Thursday, January 16, 2020

Day 68 - Benson, AZ

Today was a short travel day that ended up feeling longer. After leaving the BLM boondocking area, we stopped for some diesel as we were under ¼ tank and I don’t like to run low. Personality quirk. I didn’t want to fill up at that station as I wanted to try out the TSD fuel discount program. Just west of Benson is a Love’s truck stop that is part of their program and the diesel price listed on the sign was $3.229 per gallon. The discounted price was $2.609 per gallon. TSD charges an fee of 10% of the discount so on this transaction it would be $4.50 so the net savings would be $40.48 or about 18%. That seems worth the trouble. The other benefit is I don’t need to prepay like I usually do when using the truck lanes. I’ll take a 60¢/gal discount.

We are back at the Encore RV park just south of Benson, AZ, again for a couple of days. The light rain and driving through Tucson traffic added to the “long day” feeling even though it wasn’t that bad. Unloading the car and setting up in the rain isn’t that much fun but this is the first time it’s happened so I shouldn’t really be complaining. At least it isn’t snowing!

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Day 67 - Boondocking With Dom

We were originally headed to Benson, AZ, but we decided to meet up with Dom aka https://redlegsrides.blogspot.com/. He checked with Picacho Peak State Park and they had space for us. But he thought that there may be enough room in the BLM site where he had been staying. There was but it’s a pretty tight fit for our coach. The site was level enough that we could put out the slides. He said that he had forgotten how large this RV was.

It is always nice to visit with Dom.

Tomorrow morning, we will continue on to Benson. 

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Day 66 - Packing Up

Tuesday (66) - Another nice day. The pool is warm today and it’s almost too warm for the jacuzzi. Since we wanted to get an early-ish start tomorrow, I went ahead and emptied the tanks and packed up the sewer hose. I’ll put the rest of the outdoor stuff away this afternoon and maybe even load up the car.

For my own peace of mind, I started up the engine and let it build up air pressure. Not much smoke at all this time. Did the injector cleaner really help? I guess time will tell. It still runs a little rough when first started but it started up just fine. Maybe the intake grid heater isn’t working or maybe I shouldn’t look for problems.

I accidentally hit “post” before I was ready so here it is. I may add more later today.

Later today - It must be time to move on. The jacuzzi wasn’t working this evening...

Monday, January 13, 2020

Day 65 - Forgot How To Count

Sunny and warmish at the pool today. The forecast for tomorrow is 70°F. That must mean it’s time for us to head out. Last year when we were here, the temperature finally went above 70°F the day before we left. BTW, this watch face showed up after one of the recent updates. It shows local sunrise and sunset on the main face for your location.

The air hose on my 12VDC compressor bit the dust today. I’m thinking of trying to find appropriate fittings to just install a quick release air fitting and just use the air hose setup for the coach. It worked fine when I added air to the Prius tires (35psi) but when I hooked it up to the coach (110psi) it started to leak from a crack in the hose. Oh well, cheap compressor purchased from Camping World a few years back.

I finally checked the engine oil, it’s just a little below the full mark. And no evidence of diesel in the oil. That’s good. I put my e-bike into the storage bay and was surprised that it fit upright. I had assumed that I had tried before to put it in upright. It has about an inch of clearance. Maybe I had tried it with the seat installed. Until now, I just laid it on it’s side inside of the storage compartment and was concerned about bending something.

While sitting here, I was looking at the title of this post and thought that I must have messed up by a few days in the number of days somewhere. I was planning on being back in Fairbanks at around 85-86 days and according to my numbering, it was 91. Something was wrong. It turns out that at after day 55, I typed 60 instead of 56. So I just needed to edit the last half dozen posts. It had me wondering if I had forgotten how to count. So this is really day 64 unless you count the travel day.

6:30 pm, still nice