Jim. We were similar to the 3 Musketeers, we played together in the company tournaments. Went to Green Valley for the 2 days of golf and everywhere else. Even when there were no tournaments we would get together and play golf. 

While writing this, I started searching through my photos. I then realized that all the pictures, I had were on film. Due to issues, I loss most if not all of those photos. 

I cannot speak for the Family except to say, both Susan and I have face this same situation with the loss of a close one or friend. 

To all of you, who keep putting off retirement, stop what you are doing and think, Is this life really worth it ? All the while dreaming about retirement? Dreaming what you are going to do in retirement?

I cannot stress the importance, of this. Do whatever it takes to retire as soon as you can. Meaning even if selling your perfect home, down-sizing, eating hot-dogs and beans, to get out of debt.

DO WHATEVER IT TAKES, if you don’t, then you may miss out on the Greatness adventure of your life. 

For Wayne and Kathy, they are looking for this year to be a great year. Better then 2016.

For Elise, 2017 will be the year, that she loss the greatness love of her life.

Susan and I, be the best friends and lovers to each other.

Renew friendship, but with the understanding that we are now traveling in different circles. Those same friends, will now understand that friendship is more important to us then canceling an engagement and seeing a movie instead.

Safe Travels and Journeys 
Dale

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Holidays and Happiness

Dec. 24th Christmas eve, and we are home waiting for the storm to pass here at Sunshine Acres Children home.

Susan is getting packed, as she is heading to Chicago to see Eric, Di, Dana, Mike and all the grandchildren. Scheduled to fly out Monday morning – on a red-eye.

Dakota, Tilly and I are staying where it is warm and cozy, not to say I would not want to see everyone, but Chicago ?? It’s cold there and I have gotten to the point I would rather drive the Rv instead of flying. So off she goes to spend time with the families.

I will continue to volunteer and stay busy while she is away.

So, maybe you were expecting maybe a Christmas  letter? From ME? I just blog about life and what is going on. Big and sad news a close friend, has been taken gravely ill and has been taken to the hospital and put into an induced coma. We understand he will be kept like that for a few weeks. Our hopes and prayers are very high priority for Andy.


So to all of our Friends – May you have a wonderful and beautiful Merry Christmas wherever you are.



Susan, Dakota, Tilly and me.
Happy Holidays from all of us to you.