January 2018  "Love Your RV" Newsletter
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Hello, and Welcome to the January Newsletter. A new year of RV adventures begins.

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

As another month draws to a close, we are smack dab in the middle of a fantastic snowbird season in the southwest. This winters weather unlike many parts of the country has been top drawer! Even the day it rained produced a huge double rainbow. We must be blessed.
In early January we packed up our Ogilby Road boondocking spot west of Yuma and traveled just a few hours to the northeast. We returned once again to the Cibola National Wildlife Refuge. We so enjoyed last years stay, boondocked right across from the refuge. We just had to get back for more of the incredible bird watching and rural scenery.
After spending time in old favorites, we were hungry to explore a new camping area. I'd heard from several other RVers about Saddle Mountain BLM near Buckeye Arizona. We hit an RV park in Blythe called The Cove, paid them ten bucks for a tank dump and water fill, and we were off.

It was another short 2-hour drive east down interstate 10 to the little town of Tonopah. From there 10 miles of two-lane highways led us to Saddle Mountain dispersed camping area.
Folks were right the mountain views were impressive. We spent a week drinking them in, photographing and exploring the surrounding desert.

We got entirely enthralled into rock hounding. All over the surface of the ground are little bits and pieces of a gemstone called Chalcedony. Some pieces can be found in the shape of a rose; others can form something called a Fire Agate. It was fun to hunt and peck around for the prettiest ones.
Example of one I found for Anne
We stayed dry camped at Saddle Mountain until the waste tanks were bulging. We also desperately need to do a wack load of laundry so headed down to Gila Bend. There we booked into a favorite little cheapie RV park to take care of all our mundane chores. With our Passport America discount card, we got full hookups for $11.98 plus tax. Three days later we were all cleaned up and refreshed and ready for more dry camping.
The final week of January finds us enjoying Lost Dutchman State Park just east of Phoenix, Arizona. I've always wanted to camp in this park since a day trip visit several years ago. It's straight up gorgeous with a fantastic campground. Stay tuned for a full report on the blog soon.
Well, that's about it, lots of fun times out in the desert sun. :) Oh btw, I was also able to publish RV product reviews for a few of my latest mods to our Cougar. Look for links in the recent posts section or click the photos below. 

Love Your RV! Giveaway *Update*

Love Your RV! Turns 5 Years Old Celebration Giveaway

I'm happy to say this time we had a winner that answered my email. Congrats to Terry from Minnesota who happens to have a Cougar fifth wheel like mine. I hope the weBoost amp helps keep him connected out there RVing this year.

I plan to have more giveaways in the future if I get other review items I can't use myself. It's nice to pass them along.

Recent Posts on "Love Your RV!"

Love Your RV! Top 10 Scenic Campsites Visited in 2017

RVLock Keyless Entry Door Handle Install and Review

State Stickers Decal Map Kit For Our RV

Ogilby and Cibola BLM Campsites and Birds Birds Birds!

Installed La Crosse Weather Station with Wind Speed

Beautiful Saddle Mountain BLM Dispersed Camping

Passport America Discount Camping Club – Is it worth it?
Image of the Month
Angie relaxes on her pet cot watching a boondocking sunset

Ray's Pick - Helpful RVing Website of the Month

Handy tool to locate what stations are available and where they are on the dial for the region you're RVing in.


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

RVing Tip of the Month

Couple of Tips for the RV Oven

Many of you likely know the tip of using a pizza, baking stone or unglazed ceramic tile in the RV oven to help even out the heating and prevent burning the bottom of things. I prefer the pizza stone as I can also use it for its intended purpose. The only problem is I broke my first one into pieces on some rough roads.

My solution is a "Kill two birds with one stone type." Hmm, could be a pun in there somewhere. :) I use the oven to store our thick wooden cutting board and the extra weight on the pizza stone solved the breakage problem. Another tip I have is to layer the bottom in aluminum foil as we do for the outside grill. Helps speed oven clean up time.
RVing Funny of the Month

Holy crap, these desert lizards get bigger every year!!

Thanks for following this monthly newsletter. Looking forward to another year of sharing my RVing adventures plus many more mods, repairs, tips and tricks, reviews, etc with you.

Cheers Ray -
Keep close to Nature's heart... and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” - John Muir
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