December  2017  "Love Your RV" Newsletter
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Hello, and Welcome to the December Newsletter. Santa Came, Santa Came!

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This December has been one of the best. It's always a celebratory month as our anniversary as a couple falls on the 14th and Anne's birthday is the next day, then there is Christmas. December also is the month we've finished the long drive south from BC and have started to enjoy sunny, warmer weather. This year was extra special though as Anne was turning 50. But if you see her, I said 40, OK. ;)
The first half of the month was spent dry camping in three gorgeous natural locations. Two were old favs: Corvina Beach on the Salton Sea and Belle Campground in Joshua Tree National Park.
The third was brand new to us, Sawtooth Canyon BLM Campground. Locate south of Barstow in the high desert of southern California. Unfortunately, we were chased off after a short visit by some cooling weather with a forecast of strong winds. Sawtooth is definitely added to the favorites list for a return visit, maybe in the spring.
On December 13th we dropped off the beagle and our rig with some good friends in Mojave, California and headed out on a 4-day romantic getaway. I had booked us a room at the Mt Ada Bed and Breakfast on Catalina Island. We braved the LA traffic down to Long Beach, spent the night at a Hyatt Hotel and the next morning grabbed the Catalina Express ferry over to Avalon.
We spent two magical days on Catalina Island in full-on vacation relaxation mode being treated like royalty, drinking in the views and gorging on gourmet food. Anne said it was her best birthday ever. Major brownie points were earned by yours truly. :)
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After the whirlwind getaway, we drove back to Mojave, grabbed a spoiled beagle (thanks to our friend Lola) and trekked back down to the Palms Springs area. We booked into the Oasis Palms RV Resort, the same park we spent a whole month at last year.

It's a Passport America park, so we took advantage of our membership for four days of 1/2 price camping, $20 a night for full hookups. It was nice to reconnect with old friends and meet many new folks around the nightly happy hour firepit.
We departed Oasis Palms on Christmas Eve day and set up at a free BLM (Bureau of Land Management) camping area around 10 miles west of Yuma, AZ. This was the first Christmas we've spent out of an RV park since becoming full-time RVers. We enjoyed the peace and serenity of a starry night in the desert. It was kind of cool!
The next morning, Santa had come!! He and Anne spoiled me rotten this year with RVing goodies. Guess it pays to take your girl to Catalina (26 Miles Song)
A December to remember for sure. The month did have one black mark on it, though. A mouse decided to commit suicide in our furnace fan at 1:30 in the morning the night before our Catalina trip. Check the recent post link for the grisly details including clean up and modifications I made.

Well, that wraps up the year. Happy New Year everyone! Stay tuned for more new RV product reviews next month as I go through my Christmas loot.

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Love Your RV! Giveaway *Update*

Last month I told you I was giving away a gently used weBoost 4G-X cell phone booster kit. See blog post for details - Love Your RV! Turns 5 Years Old Celebration Giveaway

Well, I did the random drawing December 7th and contacted the winner by email. No answer, so I sent a special newsletter to the email address. It indicates it was opened but I've had no contact.

The winner is Lee with email c*** If you see this please contact me or message me on one of my social media channels or Youtube. See bottom of the newsletter for links.

If I get no response by the 7th of January, I'll redraw and select a different winner.
Image of the Month

Anne enjoys a high desert view while hiking in Sawtooth Canyon

Ray's Pick - Helpful RVing Website of the Month


Quartzsite RV Show -

The biggest gathering of RVers on the planet happens every January in the little town of Quartzsite, Arizona. To all those going, I hope you have a blast. Anne and I are skipping this year's event after attending for a few years straight. It's definitely something to see if you've never been. We are headed instead to a popular state park east of Phoenix. So popular the best time to get a weeks reservation was during the big show in the Q.
(Note: I'm not affiliated with this website in any way - Ray)

RVing Tip of the Month

If your lovely wife says, she can hear mice partying inside the RV walls. Pay attention and set the traps right this minute!  Even if you are already in bed.Trust me.

Repost: Tips for mice in the RV

RVing Funny of the Month
Maybe the fifth wheel is a low rider!?

Thanks for subscribing folks. Wishing you all the best RVing fun in 2018. I'll keep the newsletters coming.

Cheers Ray -

I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination. - Jimmy Dean

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