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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Back On The Blog Again With Roger's Chimichangas

aIt's been a BUSY 5 months.  Since December of 2013 we have been looking for a house.  Elizabeth thinks I have had enough fun full-timing and wants a permanent base.  Finally found one in Auburn Lake Trails near Auburn, CA.  A LOT of moving of "stuff", (mostly Elizabeth's).  Magic The Wonder Horse now has a pen in the complex about a mile from the house.  Bootsthekitty has made the transformation back to "outside kitty" and is happily running around the property, (.6 acre) climbing trees and chasing and being chased.  He comes in the garage at night and seems to like this arrangement.  "Playpen", the LazyDaze is in a storage yard about a mile away as I cannot park it at home due to Association Rules.  Can't offend the neighbors.  It has been along time getting everything out of storage and moving it in. 


View from back deck

We came from a 3000 square foot home + barn, to 1500 square feet and no barn. Fortunately, new house has plenty of storage including a partial basement.  Not much time for creative cooking or Traegering but I have had time to try a couple of new things.

I have made several turkey meat loaf and am now adding one pound of pork sausage to the two pounds of ground turkey.  This is a very tasty modification.  (BTW, while smooshing up the meat and spices by hand, I suddenly remembered that I now have my Kitchen Aid mixer out of storage to use for this messy task)  Next time!

Also made a batch of crock pot ham bone and pinto beans.  Took about 4 cups of the finished product and made refries by sautéing them down to pretty much a paste. 

During a Jeep tour with my Son (WHOLE 'nother story) Tristan suggested that we use flour tortillas instead of bread for sandwiches.  Just make roll ups.  No worry of smashing bread and no storage problems.  Saves a lot of space in the freezer as I had been freezing my bread to make it last.  Worked great.  Just make it like a sandwich and roll it up. 

Soooooo, I went shopping for flour tortillas and came up on these:


Hmmmmmmm, wraps, and they have two of my favorite words:  Jalapeno and Cheddar. 


Then, I thought CHIMICHANGA!  Rolled up some refries, couple of slices of ham and some Havarti cheese. 

Then rolled up and sautéed in olive oil.

Chimachanga! (sort of)


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Friday, January 31, 2014

What Happened To Roger?

Can only get on line about 10% of the time.  Virus?  Going to IT Repair next week when I get back to Sacramento.

Broke Camera
Broke Iphone
I had flu
Elizabeth had flu
Something  up with MIFI or Laptop
New Samsung Galaxy Note 3 not yet configured for Net
More later

Friday, January 10, 2014

Quartzsite, ("Q") Day 6

Last couple of days, weather has been perfect here.  Mostly clear skies and 70's in the daytime and low 40's, high 30's at night.  Had some great campfires.   Last night, I smoked a turkey meatloaf and it disappeared so fast, I didn't get a picture of it.  (see earlier blog for recipe and pictures).  Almost no wind.  Same conditions forecast for the rest of the week.  "Big Tent RV Show" starts this weekend, (Jan 18)

Road 532 Entrance Off Old Yuma Road.

Sign says "Roger's 1/2 Acre"

Dry Camping "Q" Style


Camping "Boots" Style


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Sunday, January 5, 2014

Headed for "Q" (LDspeak for Quartzsite) With Bootsthekitty And Sometimes Elizabeth

Heading out this morning (Jan 2, '14) from Sacramento Park to San Diego to drop off Elizabeth and then BTK and I will join up with John and Linda in Indio for the run to Q.  We should be established on January 4 and I will report.  Elizabeth has PROMISED to join us for the last week of January as she moves from San Diego to (hopefully) our new house in Auburn Lake Trails, (near Auburn, CA)  I will still be traveling but maybe not so much.  I am still trying to convince her to give up working for good and travel more.  Work in progress.  More on "Q" later.

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This '70's (?) era Lazy Daze has been parked just outside Cal Expo RV Park on and off for several days:

Maybe a "stealth camper"?

