January 2020  "Love Your RV" Newsletter
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Hello, and welcome to the January Newsletter. Nice to see the days are getting longer and warmer now.

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What's New With Us

January saw us slow our travel right down, staying in only a few locations. In the first part of the month, we checked out a partially developed BLM (Bureau of Land Management) campground called Painted Rock Petroglyph Site. It's located off Interstate 8 a little west of Gila Bend, Arizona.

Its claim to fame is a rock pile near camp loaded with petroglyph markings from several historical periods. The campsites go for $8 a night or $4 with a federal lands pass like the Senior Pass or America the Beautiful Pass. Amenities are primitive with just a picnic table, fire ring, and garbage bins. Campsites are relatively large, level, easy to access, and spread apart.
The rest of the month, we free camped west of Yuma AZ on some BLM land called Ogilby Road. A very peaceful location that we have always liked the vibe of. Not a whole lot there, mostly barren ground with a few plants here and there, mostly Ocotillo. But, always seem to get good sunsets, lovely mountain views and lots of hummingbirds visiting the feeder.

Unlike last year the BLM ranger wasn't around enforcing where you could camp. Rigs were once again camped all over the place.
The Ogilby Road BLM camping area is also not too far of a trip to the little Mexican town of Los Algodones. It's a location to get cheap dental work, eyeglasses, and pharmaceuticals. Thousands of snowbirds cross over every day. I needed to get some dental work done, root canal, and crown.

This time I checked out a place called Castle Dental. The service was excellent and visited the new office stocked with the latest equipment. Most of the staff was young and spoke decent English.
A few days ago, we broke camp at Ogilby Road BLM and hauled the rig about a hundred miles to the north to meet up with some RVing friends in the famous Quartzsite, AZ. Its big annual RV show is over, so the major crowds have dispersed. Things are quieter now, leaving more elbow room in the free BLM camping areas that surround the little town.

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Image of the Month

Some Desert Beauty for You - Flowering Ocotillo Plant

Ray's Pick - Helpful RVing Website/App

Another useful resource for finding boondocking campsites and resources that has more of an international flavour to it. It's a nonprofit project run by volunteers. One thing I liked is it includes laundromat locations with reviews.

iOverlander’s Definition

"iOverlander is a tool, by and for overlanders, which enables its users to submit, amend and find information and opinions, primarily about places that are essential for the act of overlanding, and secondarily non-essential places that are of interest to a significant group of overlanders."

(Note: I'm not affiliated with this website in any way - Ray)

RVing Tip of the Month


Three ways to get packages on the road

We've been boondocking quite a bit lately but still need to get packages sent to us. Here are three ways we have done it. The package gets sent to a nearby location, and then we drive over and pick it up.

General Delivery - This is for packages sent via USPS (United States Postal Service) Most towns will have a general delivery address. For example, I just had a package sent to Winterhaven, CA, and picked it up a the local post office there.
Here is a link to more information -

UPS/FedEx Hold for Pickup - There are specific locations for both FedEx and UPS where a package can be sent and then held for pickup. Not all locations do this, for UPS I recently used what's called a UPS Customer Center. I had the shipper send it there labeled Hold for Pickup. I went down, showed my ID, and got the packages.

Amazon Lockers - We've also been using Amazon Locker locations. Not all items can be shipped to them, but if they can, it's really convenient. Just go to the kiosk and punch in the code they send, and a door swings open, revealing the package. Many of their locations are at convenience stores and gas stations. Some are inside a business.


RVing Funny of the Month

Spotted this telephone pole in Los Algodones, Mexico

Thanks for checking out my January LYRV newsletter.
I appreciate the support. :)

Cheers Ray -

What draws us into the desert is the search for something intimate in the remote. - Edward Abbey

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