February 2018  "Love Your RV" Newsletter
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Hello, and Welcome to the February Newsletter. We are over the hump and winter is fading. I'm sure many are thinking "Bring on some spring RVing."

Thanks everyone for subscribing to and reading my monthly newsletters. If you're new or missed any editions, you can always catch up by visiting the Archive Page.

What's New With Us


Get ready for some cactus!

At the end of last months newsletter, I told you we were camping at Lost Dutchman State Park on the eastern outskirts of Apache Junction, Arizona. We spent a full week camped in this gorgeous state park. No wonder it's a hard one to get into. The facilities are top notch, and the views are to die for.
The week flew by. We spent our time relaxing in our spacious campsite, photographing sunsets and hiking around the park trails. We also took a few day trips away from the park. Highlights included a drive up the Old Apache Trail (AZ HWY 88) and an afternoon spent touring the Boyce Thompson Arboretum
There is so much to see and do around Apache Junction, a snowbird paradise. We've already talked of returning to the area next winter for a more extended stay. 
After our time in the busy Lost Dutchman Park, we needed to get away from it all. Ajo, Arizona was the place to go. We spent a week boondocking down that way last winter and a return visit for a larger dose was in order. We enjoyed a good portion of February there. With a 14 day stint on the free camping BLM land along the Ajo Scenic Loop Drive.
And, another seven days in the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. $16 a night dry camping in the Twin Peaks Campground. If you'd like to explore in-depth information on either place, check out my Organ Pipe/Ajo related posts on the blog.
Our February weather has varied quite a bit. The first few weeks I had my short pants on, and temps were cracking 80F routinely. But the last few weeks have been marked by frequent cold fronts plunging daytime temps down into the 50s even! Pretty cold for us wussy snowbird types. Long pants back on. :(

There is a silver lining though as the stormy skies bring dramatic clouds and incredible desert sunsets. Much better photography fodder and more comfortable temps for hiking.
We are finishing off the month of February back at the Saddle Mountian BLM we visited a month ago. The original plan was to head north and up in elevation to the Cottonwood/Sedona area of Arizona and beyond, but this cold snap has halted us in our tracks.

This time at Saddle Mountain Dispersed Camping Area we hauled the Cougar a long way in on a different, rougher gravel road. The reward, plenty of elbow room and panoramic views.  I'm loving plan B. :)
Thankfully we lead a flexible life and can roll with the changing weather. We'll wait and see what mother nature has in store for us come March. Stay tuned...

Thank You

The Love Your RV! Youtube channel recently passed another milestone.
Thanks so much to all of you that have subscribed, viewed, commented on and shared my videos. Much appreciated!

Being the video star that she is Angie has been rewarded with special dog treats and a brand new comfy memory foam bed.

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to Boyce Thompson Arboretum in Arizona
Image of the Month
Bizarre Looking "Crested" Organ Pipe Cactus

Ray's Pick - Helpful RVing Website of the Month

Northern Arizona Wind and Sun is an off-grid supplier located in Flagstaff. Arizona. Their website is a terrific source of information for folks looking to set up the RV for boondocking. The Learning Center has a number of helpful articles, and there is an active solar web forum. Have a question. Type it in the search box; it has likely been discussed by the knowledgeable members.
(Note: I'm not affiliated with this website in any way - Ray)

RVing Tip of the Month


Dump Station Tip

Looking to get max tank capacity for that next boondocking adventure? Make sure the RV is level or even tilted towards the dump station. It's amazing how much waste can remain in the tanks if the rig is leaning slightly away. I really noticed this at our last dump station which was way off level. I watched as a fellow RV used his leveling blocks to help get a more complete tank dump.

Same goes for our gravity feed fresh water fill but in the opposite direction. If tilted the wrong way I won't get full capacity. You wouldn't think a few inches, either way, would mean much. However, if your tanks are long, installed running side to side and shallow in height like mine, it does.

Kemberley - Atwood RV Ladder Tip Updates

Just a heads up I have published a few updates to my ladder safety tip.

HerveVR came up with a great idea to reinforce the ladder rungs with L brackets. Then just the other day Terry wrote to inform me there were newly updated replacement end caps available for an inexpensive price of 99 cents each. Hat tip to both of them for the info.
RVing Funny of the Month

Things you do to delay heading to town for laundry.
Undies wash day, boondocker style!

Thank you for taking the time out of your day to read this months newsletter. I hope you enjoyed it.

Cheers Ray -
Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.” 
 - John Muir
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