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Keep White Wine Chilled With An Ice Ball Mold

Tovolo Ice Ball Mold

These are great for keeping white wine, etc. chilled with a minimum of dilution.  These work great and will freeze overnight in LD fridge.  They last a long time.   BTW, they fit my RV Wine Glasses perfectly.  Thanks to Tristan.  (son)   Sorry for short post but New Years Eve Festivities are starting early.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Surviving COLD Weather Camping WITH Bootsthekitty

Presently parked in front of my daughter's house in San Jose, (temps in the 70's) with assorted kids, grandkids, former spouse, wife, etc.  reflecting on the freezing in Fernley/Amazon experience so I thought I would pass on some things I learned about sub freezing RV camping.

First have a rig that will that has some decent insulation and hopefully plumbing that is not exposed.  A Wave III catalytic heater and an electric heater are also helpful.  Hint:  Run a separate short, heavy duty extension cord for your electric heater and plug it into a separate outlet on the RV park hook-up.  This keeps the heater load away from the RV system. 


Don't try it for more than a day or two without electricity.  Supplemental inside electric heat and the various water supply and waste water heat are a must or you will be without one or the other in a short time.


Get and Extend-A-Stay or something like it so you don't have to move every time you need propane.  Our park had propane available and would pick up your portable tanks, fill them and bring them back or loan you a large tank to use but they would not fill your RV mounted tank.  


Water Hose

The first thing that freezes is usually your city water hose.  This heated hose was used by many and worked very well.  You have to insulate the connections on both ends as they will freeze as they are not heated.

Heated city water hose:

These plumbing heat strips can also be used where needed, especially thawing out dump valves. 

Heat strip heaters:

Holding Tanks

Most class C motorhomes, and the LazyDaze is no exception, have exposed holding tanks.  I have a heat kit ordered for my black tank and will install it at Quartzsite for next year.  The larger rigs and fifth wheels had most of their waste plumbing enclosed and heated from warm air from the furnace.  Problem with that was, most everyone was using electric heaters so the furnaces would not come on and they froze anyway.

Tank Heaters

Here is the Web Store link for tank heaters:

This is the tank Heater I am getting for my Mid Bath black tank:


Lazy Daze has LARGE windows.  The newer model have double pane glass, but the '02 and older, (which includes my "02) do not, so I cut panels out of Relectix for added insulation.  Makes the rear area kind of cave-like but it does help keep it warmer.  You can also make a stick-on panel to cover the tank heater and waste plumbing to help keep the heat in and the cold out.  I think strips to wrap exposed water connections would also be useful. 


If you haven't got one of these Rhino waste water hose sets, even if you don't camp in cold weather, they are the best.  I threw away most of my old hoses and connections.  Watch the demo video on their website.

I have a 25' length of this heat tape that is enough to coil around the waste hose with enough left to wrap the dump valve.

Waste Hose Heating:

Fridge temps

Since it was usually colder outside than optimal inside fridge temps.  My fridge had problems staying above 32F inside the box.  I finally started turning it off for periods to keep it under control.  (my "new improved" model does not have the controls that the original had)  Some of the older models actually had a setting that left the inside light on to help control temps under these conditions.

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Monday, December 16, 2013

Frozen In Fernley, NV

Just a short note to say that it is COLD in Fernley NV.  Temp dipped to +4 one morning.  Finally getting things sorted out.  Gray water drain was frozen at the shower drain so no sink, wash basin or shower.  Finally got it thawed out with the help of a 100W trouble light hung under rig where drain pipe that runs from the system to the tank emerges from inside.  I now keep trouble light on 24-7 and a cup of RV antifreeze in the shower drain.  Black water is frozen solid but only 50% as of this morning so it can wait until I get to warmer temps.  Looking at tank heaters and more on that later.  City water inlet is either frozen or broke so I have been using internal water system and it works fine.  In the Mid Bath, the water tank, pump and a lot of the piping is in the same cabinet with the stove so I leave oven on 170F while I am home.  Electric heater and Wave 3 keep me comfortable inside and furnace rarely comes on as a back up.  I had to move Boots's water, food and litter box from the cab area as it was freezing his water dish.  I keep it closed off with a drape as it is COLD up there.  Dropped my  camera  so now it doesn't work, so I am awaiting a new one.  Amazon is releasing my group on Dec. 20 so, unless it snows, I will be on the road West on the 21st.  Going over Donner Pass so I hope road stays clear.  There are 5 of us LD'rs here in Desert Rose RV Park.  We are the LD Polar Bear Club.  Should be a lot to discuss at Quartzsite about cold weather camping come January.

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